The Top 10: Zika-Free Beach Destinations

While exciting news of a Zika vaccine seems to be on the horizon, many of the Caribbean islands are still deemed risky places to visit due to the presence of the mosquito-born virus. As a result, and until further drug tests prove effective, travelers seeking a beach escape are turning to less-obvious destinations. From the honeymoon-worthy islands dotting the coast of Africa to Europe’s most stylish coastal resorts, this list highlights some of the best places to travel right now. The following destinations are Zika-free, and some of our favorite warm-weather escapes. Read more about Indagare and how booking travel through us ensures exclusive perks like complimentary upgrades, breakfasts, spa appointments, resorts credits and VIP treatment. 

Note: It is important to distinguish between Zika acquired while traveling, and cases where the disease was acquired locally. Many cases of Zika have been reported in the United States, but so far Florida is the only state that has reported locally acquired, mosquito-born cases.

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1. Bermuda

Famous for its colonial architecture, pink-sand beaches and azure waters, Great Britain’s oldest existing colony still feels traditionally English, but its proximity to the US means there is a strong American influence. Since being awarded host of America’s Cup 2017, the country has been abuzz with exciting news of development as hotels and restaurants gear up for an influx of tourism. Read Indagare’s Bermuda Destination Report.

2. Ibiza

A great alternative to Mexico, Ibiza offers a number of cultural pursuits in contrast to its famous nightlife; the ruins of Sa Caleta are a must for history buffs, the old town of Dalt Vila is perfect for an afternoon stroll and day trips to the neighboring islands allow for some peace and quiet. But no trip to Ibiza would be complete without abundant beach time—the island’s rocky coastline offers everything from romantic hidden coves to white expanses. Read Indagare’s Ibiza Destination Report.

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3. Great Barrier Reef
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Note: There have been a few reported cases in Cairns but the CDC has not yet released a travel notice, because the number of cases has not risen to an outbreak 

This archipelago of islands, off the coast of east Africa, is a renowned beach destination for a reason: topaz waters, chalk white sand, luxe hotels and fiery sunsets. As of October 2016, the secluded Seychelles remained untouched by the virus, making it a great babymoon destination. Read Indagare’s Seychelles Destination Report. 

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5. Santorini

This awe-inspiring Minoan city was preserved under layers of ash when a volcano blew the heart out of Santorini 3,500 years ago. That tragedy is a blessing today: the volcanic terrain created red, black, and white beaches and spectacular views and produces world-class Vinsanto and Assyrtiko wines. Read Indagare’s Santorini Destination Report.

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6. Croatian Islands

Easily accessible from the Dalmatian Coast—and best explored via yacht or sailboat—the Croatian Islands boast charming, quiet towns that provide respite from the bustling cities of Dubrovnik and Split. Two of the most well known destinations are Hvar and Korcula, resorts that are teeming with waterfront restaurants, medieval architecture and Gothic and Renaissance cathedrals. Read Indagare’s Croatia Destination Report. 

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7. French Polynesia

Few destinations epitomize the expression ‘far-flung,’ and French Polynesia is one of them. Comprised of more than a hundred islands in the South Pacific, this pristine paradise serves as the ultimate escape for scuba divers and beach lovers alike. Stay in an overwater bungalow—the quintessential image of Polynesia—at the über-luxurious, eco-friendly Brando.

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8. Hawaii

There’s something deeply mystical about the Hawaiian islands, which reside in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, some 2,500 miles from the west coast of the United States. To fully experience the special destination, you should island-hop and venture beyond Hawaii’s beautiful resorts, even if they are among the best in the country. Read Indagare’s Hawaii Destination Report.

Related: Hawaiian Island Matchmaker

9. José Ignacio

The tiny beach town of Jose Ignacio lies at the southern tip of Uruguay and has a distinctly South American, bohemian charm, in addition to some museum-like, five-star properties. The destination is most busy from December to February, when posh Argentinians and foreigners come to enjoy the beautiful beaches and boho vibe. Read Indagare’s José Ignacio Destination Report.

10. Nantucket

Nantucket is to New England what the Hamptons are to New York; an elite, elegant and chic escape from the city. But with nary a traffic light in sight, Nantucket entrances visitors with its old whaling town charm, and surprisingly low-key glamour. Read Indagare’s Nantucket Destination Report. 

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– Emma Pierce on October 1, 2016

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