The US has 12,380 miles of coastline, and is famed for being a Top beach destination. From tropical paradises to rugged coves, state parks and super surf spots, there is a full spectrum when vacationing on the shores of the nation.
Here is a selection of 10 of the country’s best secret beaches, they are off of the beaten path and good places to relax, as follows:
Bahia Honda State Park, Florida
Despite the location in the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys are not as famous as for their beaches as you may think. Enter Bahia Honda State Park, on Bahia Honda Key. The sugary white sand and crystal-clear waters evoke images of an island in the Caribbean. You will need a snorkel to spot colorful fish, but if you have one then you will be in for an even bigger treat.
Bandon State Natural Area, Oregon
From Coquille Point to Face Rock, it’s easy to find a secluded spot at this 879-acre west coast state park. Mighty sea stacks decorate the shoreline and, together with the grass-covered dunes, create a postcard-perfect scene. It is a great spot for taking long walks and galloping along the seashore on horseback. Keep an eye out for the resident seals basking in the sunshine.
Cumberland Island, Georgia
You will feel as though you have stepped back in time while exploring this 18-mile sweep of golden sand. The remains of Spanish mission churches scatter the island and wild horses roam freely amid the grassy dunes. Access to the island is by water only and a passenger ferry departs from the city of St. Mary’s.
Coon Creek Beach, California
California has its fill of overcrowded beaches, and it seems impossible to find one that is under the radar. That’s where Coon Creek Beach comes in. When the rental motor-homes and convertibles cruising Highway 1 become too much, this sandy cove provides a well-earned respite. The best way to get here is to hike south from Montaña de Oro State Park. With enough time, you could continue to Point Buchon for more views of Big Sur’s dramatic bluffs and thundering Pacific surf.
Folly Beach, South Carolina
About a 20-min drive from Charleston is the beautiful and family-friendly Folly Beach. From admiring the views from the pier to surfing at Folly’s Washout and hiking in Folly Beach Country Park, there’s boundless things to do. The beach town also has a solid offering of bars, seafood shacks, inns and villas, too, so you will not feel too isolated in this hidden gem.
Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Hawaii
It is possible to escape the crowds for a while when vacationing in and around Honolulu. When tourists head to the beaches of the North Shore, do as the locals do and hang out at Lanikai Beach. Lanikai translates to Heavenly Sea, and a dip in the bath-like water lives up to the name. The palm-fringed curve of pure white sand is the stuff of Hawaiian dreams, and you can enjoy a clear view of Mokula islands while not being bothered by hordes of tourists.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
This is 1 for those beach dwellers who appreciate that the journey is sometimes as thrilling as the destination. First you will need to drive to Cedar Island and then take a ferry across the Pamlico Sound to the Ocracoke. Once here, a road brings you within walking distance of secluded bays, unblemished stretches of sand, rolling, windswept dunes and salt marshes.
Rye on the Rocks, New Hampshire
Most surfers will agree that Bass Beach, aka Rye on the Rocks, is the best break on New Hampshire’s 16-mile long coastline. It is a bit of a state secret but fortunately the locals are a welcoming crowd. So take your board, paddle out and enjoy the thrill of riding beefy waves that crash onto exposed rocks. The adjacent Jenness State Beach is great for long walks and exploring tidal pools.
Second Beach, Washington
Few things in life are as soothing as waking up to the sound of the ocean and you can do just that on Washington’s Olympic Coast. Pitch a tent in the shadow of soaring spruce trees, gaze in awe at dramatic sea stacks and sit around a camp fire at night. Entry to the beach is via a hiking path only, which starts just outside of La Plush coastal village.
Enjoy your travels