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45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

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45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Ever wonder where the next paradise you should run off to is?  These 45 travel bloggers have revealed their perfect place from all over the world.  From the beautiful Philippines to Middle Earth (New Zealand) there’s something for everybody in nearly every location around the world.

If you have an extreme case of wanderlust, look away now!  These places are beyond stunning.

 

1. New Zealand

Suggested by A Broken Backpack  

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

What if Paradise is in Kiwi Land? A volcano. And another smile.  Happiness helps me see paradise wherever I go. That time was in New Zealand.

accommodation in new zealand

 

 2. Isla de Gigantes, Philippines 

Suggested by The Adventures Of Mama Kach 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

If beauty was by the beholder we’d all be dead. Beauty is nature.

Accommodation on Isla de Gigantes

 

3. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Suggested by The Travelling Chilli  

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

The Bazaruto Archipelago is a group of 5 idyllic islands off the coast of Mozambique.  The islands are well renowned for their white sandy beaches, tropical vegetation and are surrounded by the most crystal blue waters.  For me it’s a little piece of paradise since it’s not at all overrun by tourists and it’s nature and marine life gets first priority in conservation. The best way to get there is by a Dhow, or local sailing boat.

accommodation in Bazaruto Archipelago

 

4. Roses, Spain 

Suggested by Travelling Buzz 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Roses is a little coastal town in Costa Brava, Spain and, in my opinion, it has one of the most scenic coastal walks in Europe. You can not stay numb to the glorious landscapes, endless sea and the beautiful little hidden beaches along the way. It is definitely worth it to escape the big city and head to Costa Brava.

accommodation in Roses

 

5. Interlaken, Switzerland

Suggested by Wander With Laura 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Taken in Interlaken, Switzerland, the feeling of peace you get looking out at this stunning landscape is incomparable. This view cemented Switzerland in my heart as one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

accommodation in Interlaken

 

6. El Nido, Philippines

Suggested by Two Monkeys Travel Group 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

El Nido, Palawan is hailed as one of the top island destinations in the Philippines and the world. El Nido is truly a heaven on Earth. Pictures don’t do justice to this paradise.

accommodation in el nido

 

7. Curaçao, North America   

Suggested by The Daily Self

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

I visited Curaçao in November 2015 and took a day trip to this tiny uninhabited island where I witnessed the bluest water and the whitest sand I’ve ever seen! Such unspoiled beauty, I even got to see turtles while snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. Paradise!

accommodation in curacao

 

8. Griffiths Island in Victoria, Australia  

Suggested by I’ll Be Right Back

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

 I’m a great fan of green meadows,  and I loved the harmony of colours on this little island.

 

9. Engelberg, Switzerland 

Suggested by Bel Around The World

 45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

I discovered this little lake while en route to Mount Titlis. If not for our adventurous spirit, my partner and I would not have found such a little heaven on earth! It was absolutely stunning and untouched and captures the best of nature’s beauty.

accommodation in engelberg

 

10. Punta Uva, Costa Rica

Suggested by Beck What The Hell

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Punta Uva is a beautiful beach just a short bike ride (around 10km) outside of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking, and you can even rent the equipment on-site!

accommodation in Punta uva

 

11. Jamaica 

Suggested by Fit Two Travel 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Not only is the Jamaican culture amazing, but the beaches of Jamaica are absolute paradise!  Who wouldn’t want to watch the sky turn purple over the crystal clear water?

accommodation in jamaica

 

12. Airlie Beach, Australia 

Suggested by Packs Light

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Airlie Beach is one of the thousands of beaches in Australia, but it is a well-kept secret. Let’s just say I want to have my honeymoon here!

accommodation in airlie beach

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

13. Pula, Croatia

Suggested by Read To Travel

 

Stop number one on my first solo backpacking trip was Pula, Croatia.  A local girl offered to show me around to her favourite spots and brought me to this amazing piece of coastline.

accommodation in pula

 

 14. Whitsundays, Australia 

Suggested by Eight Corners

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Paradise to me is turquoise seas, warm waters, a thriving marine life, and white sand…and you can’t get any better than the Whitsundays. We went on a 5-day catamaran cruise around the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach—which is in the top 3 of the best sand I’ve ever seen—the Whitsundays remains one of my most treasured destinations.

accommodation in the whitsundays

 

15. Rapperswil, Switzerland  

Suggested by I’m Voyager

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Switzerland is a country which must have inspired the great masterpieces of art and literature, it is like a painting come to life, a poem wafting tantalizingly in the air, a sculpture skillfully etched by Nature. One relatively unknown gem where you can listen to the sound of your own footfalls and gaze reverently at the lake and soak in nature is Rapperswil.

