Great Beaches – Hidden Gems, Old Favorites

If you’re looking for hot sun, blue water and a sandy spot to place a towel, look no further. We have old favorites and secluded spots so take your pick.

LISTEN: Rick Seaney doesn’t mind a little sand between his toes.

Beaches – Favorite Spots

We looked at FareCompare’s shopping data to find ‘most-searched for’ beach cities for ten geographical regions covering the globe. Two cities – Los Angeles and Miami – made the top 5 beach destination lists of every region with a single exception.*

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Popular beaches in descending order:

*Los Angeles did not make the top five for shoppers from the Caribbean while Miami did not make it for Australasians. Other regions included Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, South America and the U.S./Canada.

Beaches – Hidden Gems

Click the “fly to” links to find cheap flights to these beaches. Click the info links for more attractions.

North America

Roque Bluffs, Maine: We were tipped off to this one by Shermans Travel and it sounds very secluded indeed. The pebbled-beach is actually within a state park nestled among the pines with chilly water and miles of beautiful hiking trails. Lots of wildlife, too, including bald eagles year-round. More information.

Seal Beach, California: It’s a beach and a city – with a nice, small-town vibe. While not particularly hidden – there are too many fun things to do nearby for that – you may not have heard of its National Wildlife Refuge with snowy egrets, pelicans, turtles and rays. If you’re looking for noisier fun, check out Huntington Beach right next door or Venice to the north. Plus Disneyland is just down the road. More information.

Europe

Fanad Head, Ireland: Not a beach but a peninsula although there are plenty of beaches nearby. See the historic lighthouse and spectacular rocky cliffs; you may even spy a whale or some seals. All part of Ireland’s ruggedly beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. More information.

Hvar, Croatia: This island off the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia boasts medieval buildings, modern resorts and plenty of beautiful beaches. Suggestion: Drive up the coast from Dubrovnik then take a water taxi from Split. More information.

Australia

Wineglass Bay: This Tasmanian beach is no secret to Australian adventurers but you could call the sheltered turquoise beach with its gorgeous white sand fairly secluded. It’s part of Freycinet National Park so after you enjoy the beach, explore the pink granite peaks surrounding the bay, and maybe even see a kangaroo. More information.

Asia

Nai Harn Beach: You’ve heard of Phuket but are you familiar with Nai Harn? Find it on the southern end of Phuket; look for a forest-lined shore, fewer hotels, and fewer tourists. It’s also close to Ya Nui, described as a sandy cove popular with snorkelers. More information.

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Updated: February 10, 2016