Are you tired of going to the tourist spots? Even if you go during the off-season, the popular beaches are still usually packed. Then, check out the top 8 hidden beaches in the U.S. next time you crave some white sand and clear water. These beaches will show you why the ocean is the most peaceful place globally.
Acadia National Park, Maine
In the Acadia National Park, Isle au Haut features a tranquil rocky beach away from the noisy world. This gorgeous island off Stonington, Maine, is only reachable by a ferry linked to the mainland. Here, you’ll find five miles of paved roads and seven miles of unpaved biking trails through the island. Home to spruce-fir forests and rocky coastlines, Isle au Haut is also home to many songbirds, shorebirds, and terns.
San Juan Island, Washington
Featuring the famous Cattle Point lighthouse, this beach must be where poets find inspiration. Cattle Point is a hidden gem among the new San Juan Islands, secluded from the crowd. You’ll marvel at the magnificent whales on this rocky island or simply enjoy the adorable seals goofing around on the rocks.
Big Island, Hawaii
Hawaii is magical, but even more stunning with Waipio Valley Black Sand Beach. Unlike your usual crowded beaches, Waipio is a lovely hidden gem, safe from the changing times. The term “Waipio” stands for “curved water” in the Hawaiian language, referring to the streams throughout the valley.
Big Talbot Island State Park, Florida
Do you dig Wuthering Heights vibes? Then, Boneyard Beach in Florida would be your dream beach. Here, you’ll find driftwood, broken trunks, and other stormy weather wreckages. It is a favorite Jacksonville retreat and a close-kept secret. The beach is within Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and features 30-foot bluffs and gigantic driftwoods.
Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor, Oregon
About 1/3 mile south of milepost 345 on U.S. 101 is the trail’s entrance leading up to Secret Beach. As the name suggests, it’s a hidden beach easily missed by those unfamiliar with the map. However, it is one of Oregon’s most beautiful coastal highlights. Boasting fine-grained sand, ocean-chiseled cliffs, and wild rock formations, this is the perfect spot for a getaway during low tide seasons.
Sandbridge Beach gives you 5 miles of pristine sand dunes and dancing sea oats right off Virginia Beach’s booming resort area. You’ll also find other activities in the community a short distance away from the beach.
Carova Beach is located in the far northeastern corner of North Carolina. This community was found on Currituck Banks and can only be accessed by boat or four-wheel drive vehicles. It is also next to the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge for those who want more exploration.
Love tidepools? Then take the half-mile hike to Enderts Beach from the “Last Chance Section” of the California Coastal Trail. This is one of the best kept hidden beaches in the U.S., with no facilities around. Walk along the coastal cliffs, and you’ll find Enderts Beach. You might even witness a seal chilling in the sun if you’re lucky!