Mossel Bay South Africa. At first glance, the town is the ugly sister of the Garden Route. It was a hugely popular destination until the 1980s when the building of the world’s largest gas-to-oil refinery and concomitant industrial sprawl marred it, and it fell into a slump. But if you can see beyond the unimpressive approach road, you’ll find a cheery town with plenty of sunny-day pursuits.

St. Barthélemy Island