3. Bartolome Island, Galapagos

Bartolome Island is famous for Pinnacle Rock, a towering spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the best known landmark in the Galapagos. Just east of the pinnacle is a perfectly crescent sandy beach that sea turtles use as a nesting site. You might also see the Galapagos penguins, the only penguins found north of the equator, not to mention sea lions and a multitude of tropical fish, even sharks. There is a pathway with boardwalks and stairs leading to Bartolome’s summit where you are rewarded with spectacular views of the island and nearby Santiago Island. It’s a little secret slice of paradise.