Here are five less-traveled U.S. beaches to keep in mind for your next getaway.
Read on, but let’s keep these shorelines our little secret….
- The Basics: Fifty miles of tucked-away shoreline on the gulf awaits visitors in Matagorda County, Texas. A twenty-mile stretch of this oceanfront offers access to vehicle traffic. The remaining sections can only be reached by boat, making it slightly isolated from the public. You can find great beachcombing, fishing, kayaking and more at Matagorda Beach, Texas.
- Watch For: Strong rip currents have been noted in this area.
- From One Visitor: “We visited this beach this summer and it is BEAUTIFUL! No trash, beautiful shells and hardly any seaweed. Best part? No people! It was like having your own private beach....”
- The Basics: Less-traveled than other nearby beaches, Windandsea Beach is a surfer’s delight. Its steep shoreline offers breathtaking views and romantic sunsets.
- Watch For: During high tide, there is minimal sand to lay on. Visitors use the abundant smooth stones to sun themselves while waiting for low tide.
- From One Visitor: “Windandsea Beach is simply stunning!! It is without a doubt, one of the prettiest beaches in California. The cliffs, jagged rocks, turquoise and cyan blue water, waves, sunshine and the people-watching make this beach stellar.”
- The Basics: Bahia State Park in the Florida Keys includes over 500 acres, an offshore island and award-winning beach. It’s an ideal getaway for snorkeling and beachcombing, and some say it feels like a trip to the Caribbean. Picnic and play here in balmy breezes, against a backdrop of incredible sunsets.
- Watch For: Bahia Honda may still be recovering from Hurricane Irma. Check the website for updates. Some amenities may be unavailable, depending on the time of your visit.
- From One Visitor: “We really enjoyed Bahia Honda! The snorkeling was fun and beautiful. It is a must stop while visiting the Keys. Although we were not camping, we checked it out for the future and loved the spots. The park was well maintained.”
- The Basics: Indian Beach offers surfing, hiking and rock climbing in a secluded setting on the Pacific Coast. It’s an easy one-hour drive from Portland. Hikers can follow a relatively easy, scenic loop.
- Watch For: Some visitors have encountered uneven footpaths, loose gravel and steep walkways to the beach area. Some report that it’s difficult to maneuver around here with small children.
- From One Visitor: “Super relaxed beach overall and with just a little fee ($5 per day) you can escape the crowds! A beach that is well worth checking out, pick a warm day and head on out.”
- The Basics: Only accessible by air or water, these beaches are isolated from the mainland, making them more private and slightly magical. Features include North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse (Ocracoke Island Lighthouse) and the island’s herd of wild ponies. Explorers, shell collectors and history fans enjoy the richness of Ocracoke Island.
- Watch For: Miles and miles of sand and surf – you might feel you have the beach all to yourself at certain times of the year.
- From One Visitor: “One the best things about Ocracoke is the feeling of being on island time...slow and relaxed...casual and as carefree as you desire…”
Isn't that what all of us beach lovers want? We crave the open, sandy space to live in a different kind of time zone -- one that offers beauty, sunshine and nature's kind of relaxation!
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