Find Your Hidden Paradise in the World: 65 Spectacular Destinations

Last Updated on February 5, 2024


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There are millions of beautiful paradise spots around the world and some you may have never known existed.

After my popular blog post about the most stunning paradises around the world, here are 65 more spectacular destinations to find your own hidden paradise in the world.

These hidden places in the world venture from New Zealand to Morocco and as far as Iceland. Let me know if you have been to any of these places in paradise!

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Find a Hidden Paradise in the World

1. Isla Perro, San Blas Islands

Suggested by The Lost Girls Guide

Explore these hidden gems around the world, person in bathing suit and white hat sitting on beach detritus next to moss-covered logs on the white sand under a bright blue sky

Located off the north coast of the isthmus of Panama, the San Blas are made up of 365 islands – one for every day of the year.

This hidden paradise in the world is perfect for beach and sun lovers who just want to escape it all!

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2. The Scottish Highlands, UK

Suggested by Watch Me See

Discover the hidden places in the world, large lake surrounded by tall grassy mountains stretching off into the distance under a bright cloudy sky

Why do I consider the Scottish Highlands one of the hidden gems around the world?

I love the mountains and ever since moving to Scotland, I feel so blessed to get the gorgeous views on even the most simple day hikes!

🛌🏼 Click to check out the best accommodation in the Scottish Highlands here

3. Pools Waterfalls, Trinidad & Tobago

Suggested by Go Drift Away

Learn your favourite paradise places to visit, man in shorts standing in front of waterfall cascading down smooth rockface

A secluded three-tier waterfall high up in the mountains of one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands.

If this isn’t Earth’s hidden paradise, I don’t know what is!

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4. Tropea, Italy 

Suggested by Miss wanderlust

Find the most beautiful unknown places in the world, tall stone fortification sitting on imposing rock formation next to white sandy beach with waves lapping on the shore under a clear blue sky

The compact old town of Tropea perches on the edge of a cliff overlooking the deep blue waters of the Gulf of St. Eufemia creating a striking visual.

Sandy beaches below and a classic Italian town above with world-class food make Tropea a definitely a hidden paradise in the world.

5. Upper Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan

Suggested by Raulerson Girls Travel

Start visiting the hidden places around the world, small waterfall cascading into long winding river with rainbow shining in the water spray and green foliage behind

The Tahquamenon Falls State Park is one of my favourite places to visit & hike in the Upper Peninsula.

The Upper Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi and the largest in Michigan.

It drops almost 50 feet and reaches 200 feet across allowing for 50,000 gallons of water each second to flow over it. Standing next to it you will be in awe of the power flowing right next to you.

6. Dakhla, Morocco

Suggested by Bewildered In Morocco

Wander around this hidden paradise on Earth, person in blue shirt and white hat looking out across large area of white sand and large pools of clear water under a clear blue sky

It is paradise because that’s the place where the restive sands of the white dunes meet the peaceful waters of the blue lagoon.

Only you and the nature, enormous surface and the wind!

7. Jokulsarlon glacier lake, Iceland

Suggested by The Daily Adventures Of Me

Journey to the hidden paradise in the world, large formation of white and blue ice sitting in still water under a dramatic dark grey and purple sky

The prettiest place I have ever been was Jokulsarlon, a glacier lake in Iceland.

There you can hear and see icebergs calve off of a glacier, float down a stream and travel through the waves out into the sea.

I enjoyed the whole country immensely with its wonderful hiking, the northern lights, friendly people and scrumptious foods, but this place with beyond my imagination beautiful. Truly a paradise.

8. Galapagos Islands 

Suggested by Nadia VS The World

Learn more about Earth's hidden paradise, person lying down next to large giant tortoise working its way across a small field of green grass with trees behind

Galapagos Islands was my 10th stop on my trip around the world. It was love at first sight when I arrived on this hidden paradise in the world.

It’s a truly unique place with flora and fauna that can not be seen anywhere else.

9. Ship Cove, New Zealand

Try out these paradise holiday destinations, long wooden pier leading out of dense green foliage onto a large body of deep blue water with tree-covered hills behind

This path leads to my hidden paradise in the world.

