The best time to pay a visit to this throbbing metropolitan is in December which is the period when the famous Calabar festival is held. The festival features an array of culture, costumes, styles, dances, instruments and colors differently displayed but depicting the heritage of the people. In recent years, it has grown to attract troupes from beyond the shores of the country as previously participants were Nigerian.
2. Banjul, Gambia
There is a plethora of activities to keep you occupied in the Gambian capital city of Banjul this summer! From an oriental tour of the city to foraging in the market where different local crafts, trinkets and souvenirs are sold, find yourself fully immersed in the summer spirit.
3. Cape Coast, Ghana
Although the city Cape Coast has some awesome attractions (like the Cape Coast Castle) on its own, the literal coast is one of the most beautiful in Africa—particularly the beautiful hotels and Lodges found therein. The environment is relatively untouched, lodging is cheap, and you’ll try the best of all the local cuisine daily. Not bad.
4. St. John, US Virgin Islands
St. John is a great place to visit—there’s not a single traffic light on the island, not to mention its secluded beaches, trails, fantastic dining, and plenty of beachfront properties available for lodging.
5. Saba, Netherlands Antilles
Saba is still relatively unknown, but increasingly popular, given its small size, low population, hotel options, varied terrain, and beautiful views. It’s very mountainous and looks like the island in Lost, offering plenty of great hikes; not to mention scuba diving and snorkeling.
6. Gustavia, St. Barts
Saint Barthélemy is the only Caribbean island that offers not only the stunning natural splendor of the Caribbean, but with touches of colonial Swedish architecture and modern French influence. It’s best known not just for its beauty, but its parties as well; celebrities frequent the island (especially because it is only accessible by small plane or ferry).
7. Big Sur, California
Big Sur is a loosely defined and sparsely populated region in the Central Coast of California, containing some of the most wonderful views in the entire state.
8. Havasu Falls, Arizona
The astounding Havasupai Village and Havasu Falls possesses water so vibrantly turquoise that it seems unbelievable.
9. Binn, Switzerland
Located high up in a valley in the Swiss Alps, Binn is pretty difficult to access (train, and then a bus)—but well worth the travel. Binn is comprised of a tiny village, rolling green hills, and intimidating mountains. It’s known as a dream not just for hikers and adventurers, but photographers, anyone who enjoys an awesome bed and breakfast, and of course, skiers in the winter.
The Maldives are one of the craziest geographical formations in the world. Many of them are surrounded by water shallow enough that you can walk or swim to them, and the views are—obviously—accordingly stunning. However, due to rising water levels, it’s important to get out there and experience the Maldives as soon as possible.
11. Florida’s Forgotten Coast
Much like Big Sur, the Forgotten Coast is a relatively undeveloped portion of the Florida coastline, which offers some extensive access to wildlife, amazing rock formations, and quiet lodging. Unsurprisingly, this is why the stretch of land from Mexico Beach to Carrabelle, Florida was named thus—while North Florida was being developed, it was simply (and thankfully) forgotten.
12. Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos are certainly one of the most “must-see” places on the planet. Although you can’t easily stay there (no hotels or resorts, as 97.5% of the islands’ land mass is a nature reserve), the diversity of wildlife you can encounter in even a single day is mind-blowing.
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