51 Astonishing Exotic Vacations to Add to Your Bucket List

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There is something for everyone to love within these exotic vacations!
When thinking of the word “exotic”, your mind might instantly begin to picture gorgeous beaches with crystal clear blue water, white clean sand, and tall palm trees swaying in the wind.

For the most part, that’s where my mind goes, too. But I also think about luscious tree-lined rainforests, cities with unmatched architecture, and natural phenomenons that just can’t be explained.

Whether you’re the type to want to relax under the sun, participate in exciting adventures, shop around, or explore the local culture when on vacation, there is an exotic destination just waiting for your arrival.

The truth is, there are so many wonders to explore on this earth. While you may not be able to hit all of them in your lifetime, all of these exotic vacations are worth checking out as they prove to be some of the most amazing destinations I can think of.

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1. Bali, Indonesia

Image of the ocean and a large rock at exotic destination location Bali Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia – by Rudy1412

Did you know that Bali is known as the “Island of the Gods”? It’s for a good reason, too!

It is no doubt that Bali is one of the most beautiful destinations in the entire world. Packed with bright culture, communities of people, and breathtaking nature, I think that Bali perfectly encapsulates the idea of exotic vacations.

Bali is a wonderful destination for surfing or snorkeling. They are known to have one of the most spectacular reefs in the world, so you’re sure to see some great fish.

The island has volcanoes, temples, black sand beaches, and gorgeous palaces to check out. Try visiting Mount Batur at sunrise for a view you won’t soon forget.

2. Madagascar

Image of a boat on the beach in Madagascar
Madagascar – by photosforyou

Madagascar truly has all you would expect from an exotic vacation. The rainforest, the beaches with clear blue water perfect for snorkeling, substantial unique wildlife, and trails for hiking.

If you’re into plants and animals, you will absolutely love traveling to Madagascar. You’re sure to see quite a few lemurs during your stay, as they are the most famous animals of Madagascar. When walking through the rainforest, you may even encounter a boa constrictor hanging out in the trees.

The beaches are also stunning, perfect for catching some rays along the Indian Ocean coastline. Be sure to take a day trip to Nosy Be, a smaller island just off the mainland’s coast. The water here is crystal clear and very calm, making for the perfect snorkeling and scuba diving destination.

3. Tahiti, French Polynesia

Image of houses and places to stay on the water in exotic Tahiti, French Polynesia
Tahiti, French Polynesia – by Julius_Silver

Tahiti is one of the 118 islands that make up French Polynesia. Tahiti is connected to French Polynesia by a land bridge, which means it can easily be accessed from the mainland. This is a little-known fact, as Tahiti is commonly mistaken for being its own separate island.

Much like one of its neighboring French Polynesian islands, Bora Bora, Tahiti is filled with luscious rainforests, with stunning volcanoes and mountains lining the skies.

The island’s beaches have powdery soft sand and beautifully clear, blue water. The beaches are lined with some truly amazing reefs–a snorkeler’s dream come true! However, the best part about Tahitian beaches is just how remote and peaceful they feel.

4. Phuket, Thailand

Image of the iconic boats docked in Phuket Thailand as an exotic vacation idea
Koh Phi Phi in Phuket, Thailand – by Michelleraponi

Thailand is becoming increasingly popular among travelers who want to experience clear-water beaches and exotic attractions.

Phuket is well-known for having beaches with white sands and sparkling blue waters. It is made up of over thirty different beaches. There are also many nearby islands that can be reached by speedboat, such as Koh Phi Phi.

Arguably one of the best parts about traveling to Phuket is the nightlife. There are many great places to go if you’re looking to party, which is why the city earned its reputation as a hotspot for partygoers.

5. Maldives

Image of the birds eye view showing the beaches of the exotic Maldives islands

The Maldives is a truly spectacular collection of one 1,000 islands in the South Asian part of the Indian Ocean.

Known for breathtaking beaches and luxurious resorts, the island is both a romantic getaway and a great family destination.

Some resorts offer the entire island they are located on as a private island. Imagine getting off the plane, taking a boat across the gorgeous blue waters over to the private island you’ll call home for the duration of your trip, and spending your days in quiet serenity.

