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3 Underrated Beach Destinations, According to 2 Instagram Influencers

Annie Gabillet

Samantha and Ryan Looney know how to mix business with pleasure. After visiting 20 countries (and enjoying various romantic getaways), the husband and wife decided to quit their jobs and focus full-time on their travel content platform, Our Travel Passport. Today, they produce gorgeous photo and video content from around the globe. These two have been to so many places beyond the obvious vacation spots. So I asked them: what beach destinations are underrated? Their answers will give you new ideas for your next trip. Just be sure to pack enough swimsuits

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3 Underrated Beach Locations

Antigua, Caribbean

“The beaches in Antigua are unlike anywhere else in the world,” Samantha told us. And she would know. According to her, the Carribean island is home to the clearest turquoise waters she and Ryan have ever seen, as well as epic white sand beaches. “Antigua specifically has 365 beaches, so you could literally go to a different beach every single day for a year,” she added. Sounds like a plan.

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What to do: Relax on Rendezvous Beach or Halfmoon Bay, watch the sunset from Shirley Heights, and swim with Stingrays at Stingray City.

Lagos, Portugal

The Algarve in Portugal is the hidden gem of Europe, according to Samantha and Ryan. “The coastline is absolutely stunning, the beaches are beautiful, and the grottos are unlike anywhere else,” she said. Plus, Lagos is a beautiful little European beach town with cobblestone paths, white washed buildings, and epic rock formations just off the coast.

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What to do: Play in the ocean at Praia da Batata and walk through the caves to get to Praia dos Estudantes, take a boat tour through the grottos, watch sunset from Ponta de Piedade, and eat at Maharaja Tasty Indian, the most delicious Indian restaurant in the center of town.

Polignano a Mare, Italy

“When people think of Italian beaches, they generally think of the Amalfi coast, but what most people don’t know is that the southeast coast of Italy is equally as stunning,” Samantha shared. Part of what they loved so much about Polignano a Mare is that it’s not as popular among tourists. “That means it’s not as expensive or crowded as its west coast neighbors, but it is equally as beautiful,” she assured us. In Polignano a Mare, you get the traditional small town feel, with cliffside buildings jutting out into the water.

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What to do: Spend a day relaxing on the beach and jumping off the cliffs into the bright blue waters at Polignano a Mare beach, wander through the tiny streets in the old town, and explore the nearby towns of Monopoli and Alberobello (famous for its traditional Trulli houses).

Nothing sounds better to us right now than a quiet and beautiful beach!