Best Beaches – Hidden Gems and Old Favorites

If you’re looking for warm sunshine, blue water, a sandy beach – say no more. This list of best beaches includes hidden gems and popular favorites. Already have a seaside favorite? Use the Getaway Map to find the cheapest day of any month to fly there.

Best Beaches – Old Favorites

This first list includes great beaches around the world, ones FareCompare shoppers search for again and again. Click the city to find cheap flights there.

Popular beaches, in alphabetical order:

Best Beaches – Hidden Gems

Some of these beaches are stereotypical white sand wonders, while others are rugged and rocky, but all are beautiful and some are spectacular. Check out the information links for fun and useful tips for tourists.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Best Beaches – Finding the Cheapest Flights

Rule number one: Always compare airfares. If you only go to one or two airline sites, you could miss out on big savings. Two ways to compare:

  1. If you know exactly when you want to go: FareCompare
  2. If you just want to fly when it’s cheap: Getaway Map

Best Beaches – More Info


Updated: March 14, 2017