accommodation in Rapperswil

 

16. Little Corn Island, Nicaragua 

Suggested by Big World Small Pockets

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

I discovered the paradise of Little Corn Island, off the coast of Nicaragua in Central America, when I was backpacking through this crazy continent. Planning to explore this tiny Carribean gem for a week, I fell so in love with the island that I actually ended up living there for a year and not going home!

accommodation near little corn island

 

17. Cathedral Cove,  New Zealand 

Suggested by Enchanted Serendipity

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Cathedral Cove (Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve) on New Zealand’s north island is simply stunning! Often bypassed for more well-known parts of New Zealand; the 45-minute walk and few detours along the way make this one of the world’s truest paradises. It should not be missed!

accommodation near cathedral cove

 

18. Malalison Island, The Philippines  

Suggested by Le Misstache

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

This is Malalison Island, an unspoiled beach getaway in the Western Visayas part of the Philippines. I could spend a full day here, looking above, observing the vastness of the Earth and how I occupy just a tiny, little space in it.

accommodation near Malalison island

 

 19. Bodrum, Turkey

Suggested by The World Pursuit 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Paradise is walking around the empty alleyways of Bodrum. Taking in all the beautiful white and blue buildings, surrounded with cobblestone at your feet.

accommodation in bodrum

 

20. Mai Chau, Vietnam

Suggested by Willful And Wildhearted

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Tucked away in the Northern hills of Vietnam, Mai Chau in an area untouched by tourism and the hustle and bustle of the nation’s larger cities. I was fortunate enough to do a homestay with a minority tribe in July 2014, which was one of the most eye-opening and life-changing experiences I’ve had to date. I loved it so much I’ll be returning this spring!

accommodation in mai chau

 

21. Shetland, Scotland

Suggested by Elizabeths Kitchen Diary

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

My idea of paradise is sea kayaking in flat calm seas under the midnight sun in Shetland, an island archipelago located at 60 degrees North, exploring sea caves and arches along the wild and rugged coast of Ronas Voe.

accommodation in shetland

 

 22. Western Tatras, Slovakia

Suggested by Next Stop Abroad

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Rohace mountains are the only place I am visiting year after year. Not only because of the stunning views one gets from the mountain peaks, but also because of the overall feeling I have during my hike – I always relax & forget about problems, I breathe the fresh mountainous air and meet some deer when I am lucky enough. Besides, what can be better than a walk around crystal-clear glacier lakes?

accommodation near the western tatras

 

 23. Socotra Island 

Suggested by Your Exotic World

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Socotra is an island off mainland Yemen. It is called the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean and is famous for the indigenous Blood Dragon Trees. They are not found anywhere else on the planet. This island has 1 road, a handful of locals and remains closed to the world for 6 months of the year due to high-velocity winds. It is an undiscovered paradise.

 

 

24. Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Colombia

Suggested by Made All The Difference 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

The cover of Lonely Planet Colombia doesn’t begin to do the splendour of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona justice.  The two days I spent hiking along the Caribbean coast was my favourite outdoor adventure while in Colombia.

accommodation near Tayrona National Natural Park

 

25. San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Suggested by Authentic Food Quest 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

If you have ever dreamed about going to the moon, visit Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Here you will “walk on the moon” and experience the best star gazing ever!

accommodation in San pedro de Atacama

 

 26. Stavanger, Norway

Suggested by Sidles Adventures 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Stavanger, is one of the most stunning paradises around the world, it is the most beautiful place we have ever travelled to. Not just for its natural beauty, but also, the feeling of awe you get when you’re at the top of the Pulpit Rock looking down at the Fjords.

accommodation in stavanger

 

27. Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang, Laos

Suggested by Adoration 4 Adventure 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

These are the Kuang Si Falls hidden away just outside of Luang Prabang, Laos. This beautiful area is known amongst backpackers but is just starting to be discovered by more tourists, so go soon to enjoy the serenity!

accommodation in luang prabang

 

28. Kauai, Hawaii

Suggested by Dreaming And Wandering 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

In Kauai (Hawaii) I hiked the strenuous 18 km Kalalau trail to put my tent up on Kalalau beach, under the shade of a Kamani tree, whose nuts taste like almonds and near to the waterfall providing fresh water and pleasure of refreshing shower. This incredible place a real slice of forgotten paradise and getting there is like going back through the time.

accommodation in kauai

 

29. Sidi Ali Lake, Morocco

Suggested by Passport and Plates

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

 This is Sidi Ali Lake in Morocco. I stopped here on a road trip to Meknes and couldn’t believe how crystal clear the water is…it looks straight out of a postcard!

