7 Most Beautiful Places I've Been To
Hey Ya’ll! So, often times (in fact this may be the most commonly asked question I get lol) friends and family ask me what my favorite country or city has been that I’ve visited. And while, it’s very difficult for me to narrow it down to one place, I have compiled a list of the 7 most beautiful places that I’ve been to.
7) Arenal, Costa Rica
Arenal is a city located about two hours outside of Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. You have to take a bus to get to the area. It’s right in the middle of the gorgeous Costa Rican rainforest and filled with adventurous activities that include hiking the active Arenal volcano, repelling down waterfalls, zip-lining through the forest, etc... It’s a place to go when you want to get away from “city life”. The rainforest was absolutely breath-taking. Quite frankly, the pictures I took don’t do it any justice. It’s just one of those places that you have to check out for yourself ;).
Before repelling down waterfalls in Arenal
In front of the Arenal Volcano
Hiking the Volcano
Catching my very first wave in Tamarindo, Costa Rica!
6) Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
So you may notice that I specifically put, the Eiffel Tower, and not just Paris. While Paris was beautiful with some incredible architecture, I actually did not "love" the city. I think Americans tend to romanticize Paris and make it out to be more endearing than it actually is. In all honesty, I found the city to be somewhat dirty, the people rude and the food mediocre. However, I was super fascinated with the Eiffel Tower, especially at night. Starting around 9 PM, the tower lights up and sparkles the Parisian sky for a few minutes at the start of every hour. I do highly recommend seeing the spectacle for yourself, and taking the elevator to the top and catching the gorgeous view of the city.
Standing in front of the Sparkling Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel tower at sunset
Standing in front of the Louvre Museum.. where we saw the Mona Lisa! ( free entry for students on Fridays ;) )
5) The Riviera Maya, Mexico
Situated between Playa del Carmen and Cancun, The Riviera Maya has some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen! When I went, I was actually staying in Playa Del Carmen, but it was only a short drive away. It’s a touristic resort town which hinders your ability to familiarize yourself with local culture, customs and food. Nevertheless, the beaches were absolutely spectacular with clear blue water and white sand.
TIP- Go to Xcaret Park and snorkel in the underground rivers ! So beautiful and worth the trip!
Pictures below are not mine*
The underground river
4) The Bioluminescent Bay, Puerto Rico
The Bioluminescent Bay (often called Bio Bay) is Puerto Rico’s key tourist destination. The water luminescence is triggered by dinoflagellates (oceanic plankton) which are able to create a bluish/green, ultramarine illumination when the water is touched.
Essentially, a bioluminescent bay is a rare and fragile ecosystem. There are only about 5 bio bays in the world! … and Puerto Rico is home to 3 of them.
Pictures below are not mine*
The narrow canal you have to kayak through to get to the bio bay.. Now imagine kayaking this at night! lol!
3) Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ahhh Amsterdam. This is the city I left my heart in. I just fell in love with it. If I had to move abroad, I genuinely think this place would be the city I’d choose. With its canals, cutesy coffee shops, greater population of bikes than of actual people, I’d gladly go back in a heartbeat. We visited the Anne Frank house (my favorite), the Van Gogh Museum and the infamous I AMsterdam sign. The Dutch people are also incredibly welcoming and hospitable... I have nothing bad to say about this place. VISIT it!!!
The red light district
2) Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana itself is a resort town, so I was disappointed I was not able to explore the Dominican culture more. However, I still strongly recommend visiting, esp. if you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway. When I arrived at my hotel in Punta Cana and first took a glimpse at the water, my mouth literally dropped. Yes, DROPPED! I couldn’t believe how beautiful the color of the ocean was. It was not really a clear blue, but had more of a green tint to it (without looking dirty). The water is indescribable, and I experienced equally gorgeous sunsets here. Take a look for yourself :)
That water!!! I loved it! (absolutely no filter)
Sunset after a light tropical rain storm.. the colors were gorgeous!
1) Iguazu Falls, Argentina/ Brazil
The Iguazu Falls are a series of 275 waterfalls that run along the border between Brazil and Argentina. They are breathtakingly beautiful. If it weren’t for the 90% humidity (well, maybe it wasn’t that humid, but it felt like it) I would get married here lol. The falls are about a 15 hour bus ride from Buenos Aires - yes, long, but very worth it. In addition, in 2011, Iguazu was announced as one of the new seven natural wonders of the world by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation. We were also lucky enough to hop on a small boat that took us super close up to the cascades where we were drenched by the refreshing water (deff. recommend doing this, as well). Below is a picture of Devil’s Throat, one of the bigger and more popular waterfalls.
Taking a boat ride under the falls! Highly recommend this!