World's Most Beautiful Canal Cities

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For a vacation sure to float your boat, head to one of these beautiful canal cities or regions.

Tigre, Argentina

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Take the train from Buenos Aires to Tigre, and once you arrive at the waterfront—all tile, iron railings, and old-timey street lamps—you’ll start to appreciate that life here is oriented around el agua. Instead of museums or libraries, the lovely old buildings are canoe clubs. And that’s only the beginning. Tigre, built on the delta of the Paraná River, is a hodgepodge of islets with elegant vacation homes, ramshackle fishing abodes, and camp-style resorts. Some waterways are big enough for water taxis and private boats while others, thick with pussy willows and ceibo trees, accommodate only a single skiff.

How to Do It Right: Spend a night or two at the Delta Eco Spa on an island 20 minutes from Tigre’s main boat station.

World's Most Beautiful Canal Cities

Tigre, Argentina

Take the train from Buenos Aires to Tigre, and once you arrive at the waterfront—all tile, iron railings, and old-timey street lamps—you’ll start to appreciate that life here is oriented around el agua. Instead of museums or libraries, the lovely old buildings are canoe clubs. And that’s only the beginning. Tigre, built on the delta of the Paraná River, is a hodgepodge of islets with elegant vacation homes, ramshackle fishing abodes, and camp-style resorts. Some waterways are big enough for water taxis and private boats while others, thick with pussy willows and ceibo trees, accommodate only a single skiff.

How to Do It Right: Spend a night or two at the Delta Eco Spa on an island 20 minutes from Tigre’s main boat station.

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