The coasts of the US have always drawn hordes of people, and it’s no surprise why. Whether you’re looking for crystal white sand, for rugged rocky outcrops or for excitement on the pier, the US coastline can offer up more seaside fun than you can imagine.
But what if your version of coastal heaven is all the beauty without the crowds? Where should you aim if you want the perfect mix of stunning scenery and seclusion? Don’t fret - here are 5 of the very best hidden beaches in the US.
When most people think of the Florida Keys, their minds may not spring to beautiful beaches. And that’s a good thing for you, as hidden away in Bahia Honda State Park is a little slice of paradise that not even many of the locals know about. White sand, warm water and stunning snorkelling await if you pull over just before Big Pine Key. The coral reefs will make you wonder why the whole of Florida isn’t here every weekend!
So you’re looking for seclusion? I’ll give you seclusion. North Carolina’s Carova Beach is only accessible by boat or with a very capable four wheel drive, but if you manage to make it to the coast from the main road you’ll be treated to no less than 11 miles of the finest beach privacy – although you may need to share the area with the wild mustang that roam freely on the sand. Because it’s so unknown there is no real tourist infrastructure around Carova, so you’ll either need to camp or rent a local home. But boy is it worth it!
If rugged, untamed beauty is more your style, you can’t do much better than California’s Montaña de Oro State Park. Situated in San Luis Ibispo County, you’ll be treated to a private display of pounding surf, rocky outcrops and sandy coves. Just be wary of wading too deep into the water – tidal rips can be deadly in this part of the world!
While Virginia Beach gets more than its fair share of visitors over the summer, not many people know of its less crowded – but no less beautiful – neighbor that sits just 15 miles to the south. Sandbridge Beach is also within striking distance of both Black Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park, both of which offer nature lovers incredible hikes and bike rides.
What would a list of stunning beaches be without mention of Hawaii? Kauai’s Lumahai Beach takes secluded beauty to another level. An unmarked bend just out of Hanalei Bay serves as the beginning of a steep path, which falls down through the trees and into the bay below. The sand is china white, the sea is a gorgeous blue, and other beach lovers are non-existent.