Best Secret Beaches on Earth
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Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
Although La Digue is the third largest inhabited island in the archipelago, it is an unspoiled natural environment where most folks travel on bicycles. The closest thing to a resort is La Digue Island Lodge, with thatched-roof bungalows and a 19th-century colonial house (doubles from $204). Though fashion photographers and film directors love it, the pink-sand beach of Anse Source d’Argent is a bit of a schlep, which means it is rarely occupied. Enormous granite boulders are part of the craggy shoreline, and an offshore reef provides protection from ocean waves, making it an ideal spot for swimming. Keep an eye out for endangered birds and giant tortoises.
—David A. Keeps