Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Welsh immigrants in search of religious freedom put this tiny Patagonia town on the map when they landed on the sheltered shores of Golfo Nuevo in 1865. Vacationing families and scuba divers followed suit, drawn to clear waters and cliff-lined beaches. Nearby Peninsula Valdes is a natural sanctuary for whales, penguins, elephant seals, and sea lions. Whale-watching expeditions ply the waters here from May to December while binocular-toting sightseers try their luck at spying the mighty sea creatures from land. The village of Gaiman retains its Welsh charm, from authentic teahouses to a proliferation of chapels.