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15 Off-the-Grid Places to Detox by the Water

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Whether unplugging completely on a coral island in the Bahamas or swimming with parrotfish off the coast of Mozambique, you can still find places on the planet to escape the digital life. Here are 15 lovely, off-the-grid spots where the emphasis remains on absorbing and appreciating your natural surroundings.
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Unnamed Road, Mozambique
The channel between Bazaruto and Benguerra islands provides access to deep gullies during low tide. The Azura resort runs trips to Two Mile Reef, where snorkelers can swim with parrotfish and sea horses. Illustration by Polly Becker. This appeared...
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Tikehau, French Polynesia
This oval-shaped atoll in the Tuamotu island group strung across the South Pacific Ocean some 300 kilometers from Tahiti is covered in pink and China white sand and surrounded by a jaw-droppingly beautiful turquoise, jade, and cerulean hued lagoon...
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Near the northern end of Andros Island, less than 15 minutes by air from Nassau, Kamalame Cay is worth visiting just for its remoteness from busy everyday life. But this 96-acre private island has other attractions, too: a scattering of 34...
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Unnamed Road, The Bahamas
It is not quite accurate to say that this 13-room beachfront property, on sparsely populated South Andros Island, is off the beaten path. True, no one can arrive by road, because there isn’t one. And the only neighbors are the wild denizens...
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Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
One of Africa’s only surviving colonies of dugong, a cousin to the manatee, lives amid the Bazaruto Archipelago’s curling vines of seaweed. A team of conservationists based at Marlin Lodge monitors the creatures weekly. Guests can participate in...
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Quilalea Island Quirimbas Archipelago Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
An adventurous redefinition of a beach destination, far-flung Mozambique is an East African paradise. The country's Quirimbas Archipelago is especially remote, and Azura Quilalea Private Island even more so with only nine luxury villas. Its 86...
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Vilankulos, Mozambique
Traditional fishing boats, or dhows, catch the tropical winds with durable cloth sails. Sailaway Dhow Safaris leads snorkeling and kite-surfing excursions aboard the 26- to 40-foot boats. Illustration by Polly Becker. This appeared in the...
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2520 Peniche, Portugal
Hire a boat out of Peniche, Portugal, when available, and travel six miles offshore to the pristine Berlenga Islands. Then hike, kayak, snorkel, and swim the day away. Pack a picnic lunch and feast on the beach. The perfect day in paradise.
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Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
As easy as it would be to spend an entire trip to Zanzibar lazing around on soft-sand beaches, it’s well worth skipping an hour or two of sunbathing to see Stone Town, the ancient district of Zanzibar. With its narrow cobblestoned streets,...
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Magdalena, Colombia
East of the city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia lies the gorgeous, rugged Parque Tayrona, a true feast for all of the senses. The park doesn't have roads--you have to hike or go by boat in order to get past the entrance--so we...
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Val Des Pitons Forbidden Beach La Baie de Silence, St Lucia
For a taste of Miami by way of St. Lucia, look no further than Sugar Beach. Set on a white-sand crescent between the Piton mountains—within a 100-acre former sugar plantation studded with shady palm trees—the resort’s...
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It is easy to get into the flow here, especially with a day trip down the Wailua River on Kauai's north shore. I booked a day trip with Kayak Kauai for a guided tour to the Secret Waterfall (known to locals as Uluwehi Falls). We launched in Kapa’a...
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Laughing Bird Caye, Belize
On approach, Laughing Bird Caye is breathtaking: a narrow island, lined with multiple palm trees, with a single thatch hut where a resident park ranger awaits to welcome and inform visitors. It's not so bad once you've arrived,...
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Peru
Housed in a refurbished building on a four-acre private peninsula, this all-inclusive luxury resort is far more expensive than most hotels on Lake Titicaca, but it’s well worth the splurge. Not only are all of your meals, cocktails, and most...
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SP94, 07021 Arzachena OT, Italy
There are few places that blend dramatic scenery, old-world history, and stellar food culture as beautifully as Sardinia. In early summer, wildflowers color the island, cherries are at their juiciest, and many regions are surprisingly tourist...