When you think of an exotic beach destination, what do you picture? Over-water bungalows in Bora Bora? Longtail boats in the Thai Islands? Sea turtles and lava flows in Hawaii? For a truly memorable experience, why not consider the Seychelles?
The Republic of Seychelles sits just over 900 miles off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. The country is comprised of 115 different islands, many of which are uninhabited. The country’s history was influenced by the French and the British (and their slave trades, which brought people over from mainland Africa). Because of this, the islands are an interesting mix of cultures with three official languages: English, French, and Creole.
If you’ve heard of the Seychelles at all (it’s not really promoted yet in the Americas as a holiday destination), you may think of it as a honeymoon destination for the rich and famous. After all, this is where Prince William and Kate Middleton spent their royal honeymoon!
The Seychelles are about more than just beaches and honeymoons. In fact, the country really impressed me with everything it has to offer. It’s rare these days to find so many options in such an unspoiled yet luxury setting.
Here are the top five things I loved about the Seychelles: