It looks like paradise in the brochure, but when you get there you find crowded beaches with barely enough room for your towel, pushy hawkers, and cloudy water.
But never fear, there are still places in the world where the postcard photo is real and the water doesn't have to be digitally altered to look crystal clear. This list, adapted from Lonely Planet's list of 10 incredible tropical paradises, takes you just far enough off the beaten path to find the places that truly live up to the name "tropical paradise".
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