The 50 destinations that made our list this year include one of France‚Äôs lesser-known wine regions, America‚Äôs next big dining spot, and a buzzy Greek island. How many of these places will you visit in 2017?
Angra dos Reis, Brazil
Brazil‚Äôs visa waiver during the Olympics was a success for one big reason: it encouraged travel beyond the big cities. The tourism board hopes to bring back the waiver, and if you‚Äôre planning to take advantage, save time to visit Angra dos Reis, between Rio and S√£o Paulo. This popular Brazilian vacation area is where cariocas go to escape the crowds. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs where many of the country‚Äôs elite have their beach villas,‚Äù says Martin Frankenberg of Matuete, who has access to several of these glamorous rentals. Big changes are coming to the region. In May, Brazilian chain Fasano will open a long-awaited 54-suite hotel in a complex that includes a marina, golf course, restaurants, and a spa. The design is striking, with elevated wooden buildings that look like they‚Äôre floating, all with open-air terraces and views of the forest and sea. And the government recently pledged $8 million to improve the infrastructure on Ilha Grande‚Äîan island that‚Äôs so popular that they‚Äôve had to impose a daily limit on visitors. ‚ÄîStephanie Wu