Argentina: Valdés Peninsula

99 Coastal Destinations Rated: Top Rated

Score: 76

This Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site in Atlantic Patagonia treats its visitors, who are often “ecotourists with the right ethics,” to an “excellent welcome center” and other facilities “that are set up in a way to minimize their impact on the local environment.”

Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists. They are not necessarily the views of the National Geographic Society:

“Amazing and beautiful place. Well organized. Infrastructure is complete for tourism and whale-watching experiences.”

"Extremely well-preserved Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage site. Visitor center and explanatory signs are excellent. Tourism facilities minimize impact on the environment."

"Remote but becoming discovered. Development is relatively unregulated."