This summer, we have been mesmerized by the epic influencer travel journeys flooding our Instagram. This led us to wonder, “what are the most instagrammable secret summer vacation spots?”
From following Maja Malnar in Morocco, Leonie Hanne in Santorini, Martha Graaf in Havana, Michelle Madsen in Positano, and our founder Muriëlle van Schaik in Ibiza, these vacation spots have become legendary in our minds and definitely on our jetsetter bucket list.
But what’s missing from our list?
We asked you, our readers, and received tons of amazing suggestions! Here are the top 20 best vacation spots for Instagram that you (probably) never heard of:
1. Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel Island, Azores Islands (Portugal)
Jackyn W. says, “Thrill seekers, nature lovers and scenic junkies can explore the largest of the Azores archipelago, Sao Miguel – a beautiful green jewel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With stunning lush landscapes, exotic plants, dormant volcanos, mesmerizing lakes and amazing views, the island allows you to explore its most beautiful and unspoiled places on foot, by off-roading in a car or on water. Adventure seekers can go on an exciting whale-watching tour, enjoy the volcanic activity of Furnas and take a dip in the crystal clear natural pool of its waterfall. Pack your bags and prepare to start the adventure of a lifetime!”
Photo credit: Azores Getaways
2. Cappadocia (Turkey)
Lindsey of hellojetlag.com says, “This is one of the most unique destinations I’ve ever been. The city is built in and around rocks formed from million year old volcano lava. There are underground cities, cave churches and cave hotels, and to make it extra instagrammable, every morning at sunrise, hundreds of hot air balloons fly over Goreme, the central part in town.”
3. Zaragoza (Spain)
“Barcelona and Madrid seems to get all the travel love. However, Zaragoza, located between these two major cities, have stunning sunsets, the street art and the remarkable water fountains just POP on Instagram.” ~Yashy M, babyandlife.com
4. Galicia (Spain)
@aworldtotravel says, “There’re many instagrammable spots in Spain beyond the classic touristy circuit. Head to Galicia, in the North West Coast for endless beaches without the crowds and you could soon be uploading snapshots like this one!”
5. Corfu Island (Greece)
Kristy @roguefoxx says, “Though Greece is a popular place to visit, everyone focuses on Santorini, Mykonos and the other Aegean islands. Corfu, in the Ionian, has a stunning old town with Venetian architecture and two fortresses that look over the city. ”
Here is a shot of the old town from the old fortress.
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Here is a shot inside the old town:
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6. Casa Palopo, Lake Atitlán (Guatemala)
“Adding a touch of understated beauty and class to the Guatemalan Highlands, Casa Palopo is a former home turned luxury hotel that invites guests into Central America’s colorful culture. With sweeping views of Lake Atitlan and its three surrounding volcanoes, guests have a chance to unwind in one of nine colorful suites, each decorated with handcrafted antique furniture and Latin American artwork. ” ~Veronica, @casapalopo
Photo credit: Casa Palopo Hotel
7. Te Henga (New Zealand)
“New Zealand is a hugely underrated vacation spot by most Americans. I’m from there but currently living in New York. It has a beautiful landscape, with forests, beaches, waterfalls, mountains, lakes etc.. it’s definitely an explorers Instagram heaven! Here’s the West Coast Black Sand Beach.” ~Caitlin W.
