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best secret beaches on earth: Capo Sant'Andrea, Elba

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Capo Sant’Andrea, Elba

The emperor Napoleon escaped from exile on this Mediterranean island after less than a year, but left behind his Villa dei Mulini. Plot your own escape to Capo Sant’Andrea, known locally as the piccola isola nell’isola (little island within the island). The beach makes a big impression with its granite magma cliffs and nearly cobalt-blue water that is so clear you can see the floor—where ancient Roman shipwrecks yielded archaeological treasures now housed in the town of Marciana. Visitors can stay in style at Hotel Ilio (doubles from $145) from mid April to mid October, when the mountain footpaths are ablaze with violets, lavender, lilies, and rosemary.

—David A. Keeps

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