Love the beach but hate the crowds? Us too. Part of being in nature is silence and this applies at the beach as well, especially if you’re looking for a romantic rendezvous. We’ve taken Robert Frost’s advice of the ‘road less traveled’ to find seven secret beaches from around the world.
1. Wineglass Beach, Tasmania
Tasmania is Australia’s hidden gem, so their beaches are less populated naturally. But, one of Tasmania’s most iconic beaches is Wineglass Beach – a picture-perfect crescent of shimmering white sand framing the sapphire-colored waters of Wineglass Bay. With the help of rough bush steps, climb the steep 1.3 km-long trail to Wineglass Bay Lookout, a 220m-high saddle that divides Mount Amos and Mount Mayson. Once there, be rewarded with breathtaking views over the beach, peninsula and beyond to Thouin Bay and the Tasman Sea. Scramble down the boulder-strewn hillside to this squeaky-clean beach – allow half an hour to stroll to the southern end of the beach for stunning views across Wineglass Bay to the Hazards. Enjoy a picnic, go for a swim or paddle a sea kayak across the crystal clear waters of the bay. We recommend a stay at Saffire Freycinet hotel with views of the renowned Wineglass Beach.
2. Make Horse Beach (Pohaku Mauliuli), Molaka’i, Hawaii
Yes, it was a former leper colony back in the day. No, there are no longer any contagious residents, only a handful of elderly, non-contagious residents inhabit the remote peninsula today. According to our friend and Hawaii local/travel expert Kyle Ellison, the island is a perfectly safe place to visit. And if secret is what you desire in Hawaii, skip Maui which receives 2 million visitors annually, and take the ferry to Moloka’i–which only sees 60,000 guests yearly. Basically every beach you’ll find here is quiet, but one of Ellison’s favorites is Make Horse Beach.
3. Nananu-i-Ra Island, Fiji
Located 1.5 kilometers off the northern coast of the main island of Viti Levu, Nananu-i-Ra island is an idyllic beach to escape to, renowned for its windsurfing and diving. The island has no roads and no village, only a few places to stay including beach cottages and a safari lodge.
4. Loksa Beach, Estonia
It is said that mythical national hero Kalevipoeg threw his spear at an enemy and the spear fell into Odakivi, creating the boulders that lie randomly about in Lahemaa National Park off the Gulf of Finland. Lahemaa National Park, where Loksa Beach is located, is about an hour’s drive from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. It’s not going to get blazing hot like in the Caribbean, the water is cold, even in the middle of summer, but it’s a perfect place to sunbathe, picnic and enjoy some peace in nature. Yes, that’s Lindsay in photo above enjoying a little Estonian beach time while visiting her family.
5. Pasture Bay Beach, Jumby Bay, Antigua
Jumby Bay’s Pasture Bay Beach is one of the world’s primary spots for turtle love. Nesting that is, for the endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle. If you time your visit just right, usually in the spring, you can see baby turtles hatching and scurrying off to the sea. Neither one of us has seen this life-changing site yet, but it’s definitely on our bucket list. Jumby Bay is a 5 star Caribbean luxury, Rosewood Hotel resort located on a private, 326‑acre island off the Antigua mainland.
6. Macaroni Beach, Mustique
Mustique is a private 1,400-acre island in the Grenadines. It has been a celebrity hideaway since the 60s when Lord Glenconner gave 10 acres of it as a wedding present to Princess Margaret. Most recently Kate Middleton went there for a babymoon rest. When celebs and socialites want to take a break from their private villas, they walk out to Macaroni Beach to swim, sail, snorkel and dive … or enjoy a romantic picnic. No paparazzi’s are allowed (although photos ‘pap’ up frequently of celebs on island) and it has a strict no-cruise-ship policy.
7. Coffin Island, Puerto Rico
Ever wonder what it would feel like to own your own island? Charter a ferry with the Acampa Nature Adventures to Isla Caja de Muerto (Coffin Island) to spend a day pretending like you do. Imagine just you and your friends exploring the island, once inhabited by the Spanish and then pirates, by foot exploring old ruins or by kayak, watching the dolphins play in distance. Isla Caja de Muertos is located eight miles off the southern coast, south of Ponce. At 1 1/2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide, it’s the perfect size for you and thirty of your friends.
Do you have a secret beach you want to add to the list? We’d love to hear about it. Leave your advice below!