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Hidden Gem Vacation Spots to Visit Before You Die

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The pyramids in Egypt or the Safaris in Africa often top the lists of must-see places. But what about exploring spots that are less heard of and are hidden gems? Travel expert Aaron Levine shares his favourite vacation spots that are a must-visit!

Nosara, Costa Rica
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1. Nosara, Costa Rica

Located further south from the volcanic beaches in the north, Nosara's beautiful sands and waters offer great options for relaxation and adventure. You can try taking a surfing lesson or nurture your inner Zen with yoga. 

You can also drive to nearby beaches with boutique accommodation options available in Playa Samara and Carillo. From there you can also drive to Punta Islita with its local art community. 

Carmel, California
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2. Carmel, California

Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this city offers great restaurants and breathtaking scenery. Half the fun is getting here, especially if you rent a convertible! 

Arezzo, Italy

3. Arezzo, Italy

Rolling hills, wineries and gourmet food! Arezzo, one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany, has some of the most unique places to stay — you can choose either a farmhouse up in the mountain or a converted monastery. The city is close to Florence which also makes for a great day trip with its museums and incredible culture. 

Kauai, Hawaii
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4. Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai is the oldest island of the Hawaiian Islands and has unique natural beauty including deserts, rainforests, beaches, swamps, and mountains. The island offers options to go for hikes and take in some breathingtaking views. It's also a great spot to take a helicopter ride to get an awesome aerial view of the coast. 

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in Northern Thailand. With an incredible night market, elephant reserves, and different types of accommodation to choose from, you should plan for at least a 10 day getaway. You could also make day trips to any of the 300 wats (temples), or take a cooking class at a local restaurant. Combine this area with a short flight south to one of the islands Ko Phi Phi or head to Riley Beach for a great time! 

Bocas Del Toro, Panama
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6. Bocas Del Toro, Panama

This is a collection of islands in the North East of Panama. With overwater bungalows, bed and breakfasts and motor boat taxis that take you from island to island, Bocas Del Toro is an easy place to let go and get your R&R. 

 

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