It’s so secluded you forget all your stresses and worries for just a moment and learn to enjoy the moment.

It’s not only one of the best secret spots in New Zealand but one of the most hidden beautiful places in the world!

10. The Himalayas

Suggested by Unusual Traveler

These paradise locations are some of the most beautiful in the world, view of tall mountain range with snowy peaks and a large brick building to one side with small field of yellow plants in the foreground

The Himalayas are more than just mountains, it’s colourful, with new breathing scenery around every corner and some of the most welcoming and warm people on earth.

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11. Central Otago, New Zealand

Suggested by A Wanderphile

It's time to see more paradise places, large open space full of green fields containing grazing sheep with a tall range of snow-capped mountains behind

The Otago Central Rail Trail in New Zealand is a special place. It sits proud and direct across the south island.

Nestled amongst rugged tor-studded lands with vast open spaces that are dwarfed by the immense, Central Otago sky.

12. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Suggested by Grassroots Nomad

Enjoy the most breathtaking paradise places in the world, wide open grassy plain with tall hill covered in clusters of green trees in the distance

To me, paradise isn’t a white sandy beach, but it is a wild forest or savanna where I can truly explore and experience the world in all its natural beauty!

13. Port Barton, Palawan Island – Philippines

Suggested by Live Dream Discover

Find the best hidden paradise in the Earth, long sandy beach with boats moored in turquoise waters with a canopy of lush green trees behind all under a blue sky

Port Barton on Palawan Island in the Philippines is El Nido’s less popular little brother. But this makes it one of the best secret holiday destinations.

But to me, the quiet, clean beaches, lack of 5-star resorts, laid back lifestyle and enforced disconnect due to limited power makes it one of the most stunning paradises in the world.

14. Rwanda

Suggested by Stay Curious Darling

Travel to the best paradise destinations this year, wide trees in silhouette standing in a grassy field with a bank of trees behind all in the moody haze of a dark sunset

Rwanda is the land of green; land of lush forests, rolling hills as far as the eye can see and beautiful tea plantations at every turn.

It is one of the only places in the world where you can hike to observe mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

The people are kind and curious. It is the land of a thousand hills and a thousand smiles. I could go on and on but pictures and words will never do this beautiful landscape justice.

You really have to go see it for yourself!

15. Québec, Canada

Suggested by Every Footstep An Adventure

Discover the most beautiful hidden places in the world, narrow street of shops all lit up with Christmas lights and decorated Christmas trees with people walking up and down at night

The feeling of awe you get when looking down at the mighty Sainte-Anne Falls is indescribable.

This magical waterfall is located in Québec, Canada and the memories I created here definitely make me consider it a hidden paradise in the world!

16. Mombacho Volcano, Nicaragua

Suggested by Best Regards From Far

Travel to these destinations in paradise, view of the dark line of a mountain against the sky at dusk with ominous grey clouds behind

Where birds sing and the monkeys swing, this is one of the best unknown travel destinations in the world.

The cloud forest on the Mombacho volcano is full of life and contains flora and fauna only found there.

The cool air is the perfect escape to the heat down the mountain and the vistas over Lake Nicaragua, Granada and its islands are a true reward after a sporty hike up.

17. Lombok, Indonesia

Suggested by Aussie Tourist

These places in paradise are just stunning, people swimming in the sea next to bright sandy beach with lush green trees nearby upon which people have hung their clothes

Lombok – the epitome of relaxation in paradise!

Bali’s lesser-known neighbour is home to picturesque, yet quiet beaches, beautiful people and the place I disappear to if I just want to escape reality. This is why I prefer Lombok to Bali!

18. Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Suggested by Lilis Travel Plans

Make sure to visit these hidden travel destinations, footpath leading through wide field of green grass towards rolling hills covered in green trees and other fields under a blue sky with white fluffy clouds

For me, earth’s hidden paradise is Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.

From lush forests to vast meadows offering breathtaking views, Khao Yai National Park has it all. And if you’re lucky, you might even see monkeys or elephants in the wild!

19. Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Suggested by Ze Wandering Frogs

Find your new favourite unknown travel destinations, wide dirt road leading through wilderness populated with low green bushes and shrubs and some tall thin trees under a wide open blue sky with wispy clouds

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s hidden gem and one of the most unknown beautiful places in the world.

From the red Outback-like dirt roads, the smell of the Eucalyptus trees, the deep blue of the ocean, the sunny Australian sky … to the Kangaroos, Koalas and Echidnas iconic of the Down Under’s wildlife.

This amazing island south of Adelaide was our first introduction to the wonders of Australia and one of our best experiences during our trip.

20. Hong Kong Island, China

Suggested by Danik The Explorer

Check out these hidden beautiful places in the world, long sandy beach with wide foamy waves breaking in front of tall hills covered in green foliage under a bright sky

After a long day’s hike around the Dragon’s Back on Hong Kong Island, HK, China, it is time to soak up the sun and relax those muscles by drifting off to sleep on the pure golden sands of Shek O Village.

This is truly a hidden paradise in the world where life is perfect!

21. Gurudongmar Lake, India

Suggested by Untravel

Find these unknown beautiful places in the world today, wide still lake surrounded by range of snow-covered mountain peaks under a clear blue sky

A mesmerizing view of the snow-fed waters of Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim kissing the pristine blue sky.

If you are looking for a world hidden paradise in India, look no further than the stunning Gurudongmar Lake.

22. Svartifoss, Iceland

Suggested by Wandering Wagars

Enjoy some of the undiscovered beautiful places in the world, tall waterfall cascading down over distinct square rock formations onto pile of boulders on the shore of a small pond surrounded by other boulders covered in green moss and lichen

Iceland is one of the world’s most spectacular treasures. Among its plethora of waterfalls lies one of the earth’s true jewel’s, Svartifoss is a waterfall that seems out of this world!

23. Antelope Canyon, Arizona – USA

Suggested by Miss Happy Feet

Discover the best secret holiday destinations, pathway leading between smooth and wavy rock formations with pools of sunlight shining through at intermittent points

Why it is paradise: Look at the rich colour of the corkscrew structures! They say a picture represents a thousand words, but in Antelope Canyon, a picture doesn’t even do it justice.

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24. Six Senses Laamu, The Maldives

Suggested by Safe Travels By Sally

Travel to the best paradise islands, person in sunglasses sitting on bicycle on a wooden gangplank crossing over clear turquoise ocean waters with the wide expanse of the ocean behind topped with a cornucopia of white fluffy clouds under a bright blue sky

My paradise is riding around barefoot on an (almost) deserted island on my own personalised bicycle with the biggest grin on my face.

25. Comino (The Blue Lagoon), Malta

Suggested by Chamelle Photography

Become acquainted with these unknown vacation spots, large blue lagoon with people swimming next to large rock formations in the distance

Malta is a fascinating country with a history dating back to over 7000 years. However, what blew me away was this amazing blue lagoon on Comino island, with the bluest water I’d ever seen.

I spent a whole day here and could have easily spent longer!

26. Yosemite National Park, USA

Suggested by Adoration 4 Adventure

Explore the world's hidden gems, tall rocky mountains sitting proudly above a bank of thick grey mist which hovers over some dense greenery with trees and bushes in the foreground under a cloudy grey sky

This national park is a must-see because of its beautiful and unique rock formations, breathtaking views, and wonderful hikes.

27. The Island of Grenada

Suggested by Cheers To Adventure

Find these hidden vacation spots on your next trip, person swimming in green clear waters next to a sandy beach with palm trees under a bright blue sky with clouds

To me paradise is a state of mind. Floating in a blue ocean. Making it to the top of a mountain. Scuba diving with the fishes.

And all of that can be accomplished on the island of Grenada, a true hidden paradise in the world!

28. Queenstown, New Zealand

Suggested by The Sweet Wanderlust

It's time to find the hidden gems around the world, wide open view of a large lake with the silhouettes of trees in the foreground and a range of mountain peaks leading off into the distance under a fiery orange cloudy sky at dusk

Paradise is being surrounded by nature, where 50 shades of daytime blue explode into the most amazing sunsets.