Many of the places you see on Instagram in the Maldives are exactly what you’d think they are. Most resorts offer rooms with direct access to the ocean. This includes private docks, steps right into the water, and in some cases, slides!

6. Ecuador

Image of gorgeous architecture and a sunset-filled sky in Ecuador
Cathedral of Cuenca in Ecuador – by fernandozhiminaicela

Ecuador quite literally means “equator” in Spanish. It’s called this because it lies right on the equator. You can head to Quito to take a photo of yourself actually straddling the Earth’s equator. What can get more unique than that!?

Ecuador has it all when it comes to exotic vacations: the biodiverse Amazon jungle, the mighty Andes mountains, and the volcanic Galapagos islands.

One of my favorite parts about Ecuador is its bright culture. The country is packed with amazing architecture, brilliant colors, exciting people.

7. Puerto Rico

Photo of a small wooden boat washed up on the shore of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico – by Lenaeriksson

Puerto Rico, an island located in the Caribbean, is known for its beaches and historical attractions. It is known as “The Island of Enchantment”.

Check out the historical towns of Ponce and Old San Juan, where you’re sure to be delighted by classic Puerto Rican architecture and landmarks.

Also be sure to visit one of Puerto Rico’s plentiful rainforests, complete with all of the waterfalls, wildlife, and nature one’s heart desires.

8. Boracay, Philippines

Image of a boat floating on crystal clear blue waters in vacay destination Boracay Philippines
Boracay, Philippines – by lapping

Boracay is truly the definition of an exotic paradise. The island in the Philippines is known for having crystal-clear blue water and gorgeous white sand beaches.

The island is packed with places to stay and things to do. There is an abundance of resort properties, lots of bars and restaurants to try, and many companies offering water sports rentals and experiences.

Just off the coast of Boracay lies plentiful coral reefs, making for the snorkeler or scuba divers’ dream come true!

If you do end up staying at a resort in Boracay, it is also a great idea to take a day trip or two to other nearby parts of the Philippines.

9. Tibet

Image of a river flowing through the mountains of Tibet, China
Tibet, China – by hbieser

Taking a quick break from the warm sun and crystal clear waters of the previous destinations, next on my list is Tibet.

Take note that traveling to Tibet can be quite difficult. There are many restrictions and regulations in place that can make it difficult for tourists to travel there. It is highly recommended that if you would like to travel to Tibet, that you do so through a tour guide.

But WOW–it is worth it! Nicknamed “The Roof of the World”, the land is known for its ancient history. You’ll stroll along paths lined by Buddhist prayer flags. The amazing views of the Himalayan mountains and lakes in Tibet will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

This is a trip that is absolutely worth taking within your lifetime as it will both delight and inspire you.

10. Taha’a, French Polynesia

Image of the blue ocean water in Taha'a French Polynesia
Taha’a, French Polynesia – by pixelia

Did you know that Taha’a is the origin of two of a girl’s best friends?! Pearls and vanilla! Yes, Taha’a, French Polynesia is home to some of the most prestigious pearl and vanilla farms in the world.

Aside from that, the white-sand beaches and beautiful blue water are nothing short of stunning. The island is a neighbor to the more popular Bora Bora. It is very similar but provides a more authentic Polynesian experience as there are fewer tourists and tourist attractions. Much of the lodging on the island is simply houses located on stilts that stand right on the water.

11. Jamaica

Jamaica – by Peggy_Marco

Gorgeous beaches, astonishing waterfalls, and warm tropical weather. Jamaica is truly beautiful. However, the best thing about Jamaica is no doubt the culture. There is so, so much of it to take in.

First of all, Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae. This feel-good music somehow will make you feel completely relaxed while also making you want to get up and dance. Expect to hear a lot of this on your vacation to the island!

Next is the food. Food is important to me and generally delicious at any destination, but Jamaican food is just on another level! If nothing else about Jamaica interests you, the jerk chicken has to!

The entertainment is also unmatched. The parties and events held on this island will not be ones you will soon forget. Pack your very best going-out outfit!

