Cape Town continues to gain recognition as a favourite destination for travelers from around the globe. The city has recently featured on two world renowned travel lists – U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Vacation Destinations and the 2016 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

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The Mother City came in at number 11 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016/2017 Best Vacation Destinations, which featured the likes of the Great Barrier Reef, Paris, Bora Bora and Florence. Here’s the full list:

U.S. News & World Report’s best places to visit 2016-17

  1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  2. Paris, France
  3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  4. Florence, Italy
  5. Tokyo, Japan
  6. Cusco, Peru
  7. London, England
  8. Rome, Italy
  9. New York
  10. Maui, Hawaii
  11. Cape Town, South Africa
  12. Barcelona, Spain
  13. Sydney, Australia
  14. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  15. Yellowstone National Park, U.S.
  16. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  17. Hong Kong
  18. Cairo, Egypt
  19. Washington, D.C.
  20. Grand Canyon National Park, U.S.
  21. British Virgin Islands
  22. Bali, Indonesia
  23. San Francisco, California
  24. Argentine Patagonia, Argentina
  25. Budapest, Hungary


And then this week, Cape Town was awarded the title of the very best city in Africa and the Middle East, by Travel + Leisure in New York. In addition the coastal city was named the 10th best city globally on the magazine’s world’s best cities list.

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