When you think of idyllic beach destinations, if you’re like most “Africa” probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind. But in recent years Zanzibar has been heralded as the ‘new Caribbean’, and with pristine white sand beaches stretching into the turquoise Indian Ocean, it is easy to see why it’s climbing to the top of the honeymoon goers lists. And whilst its beauty does naturally entice those in need of a romantic getaway, it is by no means limited to this. It is also a destination for keen backpackers, adventurous divers, and a perfect way to round up a trip from mainland Tanzania.
Although this slice of paradise is becoming more and more touristic, there is still a lot of untapped potential and the island largely has a rustic, untouched feel about it. What makes Zanzibar so special is the variety of experiences it has to offer, from diving in its stunning coral reefs, to soaking in history and culture in Stone Town, to visiting remote traditional African villages and of course, its spectacular beaches. However it is vital to know where on the island to go, as idyllic beaches aren’t guaranteed on all sides of the island.
Arguably the best beaches in Zanzibar (and East Africa for that matter), are located on the North side of the island. Head for Nungwi and Kendwa beach for consistently clear water. If you’re looking for somewhere a bit unique to stay, with a touch of luxury, beachfront Zuri Zanzibar has beautiful detached ‘bungalows’ with incredible views bound to leave you breathless.
Whilst the East is brimming with options for beaches, they are mostly tidal so the sea can retreat very far away. Altogether the West Coast has little in terms of beaches but there are still a couple beaches in the East where you can avoid the effects of the tide. Pongwe is one of these! It is secluded and has few options of hotels to stay, in fact most visitors will be staying at the Pongwe Beach Hotel. The magic of Zanzibar as a whole is its ability to provide visitors with peace and tranquility, and that you will definitely find on this part of the island.
If diving is something that interests you, the archipelago of Zanzibar and the Mafia Islands are well known for beautiful corals and an array of underwater safari, including manatees and bottlenose dolphins. Sites are available for all levels of divers, for instance Leven Bank with its strong currents is for advanced divers only whereas at just 12-16m in depth more amateur divers can enjoy the Nankivell and Hunga reef.
Another fantastic perk about Zanzibar is its consistency in temperature throughout the year. With a warm climate and then a cool breeze to manage higher temperatures, you can visit whatever time of year suits you, although it’s also important to take into account the ‘rainy’ seasons. In Zanzibar there tends to be more rainfall in April, May, November and December, but temperatures remain at an average of 24°C (75°F).
If what you’re looking for is a carefree break without the constant pull of the modern world, Zanzibar is the ideal spot to forget your troubles and become immersed in the present, taking in all the beauty the island has to offer.
Written by Jade Touron, follow her adventures on Instagram.
While there’s really not a bad time to travel to Portugal, it is important to keep your interests in mind while you’re deciding when to go. Depending on how much you are willing to spend and what you want to see and enjoy, some months provide better options than others. Without further ado, here is our travel guide on the best time to visit Portugal with Acanela.
A beautiful stretch of Italian coastline, nothing captures the heart quite like the Amalfi Coast. With its stunning landscapes, pastel-colored buildings, and small beaches hidden along the entire coast, it’s extremely photogenic. Here are a few of our favorite photo spots and tips for shutterbugs heading to the Amalfi Coast.
Portugal is a nation full of contrasts: sandy beaches against towering cliffs, sprawling vineyards meeting colorful castles, and bustling city centers calmed with warm pastries. If you’re based in Lisbon, it would almost be a crime to leave Portugal without seeing what else it has to offer. So, if you’d like to experience Portugal to the fullest, don’t miss the best day trips from Lisbon.
When you think of idyllic beach destinations, if you’re like most “Africa” probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind. But in recent years Zanzibar has been heralded as the ‘new Caribbean’, and with pristine white sand beaches stretching into the turquoise Indian Ocean, it is easy to see why it’s climbing to the top of the honeymoon goers lists.
