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Zika-Free Beach Destinations: The Top 10 Safe Islands & Resort Locations

While exciting news of a Zika vaccine may be on the horizon, and some Caribbean destinations (including the Bahamas, Anguilla and St. Barth’s) have recently been declared Zika-free by the CDC, many popular Caribbean islands are still deemed riskier than others due to the presence of the mosquito-born virus. According to the CDC, many people infected with Zika will have mild or no symptoms, but travelers who are pregnant or may become pregnant are advised against visiting areas with a risk of Zika, as the virus has been linked to serious birth defects. As a result, some travelers seeking a beach escape are turning to alternate 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 Zika-free beach destinations are some of our favorite warm-weather escapes.

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1. Bermuda

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2. Ibiza

A  great alternative to Mexico in warmer months, 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

Note: There have been a few reported Zika cases in Cairns but the CDC has not yet released a travel notice, because the number of cases has not risen to an outbreak and they are not locally transmitted.

Stretching 1,240 miles along the eastern coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is a stunning natural wonder and scattered with several beach chic hotels. It is a particularly great destination to visit now, as the fragile ecosystem is rapidly depleting and may not exist in the same exuberance for much longer. Read Indagare’s Australia Destination Report.

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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. The secluded Seychelles has remained untouched by the virus, making it a great babymoon destination. Read Indagare’s Seychelles Destination Report. 

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Planning a honeymoon or babymoon? Contact Indagare for assistance planning a customized romantic getaway, or learn more about Indagare’s honeymoon membership, which includes one customized itinerary, VIP amenities and more.

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 have 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. 

Planning a honeymoon or babymoon? Contact Indagare for assistance planning a customized romantic getaway, or learn more about Indagare’s honeymoon membership, which includes one customized itinerary, VIP amenities and more.

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. Read Indagare’s French Polynesia Destination Report.

Planning a honeymoon or babymoon? Contact Indagare for assistance planning a customized romantic getaway, or learn more about Indagare’s honeymoon membership, which includes one customized itinerary, VIP amenities and more.

8. Hawaii

There’s something deeply mystical about the Hawaiian islands, situated 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.

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9. José Ignacio

The tiny beach town of José 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.

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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 appeals with its old whaling town charm, and surprisingly low-key glamour. Read Indagare’s Nantucket Destination Report. 

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Contact Indagare to book a trip to any of these Zika-free beach destinations.

Planning a honeymoon or babymoon? Contact Indagare for assistance planning a customized romantic getaway, or learn more about Indagare’s honeymoon membership, which includes one customized itinerary, VIP amenities and more.

– Emma Pierce on August 27, 2018

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