Going to the beach is supposed to be soothing, but it’s not the case when it’s as crowded as a shopping mall and you can’t even find a place to lay your towel.
The good news is, you don’t have to sail to the Caribbean to escape the crowds. We’ve got the scoop on 7 secluded beaches that’ll make you feel like you’re on a deserted island, right here in the USA.
1. Santa Rosa Island, Florida
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Miles of undeveloped, sugar sand beach await you just a short drive east of Pensacola. To get here, drive down the quiet, two-lane road lined with white sand dunes and find your own private spot.
Tourists usually stick to the public beach and their resorts, leaving Santa Rosa Island to locals and more intrepid travelers. If you like to snorkel or SCUBA dive, check out the man-made reef which is accessible right off the shore. The reef is brimming with fish and sea turtles, and you might even spot a nurse shark or two.
2. Assateague Island, Virginia and Maryland
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You don’t have to travel to the Wild West to see herds of wild horses. Assateague Island offers secluded, pristine beaches where your only company is the roaming stallions that frequent the area.
Local legend says the horses came from a Spanish galleon that shipwrecked on the coast. The park offers plenty of no-frills campsites, and it’s just a three hour drive from our nation’s capital.
3. Enderts Beach, California
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Find a quiet spot on Enderts Beach by hiking through Northern California’s iconic Redwoods. Walk along a now-abandoned stretch of old coastal highway and find your own private spot to watch the waves crash.
Tidal pools on the beach offer an up-close look at some amazing marine life, including sea stars and giant green anemones.
4. Outer Banks, North Carolina
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The Outer Banks of North Carolina are hardly a secret; “OBX” stickers are as ubiquitous as Tarheels ballcaps in this part of the country. But that doesn’t mean you can’t escape the crowds and have the beach all to yourself.
If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, rent a fat tire bike and ride away from the masses along the sandy shore. The island offers a selection of rustic campsites among the sea oats.
5. Palm Beach, Florida
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The island of billionaires, J.F.K. and Jimmy Buffett offers plenty of deserted beaches…if you know where to find them. Palm Beach is a low-key alternative to its neighbors to the south in Miami, but its public beach can still get pretty crowded.
Skip the public beach and head to the north end of the island, which has discreet public beach accesses nestled between the mansions of the rich and famous. Ditch your vehicle in favor of a bike, and the island is yours to explore.
6. Point Bennett, California
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If you’re looking to escape Southern California’s notorious freeways and gridlock, Point Bennett is as far away as you can get. You might as well be a shipwrecked castaway in this little-known California beach town. The only other beachgoers you’ll find here are sea lions, which are known for hanging out on the beach sporadically all year long.
7. Dry Tortugas, Florida
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Get your ya-ya’s out in Key West and then recover at this deserted Civil War fort at the end of the Florida Keys, accessible only by seaplane, ferry or private yacht. It’s about 70 miles west of Key West, but well worth the trip. The Dry Tortugas offer plenty of snorkeling and crystal clear waters that will make you think you’re in the Caribbean.
Where are your favorite secluded spots to lay your beach towel?