The Atlantic Ocean’s ‘Best-Kept Secrets’

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Now this is somewhere I haven’t been yet – but is definitely on my list.

Thanks to HuffPost Travel.

View of Horta - Faial Island / Azores / Portugal View of Horta – Faial Island / Azores / Portugal

The only thing better than an unspoiled paradise is one that nobody you know has visited yet.

Some people can say they’re familiar with the Azores, a group of nine islands some 800 miles off the coast of Portugal. But by and large, these rugged, salt-sprayed islands are what USA Today calls “some of the best kept secrets in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.”

Picture emerald beaches, dazzling blue lakes, verdant pastures, volcanic caverns, bubbling mud pots, sprawling sunrises and waterfalls cascading deep into ravines (which you can rappel into, by the way). UNESCO designated the Azores a Biosphere Reserve in 2009 for their impeccable preservation. Indeed, the islands make a very good case for…

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