12. Canary Islands

Canary Islands – by adamkontor

The Canary Islands are right off the coast of Morocco and Spain and are made up of seven islands. The islands are covered in natural beauty. Island hopping will bring you amazing views of volcanoes, wildlife, beautiful beaches, greenery,

Tenerife in the Canary Islands is the largest part of the islands. There is a lot to do on just this island alone, such as visiting the beaches, going out to parties and events at night, exploring the island’s history, and trekking through nature.

13. Vis, Croatia

Vis, Croatia – by FilipFilipovic

Known for its delicious wine, exciting fishing scene, and the location where Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, Vis is a beautiful town on an island off of Croatia. Surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, the town must be traveled to by ferry from the mainland.

The island is extremely secluded, with slow-paced city life. It was never overtaken by the tourist industry, so you can expect to encounter untouched culture during your stay.

14. Maui

Maui, Hawaii – by BKD

If you’re looking to embark on an exotic vacation without having to travel internationally, Maui is most definitely the place to go.

Maui is an island in Hawaii with endless exotic locations to explore. Volcanoes, waterfalls, natural pools, and gorgeous blue water beaches.

Check out Black Sand Beach for an experience unlike any other. The dark black sand creates an amazing contrast against the bright blue water. What makes the sand black? It’s actually broken down pieces of rock that formed from volcanic remains and lava. Imagine the Instagram photos you could take here!

15. Burma (Myanmar)

Burma (Myanmar)

Burma is a truly astonishing part of the world, and the country is located in Asia. It borders India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand, making for a cultural blend like no other.

The architecture in Burma is truly breathtaking, with golden Buddhist temples, pagodas, royal palaces, and British colonial buildings lining the streets.

The country also has numerous parks, lakes, and other natural wonders to explore. Check out Anisakan Waterfall or the gorgeous beaches at Ngapali.

16. Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia – by horstmueller_HH

The Whitsunday Islands in Australia are arguably some of the most beautiful places on the continent. The seventy-four islands that lie between Queensland and the Great Barrier reef provide snorkelers and scuba divers with the open waters they have always dreamed of.

You’re in for a treat of seclusion at Whitsunday Islands, as 66 of the 74 islands are uninhabited by people. Hamilton Island is the most popular island for tourists, but if you’re looking for luxury, then Hayman Island is the way to go.

17. Fiji

Fiji – by HeikoBrown

Fiji is truly exactly what I think of when I think of the word “exotic”.

Fiji is made up of over 300 islands and is located in the South Pacific Ocean. The island is known for having crystal clear waters, pristine lagoons, and an abundance of private villas to stay in right on the water.

The nature in Fiji is truly unparalleled. Palm trees line the beaches with plenty of coral reefs to explore just off the shore. Beginners and experienced divers alike should explore the islands’ magnificent underwater vistas.

18. Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey – by kirill_sobolev

If you’ve never considered Turkey as a potential vacation spot, this is your sign. Istanbul is a city that sits right between Europe and Asia, creating an amazing blend of culture that is just begging to be explored.

Istanbul is filled with gorgeous architecture, much of it left from past empires that have ruled Turkey.

Not only is Istanbul well-known for its amazing architecture throughout the city, but also its beautiful beaches. There are many beaches throughout Istanbul, perfect for sunbathing and swimming. It’s the best of both worlds!

19. Belize

Cay Caulker in Belize – by amon1500

There are a few different places in Belize I would recommend staying in if you’re looking for an exotic vacation destination.

Belize City is the country’s main port city. This city is filled with culture, color, and colonial buildings. It can be touristy at times, but I recommend staying here if you’re looking to eat good food and take trips to other parts of the country as lots of transportation running throughout the city.

San Pedro is another beautiful city to visit and is a great destination for those who want to spend time in the ocean. Ambergris Caye in San Pedro provides absolutely gorgeous views, snorkeling, and diving.

When traveling to Belize, don’t miss The Blue Hole, a giant sinkhole in the ocean just off of the coast.

20. Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala – by JancickaL

Lake Atitlán is an amazing natural wonder that is every nature lover’s dream come true. The lake is a body of water located within a volcanic crater. It’s well-known among hikers and backpackers. The blue water and mountainous volcanic background make for an amazing photo-op.

