With tropical palms, colorful culture, mouthwatering food and stunning landscapes beaches are a fantastic destination for a holiday. When it comes to finding a place where you can really unwind, relax and clear your head from the daily hectic routine, there’s nothing quite like a beach. The pleasant climate throughout the year, blue skies and over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year make the beaches perfect whenever you choose to visit. The sound of crashing waves, the beaming sun, and the white sand squishing between your toes can do wonders for your state of mind.

Soak up some vitamin D, relax, and get to the beach.

But as any beach visitor knows, there’s one big potential drawback, when the weather’s warm, the beaches get overpopulated that can be more annoying than relaxing. That’s why it’s always best to know about beaches that are a little off the beaten path.
To escape and sit quietly on the beach - that's my idea of paradise. -Emilia Wickstead




From the United States to Australia, there are so many beaches around the world where you can go and have fun. But some are, quite simply, more hidden than the others, that can give you a much more wonderful experience. The evenings, after a day of fun or relaxation, are special when you spend them on the beach. This is the time to walk along the shore or stop to watch the sun setting over the ocean. So, where are these hidden beaches? Where do you need to travel to if you really want to get away from it all while you’re on a beach excursion? Below, we’re going to share our picks for the 8 best and most stunning hidden beaches in the world. Simply put, if you want a beach experience that you won’t never forget, these are the greatest places you need to check out.

1. Navagio Beach in Greece

Hidden in a secluded Greek cove is a pristine beach marred only by the rusting smuggler’s hulk stranded on its shores. It’s famous for having a three-decade-old shipwreck smack-dab in the middle of it that tourists can explore when they get tired of laying out. However you experience it, a visit to ‘Smugglers Cove’ is a must do when you’re in Zakynthos (Zante). In a chain of thousands of islands, each with their own unique selling point, it might just be the one the one with the huge “wow” factor.

2. Benagil Sea Cave in Portugal

Even though this natural cave is only accessible by water, it’s worth the trip. This cave has a round hole in the ceiling that frames the beautiful blue sky inside. Benagil and its cave can be found on various lists of ‘places you have to see in your lifetime‘. Without a doubt, this wonder of nature is one of the best things to see in the Algarve.

I'd rather live in a cave with a view of a palace than live in a palace with a view of a cave.Karl Pilkington

3. Pink Beach in Bonaire

You’d think visitors would flock to this beach to see the sand turn pink when it gets wet, but since there are no facilities nearby it’s often overlooked and not as crowded as other popular shores. Pink Beach gets its color from the crushed shells of millions of microscopic bright pink sea creatures called foraminifera. Pink Beach is a beautiful place to swim, dive or snorkel from or to watch sunsets.


4. Kauapea Beach in Hawaii

The nickname of this waterfront is “Secret Beach,” which says it all. It’s located on the north shore of the island of Kauai and is a favorite of locals, in part because no public roads lead to it. The walk down the forested trail into “Secrets” is part of the experience, relaxing the mind, oxygenating the body, preparing you for a magnificent world-class beach at the end of the footpath.


5. Playa del Amor in Mexico

You might notice that there’s a lot of land surrounding this beach – so how do you actually get to this wonder? You have to swim underwater through a short tunnel that connects to the hidden beach. Situated on the Islas Marietas, off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, is one of Mexico’s most remarkable wonders.




6. Dry Tortugas in Florida

Even though Florida is basically known for its busy beaches, this one is only accessible by boat or plane and is 70 miles off the shore of Key West. Needless to say, it’s a welcome refuge from the crowds. Visitors are drawn to this spot by its fascinating history as well as its stunning beaches. The trip to the stark, yet gorgeous islands crosses incredibly clear waters where shipwrecks and sea life are usually visible.

7. Whitehaven Beach in Australia

An award-winning beach, Whitehaven Beach does live up to its name by providing a deliciously secluded haven for visitors who want to enjoy the pristine location. You have to take a tour boat to this island beach, but it’s worth the trip. The sand is insanely white and considered to be some of the purest in the world and the clear, turquoise water only makes it more stunning.

8. Koh Lanta in Thailand

Sometimes the reason a beach is secluded is as simple as being far enough away from tourist hot spots. Such is the case for this quaint spot near a fishing village, which is only frequented by people lucky enough to get a tip from a local.

No matter where you decide to go when it comes to beachfront hidden beaches, have fun, soak up the sunlight, and enjoy the magnificent ocean views.

A beach is not only a sweep of sand, but shells of sea creatures, the sea glass, the seaweed, the incongruous objects washed up by the ocean. -Henry Grunwald

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Lord Howe Island Tourism Association / Simon Cave / Adventurous Travels / Essential Home / Dennis Flaherty / Science Source / Shane Kucera / Outdoor Project / Ferrantraite / iStock / Clarin Vera Cruzano / National Geographic


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