With over 4,600 miles of beautiful beaches, Brazil offers many options for enjoying the warm South American sun and sand. Brazil beaches are an important aspect of Brazil culture and lifestyle—after all, it’s no coincidence there’s a bikini cut named after the country. Visiting a few of the best beaches in Brazil is definitely a must-do when visiting this beautiful country.
Planning a trip to Brazil can be overwhelming; after all, this South American country is larger in size than the entire European continent! But if you want to get to know the true soul of Brazil, then you can’t be afraid to explore some of the off-the-beaten path destinations. Journey to some of the lesser-known destinations listed below for an unforgettable Brazilian adventure!
Covering over 8.5 million square miles, Brazil is the largest country in South America, and, as such, its climate varies considerably from north to south. While over 60% of the country lies in the tropics, Brazil also lays claim to four other climactic regions, including semiarid, subtropical, highland tropical, and equatorial. With all of these climactic changes, not to mention its geographic diversity (mountains and cliffs to low-lying beaches), how on earth you supposed to pack for a trip to Brazil? Fortunately, no matter where you are traveling in Brazil, there are some standard packing essentials that you simply must take with you! Continue reading for all of your Brazil packing needs!
Many tourists flock to Peru’s most popular wonder, Machu Picchu. This is for good reason, as Machu Picchu is one of the most inspiring and beautiful sites in the world as well as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. However, much of the Northern regions of Peru go unexplored. If travelers only knew the many amazing sites left unseen, I’m sure they would want to add a week or two on to their Peru Expedition.
Sri Lanka truly has something for everyone, from its laid-back beach towns, to historical ruins, to tea estates to hiking up mountain peaks. Voted top country for travel in 2019 by Lonely Planet, go before the tourism surge. Here are ten reasons to visit Sri Lanka.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) lists Cinque Terre as one of 845 culturally significant sites in the world. With its natural and manmade beauty working together to create breathtaking views over the course of 7.5-miles, it is no wonder why this part of Italy is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the region and country.
Italy is always a great idea, and the Cinque Terre is sure to steal your heart. The Italian Riviera will enchant you with her brightly colored cliffside houses that cascade down to the Ligurian Sea, walking paths with soaring views, otherworldly sunsets, and delectable cuisine. While we believe that anytime is a good time to visit Italy, certain times of the year will be more rewarding and memorable based on your travel style, and the type of trip you are seeking.
The enchanting city of Venice is a unique destination full of overwhelming beauty, tremendous history, and rich culture. It’s comprised of over 100 islands resting in the Venetian Lagoon off the Adriatic Sea, linked together by bridges and canals. With all Venice has to offer, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most visited cities in Italy—for first-time travelers and returning visitors alike. The possibilities are endless, so let us help you narrow down the must-see sites. Keep reading to learn about what to do in Venice!
Thailand offers picture-perfect views and spectacular experiences all year round. However, with each changing season, new adventures are waiting to be had!
Immerse yourself in a culturally diverse country in which every city has a unique story. With amazing attractions ranging from modernist architecture to astonishing churches, Spain will take your breath away every time. The abundance of museums, historical sites, and world-renowned cuisine would take a long time to explore, which is why here you will find the top ten must do’s in Spain!
The fresh ocean breeze, golden rays of sunshine, and soft sand beneath your feet—nothing’s better than a tropical getaway! With so many destinations to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Lounge on the best beaches in Bali, catch some waves in Hawaii, or explore the seaside ruins of Tulum. Colder temperatures are on the horizon, making it the perfect time for a trip to a tropical paradise. Keep reading to learn about the ten best beaches in the world!
Is Tulum still worth the visit? The answer is: absolutely, yes!
Costa Rica, whose name means “rich coast,” not only boasts some of the world’s most beautifully pristine beaches (and killer waves!), but it also lays claim to some of the region’s most striking mountain ranges, rumbling volcanoes, colossal waterfalls, and a wealth of amazing wildlife, all packed tightly into a country that is roughly the size of West Virginia! The intense natural beauty of this little country, along with the hospitality of the locals, the delicious cuisine, and the laid back (or “pura vida”) culture, will have you hooked from the moment you step off the plane.
