Better Safe Than Sorry

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Better Safe Than Sorry
In-line slideshow for Where to Hide Out from Zika: Better Safe than Sorry
By Maggie Fuller, AFAR Staff
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    Canary Islands
    Tenerife in the Canary Islands has become one of the most popular babymoon destinations. It is the largest and most populated of the islands and is crowned by a spectacular dormant volcano. You won’t find the Aedes aegypti mosquito on any of the Canary Islands, but you just might feel like you’ve found a little of the Caribbean in Europe.

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    Sicily
    Sicily’s climate may not be defined as tropical, but maybe that’s why it’s still a safe destination. The weather may be slightly milder than it would be on other, more southern islands at this time of year, but with that classic Italian charm, stretches of pristine beaches, and all the pasta you can eat? It just might be the best babymoon ever.

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    Seychelles
    Beaches? Check. Great weather? Check. Out-of-this-world beauty? Check. Zika? Nowhere in sight. While the same mosquitoes that transmit Zika do live on Seychelles, the virus hasn’t made it to the shores of the tiny island. Seychelles has seen outbreaks of dengue and chikungunya, which are carried by the same mosquitoes, so the island was well prepared when Zika started to spread. In fact, the government has been so vigilant about keeping any possibility of the virus out, that it went so far as to postpone an anticipated concert with a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist Beenie Man when he announced that he’d contracted the virus.

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    Dubai
    Known for its luxurious tastes and sky-high nightlife, the beaches and beach resorts of Dubai are also some kind of wonderful. The area’s risk of transmission is and has remained low, so you can spend your days lounging in the sand and your evenings toasting (with a mocktail if you’re on a babymoon!) to the glittering skyline without a thought to Zika. 

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    Cyprus
    There was some fear over the summer that Zika would spread to Europe, but Cyprus is another one of those islands where the aedes aegypti mosquito is just not found. But what you can find in Cyprus is year-round sun, old-world charm, enchanting ruins, and more scenic beaches than you could count.

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