We’ve compiled a list of some of the best-kept secret beaches around the world! Just don’t tell any one…
Carova Beach, North Carolina
This beautiful beach stretches 11 miles long and is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles. Not only is it a secluded paradise, but it is also home to majestic wild Spanish Mustangs. In the summer months, the ocean temperatures are consistently warm, making it a perfect destination for paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking and more.
Secret Beach, Kauapea, Kauai, Hawaii
Flickr / Anthony Crider
Sometimes the name says it all. With beautiful white sand and black lava cliffs, this hidden gem is worth the trek to find. While it is located between Kalihiwai Bay and the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, beachgoers must find the unmarked path and trek about 10-15 minutes to find it. Tip – to look like a local, ditch the shoes and walk the trail barefoot!
Isla Holbox, Mexico
Flickr / Robert Brands
This paradise is located about 100 miles south of Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula, but proximity is about the only thing it has in common with Cancun. The 26-mile beach is extremely desolate. We suggest visiting between June and September, when you will be in the company of 30+ foot whale sharks! While they are very huge animals, they are completely harmless. And if you’re lucky we hear the locals will take you out to swim with these amazing creatures.
Ibo Island, Mozambique
Flickr / Rosino
Why just go to a secret beach when you can go to a secret island!? The Quirimbas Archipelago includes 32 coral islands. While Ibo Island is the most accessible island, the Ibos Island Lodge will take you by boat on an excursion to a private island. These islands are known for their marine wildlife and offer snorkeling and deep sea diving where you can explore a real shipwreck!
Hidden Beach, Marieta Islands, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Located off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Hidden Beach was formed by a collapse of volcanic rock during military bomb testing in the early 1900s. Visitors can hop on catamarans from Puerto Vallarta to the Marieta Islands for around $60 per person. The only access to this paradise is a cave that you must swim through in order to get to Hidden Beach, making this a great spot for snorkeling!
Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington
What sets Rialto Beach apart on our list is that it is not a sunbathing destination beach. Instead Caprera Island, located in Olympic National Park in Washington, offers picturesque landscape (the popular Gunsight Rock), wildlife and large driftwood logs.
It is said that when the ocean water travels through the logs it excites the wood fibers and causes the logs to vibrate, mimicking the sound of a violin.
Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, California
Flickr / Howard Ignatius
Just halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco you can find Morro Strand State beach. While we call this a hidden gem, it easily identifiable by the giant 576 foot tall rock that can be seen from the highway. Locals can be found here fishing, windsurfing, jogging and flying kites. This paradise is home to over two-dozen threatened or endangered species. You are likely to see sea otters, sea lions, seals and many more.
Luskentyre Beach, South Harris, Scotland
Flickr / Colin Campbell
Usually the thought of Scotland doesn’t bring amazing white sand beaches and crystal clear aquamarine waters to mind, but that is exactly what Luskentyre Beach offers! It is also home to wild ponies, otters, seals, dolphins and deer.
Getting to this beach is half of the adventure, with winding roads that pass by gorgeous farmland and cottages.
Rocktail Bay, South Africa
Flickr / Jussi Mononen
Known for its amazing diving and snorkeling, Rocktail Bay is located in Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. Although it is very hard for tourists to access, with a series of flights from Johannesburg to Richard’s Bay Airport and finally a single-engine aircraft flight to KwaZulu-Natal, Rocktail Bay, we assure you it is worth the trek. It may be the most secluded beach on our list, and lodging very scarce. Our pick – Rocktail Bay Lodge, featuring 11 tree house chalets.