Wish You Were Here: Finding Unspoiled Serenity, Around the World

by Owen James Burke


Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles. Photo: Majority World/Getty.

La Digue is one of the Seychelles’ largest islands, but its size and popularity strip none of the enchantment from the calm clear waters and delicately arranged maze of smooth granite boulders that lines the lagoon of Anse Source d’Argent.


Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica. Photo: Tim Fitzharris/Getty.

Playa Carrillo on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is a sleepy little fishing village backed by mountains and lined with palm trees. You’ll find no waterfront obtrusions here; buildings and small resorts are set back from the beach. World class coral reef diving can be found right out front, and surfing heaven lies just to the north.


Polihale Beach, Kauai. Photo: YinYang/Getty.

This 7-mile beach on Kauai has 100-foot sand dunes with views of the seemingly endless cliffs and alcoves of the Na Pali coast. The continental shelf is steep here, and the rip currents are notoriously dangerous. That said, tread wisely or go with a local who knows the currents and tides. There’s also a small swimming beach called Queen’s Pond at Polihale State Park.

Find more unburdened strands over at Travel+Leisure. -OJB

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