Travelers all over the world are crazy about islands, from the Balearics to the Caribbean, so much so that the globe's many peninsulas have been forgotten. Here are 10 we think deserve some attention!
Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey
Maybe you know of Turkey's port city of Bodrum, but few are aware that it's found on the Bodrum Peninsula, a peninsula extending west in to the Aegean Sea. Not only is this protruding piece of land home to this charming city, but it also hosts a plethora of exclusive resorts and quaint villages.
For crystal-clear waters head to Yahsi beach. But if its watersports that interest you, make sure you visit Fener beach for a some windsurfing. Either way, if it's picture perfect beaches you're searching for, this peninsula is your Turkish delight!
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Separating the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula is a vast, diverse coastal area consisting of parts of Belize and Guatemala as well as three separate Mexican states.
This peninsula is not simply blue seas and white beaches, but ancient Mayan ruins and colonial-era architecture waiting to be explored. For a slice of paradise, make your way to the peninsula's end where you'll find Punta Allen, a tiny fishing village many don't even know exists.
Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland
In the western corner of Scotland lies a remote 30-mile stretch of land. Its name is the Kintyre Peninsula, a place where ferries are just as common as cars and locals have adopted an island-like pace of life. Does this sound like the perfect destination to escape to?
Well, it was for Sir Paul McCartney, who fled here from Beatlemania in the '70s and wrote about it in his chart-topping hit Mull of Kintyre. It's a picture-perfect land of castles, dramatic coastlines, whisky and cheese waiting to be lost in. If it's good enough for Paul, it's good enough for us!
Samana, Dominican Republic
If you think the Dominican Republic is simply all-inclusive resorts and sun-seeking tourists, think again. Off the north coast of the island sits the peninsula that is Samana, a tranquil paradise that feels worlds away from nearby tourist hell.
Not only will you catch a glimpse of local life, you're bound to fall in love with the peninsula's natural beauty. Discover the emerald green hills, coconut palms and waterfalls in Los Haitises National Park or the humpback whales of the Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Samana has both adventure and beauty.
Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Only an hour south of Melbourne sits one of Australia's best-kept secrets: the Mornington Peninsula. Often referred to as Melbourne's weekend playground, this peninsula boasts a mix of rugged coastlines and vineyards.
But arguably its biggest attraction is its food culture. Grab an all-organic lunch at one of the peninsula's buzzing markets and food stalls or dine in luxury at one of the high-end hidden eateries. It's a real treat for the taste buds.