accommodation near sidi ali lake

 

30. St. Lucia, Caribbean

Suggested by Roar Loud

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

For me St. Lucia fit my idea of a perfect tropical Caribbean vacation.  At the cove Gros Islet we were treated to turquoise waters, sandy beaches and pure luxury.

accommodation in Saint Lucia

 

31. Kelimutu National Park in Flores, Indonesia

Suggested by The Sea Is My Cup Of Tea 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Kelimutu national park in the mountains of Flores is a sacred place to the local village people and I can totally see why. They believe the souls of the village people rest in the crater lakes and that this is the reason the lakes keep changing colours without a cause. There are no other places that ever made me so quiet and peaceful inside as this hidden gem did. And did I mention there was no one there?!

accommodation in Flores

 

32. Whistler, Canada

Suggested by Last Fiasco Run

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

My paradise is Whistler, Canada. The only way to describe it is Never-Never Land for grown-ups! Not only is it beautiful, with its lakes and mountains, it attracts travellers from all over the world creating an amazing community. It allows adults to become kids again, spending their days exploring the forests or mountains; hiking, swimming, skateboarding, snowboarding and even white water rafting, there is never a dull day.

accommodation in Whistler

 

33. Holetown, Barbados

Suggested by What Kirsty Did Next

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

My stunning paradise was in Holetown in Barbados. We went for a stroll along the beach and about a five-minute walk from our hotel was this magnificent stretch of beach. There were only two other people swimming in it so it was pretty secluded. The colour of the water was breath-taking!

accommodation in holetown

 

34. Kraljevica, Croatia

Suggested by Legging It

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Often people think of paradise as tropical hideaways but we discovered Kraljevica in Croatia. Waking up every morning to this stunning view, walks around beautiful bays and sunsets to die for pure paradise.

accommodation in the Kvarner region

 

35. Salamina Island, Greece

Suggested by Hepburn and Handbags

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Salamina Island is the most local spot we could find- hardly any English speakers, no tourists, just locals enjoying a day at the beach. Our plans to visit Hydra fell through (oversleeping…) so a travel agent at our hotel suggested Salamina. It was the perfect, completely unexpected, paradise!

accommodation on Salamina island

 

36. Meeru, Maldives 

Suggested by Tourism With Me

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Meeru is an island in the Malé atoll, a paradise of white sand beaches, a coral reef, parrotfishes and coral reef sharks. The Maldives equals to relax, being comfortable and having time for yourself.

accommodation in meeru

 

37. Andros Island, Bahamas

Suggested by Cosmos Mariners 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

If paradise means deserted white sand beaches, scuba diving, fishing, and crystal clear water, look no further than Andros Island, Bahamas! Explore the once forgotten (and now rediscovered) village of Red Bays, tour the Androsia Fabric Factory for the perfect souvenir, and go hunting for the real Captain Morgan’s gold at Morgan’s Bluff.

accommodation on andros island

 

38. Big Sur, California

Suggested by FOXYOXIE

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

I recently discovered paradise in Big Sur, California. The undisturbed miles of redwood- and fog-trimmed coastline between San Simeon and Monterey feel like a private and secluded oasis, with majestic, picturesque boulders on one side of the winding road and brutal ocean waves crashing into the rocks below. Standing on the edge of a cliff jutting out above the tumultuous waves – mere steps away from a plunging death – one cannot help but feel incredibly small, yet completely and utterly free.

accommodation in big sur

 

 39. Alonissos Island, Greece

Suggested by Pinay Flying High 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

The island of Alonissos in the Sporades region of Greece is definitely a paradise that I wouldn’t mind going back to over and over again. With it’s beautiful beaches and its charming Old Chora, it’s definitely a piece of heaven on earth.

accommodation on alonissos island

 

40. Isla del Sol, Bolivia

Suggested by Gamin Traveler

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Isla del Sol to me was paradise because it was a very a beautiful and deserted island. It’s an Island in Titicaca Lake, almost 4 000 meters altitude, and with very little population.

accommodation in isla del sol

 

41. Santorini, Greece

Suggested by The Mad Orange 

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

This is from the Suites of the God Hotel on the cliffs of Santorini overlooking the Caldera, it is absolutely stunning. There is something so unbelievable about waking up to this view every morning and something so peaceful about sitting having a glass of wine with that view.

accommodation on santorini island

 

42. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Suggested by Yokomeshi

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

This photo was taken at Long Beach on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam and is completely my definition of Paradise!

accommodation in Phu Quoc

 

