Best Secret Beaches on Earth

These beach hideaways are understated, unexpected, and—at least for now—under the radar.

Ibo Island, Mozambique

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The 32 coral islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago—which have been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for biodiversity and cultural harmony—beckon with mangrove forests and sandbank beaches (accessed by African dhow sailboats). Sparkling turquoise waters filled with marine life are superb for shipwreck snorkeling and deep-sea diving. Once the trading outpost of Mozambique, Ibo Island is the most accessible and historic isle in the Quirimbas, filled with stone architecture bearing the polyglot influences of Arab, Indian, and Portuguese settlers. For a luxurious, intimate stay, choose one of the nine rooms at the Ibo Island Lodge (011-258-27-21-702-0285; from $335 per person).

David A. Keeps

Best Secret Beaches on Earth

Ibo Island, Mozambique

The 32 coral islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago—which have been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for biodiversity and cultural harmony—beckon with mangrove forests and sandbank beaches (accessed by African dhow sailboats). Sparkling turquoise waters filled with marine life are superb for shipwreck snorkeling and deep-sea diving. Once the trading outpost of Mozambique, Ibo Island is the most accessible and historic isle in the Quirimbas, filled with stone architecture bearing the polyglot influences of Arab, Indian, and Portuguese settlers. For a luxurious, intimate stay, choose one of the nine rooms at the Ibo Island Lodge (011-258-27-21-702-0285; from $335 per person).

David A. Keeps

Courtesy of www.iboisland.com [1] [1] http://www.iboisland.com/
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