Queenstown offers all this and more, which is why it’s one of my go-to paradise places.

29. Komodo Islands, Indonesia

Suggested by Mi Aventura Viajando

Travel to some of the hidden places in the world this summer, person with arms outstretched standing on hilltop in front of wide view of lakes surrounded by rolling hills and mountains stretching off into the distance

What do you get if you mix in the same place the most stunning sunrises and sunsets, amazing landscapes, pink beaches, a world-famous dragon with massive manta rays, sharks and turtles?

This is one of the paradise places to visit over and under the water! Komodo in Indonesia is definitely one of the world’s hidden gems.

30. Fiesole, Italy

Suggested by Voyager

Check out these paradise places to visit this year, view across the city of Fiesole, Italy with many terracotta rooftopped buildings and some larger ornate buildings with impressive domes and towers under an orange sky at dusk

Fiesole is an enchanting place where every step is in harmony with nature and every breath of the fresh mountain air a whiff of ambrosia.

This is a place where you can still hear the sounds of Michael Angelo’s hammer and chisel and feel Leonardo da Vinci’s excitement as he tested his Flying Machine.

This is a hidden paradise in the earth you won’t want to miss!

31. Florence, Oregon

Suggested by Everyday Runaway

You must see these most beautiful unknown places in the world, long sandy beach with green trees to one side and white foamy waves to the other stretching off towards rolling hills in the distance all under an impressive series of cloud banks on a bright day

It’s a hidden paradise in the world to me, because this certain beach is only accessible by horseback (unless you want to hike over several sand dunes).

The lack of tourists makes it one of the few quiet, clean and beautiful beaches on which you can reflect and really enjoy nature.

32. Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Suggested by The Bosnian Aussie

Enjoy these hidden places around the world, person standing on viewing point looking out across the city of Mostar, Bosnia and its famous pointed bridge over the river with a large grassy hill to one side all under a bright blue sky

With winding cobblestoned streets, emerald green river cold as ice, stone houses, and an arched bridge where brave men jump from, Moster is a hidden paradise in the world.

This gorgeous city will leave travellers feeling like they had stepped into a fairytale.

A city full of diversity and a complicated past, but full of beauty and great hospitality, Mostar will leave you wanting more of this great country.

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33. Nagarhole National Park, South India

Suggested by Vishualization

Explore this popular hidden paradise on Earth, view out across dense green foliage shrouded in mist on a bright day

This picture was taken in a tree house in Coorg near the Nagarhole National park in South India, one of my favourite paradise locations.

This was right in the morning before we left for the safari. Pure Bliss!

34. Sossusvlei, Namibia

Suggested by Journal Of A City Girl

Discover the hidden paradise in the world that you love the most, wide open desert with line of leafless trees in front of orange sand dunes all under a vast clear blue sky

Standing among the towering terracotta dunes, the clear sky overhead, surrounded by the pure silence is a surreal experience.

Lying in the largely undiscovered Southern African country of Namibia is Sossusvlei, the oldest desert in the world.

35. Bohey Dulang Island, Semporna, Malaysia

Suggested by Keri Mau

Earth's hidden paradise locations are waiting for you, view of series of tree-covered hills sitting in lush blue and green waters under a bright blue sky with clouds

Bohey Dulang Island is just one of the many islands off the coast of the little fishing town called Semporna.

Take a trip to this hidden paradise in the world to snorkel or scuba dive, and get your daily dose of Vitamin Sea.

36. Bernese Alps, Switzerland

Suggested by The Roaming Renegades

Try out these paradise holiday destinations, large series of snow-capped mountains covered in patches of forest and grass leading off into the distance under a bright blue sky

Interlaken is a hidden paradise on earth for me because adventure is around every corner of this beautiful and quaint mountain town!

37. Milford Sound, New Zealand

Suggested by Half This World Away

Wander the best paradise locations in the world, view up the side of a tall mountain covered in grass and moss with several small waterfalls cascading down the sides on a misty day

Milford Sound is one of the most incredible places on earth. A mysterious Fiordland complete with cascading waterfalls and magnificent mountains, It’s a place which evokes a sense of awe.