If you want to visit Lake Atitlán, I recommend staying in the nearby city called Panajachel. This city is quite touristy and well-developed. It also has some amazing stores for shopping!

21. Bora Bora

Bora Bora, French Polynesia – by ThierryBLUE

Bora Bora’s beauty is truly undeniable. Just northwest of Tahiti, the small island is surrounded by many smaller islands and a stunning coral reef.

The destination is known as one of the most luxurious places to vacation because of the abundance of private villas and bungalows that there are to stay in. Oftentimes, these villas are located right on the sparkling, crystal clear water. Imagine walking right out of your home for the week and into the beautiful, calm waters.

Bora Bora will always be one of the most exotic, romantic, and dazzling vacation destinations.

22. Kayangan Lake, Coron, Philippines

Kayangan Lake, Philippines – by Theglennpalacio

Kayangan Lake in Coron, Philippines is loved by tourists from all over the world–and it’s for a great reason! Kayangan Lake is known as the cleanest lake in all of the Philippines; some even know it as the cleanest lake in Asia. The water truly looks like the ocean water in clear-water destinations.

Want to explore something a bit different than the ocean for once? Kayangan Lake is the place to go! The lake has lots of smaller islands throughout, caves waiting to be explored, and even an abundance of underwater rock formations. This makes the lake perfect for fresh-water snorkeling.

23. Antarctica


Antarctica, the furthest-south continent in the world, really takes the idea of exotic travel to a whole new level. Because Antarctica is uninhabited by a native human population, a trip here would truly end up feeling like no other.

The continent is covered by ice, and the average temperature is around -70°F. On the coast, the average temperature can be a bit warmer (14.0°F).

Traveling to Antarctica can be quite difficult and very costly. You will probably be best off traveling to the continent by ship, but you can also get there by plane. I recommend looking for a cruise because you’ll be able to see a couple of different parts of the continent while still having a warm bed, great meals, and other amenities to enjoy.

24. Riviera Maya, Mexico

Xcaret Lagoon at Riviera Maya – by Grand Velas Riviera Maya on Flickr

Riviera Maya is essentially the stretch of the Caribbean coastline between Cancun and Belize. Exploring it all during one trip is most definitely impossible, but it is worth mentioning purely because of how much there is to see!

There are plenty of towns and beaches along the way for those who want to escape the more touristy attractions. One of these is Bacalar, which is interestingly right near the Belize border and is located on Lake Bacalar, or the Lagoon of Seven Colors.

Also be sure to check out Playa del Carmen, which is known for its gorgeous beaches and coral reefs. The nightlife here is awesome!

25. Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico – by ChepeNicoli

While Tulum is part of Riviera Maya, I felt that it deserved its own ranking on the list just because of how much there is to do in this one city alone.

Tulum in Mexico has become an increasingly popular vacation destination over the past few years. About two hours south of Cancún, the city has very similar blue-water and powdery-sand beaches. However, it has a much different vibe as it’s a bit less touristy and located more within the jungle.

Tulum is also a destination filled with lots of great history and natural wonders. The Mayan ruins are truly a sight to see, as well as El Castillo (the castle) as pictured behind the iguana above.

Some of the most amazing sights to see, especially if you are an avid snorkeler, are some of the Yucatan’s 6,000 cenotes. These are underground pools of water, some within caves. The water is crystal clear in the cenotes and the opportunities for gorgeous sights to see are truly endless.

26. Tasmania

Overland Track in Tasmania – by pen_ash

Tasmania is an Australian island with a lot waiting to be discovered! Perfect for those who enjoy spending time in the outdoors, Tasmania is known to have the cleanest air in the world and also has a couple of locations that just might be a hiker’s dream come true.

Not only is the scenery and wildlife absolutely astonishing, but Tasmania is also known for having some really amazing wine, whiskey, cheese, and oysters. Sounds like a dream come true to me!

27. Porto Heli, Greece

Hinitsa Beach in Porto Heli, Greece – by dronepicr on Flickr

Porto Heli, Greece has become an extremely trendy place to visit in the past 40 years or so. This village in Greece was originally a port and fishing village but started to become a more popular vacation destination when rich people began purchasing houses on the shore and bringing their large yachts through.

Now Porto Heli is a really beautiful place for couples and families to travel. It is still quite quiet and secluded, with most of the beaches being small coves. Porto Heli makes for a great day trip for those staying in mainland Greece, or can even serve as a vacation destination itself.

28. The Cook Islands

The Cook Islands – by Julius_Silver

The Cook Islands are located in the South Pacific, off of New Zealand, and in the same time zone as Hawaii. The islands are located close to Fiji and Tahiti. The Cook Islands are made up of fifteen absolutely astonishing islands.

A trip to The Cook Islands is an exotic experience unlike any other. The islands are nearly untouched, with no branded resorts or large buildings. There is no noisy nightlife or crowded tourist attractions.

Your vacation will be filled with relaxing moments within nature. The powdery white sand and lazy palm trees meet the crystal-clear ocean and lagoon water across all fifteen islands, just waiting to be explored.

29. Benagil Caves, Portugal

Benagil Cave, Portugal – by Julius_Silver

The Benagil Cave in Portugal is one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders. The Benagil Sea Cave, or Gruta de Benagil, is located right off of Benagil Beach in the Algarve. It can be accessed by boat tour or, if you are an experienced swimmer, you can swim to from Benagil Beach!

Portugal is a beautiful country with so much to explore, the Benagil Cave is just one of the stops I recommend. You’ll have to make a day trip out of this, but won’t be able to spend too much time in the cave as there are many boat tours traveling to and from the cave each day!

If you prefer, you can also approach the cave from the outside and look down through the hole from the top.

30. Malta, Gozo

Malta – by Michelleraponi

Malta lies in between Sicily and the northern coast of Africa, within the Mediterranean Sea. Malta is one of the most exotic vacations you can embark on because of how much there is to do and see there. Experience Mediterranean culture, food, nightlife, and activities on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Take a break from laying in the sun and exploring the blue Mediterranean Sea during your trip. Malta has a lot of history to explore, including temples, forts, and towers built by knights.

31. St. Barts

St. Barts – by franckchisinau

St. Barts is a Caribbean island located within the French West Indies that has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Vacationing in St. Barts is a very luxurious experience. There are plenty of amazing resorts and hotels, high-end restaurants, and designer stores scattered throughout the island.

There are so many stunning beaches in St. Barts waiting to be explored. Some are more popular than others among tourists, but all have that laid-back, secluded island vibe. Make sure you visit Grand Cul de Sac Beach, a lagoon with super clean and shallow water that is perfect for swimming and water sports.

32. Nepal

Nepal – by pehrlich

Nepal provides visitors with an amazing sight to see. Did you know that Nepal is partially home to Mt. Everest? Located right within the Himalayas, Nepal borders Tibet and India.

During your stay, you’ll want to take in the beautiful natural sights, such as the Himalayan mountains and surrounding lakes. Explore the culture in local towns and attend some of the events or festivals going on. Nepal has lots of fun events that occur each year, complete with dancing, singing, colorful lights, and more!

33. Borneo

Borneo – by e-smile

Borneo is the third-largest island in Asia and the jungle is one of the oldest in the world. It is home to a vast amount of species. There are over 15,000 known types of plants, over 3,000 species of trees, over 200 species of animals, and 420 species of birds. A list of exotic vacation destinations across the world would truly be incomplete without Borneo on the list.

The sights to see at Borneo are nothing short of incredible. There are luxury vacation packages and safari tours available for those who wish to enter the jungle!

34. Sweimeh, Jordan (The Dead Sea)

The Dead Sea in Sweimeh, Jordan – by Ri-Ya

You’ve definitely heard of The Dead Sea before, but if it’s not already on your exotic bucket list then I’m here to change your mind. The dead sea’s salt content is so high that it is literally unlivable for fish and plants. It is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. This is why it’s called a “dead” sea. However, if you decide to enter the Dead Sea for a swim, this salinity will literally keep your body afloat. The Dead Sea is also the lowest point on Earth. How cool would it be to be able to say you’ve gone swimming in the lowest point on Earth?!

