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By: Shea Gunther on April 10, 2012, 6:25 p.m.
Saint Helena

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Saint Helena

Saint Helena is a neighbor to Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island (Well, relatively speaking: they are 1,510 and 810 miles apart, respectively) and has about 47 square miles of land. The island is dominated by Diana's Peak, a 2,684-foot-high mountain that doubles as a national park.

A little more than 4,000 hardy souls call Saint Helena home, most the descendants of British colonists. Saint Helena residents make their living working for the government, exporting goods like coffee and prickly pears, and growing New Zealand flax. If you want to travel to Saint Helena, you'll need to vie for one of the few seats available to civilians on a flight operated by the British military or buy a ticket on one of the ships that visits its port about 30 times a year.