We now have to take a serious health concern into consideration when planning our next beach getaway.
The mosquito-borne Zika virus ravaged Latin America and the Caribbean over the past year — and is now being locally transmitted in the continental US, as well as Singapore.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel warnings for more than 40 countries that have seen local Zika transmissions, in addition to releasing a map showing just how far the mosquitoes that transmit the virus may spread within the US.
Here are 15 awesome beach vacation spots where you won’t be at risk for Zika, as per the latest projections.
Lisa Ryan contributed to an earlier version of this post.
Horseshoe Bay Beach in Southampton Parish, Bermuda
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Out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is far enough from the Caribbean to stay out of Zika’s way. Known for its namesake shorts, the island packs a wide range of activities into its 21 miles.
Its national bird, the cahow, is one of the rarest in the world, and its famous pink sand beaches make for some stunning scenery.
Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, Greece
Navagio Beach, otherwise known as Shipwreck Bay, is one of the most popular beaches in the Greek island of Zakynthos.
Why? Because there’s a literal shipwreck on the island, and to get to it, you have to take a boat.
Tourists stay on the main part of the island, and often travel to the beach for the day.
Gozo Island in Malta
Between Sicily and the North African coast, this Mediterranean island contains both gorgeous beaches and historical sites. Some of its fortresses, temples, and burial chambers date back to 4000 B.C.
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