Although not your traditional paradise of golden beaches and white sands, Milford Sound is without a doubt a magical place which has to be seen to be believed.

38. Patagonia, Argentina

Suggested by My Adventures Across The World

Explore these paradise places in the world, completely still turquoise lake sitting surrounded by tall ice-covered mountain peaks under a clear blue sky

Patagonia perfectly fulfils my idea of paradise holiday destinations.

A wild territory, mountains that dare to be hiked, with lots of open space, animals free to roam, clean air, silence that is only broken by the strong winds. Can’t really ask for more!

39. Belogradchick, Bulgaria

Suggested by Travel Telling

Enjoy this hidden paradise in the Earth, man taking selfie in front of tall rock formations surrounded by green foliage with rolling hills in the distance

On top of the mountain with this stunning natural beauty shining towards my face I was reminded of a feeling of thankfulness, sadness and happiness altogether – a real emotional moment!

This natural hidden paradise in the world I found during my cycle trip through Eastern-Europe last summer.

40. Bermuda

Suggested by The Go Fever

Check out the best paradise destinations this year, dark grey rock formations sitting in low water next to white sandy beach on a bright day

Bermuda truly is heaven on Earth: it has the most stunning pink-sand beaches I’ve ever seen!

You’ll also find delicious food, adorable architecture and a wealth of historically important sites on the island, plus the people of Bermuda are the nicest I’ve met in my travels around the world.

41. Cerknica lake, Slovenia

Suggested by Adventurous Journeys  

Find the most beautiful hidden places in the world, person sitting in the shade of a tree looking out across a river running through a valley lined with tall grass-covered hills

Mysterious and miraculous Cerknica lake is world phenomenon, yet very unknow outside of Slovenia. It´s the biggest disappearing lake in the world.

The legend about the creation of the Cerknica lake is also Slovenian version of Rome and Juliet.

The lake is important natural and wildlife resort and home to mythical creatures from Slovenian folk culture.

42. Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica

Suggested by Drink Tea & Travel

Check out these destinations in paradise locations, rows of tall green palm trees lining a long sandy beach with white foamy waves creeping up the shore under a clear blue sky

There are no hotels along this beach, no souvenir shops, and no restaurants, just hundreds of palm trees lining a long stretch of beautiful beach sandy beach.

43. Near Dixie, Idaho, USA

Suggested by Woman With Wanderlust

See some of the most beautiful places in paradise, wooden cabin covered in snow and icicles sitting on hillside looking out across view of rolling hills all dusted in snow under a clear sky

Paradise is a place to get away and it doesn’t get any more away than skiing into the Idaho backcountry and waking up to this view.

44. Arraial do Cabo, Brazil

Suggested by Fui Gostei Contei

Try out these hidden travel destinations, person taking pictures of large bay with blue water and sandy beach next to wide green hillside

Only 160km separate Rio de Janeiro city from Arraial do Cabo, where you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil and one of the most beautiful hidden places in the world.

Don´t miss the opportunity to see the sunset from Pontal do Atalaia and to go for a short hike to Forno Beach.

Trust me, even the most amazing pictures don´t do justice to this hidden paradise in the world!

45. Batanes, Philippines

Suggested by I Am Aileen

Try out some unknown travel destinations, aerial shot of rolling green fields leading towards wide blue ocean under a cloudy blue sky

Dubbed as the ‘Home of the Winds’, the Batanes islands in the Philippines is one of those hidden destinations that hold a kind of beauty that is unrivalled.

Truly a paradise on Earth, Batanes will absolutely make you fall in love with its breathtaking landscapes!

46. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Suggested by Claires Footsteps

These hidden beautiful places in the world will take your breath away, row of small wooden boats sitting on the shores of a wide lake surrounded by two wooden jetties with tall mountains in the distance

With deep blue, clear waters broken only by the occasional passing boat, and fringed by looming volcanoes, it’s easy to imagine why Lake Atitlan will take your breath away.

