Could anything be more perfect than the spirit of the classic French Riviera, but located in the exotic realm of the South Pacific? This unparalleled unity of culture, history, beauty, and tropical serenity makes New Caledonia a dream-come-true for travel enthusiasts who are craving for a destination that blends the best of both worlds.
As the capital city of New Caledonia, this is a must for all first-time visitors to the region, since it is the epitome of that unique blend of European heritage and native roots. Located on Grande Terre, the city has a distinctly international essence, as you’ll be hanging around lots of people from Europe, mingling with the Kanak people, and dining in some of their finest Moroccan, Italian, or French restaurants.
On one end, you’ll stroll among its colonial buildings that resonate with the region’s past, and end up basking in the sun of some of their renowned beaches. The Magenta beach is a known picnic location where the locals love to gather during weekends.
l’Île des Pins
Dubbed the island that is the closest to paradise, people flock here just for the sake of its natural beauty. Located 110 km southeast of the capital, this little oasis is filled with crisp-white beaches, and although not much else, its stunning scenery makes up for the lack of entertainment, so to speak.
Even though you cannot expect to spend your evenings partying away or restaurant-hopping, make sure you try their escargots (snails), which are considered a local specialty. If you plan to spend most of your time in this little cocoon of bliss, then try to time it during their annual fair, which is typically organized in May or June.