Fernando de Noronha
If you’re one of the lucky few to visit the volcanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha off Brazil’s northeast coast, you will have arrived at one of South America’s most immaculate natural treasures. Made up of 21 distinct islands and islets, the archipelago was designated a national maritime park in 1988 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Scuba divers and snorkelers are likely to see sea turtles, stingrays, dolphins, and reef sharks in the turquoise waters, and beachgoers will rejoice with peaceful walks along the coastline. In fact, this destination is so well-loved that Baia do Sancho has twice been elected the best beach on the planet by TripAdvisor!