If you do decide to explore the Dead Sea from Jordan, you’ll be able to see Israel across the way. Two exotic destinations all wrapped into one super unique location!

35. Mazatlán, Mexico

Mazatlan, Mexico – by kraven182

If you want to explore the gorgeous beaches of Mexico without the hustle and bustle of other tourists, Mazatlan is THE place to go. The city is packed with amazing resorts and hotels to stay at right on the beach. It lies just south of the Gulf of California and the ocean is known for being a beautiful emerald color.

36. Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Surf Beach at Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia – by narellewalker

Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia is becoming an increasingly popular location for Australians to move to. And it’s for a good reason! Sunshine Coast offers exactly what it’s name says–pure sunshine and stunning views. The beaches are immaculate. Even just driving along the coast is an experience unlike any other.

Sunshine Coast is very similar to Gold Coast, but I’d choose the Sunshine Coast between the two. You’re likely to be able to have the same experiences, only with a more peaceful and relaxing environment. Sunshine Coast seems to have fewer crowds on its beaches.

37. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is a classic vacation destination for those who love spending time in the outdoors. The park is located in three different states of the U.S.: Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It sits on top of a volcanic hotspot and is home to a variety of gorgeous natural wonders including canyons, rivers, forests, geysers, and even hot springs. You won’t want to miss the most famous geyser at Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful Geyser!

It’s recommended that visitors allow themselves at least three or four days to explore the entire park–that’s how much beauty there is to take in!

38. Colombia

Bogota, Colombia – by bergslay

While this country does offer some extremely beautiful beaches, Colombia made it on my list of exotic vacations destinations because of its amazing cities and how much they have to offer. Bogota and Medellin, in particular, are both spectacular cities with lots of cultures, good food, and fun to explore. The nightlife and parties in Colombia are truly out-of-this-world.

Another cool thing about Colombia is that it is one of the most biodiverse countries in the entire world. The Andes mountains run through the country, the Amazon rainforest covers 35% of the country, and Bogota exists on a flat savannah within the mountains. This is also one of the only places in the world where you can sit on a beach in the Caribbean sea with a view of snowcapped mountains behind you.

39. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Whitehaven Beach in Queensland, Australia – by Stefano Liboni on Flickr

Whitehaven Beach is a beach on Whitsunday Island, Australia, secluded from the rest of Queensland. The absolutely stunning island is accessible by boat, seaplane, and helicopter only.

Living up well to its name, this island has some of the whitest sand on the entire Earth. It is also one of the cleanest beaches in the world and is located right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The turquoise water creates gorgeous swirls with the white sand. It really is a sight to see and easily earned a spot on the list of best exotic destinations!

40. Star Sand Beach, Japan

Sand from Star Sand Beach, Japan – by Okinawa Soba on Flickr

YES, the name of this beach is REAL! The coolest part about this destination is pretty obvious… the sand is in the shape of stars! Also known as Hoshizuna no Hama, Star Sand Beach is on Iriomote Island in Japan.

The sand has its star shape because it is actually shells of microscopic organisms called Foraminifera. The shells wash up on the beach and result in star-shaped sand on the islands of Hatoma, Iriomote, and Taketomi in Okinawa, Japan. The star-shaped sand is some of the rarest sand in the world, so a visit to this beach is truly one unlike any other.

41. Giants Causeway Beach, Ireland

Giants Causeway Beach, Ireland – by hhach

You have probably seen photos of Giants Causeway Beach in Ireland before. While this is not a beach you’d want to visit to lay out in the sun or go for a swim, the destination is unique because there are 40,000+ stunning polygonal pieces of volcanic rock piled up in the water. These formed after an ancient volcano erupted. Some would even consider it to be one of the world’s natural wonders.

42. New Zealand

New Zealand – by Andrew-Art

When I think of New Zealand, I can’t help but think of HEAVEN. Whether you’re super into nature or not, you are sure to be absolutely in awe of the sights that await you in New Zealand. Snow-capped mountains, gorgeous grassy valleys, pristine lakes, and relaxing beaches.

