DIG­I­TAL DETOX Need to take dras­tic ac­tion to keep the fam­ily off their phones? Try one of these far-flung lo­ca­tions, writes Grace El­lis.

Herald on Sunday - - TRAVEL LIGHT -

1 Osa Penin­sula, Costa Rica

Osa Penin­sula is one of the most bi­o­log­i­cally di­verse places in the world. Lo­cated in south­west­ern Costa Rica, an­i­mal-lov­ing kids will be so in­fat­u­ated by the vast amount of wildlife and lush rain­for­est that they won’t give their beloved phones a sec­ond thought. The Osa Penin­sula is not only a safe haven for its in­hab­i­tants but also has a rich gold min­ing his­tory — up un­til the 1980s, Osa Penin­sula was one of Costa Rica’s largest gold-bear­ing re­gions. Tech­nol­ogy-free ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude gold mine tours with op­por­tu­ni­ties to pan for your own piece of pre­cious me­tal, hik­ing through Cor­co­v­ado Na­tional Park, wildlife sanc­tu­ary en­coun­ters and scuba div­ing and snorkelling among hump­back whales and manta rays. Ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages pro­vide end­less en­ter­tain­ment away from the screens.

2 Amer­i­can Samoa, US Pa­cific Ter­ri­tory

Leave your phone at home as you won’t find cell­phone ser­vice here — and if you do, you may as well for­get about the out­side world be­cause Amer­i­can Samoa has the most ex­pen­sive in­ter­net in Amer­ica. In­stead of wor­ry­ing about emails and get­ting that In­sta­gram-wor­thy pic­ture, re­lax on one of the many beau­ti­ful beaches across five vol­canic is­lands or ex­plore the nu­mer­ous cul­tural her­itage high­lights and kid-friendly hikes such as the his­toric World War II site at Blunts Point or the Tur­tle and Shark Cove on the is­land of Tu­tu­ila, home to one of the most fa­mous le­gends in Samoan his­tory. Although many ver­sions of the story have cir­cu­lated, the leg­end tells of a woman, Fonuea, and her grand­daugh­ter Salofa, who were ne­glected by their fam­ily dur­ing a famine in Savai’i and in anger, threw them­selves off a rocky coast into the ocean. It is said they were mag­i­cally changed into a tur­tle and a shark, swam all the way to the is­land of Tu­tu­ila and were later helped by the is­land’s high chief. In grat­i­tude, Fonuea and Salofa re­mained in the wa­ter by a cliff in Vaitogi. This area has be­come the big­gest tourist at­trac­tion of Amer­i­can Samoa be­cause sup­pos­edly, the tur­tle and shark will ap­pear on the sur­face of the wa­ter when a par­tic­u­lar Samoan chant is re­cited. amer­i­cansamoa.travel

3 Pe­tit St. Vin­cent, Grena­dine

This bare­foot Car­ib­bean pri­vate is­land par­adise boasts no in­ter­net, phone nor even cars. Ad­ven­ture around the is­land via golf cart and rel­ish fam­ily bond­ing with ac­tiv­i­ties such as snorkelling, wind­surf­ing and hik­ing. If wa­ter sports aren’t your thing, hire a babysit­ter while you treat your­self to some time out at the hill­side spa or find your zen with all-in­clu­sive yoga prac­tice. While vis­it­ing PSV may leave a gap­ing hole in your wal­let, the homely vil­las and ex­quis­ite beaches will make you for­get the ma­te­rial things in life. This des­ti­na­tion is sure to leave the whole fam­ily feel­ing re­freshed and re­vi­talised — if you ever de­cide to leave. pe­tit­stvin­cent.com




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