5 Hidden Gem Beaches in North America
Have you ever stepped on to the white sands of a beach and felt like you had discovered your own private beach? I’d have to say it is a phenomenal feeling. There aren’t any children feeding seagulls or loud spring breakers partying. It is just you and the beach to do as you please. This is probably starting to sound pretty good right about now? But you may be wondering how you go about finding such a beach. Easy. If you promise not to tell anybody the secret, I’ll share with you five hidden little slices of paradise.
Awahua Beach, Molokai, Hawaii
Some people take vacations to explore new places and immerse themselves in the culture. Others take vacations just to get away from the daily grind at work. And there’s the group that falls in between that enjoy doing both. If you are in this latter group, you will love Awahua Beach. While you won’t be completely alone on this beach, I promise you’ll understand why and appreciate it. Molokai Island is isolated for a reason: for over a century, it has been the home to a colony of lepers that was in full operation until 1969 with a few remaining on the island today. For this reason, the beach is only accessible with a tour guide, but the black sand and views of the cliffs will make the tour guide worthwhile.
Caladesi Beach, Florida
You won’t get here by walking. Caladesi Beach, located off the coast of Honeymoon Island State Park is only accessible by private boat or ferry from the state park. Unlike Honeymoon Island—I don’t know why they call it that because it is less than romantic with its overcrowded beaches—Caladesi Beach is quiet and serene with plenty of wildlife to be seen including armadillos, gopher tortoises, and more species of birds than you can imagine.
Carova Beach, Outer Banks, N.C.
The Outer Banks can be a lot of fun, but sometimes you just need to get away. Carova Beach is just the place for you. Located where no roads lead, the beach is tranquil with dunes, wide sand, and great surf in the Atlantic. You probably won’t be alone here though as wild horses roam in the dunes and bird watching is marvelous.
Wildcat Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif.
Are you willing to put extra effort in to get away from the noise and traffic of the more populated beaches? Then Wildcat Beach is for you. Located at Point Reyes National Seashore, Wildcat Beach is only accessible by boat or hiking a five mile trail that brings you out onto the sands. I’d say you have a pretty high chance of finding solitude here. And as an added bonus, Wildcat Beach is 2 ½ miles long with a beach side waterfall. Does it get more beautiful than that?
Dry Tortugas, Florida
And I thought the Florida Keys sounded like a dream destination, the Dry Tortugas at the far end of the Keys makes it all too good to be true. The islands are protected as part of Dry Tortugas National Park keeping the number of visitors low and you wouldn’t be surprised to see even fewer people due to the nature of the location. The Dry Tortugas are only accessible by boat or plane, but the subtropical seaside scenery is too amazing to pass up.
This article was written for Coastlines and Beaches Weekly by Andrew Schmid. Andrew is the technology director of Premier Parking USA, the leader in discount LAX Parking.