The seven settlements around the lake all offer different, equally eye-catching, views and you can guarantee that your breath will repeatedly be taken away by the vista at Lake Atitlan.

47. Rocky Lookout, Wairarapa, New Zealand

Find these unknown beautiful places in the world this year, dog standing on wooden viewing platform sat above a wide vista of rolling hills and mountains all covered in thick green forest under a dramatic grey cloudy sky

Paradise is when you feel like you’re at the top of the world! If you need some time out, this hidden paradise in the world is the place to go.

48. San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Suggested by Bacon Is Magic

Discover some undiscovered beautiful places in the world, wide plain full of salt rock formations leading towards mountain range in the distance under a pink and purple cloudy sky at dusk

When you tire of beaches head to the desert in northern Chile, here you will find wild desert with salt rock formations and beautiful sunsets.

49. Sheikh Zayan Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Suggested by Spice Goddess

Secretly enjoy these secret holiday destinations on your next vacation, large swimming pool made with ornate tiles next to large open area full of ornate white and gold columns

Set in the midst of the hustle and bustle lies this beautiful mosque that captivates one’s attention. Every side is beautifully crafted and one can not help but take about a million pictures.

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50. São Miguel, the Azores

Suggested by My Feet Are Meant To Room

The best paradise islands are waiting for you, large lake surrounded by tall hillsides covered in grass and rocks under a grey cloudy sky

Halfway between Europe and North America, the 9 islands that make up the Azores are still a relatively unspoilt territory.

The main island of São Miguel is home to hot springs, tea plantations, numerous walking trails and breath-taking lakes like Lagoa de Fogo!

51. Ampersand Mountain, New York, USA

Suggested by Laurence Dessureault

Find your favourite unknown vacation spots, person standing on mountain top in front of still pool of water with wide vista of rolling hills and lakes under a wide open sky

Paradise is simple while being breathtaking. It makes you gasp and smile. It fills your eyes with tears of joy and fills your heart with unforgettable memories.

It makes you want to call it home. It doesn’t have to be across the globe, it can be anywhere you wander to. Everywhere you go, if you let it, paradise will simply unveil before your eyes.

52. Natural Pool, Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Suggested by My Favourite Escapes

Find the world's hidden gems this summer, wide pool of water sitting next to tall lines of green trees and banks of white sand under a blue sky with clouds

After a journey on a traditional boat, a calm hike in the forest and a river crossing, we reached the Natural Pool, a truly hidden paradise in the world.

You can take time to eat a crawfish before snorkelling in the transparent water naturally protected by rocks from the sea.

53. Canigao Island Paradise, Philippines

Suggested by Crizzy Kiss

Wander amongst the hidden vacation spots of the world, idyllic small island with white sand surrounding a dense cluster of green foliage all surrounded by bright blue sea under a wide clear sky

Canigao Island is an islet that is tucked away in the middle of nowhere and where everything is pure nature.

54. The Windward Coast of Oahu, Hawaii

Suggested by Between England And Iowa

Find the world hidden paradise this year, long beach with white sand and small waves stretching off into the distance towards rows of hills under a blue sky with white clouds

For me, one of the best paradise destinations was exploring the Windward Coast of Oahu.

On one side of the road is an amazing mountain landscape and on the other, near deserted white sand beaches with turquoise ‘bath water warm’ sea and palm trees.

It was so relaxing just bobbing in the ocean in and looking at the mountains from this hidden paradise in the world.

55. Taiwan

Suggested by Veronika’s Adventure

Enjoy some world hidden paradise in Asia, person sitting on ledge looking out over a harbour with man-made rock walls and moored boats all surrounded by a wide bank of tall green hills

There are very few places on Earth that offer such a high concentration of natural beauty as Taiwan.

This mountainous island in the heart of East Asia has it all: rushing rivers, scenic cliffs, deep gorges.

I lived in this world hidden paradise in Asia for two years and never run out of places to explore!

56. Alpe di Siusi , Northern Italy

Suggested by Wander Your Way

These paradise places in the world must be seen to be believed, wide open valley full of grass and green trees with two large stone mountains looking above with wispy clouds rolling across them on a grey day

The Alpe di Siusi is the largest high alpine meadow in Europe and my favourite hidden paradise in the world.

