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Top Ten Sea Views to Dine For: Pointe Restaurant, Wickaninnish Inn, British Columbia
WE'LL HAVE THAT TO STAY: Wickaninnish Inn's Pointe Restaurant, which overlooks British Columbia's Tofino Sound  (courtesy, Wickaninnish Inn)

5) Apsley Gorge Vineyard Café, Bicheno, Tasmania, Australia
Savor divine oysters or scallops washed down with glasses of chilled Chardonnay as you overlook the crashing Tasman Sea on the east coast. The ramshackle open-air tables and wooden knives and forks are all part of the charm. The vineyard produces some of Australia's most-prized Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Planning: The café is just outside the small town of Bicheno.

4) The Baths, Sorrento, Victoria, Australia
Nudging Sorrento's bayside beach, these former sea baths offer glorious views over Port Phillip Bay. In summer, diners spill out onto a large decked balcony, while on colder days there are open fires inside. Modern Australian seafood and other dishes are served with laid-back Aussie hospitality.

Planning: The restaurant is at 3278 Point Nepean Road, near the Queenscliff—Sorrento car-ferry terminal. Queenscliff is 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Geelong by road.

3) Nepenthe, Big Sur, California
Perched high above the rugged California coastline and facing the setting sun, this family-run business enchants Big Sur visitors with sweeping views of the Pacific—and occasional glimpses of migrating gray whales. The food is fresh, local, and delicious, the California wine sublime.

Planning: Reserve a table or visit at off-peak hours for the best views. Crowds often throng Nepenthe at sunset.

2) Boathouse, Breach Inlet, Isle of Palms, South Carolina
Dolphins often feature on the menu, but only as entertainers at this nautically themed restaurant occupying the "breach" between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic. Choose from the pine-and-mahogany indoor area, the outdoor deck, or the rooftop bar. All promise superb sunset views and fresh seafood dishes, including Boathouse crab cakes and raw oysters.

Planning: The Boathouse is at 101 Palm Boulevard.

1) Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, B.C., Canada
Storm-watchers gather, especially in winter, at this rustic retreat perched at the very edge of Vancouver Island's rain-battered west coast. Savor top-notch West-Coast food in the Pointe Restaurant, which has 240-degree views of the Pacific Ocean.

Planning: Ferries to Vancouver Island run from several mainland British Columbia and Washington State points. The nearest airport is Tofino Long Beach.

This Top 10 List is just one item on the menu in FOOD JOURNEYS OF A LIFETIME: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe. This beautiful new book from National Geographic presents hundreds of delicious destinations—spotlighting specialties and ingredients, markets, seasonal delights, great food towns, kitchen secrets, ultimate luxuries, and the best in desserts, wine, beer, and more.

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