Don’t be deceived by the small size of this Portuguese gem in the Azores; although it may be small (only 10 miles at its widest), it’s the home of the tallest mountain in Portugal (Ponta de Pico), and actually the largest (though one of the least known) islands in the Azores triangle. Its black volcanic soil has given the local vineyards UNESCO World Heritage designation. It’s a perfect destination for crowd-free sipping, strolling, and exploring. These are the 10 forbidden places around the globe that no one will ever be able to visit!
Jicaro Island, NicaraguaCourtesy-Jicaro-Island-Ecolodge
Set on Lake Nicaragua, this private island getaway is about 15 minutes by water taxi from the Colonial town of Granada. Since the entire island is a private ecolodge, it has a secluded Swiss Family Robinson appeal, with thatch casitas built into the lush foliage, surrounded by local flora and fauna. Bonus: Jicaro Island Ecolodge is one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, and Mombacho Volcano and Lake Nicaragua are visible from all of the nine casitas. These are private islands you can rent for your next vacation.