The natural beauty here is stunning – unlike anything I’ve ever seen! Truly a mountain paradise!

57. Cape Breton, Canada

Suggested by Life In A Carryon

Explore this hidden paradise in the Earth, pristine still-water lake surrounded by thick groups of trees in autumnal colours under a bright blue sky with white wispy clouds

Natural beauty, relaxing days on the water, delicious food from the sea, what more could you ask for from the paradise that is Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.

58. Eagle Beach, Aruba

Suggested by There and Back in a New York Minute

Travel to the best paradise destinations, large white spray from lapping waves hitting a bank of rocky shore next to the deep blue waters of the ocean

Part of the ABC island, Aruba is one of the best paradise islands and the world’s greatest treasures.

This small desert island off the coast of Venezuela entices visitors with white sandy beaches, and beautiful dives among WWII shipwrecks.

But most of all, the generous locals who are eager to share their unique culture in one of the hidden gems around the world.

59. Sari Sari Falls, Dominica

Suggested by Where In The World Is Nina

Find the most beautiful hidden places in the world today, lines of mist streaking dramatically through trees lining the top of a ridge of a hill under a sky full of thick grey clouds

It’s rare that anyone has even heard of this small Caribbean island, but it’s one of the most beautiful unknown places in the world.

And this majestic and powerful waterfall that requires a harrowing hike to get to is just one of the most incredible highlights the island features.

Paradise just might be an understatement!

60. Similan Islands, Thailand

Suggested by Wonderluhst

Visit these destinations in paradise, small sandy beach next to clear turquoise waters with people sunbathing all surrounded by a thick bank of green trees and shrubs

The Similan Islands in Thailand is said to be one of the 10 best places for snorkelling, diving and just enjoying the water in general in the WORLD!

It has the bluest and clearest waters you’ll ever see. It’s one of the destinations in paradise you must enjoy for yourself.

62. Olifant’s river, South Africa

Suggested by Yoko Meshi

Pick your favourite places in paradise, black and white close-up shot of a large feline emerging from pitch black shadow

It was not unusual to see all kinds of beautiful wildlife from Elephants, Umpalas, Giraffes and baboons grazing by the waterside.

This place was truly my kind of hidden paradise in the world.

62. Punta Del Diablo, Uruguay

Suggested by Haisu Qu

Enjoy these hidden travel destinations this fall, person holding surfboard walking out of the rolling waves lapping at the shores of a sandy beach at dusk

The vibe, the colours, and the people – Punta Del Diablo is the perfect world hidden paradise.

💡PACKING TIP: Make sure you bring a good snorkel, water shoes and a fast-drying towel for all of the beach-going you’re about to do!

63. Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Azores

Suggested by Viaje Comigo

These exciting unknown travel destinations could be for you, panoramic view of a lake surrounded by green trees under a wide blue sky with grey clouds

This Portuguese archipelago (of 9 islands) is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The green hills and lakes and the volcanic nature scene of the island of São Miguel – the biggest of Azores – may leave you speechless.

It is one of the most mesmerising hidden travel destinations in the world!

64. Muxía, La Coruña, Spain

Suggested by Nomadic Newlyweds

Enjoy the hidden beautiful places in the world, person standing on hillside looking out across the ocean next to stone building with two bell-tower turrets on a cloudy day

A sleepy but stirringly spiritual seaside town in the province of Galicia – Northwestern Spain.

Arriving at the edge of the Costa da Morte after 28 days (and nearly 800km) of hiking the Camino de Santiago, I felt I’d discovered the hidden paradise in the world.

Embracing the healing powers of the sea and of this special place, is an overwhelming and rejuvenating experience!

65. Sedona, Arizona

Suggested by Maria Abroad

Wander the unknown beautiful places in the world, wide range of red rocky mountain peaks underneath a dark blue sky with wispy white clouds at sunset

The Red Rocks of Sedona are mesmerizing. You will find yourself pausing, reflecting, as you gaze at the beauty in front of you.