Turquoise blue waters, black sand beaches, and vibrant green rainforests— Costa Rica is the ultimate bucket-list destination full of intense natural beauty. It’s here in the south of Central America that you’ll find some of the world’s best wildlife, waterfalls, colors, hiking, beaches, horseback riding, zip lining, culture, and cuisine. From watching howler monkeys swing in the jungle, to surfing on the salty crisp waves, our Costa Rica Expedition has something for everyone. Keep reading to learn about the best places to visit in Costa Rica, and be sure to check out our Costa Rica Travel Video so you can see our epic experience!
It’s no secret that planning a wedding can quickly become overwhelming. Every decision feels more important than the last, from choosing the venue to the guest list to the flowers. But when you’re caught in the frenzy of planning, it’s important not to forget about what comes after the ceremony—the honeymoon. This decision making process is one you should cherish, as it’s where you’ll spend your first days as husband and wife. It’s your own personal paradise to unwind and soak it all in after the stress and craziness of wedding planning. It’s also the perfect opportunity to check off a bucket list vacation spot. For some, it may be hard to know where to start, but keep reading to find out our top destinations for honeymooners!
Mexico is a land of never-ending beauty. From blissful beaches to fascinating ruins and stunning natural wonders, there’s no shortage of enchanting sights. Whether you’re strolling the streets of bustling cities or exploring the rural countryside, there’s guaranteed to be adventure nearby. Keep reading to learn about Mexico’s must see destinations!
Turquoise waters ebbing into sandy palm-lined beaches—the South Pacific is the ultimate bucket-list destination. The natural beauty is overwhelmingly endless, providing unreal views that’ll make waking up in paradise feel like a dream. Despite its reputation as an expensive getaway for honeymooners, the South Pacific has so much more to offer. With an abundance of islands, there’s truly something for everyone, from thrill-seekers to beach bums to budgeters. And while the islands share an unforgettable splendor, each one is truly unique. Keep reading to learn about the best islands in the South Pacific!
The Polynesian Islands are a dream destination for many travelers. White
sand, crystal clear water, lush scenery, and perfect weather are just a few
things that draw people to these pieces of paradise. You can relax as much as
you want, fill your vacation with adventures, or choose a mix of both! Here is
a packing list to help you prepare for your trip to the Pacific Islands:
If you’re in the mood for a relaxation vacation, you know you need to find a good beach spot! Luckily, there’s no shortage of fantastic beaches in the world, and we’ve hand-picked a few to demonstrate the diversity of beaches across the globe. Although they’re all spectacular, each location has its own unique vibe. That's what makes it so exciting to choose where in the world you want to vacation!
For travelers looking for a trip centered around relaxation and meditation, Mallorca is the place to be. This idyllic Spanish island is the perfect location for wellness retreats, which will leave you feeling rejuvenated and balanced. If you’re curious as to why Mallorca is such a popular destination, read on to discover the virtues of this special island!
Hawaii is a dream destination for many, and with good reason! The islands seem to have it all: beautiful weather, delicious food, tranquil beaches, and lush landscapes. Top all of that off with the warm hospitality of locals, and it’s no wonder why the state is held in such high regard. But with so many islands to choose from, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out where you want to go: we’ve put together a few highlights for each Hawaiian island, to help you get the most out of your trip to the Pacific!
Beaches, reefs, volcanoes, rice paddies, jungles, great food, and more: Indonesia has it all. With 17,000 islands and over 300 languages are spoken, Indonesia is a place of contrasts and cultural diversity. Come and experience it for yourself.
Whether you know it or not - Mozambique has a lot to offer. Unspoiled, undeveloped, and untamed, Mozambique is fast-emerging on the international tourism circuit with its wild beauty and exotic influences. With its long, dune-fringe beaches, Art Deco-inspired capital, well-preserved corals, and pounding surf in the south - you can never go wrong with a holiday visit to Mozambique.