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The 23 most relaxing vacation destinations in the world Part 3

By Madeline Diamond, INSIDER From Business Insider

While the whole point of taking a vacation is to unwind, there are many resorts, retreats, and even entire cities known for their focus on health, wellness, and, of course, relaxation.

Via Yoga offers yoga and surf-themed retreats in Costa Rica and New Mexico for a relaxing getaway with a focus on staying active.
Sedona, Arizona, is a town bursting with natural beauty that many people associate with health and energy.

Chances are, any vacation you take will be relaxing to some extent — temporarily leaving work and the usual routine allows most travelers to escape the stresses of their everyday lives.

However, there are many resorts, retreats, and even entire cities that are known for their focus on health, wellness, and of course, relaxation.

Keep reading for the 23 best destinations in the world for a relaxing getaway. Here are the third and last EIGHT.

Haramara Retreat, Sayulita, Mexico
Guest room at the Haramara Retreat.Haramara Retreat/Facebook
Located on the western coast of Mexico, the Haramara Retreat is dedicated to wellness and relaxation. Since guests are housed in beautiful cabañas with views of the Pacific Ocean, it would be hard to do anything but relax in this setting.

Via Yoga Surf Retreat, Costa Rica and Mexico
Via Yoga’s villa in Costa Rica.Via Yoga/Facebook
Via Yoga offers yoga and surf-themed retreats in both Costa Rica and Mexico, which are perfect for travelers who want to unwind but still stay active while on vacation.

Whitefish, Montana
Whitefish Mountain.Christopher Jackson/Shutterstock
In the winter, Whitefish Mountain offers skiing and other winter activities. In the summertime, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking are the perfect excuse to leave technology behind and enjoy the outdoors.

Port Townsend, Washington
Boats in Port Townsend.Artazum/Shutterstock
This seaside town in Washington state is known for its boating and art scenes. These two worlds converge at the town’s annual Wooden Boat Festival every fall, which celebrates beautifully crafted boats accompanied by live music and local foods.

At a little over two hours outside Seattle, Port Townsend is an accessible getaway for relaxing and taking in local culture.

Lake George, New York
Overlooking Lake George.Colin D. Young/Shutterstock
Vacationers have their pick of several quaint towns along New York’s Lake George. From lounging by the water to enjoying a ferry boat ride, there are plenty of ways to take in the peaceful natural surroundings.

Taos, New Mexico
Taos Pueblo.Dan Kaplan/Shutterstock
Located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos is a tranquil and beautiful town. There are endless outdoor activities in the region, although Taos is also an ideal place to learn about Native American culture thanks to plenty of local pueblos, art galleries, and museums.

Granada, Spain
Alhambra, Granada.Shutterstock / Marques
Granada is a dream come true for anyone who loves architecture. The city is perfect for exploring Moorish inspired buildings and getting lost in centuries of Spanish history.

The Spanish culture is perfect for relaxing and taking a break from everyday life — you’ll leave wanting to incorporate a siesta into your daily routine.

Boulder, Colorado
Hiking in Boulder.Dean Fikar/Shutterstock
Boulder, Colorado, not only has beautiful natural scenery, but since its also a college town, it is full of great local restaurants, galleries, and other cultural hot spots. There’s plenty to do, but Boulder is also an ideal location for taking in nature and doing nothing.

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