There are plenty of beautiful beaches to be found across the globe. From the famed Copacabana in Brazil, to Bondi Beach in Australia, travellers the world over flock to golden sands every year for a taste of paradise.
But what about those beaches with a little less press? Today, let’s explore some of those spots travellers might not have previously heard of.
From all corners of the globe, here are ten strips which have gone criminally unappreciated.
1. Koh Lanta – Thailand
Owing to the continued commercialism of islands like Phuket and Phi Phi, Koh Lanta has emerged as a popular destination for travellers looking for a touch more “realism” from their Thai experience.
The residents of this fishing village are still primarily reliant on their own skills as a means of sustainability. Tourism is becoming more prevalent but still takes a backseat to the traditions of yesteryear.
Just be careful when you’re there. Drunken mishaps aren’t totally uncommon on Thai beaches – something which could set you back as much as $50,000 if you have to spend a two-week period in hospital.
2. Ibo Island – Mozambique
Made up of a whopping 32 islands, the Quirimbas archipelago is a UNESCO world heritage site which offers visitors the chance to relax in turquoise blue seas, akin to something out of paradise.
Ibo Island is the largest and most easily accessible of this number, standing out as the unofficial capital of the area.
You’ll be able to surf and snorkel around this famous series of islands, making it both a relaxing and action-packed destination.
3. Palm Beach – Barbuda
In an area of the world which is famed for its tropical luxury, it’s perhaps no great shock that somewhere with a name as run-of-the-mill as “Palm Beach” has been overlooked.
In reality, this pink sanded beach (yes, pink) has something a little bit different from the norm – a Frigate bird sanctuary, which contains over 170 different species. This is one nature lovers simply can’t turn down.
4. Bethany Beach – USA
Despite having a population size of just 1,253 (as of 2018), Bethany Beach in Delaware is a must-see location for anyone looking to kick back at a quiet, idyllic spot.
This family-friendly location is perfect for getting away and escaping the hustle and bustle of working life.
5. Navagio Beach – Greece
Arguably one of the most unique spots on the list, Navagio Beach lays between two giant limestone cliffs. This secluded area is made all the more fascinating thanks to the presence of a shipwreck.
Situated right in the middle of the beach, this spot gifts visitors the chance to explore the wreck once they’re bored of catching a tan.
6. Playa del Amor – Mexico
The only way to reach the Playa del Amor is by swimming through an underwater passageway. It’s a fairly quick trip so you won’t have to worry too much about holding your breath.
Once you’re through, you’ll find yourself in an enclosed ring of cliffs, with a luscious sandy beach at your feet.
7. Lord Howe Island – Australia
There’s nothing remote or secluded about this spot – but it feels that way, with the beach capped at 400 visitors at any given time.
Given its size, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve stumbled across something secret if you’re one of the people lucky enough to earn a place in the chosen 400.
8. Benagil Sea Cave – Portugal
Benagil Beach in Portugal has one of the most unique natural constructs you’re likely to find.
With an oculus forming on top of a sea cave – as well as a handful of entranceways – this hidden beach is only accessible via the water. It’s worth it though, with a secluded experience unmatched by any other.
9. Porthbeor Beach – England
England might not be famed for its sandy, hot beaches – but Porthbeor in Cornwall provides visitors with the chance to escape on golden, deserted sands. The best part of this beach is the rock pools you’ll find there.
10. Kauapea Beach – Hawaii
On an island with as many beaches as Hawaii, finding an area of sand which is unknown is a hardship.
That’s why Kauapea beach is considered such a gem by the locals. It’s inaccessible by main roads and can only be found by those in the know.
Have these lesser-known locations caught your attention? If you want to travel to a beach with more charm and less people, any of the options we’ve spoken about today will provide you with what you’re after.