Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
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Why You Didn't Want to Go: This Sri Lankan beach town was a major tourist destination before the battles between Tamil separatists and the government turned it into a war zone during the nineties and early aughts.

Why You Want to Go Now: Trincomalee boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on earth, some of the best surfing, and astounding whale watching. One of the few places on the planet where boaters can predictably find Sperm Whales, the city is thick with researchers and SCUBA geeks. The old Dutch ramparts and local Buddhist shrines are also attractive and Pigeon Island is a major snorkeling destination. Check into the Jungle Beach Resort and you're bound to feel at home.