Hualien. Although it’s one of Taiwan’s largest cities, Hualian has a lot of natural beauty and an easy-going pace of life. It boasts a good choice of restaurants, parks, and ocean views but it’s also the gateway to discover Taiwan’s beaches, hiking trails, waterfalls, and hot springs. Visit Taroko National Park with an astounding 12-mile-long canyon—a breathtaking spectacle of craggy rocks and cascading water.

St. Barthélemy Island