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15 Underrated Vacation Destinations

Every year, millions flock to the same ‘ole cliche vacation spots like there aren’t hundreds of other intriguing options to enjoy without the stress of overcrowded beaches, obnoxious tourists and overpriced accommodations.

Hit the jump for a stunning collection of underrated vacay spots you should check out.

Bay Islands, Honduras

Located in the Western Caribbean, just off the coast of Central America, the Bay Islands are some of the world’s best kept secrets with flawless beaches, affordable accommodations and a spectacular diving/snorkeling scene.

Makunudu Island, Maldives

This soon-to-be hotspot is perfect for anyone searching for a secluded island getaway with stunning resorts and intriguing diving adventures in sparkling waters.

St. Kitts & Nevis

The little-known twin-islands in the southern Caribbean were recently ranked #14 on Business Insider’s Top 50 up-and-coming tourist destinations list mainly because of their stunning beaches, lush tropical forests and luxury accommodations.

Alabama’s Gulf Coast

White-sand beaches, clear waters and delicious seafood with enjoyable attractions (including an award-winning aquarium)…in ALABAMA? Don’t sleep on this little American gem.


The landlocked country boasts spectacular landscapes (including blood-red lakes), volcanoes and extreme adventures in a very culturally-rich area of South America.

Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

Tourists usually don’t leave Puerto Rico’s mainland, but we highly recommend exploring this unique getaway with stunning white-sand beaches and many of the top snorkeling spots in the country.

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Moorea, Tahiti

This hidden gem known as the “Magical Island” is home to magnificent blue lagoons along with must-see beaches and world-class resorts ideal for Honeymoons/relaxing island getaways.

The Philippines

It’s easily one of the most beautiful countries in the world with world-class beaches (where you can swim with whale sharks), thrilling mountain landscapes/volcanoes and temples to explore.

St. John (Virgin Islands)

U.S. citizens can visit the spectacular island getaway without a passport and should plan on snorkeling in Trunk Bay—one of the best snorkeling spots in all of the Caribbean.


If you’re the outdoorsy type who prefers zip-lining and hiking through volcano-carved jungles over sunbathing, Dominica is perfect for you.

Leeward Islands (Anguilla)

Anguilla is famous for its white beaches (more than 30 to choose from) and ideal for anyone looking for a quiet and less touristy Caribbean experience.


You probably won’t find a tropical island with friendlier locals who encourage you to hike on world-class trails, dive, snorkel or kayak in volcano-warmed waters or simply relax on secluded black sand beaches.

San Juan Islands, Washington

This very low-key getaway offers a relaxed vibe with popular hiking, wildlife spotting, sailing and swimming excursions.

Saint Vincent

Made up of 32 beautiful islands, it’s a tropical paradise with luxurious private resorts, gorgeous landscapes and friendly locals.

Lanai, Hawaii

Looking for a breezy island destination with stunning natural beauty and small-town coziness? Try Lanai.



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