Best Places to Travel in 2016

Jamestown St Helena Island
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Darrin Henry

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11. St. Helena

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For the tiny number of history and nature buffs who have made it to St. Helena, Napoleon’s final port of exile, much of the appeal was the British territory’s ultra-remote location, almost 2,000 miles from South Africa. The only way to get to the capital, Jamestown (population 640), was five days aboard the last working Royal Mail ship from Cape Town. But in February, the opening of St. Helena Airport, on the Prosperous Bay Plain—where you can spot the endangered wirebird—will cut the journey time to five hours from Johannesburg. A new generation of adventurers will discover sea turtles and the occasional whale while snorkeling in Rupert’s Bay and traverse the dramatic Diana’s Peak. In the island’s misty hills, the Longwood House museum is an evocative reminder of Napoleon’s life on the island. A boutique hotel is in the works, but for now stay at the five-room Farm Lodge, a 17th-century plantation house where the décor and home cooking are reminiscent of a bygone era—like the island itself. —Emily Mathieson

Jamestown St Helena Island

Best Places to Travel in 2016

11. St. Helena

For the tiny number of history and nature buffs who have made it to St. Helena, Napoleon’s final port of exile, much of the appeal was the British territory’s ultra-remote location, almost 2,000 miles from South Africa. The only way to get to the capital, Jamestown (population 640), was five days aboard the last working Royal Mail ship from Cape Town. But in February, the opening of St. Helena Airport, on the Prosperous Bay Plain—where you can spot the endangered wirebird—will cut the journey time to five hours from Johannesburg. A new generation of adventurers will discover sea turtles and the occasional whale while snorkeling in Rupert’s Bay and traverse the dramatic Diana’s Peak. In the island’s misty hills, the Longwood House museum is an evocative reminder of Napoleon’s life on the island. A boutique hotel is in the works, but for now stay at the five-room Farm Lodge, a 17th-century plantation house where the décor and home cooking are reminiscent of a bygone era—like the island itself. —Emily Mathieson

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