The picturesque surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao Island, is among Time magazine's "World Greatest Places" list for 2021, named alongside 99 other international "extraordinary destinations to explore."
Siargao, the small, teardrop-shaped island and humble tourist haven found at the northeastern coast of Mindanao, was said to have "recently been best known to a dedicated band of surfers lured by consistent waves," comparing it to the Philippines' more mainstream travel destinations like Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan.
"But the secret is out, and new spots are popping up on the island," Time writer Duncan Forgan wrote, citing beachfront Inara Siargao Resort, "an intimate five-suite property that can be booked on Instagram."
"Just before COVID-19 shutdowns, Siargao got additional cell towers to improve data connectivity, which will be a boon to tourism when it reopens to vaccinated international travelers," he said, adding a "Surf's Up" subhead above Siargao's description on their website.
Siargao joins other idyllic cities, landmarks, islands, and leisure destinations in Italy, Antarctica, Thailand, Greece, United Kingdom, Portugal, Belize, Egypt, Germany, France, Malaysia, Costa Rice, Maldives, Dubai, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, United States, Morocco, Turkey, Spain, Singapore, Ecuador, and more.
According to Time's website, their annual "World's Greatest Places" list is a "tribute to the people and businesses at the forefront of those industries who, amid extraordinary circumstances, found ways to adapt, build and innovate." The list, which is on its third year, is meant to shine a light on the ingenuity, creativity, revitalization and re-openings in destinations across the world.
To create the final list, Time first solicited for nominations of places around the world from their international roster of correspondents and contributors, prioritizing locations "offering new and exciting experiences."
"And while it may not be possible to safely visit each place just yet, they’re all well worth reading (and dreaming) about until it’s time, once again, to explore," Time wrote.
Surf paradise Siargao was also recognized as one of the best holiday destinations of 2020 by Conde Nast Traveler in December 2019. The surf paradise in Surigao Del Norte was described as "the tiny Philippine Island giving Bali a run for its money," and appeared alongside Kyoto in Japan, Galway in Ireland, Dakar in Senegal, and countries like Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan. – Rappler.com