43. Rovinj, Croatia

Suggested by Jet Setting Fools

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Perched on a peninsula in the Adriatic Sea is the idyllic town of Rovinj, Croatia. The distinct Croatian charm is entwined with an Italian flare. Twisting cobblestone streets lead to up to a hilltop church and down to the rocky shore surrounded by translucent water. The sunset was taken from Rovinj’s seaside restaurant, Monte Carlo.

accommodation in Rovinj

 

44. Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia 

Suggested by Boozy Backpacker

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

The smaller, less populated neighbour to party hard Koh Rong, I actually found this island completely by mistake when I got off the ferry to the latter. We’d pulled up to this beautifully deserted beach and the ferryman said: “Koh Rong Samloem, thirty minutes, we go”. I just assumed, since I’d heard the words “Koh” and “Rong”, that I was on the right island, just the wrong beach.

After about an hour of wandering around and pretending I was Tom Hanks from Castaway, I figured out I was on the wrong Rong and my ferry had already left without me. But it was a blessing in disguise because the island is lush and relatively deserted save for a few beachside bungalows, one of them brilliantly, betcha-never-saw-that-one-coming, creatively named The Beach, with azure water and soft, perfect white sand. On a moonless night, you can see glowing bioluminescent plankton.

accommodation in Koh Rong Samloem

 

45. Porthcurno, Cornwall

Suggested by – Anita Hendrieka (me!)

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World

Just one of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches, this place looks like something you would find in Greece and not the UK!

accommodation in porthcurno

 

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    NextStopAbroad.com
    January 31, 2016 at 10:58 am

    truly amazing places! I hope to check them all out one day 🙂

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    Steph
    February 1, 2016 at 1:45 am

    What a great post – thanks for including me and so wonderful to see the paradises of so many others! 🙂

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    The sea is my cup of tea
    January 31, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Love how it turned out! Thanks for the mention:)

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    Kirsty Marrins
    February 1, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Love this post – so many amazing places! Thanks for including mine 🙂

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    Dave (Silverbackpacker)
    February 4, 2016 at 10:10 am

    What a great list and some beautiful photos. Now i have some more places to add to my ever growing bucketlist .:)

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    Liz
    February 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Such a great list! I want to just get up from my work station and go now. 🙂 Happy to see several spots in the Philippines!

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    World Travel Bug
    February 5, 2016 at 2:59 am

    ….and here I thought I already travelled a lot….! Stunning places. Good idea of a post too 🙂

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    Svet Dimitrov
    February 6, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Yey, what a wonderful post! I especially loved your photo and the one from Malalison Island. I have been to many paradises. Probably the last one would be Yangshuo and its karst formations. I have a blog post about it if you are interested 🙂

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    hanamuv
    February 6, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I really need a holiday in any of these places!

  • Reply
    Dom from Flashpacking Duo
    February 6, 2016 at 8:36 am

    What a set of amazing places. If i get to visit half of them id be very happy. Great pictures as well.

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    Ruben Arribas | Gamin Traveler
    February 7, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Great places! I want to go everywhere! Thanks for including my pic 🙂

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    molly
    February 8, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Beautiful! There are always incredible spots around the world. Thanks for highlighting them!

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    heathrow to Brighton Taxi
    February 9, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Very nice post , really superb . Thanks for your sharing .

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    DrifterHannah
    February 10, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I’ve been to 4 of these places. Maybe I’ll get to add another one or two this year 🙂

  • Reply
    Kevin Wagar
    February 10, 2016 at 5:43 am

    What incredible variety in locations! I love seeing so many amazing locations in one thread!

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    Grietje | TravelGretl
    February 13, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Great collection you’ve got in here! Though in Switzerland – I would love to nominate the Aletsch Glacier 😉

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    Ed
    March 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Wow! Thank you for sharing! I hope I can visit all these places. Thanks also for including 3 Philippine destinations in your list. 🙂

  • Reply
    Tifa Rose
    March 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing God’s creation…

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    JayZee
    May 9, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Wow great big list! Nice to see several from the Philippines!

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      Anita Hendrieka
      May 10, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks for reading 🙂 I really REALLY want to go to the Philippines, it looks beyond beautiful.

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    Neha Verma
    October 16, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Awesome list for people like us who are always hungry for more nature and naturally beautiful places…

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    Mike Clegg - www.travelanddestinations.com
    May 11, 2017 at 4:38 am

    So many amazing destinations! Isla de gigantes in particular looks so beautiful! Thanks for sharing and driving our wanderlust! 🙂

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    John Cosio
    May 9, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Hello Anita!
    Thanks for including my photo 😀
    Great recommendations, I’d like to visit the others as well someday.

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