The Most Secluded Beaches In The Whole Entire World

The Most Secluded Beaches in the Whole Entire World

Few factors can spoil a beach vacation, and one of them certainly is crowds. Being surrounded by a lot of people – which may include screaming kids, hyperactive teens, and beachgoers who play catch and constantly drop the ball near you – is not a relaxing way to spend a day by the sea.

Panglao Island, Philippines

You have to fly for about an hour from Manila to Bohol Island, and then take a half an hour ride that will take you along a century-old road to get to the out-of-the-way Central Visayas island. The most famous beach on the secluded isle is Alona Beach, but it doesn't get really get crowded – it's more than half a mile long.

Playa del Amor, Mexico

It's more popularly known in English as the Hidden Beach because its location is the definition of offbeat. You can get to the "Beach of Love" only if you dare to swim through a tunnel that is about 45 feet long. You also have to get a permit. Another unique feature at the beach is the surrounding overhanging rock ledge. The beach and the island are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

La Sagesse Bay, Grenada

The bay is a mere 10.5 miles from the bustling, tourist-packed beach resorts of Grand Anse. It's pretty much your own desolate section of paradise. The bay is not accessible by car so most beach-goers looking to access La Sagesse stay in the tiny 12-room hotel and enjoy clear shallow waters and hiking trails – which are even less crowded –  of La Sagesse's nature center.

Ko Adang, Thailand

The island of Ko Adang is located in the wild Tarutao National Park. The roadless isle offers the adventurous tourist very strenuous hiking trails and small beaches that still belong primarily to the locals. With well-preserved coral reefs just offshore and waterfalls waiting inland, Ko Adang is an unspoiled wild haven not fit for those seeking an all-inclusive resort experience.

Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula

The island is about 25 miles long and is home to many stunning beaches, all of which can be described as secluded. You have to take a ferry or a water taxi to get you to the isle. If you happen to vacation in Cancun, getting to the island will take at least three hours. The streets are actually sand and you will need a golf cart to drive around; or you can walk.

Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Only accessible by boat or helicopter, Whitehaven Beach is surely one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The entire island is a natural preserve, featuring some of the purest sand on earth, crystal clear waters and access to the Great Barrier Reef. There are no restaurants, bars or hotels, and there are strict visitation limits. You have to register with a tour guide in order to be allowed to visit.

Salema Beach, Portugal

This is a beach between two steep cliffs. Unlike most places in Algarve, Salema remains largely undiscovered. The unspoiled golden sand and clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean will take your breath away. The beach is about half a mile long and it has a Blue Flag certification, which means it meets high standards for water quality and safety.

Bai Dai Beach, Vietnam

Bai Dai Beach on the island of Phu Quoc is untouched by major tourism and somewhat of a local secret. It is home to a handful of vendors who supply food and water sport rentals to the few beach-goers fortunate enough to find this small stretch of bliss. Families take their kids to this "Long Beach" because the waters are still and shallow.

Carro Quebrado, Brazil

Pristine white sand and azure blue water awaits the lucky few who can find and access the stretch of desert beach known as Carro Quebrado. Spanish for "broken down car," Carro Quebrado is nearly empty except for red cliffs, a tiny bar, and the vast stretch of ocean. The name also hints of what will happen if people try to drive to the beach.

Ibo Island, Mozambique

One of the Quirimbas Islands in the Indian Ocean, Ibo, is famous for its mangrove forests and unspoiled sandbank beaches. You can get to them by African dhow sailboats. If you like snorkeling and scuba diving, minus the crowds, this is the place to be. Diving spots offer shallow sites for the casual diver and dramatic drops for the more serious.

Rocktail Bay, South Africa

Getting there is not going to be easy or quick, but the far-flung natural beauty of Rocktail Bay, which is undeveloped and seems almost entirely untouched, will be worth your efforts. Travelers need to take three flights to access the bay and the Maputaland Marine Reserve. Take some time snorkeling in one of the best-preserved pristine nature on earth; you may even see dolphins.

Dry Tortugas, Florida

This island cluster 70 miles off the coast of Florida is only accessible by boat, but it's certainly worth the trip. The national park is home to a historic abandoned fort and some of the least crowded beaches in the world. Plan ahead and camp out overnight in one of the few designated spots on the island to really take in the feeling of seclusion.

Kaupoa Beach, Molokai Island, Hawaii

Kaupoa beach is practically empty—a stark contrast to most other beaches in the area and to what it used to be. The Kaupoa resort that once ensured a steady stream of tourists closed down in 2008 and left behind the dark sand beach, abandoned beach huts and a series of stunted palm trees. It's you, the sand, a few empty cabins, and the ocean.

Wildcat Beach, California

You will almost certainly need a guide to find this gorgeous beach. Getting there requires a long hike or bike ride – about 6-7 miles. Even if you find other people on the 2-mile long shore, you'll still feel like its kind of your own beach. A favorite attraction is the Alamare Falls, which is about 40 feet high and drops right on the coastline. You can also go camping in the nearby, and also very secluded, Wildcat Camp.

Grenen, Denmark

You're going to get tan here but the spot is worth a trip nevertheless. Grenen is at the northernmost tip of Denmark. Swimming is not allowed due to dangerous waters. Most of the people who visit the beach and the nearby town are artists. Grenen is also a fairly popular meeting spot for locals.

Colombier Beach, St. Barth’s

When the area around a beach used to be owned by a person, in this case David Rockefeller, so he could enjoy it with his friends only, you know it's secluded. But he may not have had to buy it. You can't access it by car; the only way to get to the gorgeous shore is by hiking for about half an hour or taking a boat ride.