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7 Countries Without a Legal Drinking Age
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July 6, 2019
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Alexa Baray
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Out of 195 countries recognized by the United Nations, only about a dozen don't have a legal drinking age. Some of these countries have a long history of conflict, making them unsafe for travel. Meanwhile, others continue to grapple with infectious viral outbreaks. The remaining seven countries without a legal drinking age, however, can serve as great travel destinations for people of all ages.

Cameroon

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Like other countries on this list, Cameroon has a legal drinking age for alcohol consumption in a public venue. Patrons under age 18 can drink alcohol in a bar or restaurant when accompanied by an adult. These age limits don't apply when drinking off-premises, however.

Note that, as of July 2019, Cameroon continues to experience political turmoil. Check for travel warnings before heading to Cameroon, but don't discount this charming and diverse country. Its rich history and culture make it a great adventure travel destination. You'll also love the pristine white sand beaches, mountains, and rainforests.

São Tomé & Príncipe

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Africa's second-smallest nation lies in the Gulf of Guinea and welcomes travelers from around the globe. No age limits exist for alcohol consumption here.

Composed of two islands, São Tomé and Príncipe offer visitors exciting options for water sports, jungle exploration, and ecotourism. With only 7,000 residents, Príncipe is especially geared towards nature-lovers and outdoor-enthusiasts who enjoy unspoiled locales.

Visitors can also take in the Portuguese-inspired architecture on the islands. Be sure to check out the large network of plantations, which once served as the center of global cocoa production. The islands are also famous for their location: you can cross the Equator at Rolas Island, which lies at the southern tip of Sao Tome.  

Haiti

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Haiti gained attention in the last decade due to a catastrophic earthquake in 2010. Efforts to rebuild the country continue today. The country draws aid workers and humanitarian organizations that accept volunteers for community development projects. Taking your teenagers to Haiti on a spring or summer vacation will be a trip to remember. There's no drinking age here. Note, however, that alcohol won't be sold to minors below 18 years of age.

Meanwhile, don't forget to visit picturesque beaches on the north shore of Haiti near Cap Haitien, where you can also observe beautiful French colonial architecture.

Antigua and Barbuda

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Nestled in the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda is another two-island country. Beach lovers and sun-worshipers adore the white and pink sand beaches on these stunning islands.

Above all, opportunities abound for snorkeling and scuba diving excursions. Participate in one of these excursions, and you'll see amazing marine life living among the island reefs. Those who want to drink at one of Antigua's world-class restaurants or cafes must be at least 16 years of age. But, don't fret. No drinking age exists for enjoying a tropical drink elsewhere on the island.

Bermuda

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Like some of the other countries on this list, Bermuda has no drinking age for those who consume alcohol outside of bars and restaurants.

Those who drink in public establishments must be 18 years of age, however. Bermuda is a one-stop-shop vacation destination which offers something for every type of traveler. Beyond the incredible pink sand beaches, Bermuda is also famous for sailing, whale-watching as well as various types of water-sports.

Sports enthusiasts will enjoy hiking and biking through Bermuda's picturesque landscapes. Meanwhile, golf enthusiasts will appreciate playing a few rounds of golf at one of the island's championship golf courses.

Grenada

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Grenada, affectionately known as the "Spice Isle," is the last Caribbean country without a legal drinking age on this list. Note, however, that those who drink in a bar or restaurant, must be at least 16 years of age.

Although Grenada boasts silky white sand beaches, characteristic of many Caribbean Islands, it's most famous for its simplistic, laid-back atmosphere.

The country is also known for the beautiful waterfalls at Grand Etang National Park and its diverse British, French, and African-influenced architecture.

Additionally, Grenada is a favorite destination for scuba divers. Aside from its colorful coral reefs, Grenada also has an underwater sculpture park and exciting shipwrecks to explore, such as the famous Bianca C (known as the "Titanic of the Caribbean").

Cambodia

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Cambodia has no drinking age, regardless of whether you're in a restaurant, bar or another public establishment.

Accommodations are inexpensive, and the country offers multiple experiences for various travel interests. Cambodia is generally safe. For more information, check the travel advisory at the U.S. Department of State when making travel arrangements.

Through the decades, Cambodia's government has become more open and its citizens have continued to thrive. Don't skip Phnom Penh, the capital, to learn about Cambodia's history under the Khmer Rouge and to enjoy some amazing street food. During your stay, you won't want to miss the famous temples of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beach lovers should head to the south to enjoy some of the most unspoiled beaches in Southeast Asia.