Another great thing about New Zealand that you won’t want to miss is the wine. One of the wine capitals of the world, New Zealand produces some of the most luxurious pinot noirs, chardonnays, rieslings, and more. Visit Marlborough if you’re into wines and wineries, as this is known as the country’s wine country.

43. Abu Dhabi

Mosque in Abu Dhabi – by jpeter2

Abu Dhabi is most well-known for its deserts, architecture, and culture. Embark on a desert safari tour, where you’ll be delighted by the remarkable landscape and the hot sunshine. The adventurous type may be into trying desert activities like camel riding and quad riding.

Abu Dhabi is also a prime destination for sightseeing. The architecture, structure, and history behind famous buildings such as the Sheikh Zayed Mosque (shown in the photo above) exude beauty, luxury, and brilliance.

44. Greenland

Greenland – by dassel

Ice-wonderland Greenland is truly a sight to see for those who are interested in tundra landscapes. With the prehistoric Greenlandic Ice Sheet covering 80% of the country, you’ll be exposed to ancient history dating almost 10,000 years back to the last ice age.

You won’t be cold for too long, as the country has plenty of hot springs scattered throughout. Take sightseeing to the next level by visiting during the winter months to see the Aurora Borealis.

45. Seychelles

Seychelles – by Walkerssk

Seychelles is a stunning, small country made up of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean’s Somali Sea. The islands sit just northeast of Madagascar. Seychelles is easily one of the most romantic and luxurious vacation destinations in the world. With beautiful white sand, turquoise water, and palm trees lining the shore, these islands are home to some extremely beautiful beaches.

46. Caño Cristales, Colombia

Caño Cristales, Colombia – by Pedro Szekely on Flickr

While Colombia does already exist on my list on its own, I felt that Caño Cristales deserves its own spot on the list of exotic destinations. Caño Cristales, referred to by many as the most beautiful river in the world is located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta, Colombia. It exists within the Colombian National Park of La Macarena.

The river is famous for being a purple-red color. It looks this way between May and November due to the red algae that grow within it. There are waterfalls throughout the river adding to the exquisite beauty.

You can also swim inside of the river! However, please note visitors are only allowed to swim in Caño Cristales in designated swimming areas.

47. Sicily, Italy

Sicily, Italy – by Tama66

Sicily is an island that sits right below Italy. It is known as being the island that the Italian “boot” is kicking.

Aside from the gorgeous beaches and the amazing Mount Etna, I think one of the main highlights of Sicily is obviously the FOOD! Like the rest of Italy, Sicily is known for offering a superb culinary experience, complete with fine dining, street food, and a delicious selection of wine.

48. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Japan – by oadtz

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is located in Kyoto, Japan. It is known as Japan’s most famous bamboo forest. Imagine stepping into a forest that is completely surrounded by extremely tall bamboo stalks.

Try visiting the forest when there is a breeze because the bamboo looks absolutely stunning as they sway in the wind!

49. Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island, Chile – by Sonia Jane

Many travelers wonder if Easter Island is worth the trip. I’m here to tell you, it most certainly is! Located in Chile, Easter Island is well-known for its historical stone statues, known as moai. The moai are thought to be protectors who look over the island and those that inhabit it.

Easter Island is truly a travel experience like no other. The mystifying view of the nearly 1,000 statues will keep visitors coming back for years and years to come.

50. Namibia

Namibia – by Martin Redlin

Namibia is one of the most beautiful and exotic destinations in all of Africa. Known as being one of the only places on Earth where the desert so flawlessly meets with the sea, as well as home to one of the world’s oldest deserts, there is so much to discover in Namibia. Visit one of Namibia’s world-famous desert safaris for a trip you won’t soon forget.

51. The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon National Park is undoubtedly one of the most exotic travel destinations to exist within the U.S. With so much to see at the Grand Canyon, it may be difficult for visitors to see it all in just one visit.

One of the parts of the Grand Canyon that I particularly would love to visit is Havasu Falls. This is not a trip for the faint of heart or inexperienced, as getting to the falls involves hiking an approximate total of 20 miles round trip through very rocky terrain in very little shade. If you’re up for the challenge, however, the hike is more than worth it. Bright blue turquoise waterfalls through the famous red rocks creating a sight that is truly unmatched.

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