Skip The Caribbean And Visit These African Islands In 2020
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
The Caribbean is often a popular choice for travelers seeking a tropical escape. From frequent travel deals and moderate flight times to world-renowned beaches and vibrant culture, it seems like an obvious choice for many. However, these African islands are home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world, inviting locals, and rich, ancient culture. Before booking your next Caribbean getaway, consider these African paradises instead.
Often referred to as the “Spice Islands”, Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. The islands’ beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world with unspoiled views from crystal blue water to golden sand shores. Zanzibar Town, the main island’s capital, is home to the cobbled alleyways of historic Stone Town’s old quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which features an eclectic mix of influences from Africa, Arabia, India, and Europe.
Sal, Cape Verde
Sal is a beach lover’s paradise. But there is more to do here than just bask under the sun. According to capeverde.co, from the 1700s through until 1985, the town of Pedra de Lume on Sal’s north-west coast was an established salt producer. Although no longer in operation, you can visit the salt flats, see the large conveyor system used to transport the salt and then take a dip in the saltwater, where you’ll float as if in the Dead Sea.
If you are looking for a tropical beach getaway without the crowds, this is your spot. Mohéli is an unspoiled paradise with less than 400 tourists a year. Located off the coast of East Africa, the island is known for its healthy marine world, offering an unforgettable spectacle for scuba divers and snorkelers. During certain months, you can also swim with humpback whales for a truly remarkable experience.
With stunning white sand beaches and lush tropical forests covering the hills, Praslin is an island paradise located in the Indian Ocean. It is the second-largest island in Seychelles, however, it is home to only 6,500 inhabitants. Enjoy tranquil afternoons on one of the island’s many iconic beaches including Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette.
This island in the Mediterranean Sea just off the Tunisian coast is known for its white-washed homes and idyllic ocean views. The island is home to Africa’s oldest synagogue and the cultural history of the island can be seen through its people with the Muslim, Berber, and Jewish communities peacefully coexisting on the island as they have done for centuries. Enjoy the street art, explore the cobblestone streets lined with leather goods and ceramics, and spend the afternoon in Houmt Souk, the main market town on the island.