This list of Top 100 Sustainable Destinations recognizes the efforts of countries and regions that have made to make their home welcoming for eco-friendly travel lovers.
As overtourism became a buzzword in 2018, it also highlighted the need for urgent sustainable solutions. For the fourth time the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations is unveiled. This list celebrates the efforts of tourism destinations for responsible and sustainable tourism. The list is the result of open calls in newswires, social and business media.
Nominators had to provide extensive information on their destination and its efforts to make itself and its stakeholders more sustainable for the benefit of travellers, local communities and the world. Destinations had to clarify what they have been doing to comply with the 100 globally recognized criteria of the Green Destinations Standard.
Nominations were evaluated by the Sustainable Top 100 Team and by members of the Top 100 International Committee and country experts. The Top 100 initiative aims to recognise tourism destinations that have worked hard to make a difference and take sustainability seriously. But it’s important to note that no destination is fully sustainable. In all selected destinations, important issues remain to be solved.
Traveller carbon emissions are currently not taken into account in this competition due to the lack of suitable data and tools. However, Green Destinations recommends travellers to avoid long-haul travels and to appropriately compensate their carbon emission.
Top 100 Sustainable Destinations
Douglas Shire (Queensland)
Kingdom of Bhutan
Chobe, Makgadikgadi & Okavango Delta
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Fernando de Noronha
Great Bear Rainforest
Vancouver (British Columbia) – Read more for the best DIY Vancouver walking tour here.
Castle Region & Alberta Southwest
Mackenzie Delta – Beaufort Sea
Niagara Falls (Ontario)
Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve
Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve
Otún Quimbaya Sanctuary
Town of Drniš
Galapagos Islands – read about about an epic trip of a lifetime to Galapagos here.
Bretagne – Brittany
Norderney (Lower Saxony)
Skyros Island (Evia)
Sifnos Island (Cyclades)
Read our guide to the best islands to visit in Greece here.
Khangchendzonga Nat. Park (Sikkim)
Bali Barat National Park
Read our guide to the best things to do in Bali here.
Cogne (Valle d’Aosta)
Villasimius & C. Carbonara MPA (Sardinia)
Ajloun Forest Reserve
Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark
Gozo – Read about how you can enjoy an adventure fit for royalty in Malta here.
Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve
Berg en Dal (Gelderland)
Hoek van Holland (Zuid-Holland)
Netherlands – Caribbean
Read more about Hyped Caribbean Destinations to Avoid, Lesser-Known Islands to see Instead here.
Read about the fjords of Norway here.
Republic of Palau
Lio Tourism Estate (El Nido)
San Carlos City (Negros Occ.)
Águeda (Baixo Vouga, Centro)
Alto Minho CIMAzores
Cascais (Greater Lisbon region)
Peneda-Gerês National Park
Oeste CIM, West Portugal
Serras do Socorro e Archeira
Sintra (Greater Lisbon region)
Torres Vedras (Oeste)
Volcanoes National Park
Ljubljana. Read about Top Ljubljana Experiences here.
Slovenia Green Destinations
Suwon Hwaseong (Suwon City)
Bergueda County (Catalunya)
Islas Atlánticas de Galicia
Terres de l’Ebre
Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit
Åre (Jämtland County)
Malmö (Scania County)
Northeast and Yilan Coast NSA
Pinglin district (New Taipei City)
Chumbe Island (Zanzibar)
County Down (Northern Ireland)
Jackson Hole-Yellowstone (Wyoming)