Like nature’s architectural masterpieces, fiery rocks against the deep blue sky will take forms and shapes in your imagination and the memory of this magical place will stay with you forever.

Frequently Asked Questions

✅ How much of Earth is still undiscovered?

Amazingly, 65% of the planet is still unexplored, mostly beneath the oceans. So there could be plenty of undiscovered beautiful places in the world hidden down under the waves.

✅ Where can I travel without tourists?

Sometimes to find the best unknown vacation spots, you have to go where other people aren’t going as much. A few of the least touristed places include, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands, all of which have their own unique version of paradise.

✅ Where is the best paradise on Earth?

That’s a matter of opinion! For some, the best paradise places in the world are sandy beaches and palm trees. For others, it could mean lush rainforest or dramatic rocky mountain ranges. Fortunately, there’s a lot of hidden paradise in the world!

What is your favourite hidden paradise in the world? Are there any hidden places around the world we missed? Please let us know your top hidden vacation spots in the comments! Don’t forget, you can read part one of the most stunning hidden paradise destinations here.


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  • Carla Boechat
    April 19, 2016

    Wooooooooooooooow! Packing everything now and taking the road.
    Amazing list, Anita!
    Thanks for sharing my favorite spot in Brazil. Hope you can come to visit it someday 🙂

  • Javi (Mi Aventura Viajando)
    April 19, 2016

    Challenge accepted! I will see these 65 amazing places before I die.
    A pleasure to be on this list 🙂

  • MariaAbroad
    April 19, 2016

    Wow, this invokes serious Wanderlust! Thanks Anita, now I won’t get anything done today, but rather stare out the window, daydreaming about those places 😉 Thank you for featuring my Sedona picture <3

  • verushka143
    April 19, 2016

    Thank you for sharing my picture.A severe case of wanderlust x

  • Voyager
    April 19, 2016

    Thank you Anita for featuring our post on Fiesole. 🙂 The part II collab post is wonderful. Each of these places are truly spectacular! Bucket list growing!!

  • Livia Chamelle
    April 19, 2016

    Thanks for adding my pic, Anita. There are so many beautiful places on this earth and so little time… Must get cracking! 🙂

  • Cynthia
    April 20, 2016

    An amazing list of places you put together, Anita! Thanks for featuring my little paradise in Québec! 🙂

  • kbernard23
    April 20, 2016

    I’m not writing this because I’m featured in this post. But this is seriously breathtaking. These photos make me want to leave home and never return!!!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > kbernard23
      May 10, 2016

      I know right, it just makes the bucket list even longer!!

  • Danik
    April 20, 2016

    Great post. Thank you for adding me onto this amazing post. Have shared on social media. 🙂 Lots of places on here I never heard off and want to visit.

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Danik
      May 10, 2016

      Thanks for contributing Danik!

  • Raulersongirlstravel
    April 21, 2016

    Thank you Anita for including me in this amazing collection of places! So excited to see it and now have added more places to go in the future!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Raulersongirlstravel
      May 10, 2016

      Thanks for contributing! 🙂

  • danielwalldammit
    April 22, 2016

    Really beautiful stuff. I love those trees in Namibia.

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > danielwalldammit
      May 10, 2016

      Aren’t they beautiful?!

  • Patricia - Ze Wandering Frogs
    May 6, 2016

    Thank you again for the collaborative opportunity! What a great list, just made our travel plan even longer!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Patricia – Ze Wandering Frogs
      May 10, 2016

      Thanks for contributing! There are some beautiful places out there.

  • Heather
    May 12, 2016

    Great list. I have been to 12 and added all the rest to my list.

  • AlicevstheWorld
    January 23, 2017

    All of these places look amazing!

  • Alex S
    October 11, 2017

    Wow! What a great list. I can’t believe there’s a mention of the UP. Still one of the most beautiful random places I’ve personally ever visited. Once I can’t ski I’ll travel more to warm locales until then working on my ski travel bucket list.

  • icho
    December 3, 2017

    Absolutely beautiful places! Thank you for sharing with us! Keep up the good work!