8. Cameron Highlands, Pahang (Malaysia)
“This view over the Cameron Highlands tea farm in Malaysia is a perfect insta spot because there’s barely anyone up above looking over the plantation taking photos so you’ll be alone and the bushels of tea in the green mountains are extremely unique!” ~Katie W., The Traveling Spud
9. Kandy (Sri Lanka)
“A country with one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, from stunning mountain views like this to surfer’s paradise beaches, you can’t NOT get a good photo in Sri Lanka. ” ~Gabby, packslight.com
10. Anse Patates Beach (Seychelles)
“Anse Patates beach in the Seychelles is a superb instagrammable vacation spot! The Anse Patates beach is accessible on foot, yet it is pretty secluded. You can chill by the beach, snorkel or just have a morning walk to start the day properly. This beautiful beach is almost never seen on Instagram, but it definitely should be in the spotlight more often.” ~ Cory V., youcouldtravel.com
11. Konigsee (Germany)
“Konigsee in southern Germany is an Instagram-perfect lake nestled in the Alps. It’s popular with locals, but doesn’t get much fanfare overseas. The blue water nestled in the mountain scenery is stunning on a clear day ” ~Kris M., nomadbytrade.com
12. De Koog (Netherlands)
Elizabeth at dutchdutchgoose.com says, “This windswept Dutch barrier island, a mere 20 min ferry from the mainland, is worlds away from the standard vacation trappings. Texel boasts brilliant beaches, historic relevance, and locally sourced cuisine worthy of your next vacation. ”
13.Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic)
“Everyone’s heard of Prague but many miss the adorably instagrammable Cesky Krumlov only 2.5 hours away. Cesky Krumlov looks like the set of a fairy tale, with winding alleyways, a castle on the hill and a gorgeous river wrapping around the town. ” ~Lindsey of hellojetlag.com
14. Dakar (Senegal)
“Dakar, Senegal is definitely under the radar but between it’s unlimited
ocean views, Ile de Sarpant that looks like a fairyland in and of itself, markets and mosques, the French-speaking West African country is an Instagram feeds wildest dream” ~Cherae R., Tastemakers Africa
15. Dominican Republic
“Yoga Retreats and gorgeous beachfront yoga lofts on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic is still a real insider tip. The sound of the ocean is your guide while connecting with your breath and challenging poses become much easier when facing the ocean.” Patricia, Yoga Loft
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16. Vista Celestial (Costa Rica)
“Vista Celestial is a luxury boutique hotel with stylish haciendas nestled in the south of Costa Rica, in an area that is still untouched and not raging with tourists…making it the idea picture-perfect location! The owners’ son calls the property a tree house as it sits high above the jungle with impeccable Pacific Ocean views. The fact that Vista Celestial sits high above the jungle with impeccable views of the Pacific Ocean makes it a VERY Instagrammable vacation spot.” ~Margie S.
Photo credit: Vista Celestial
17. Sonoma County, California (USA)
“Sonoma County is much more than just great wine (although it is the birthplace of California wine). You can surf in the ocean, kayak down a river, zip, hike, or cycle through towering redwoods, climb a sculpture near a vineyard, or go on a beer safari. Combined with more than 425 world-class wineries and farm-fresh food – what are you waiting for?” ~ Birgitt V.
18. Kenai Fjords, Alaska (USA)
Valerie S. @valerie_valise recommends, “Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. It’s a massive marine national park with wildlife,
glaciers, and stunning scenery. I grew up in Alaska but visited again as recently as Memorial Day weekend!”
19. Zion Canyon & Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah (USA)
“From pristine nature-scapes to sunset selfies, perfectly shot and edited pictures are what the most popular travel and adventure Instagram feeds are made of. But for the majority of social media users, these swoon-worthy shots can be difficult and intimidating to replicate. To help alleviate the stress of planning the perfect shot, we’ve identified top Insta-worthy destinations across Utah! ” ~ Ashley C.
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20. Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta (Canada)
“When thinking of the best secret Instagrammable vacation spots, Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada instantly came to mind. It is often overlooked because of Alberta’s more popular parks (Banff and Jasper), which you’ve seen featured in thousands of Instagrams. Waterton Lakes National Park is just across the border from Glacier National Park, but records only a fraction of the visitors. Glacier had 2.37 million visitors in 2015, while Waterton Lakes National Park recorded only 417,000 in the same period.” ~ Jordan G.
What are YOUR secret instagrammable vacation destinations? Share it with us in the comments below or in Facebook and Instagram!
Header Photo credit: Azores Getaways