10 unknown beaches of America
Carova beach, North Carolina
It’s hard to find a place more secluded than Carova Beach in North Carolina. You can only get to the place hidden in the strip of sandy barrier islands by boat or four-wheel drive car, since there are no asphalt roads nearby. But as a reward, you can wander along the 17-kilometer coastline, enjoy the surrounding landscapes and look for shells in pristine sand. If you are lucky, you will see wild mustangs – horses walk freely on the ocean and in the vicinity.
Where to stay: There is no hotel or motel nearby, so rent a small house.
Useful advice: On a cloudy day, consider traveling to the nearby beach towns of Corolla and Duck – there are many shops and restaurants, and the houses are incredibly cozy and picturesque.
Roque Bluffs, Maine
Rural and sprawling rocky landscapes make Roque Bluffs one of the best little-known beaches in the United States. On an area larger than a square kilometer, stunning coastal landscapes are located and even a small beach with small pebbles was lost. Take a walk to Simpson’s Pond, where animals often come to a watering hole, or just walk along a rocky beach. Nature lovers will especially enjoy the place – the beach is home to many species of birds and plants.
Where to stay: There are no hotels or motels here, rent a cottage or a country house.
Helpful Hint: Take a swim in Simpson’s Pond and the Englishman’s Bay in a canoe or kayak. Enjoy the surrounding scenery, and if it happens in spring or summer, go fishing – there is trout.
Enderts beach, California
Enderts Beach, hidden in the Redwood National Park, stretches for almost 60 kilometers along the ocean. Its peculiarity is in small reservoirs that can be seen in the southern part of the coast at low tide or low tide. Sometimes in them you can find starfish and hedgehogs. Climb up the trail and enjoy the unique view of the forest and the ocean or take a picnic near the coast.
Where to stay: Right next to the beach, there is the Best Western Northwoods Inn and the Crescent Beach Motel. There you will find inexpensive rooms with ocean views.
Useful tip: Visit the beach in the early spring or winter months to see whale migration along the Pacific coast.
Dry Tortugas, Florida
Reliably sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, Dry Tortugas National Park is located 112 kilometers from the city of Key West and consists of seven small islands and a coral reef. You can only get to it by boat or plane. History buffs should head to Fort Jefferson, a 19th-century building where political prisoners were once held. Fans of more active recreation can go snorkelling or diving, looking at corals and chasing schools of tropical fish.
Where to stay: Book a campsite. Take a walk along the beach at sunset, but remember that there are no fresh water supplies nearby.
Useful advice: Bird lovers will appreciate the vast nests – almost 300 species of birds live on the Dry Tortugas islands, there are more than 100 thousand nests.
Sandbridge Beach, Virginia
Most vacationers have heard of Virginia Beach, but know almost nothing about its tiny southern neighbor, Sandbridge Beach. It stretched for 8 kilometers along the Atlantic Ocean. Situated almost 25 kilometers from the resort area, it reliably sheltered sand dunes, untouched by civilization, and in places grassy secluded beaches from a noisy crowd. Nearby is also the Back Bay National Reserve recommended by us for visiting.
Where to stay: There are no large resort areas or hotels nearby – they are located north of the beach. Consider renting a beach house or apartment in close proximity to the water.
Useful tip: One of the best ways to get to know the beach and the surrounding area is by bike. Take a ride through a nearby reserve, explore the local flora and fauna, or go on a day trip to a state park with a picnic and water sports.
Folly Beach, South Carolina
Folly Beach is located in Lowcountry, known for growing rice and an indigo plant, which is used to produce blue paint. Here you can go swimming or surfing, or simply enjoy the ocean views from the pier. And for lunch, be sure to go to one of the local coastal restaurants to enjoy fresh seafood dishes.
Where to stay: Near the beach there are large hotels, and small motels, and villas.
Good advice: Parking here is a bit of an art. Small parking lots near the beach are open from 10:00 to 17:00 and cost $ 1 per hour. Street parking is free, but park correctly, otherwise you risk getting a fine.
Second beach, Washington
Impressive cliffs and emerald green capes are just some of what awaits you on Second Beach. This is one of the three beaches of the Olympic coast. You can get there only on a narrow walking path, but the journey is definitely worth the effort. Cliffs rising above the water, tall spruce trees and the sound of waves breaking on the shore will make you completely forget about fatigue!
Where to stay: You can pitch a tent and arrange a small campsite on the beach, but you need permission in advance. Housing can also be rented in the small coastal village of La Push.
Useful advice: Take a walk along the coast, take a look at the scattered islands, picturesque sea cliffs and hundreds of local birds.
Wildcat Beach, California
Wildcat Beach is famous for its hiking trails and bicycle trails. To get there, you have to overcome a distance of about 8 kilometers. Your path will run past golden sandy areas and sparkling waterfalls hidden among towering cliffs. Having walked about one and a half kilometers south of the trail, you can see one of the most spectacular waterfalls in America – Alamere.
Where to stay: Camp in an ocean-view meadow at Point Reyes National Park in northwest California.
Useful advice: Get to the beach by bike – this way you can easily cover the 11-kilometer distance to the main campsite.
Awahua Beach, Hawaii
An isolated sandy beach was originally a leper colony and is still less popular than other islands in the state. You can get there on a hiking trail. Next to it there is an observation deck with a breathtaking view of the cliffs, lush vegetation and the ocean. Another feature of the beach – the sand there has a black tint.
Where to stay: Book a room in one of the hotels on the island of Molokai, find out there about excursions to Awahua beach and private guides.
Helpful Hint : Spend the day on the unusual black sand of Awahua Beach, but don’t swim – it can be dangerous due to strong currents.
Cumberland Island, Georgia
Cumberland Island’s 28-kilometer-long beach includes swamps, dunes, and forests that have not yet been damaged by civilization. You can take a walk under the shady branches of the oaks or watch the wild horses that roam the deserted beaches. You can get to the island only by ferry, which makes Cumberland one of the most secluded places in the state.
Where to stay: Nearby there are many hotels and motels for every taste and budget – from comfortable family hotels to inexpensive youth motels.
Helpful Hint: Learn more about the history of the region and its environs on a walk led by one of the park rangers. Summer is hot and humid, so be sure to grab a sunscreen and insect repellent.