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For the beach and nature lover, the 100 or so islands that make up the Seychelles are the ultimate tropical paradise. A thousand miles from "anywhere" (directly east of Kenya, in the middle of the Indian Ocean), the democracy has a peacefully co-existing ethnic mix of French, British, and African races and one of the most environmentally conscious governments in the world. High-rise development is prohibited and the many endangered bird and turtle species are not only protected, but are increasing thanks to the British group Birdlife International. Several Seychelles beaches have been called the most beautiful in the world, in particular ...

For the beach and nature lover, the 100 or so islands that make up the Seychelles are the ultimate tropical paradise. A thousand miles from "anywhere" (directly east of Kenya, in the middle of the Indian Ocean), the democracy has a peacefully co-existing ethnic mix of French, British, and African races and one of the most environmentally conscious governments in the world. High-rise development is prohibited and the many endangered bird and turtle species are not only protected, but are increasing thanks to the British group Birdlife International. Several Seychelles beaches have been called the most beautiful in the world, in particular Anze Lasio on Praslin and Anse Victorin on Fregate. Privacy and seclusion are available in that you can rent a whole island, such as Felicite, or one of only 12 villas at Fregate Island Private, a very expensive resort but exceptional in every way. Snorkeling is wonderful near St. Pierre Island, a place that matches everyone's mindset of the desert island of cartoons, with one lone shipwrecked individual living under a palm tree.

Julie Hatfield
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Julie Hatfield spent 22 years at The Boston Globe and now is a freelance writer. She wrote the Seychelles chapter for National Geographic 500 Journeys of a Lifetime.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: In Africa, east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar.
  • Language: English, French, Seychellois, Creole
  • Currency: Seychellos Rupee
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    All year, except for January and February, the rainiest months