Islands and beaches you must visit in 2014

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea drummers ©Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

Certainly there are many many beautiful islands on the planet one is more charming and/or exotic than the other and everyone has got their favorites. Here come mine, islands and beaches you must visit next year if you have the opportunity.

The list is not complete, I would have loved to add some more beaches and islands, like Sao Tome and Principe, Palau or the Cook Islands, but this time there was only room for these jewels… If you have you own favorites and wish to read more about them, let me know in the comment section and I would be happy to dig up something interesting about them.

Cape Verde archipelago

Closest to the coasts of West Africa – about 500 km away from the white beaches of Senegal, the Cape Verde archipelago was colonized by the Portugal first. This is why the mixture of African and Portuguese culture result in a very Brazil-like image on Eastern end of the Atlantic Ocean.

Cape Verde beach

Cape Verde beach with boats ©David Gil/Flickr

From the group of 10 islands that best for beach lovers is obviously Boa Vista, which is like a bit of desert was cut out of the Sahara and placed in the middle of the ocean. The beautiful dunes are enchanting, it is basically a whole island of beach. If you go between June and September, you can see hoards of loggerhead turtles that have a nesting place in this part of Cape Verde.

The Spice Island of Grenada

Grenada, the Spice Island of the the Caribbean, got its nickname because of the huge nutmeg and mace fields covering the ground of the main island. The lush Grenada is one of the best places on the Caribbean for relaxation. The southwestern part of the island is the most popular among tourists, so if you want busy beaches and streets that’s perfect, but if you want a calmer environment, the rest of Grenada is not so crowded.

Grenada Harbor

Grenada Harbor ©Jason Pratt/Flickr

If you can take the time to fly out or take a ferry to (90 minutes with ferry) Carriacou island, it is like paradise and also more remote that the parts of Grenada crawling with tourists.

The wild islands of Papua New Guinea

If you want something really different and exotic for 2014, travel to the amazing islands of Papua New Guinea. The savage landscapes hide amazing cultures completely different from ours, an incredible number of animal species and about 820 languages.

Papua New Guinea drummers

Papua New Guinea drummers ©Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

It is one of the most diverse places on earth, incredibly rich and absolutely captivating. It may be hard though to travel within the archipelago, organized tours and internal flights may be the easiest way to travel.

Leave a Reply