<p>Holding fast to their island rock, houses cluster on Newfoundland's rugged shore.</p><p><em>Traveler</em>'s annual destination scorecard focuses on <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/coastal-destinations-rated/">99 coastal areas</a>, from Italy to Mozambique. A panel of 340 experts in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship rates this geographically and culturally representative sample of the world’s waterside locales. This gallery represents the top-rated destinations. You can see the full list <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/coastal-destinations-rated/list">here</a>.</p>

Newfoundland and Labrador: Avalon Peninsula (Score 84)

Holding fast to their island rock, houses cluster on Newfoundland's rugged shore.

Traveler's annual destination scorecard focuses on 99 coastal areas, from Italy to Mozambique. A panel of 340 experts in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship rates this geographically and culturally representative sample of the world’s waterside locales. This gallery represents the top-rated destinations. You can see the full list here.

Photograph by Barrett & MacKay, Corbis

Coastal Destinations Rated

See photos of the top-rated islands, coastlines, and beaches in Traveler's annual survey of experts.

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