Sometimes travellers don’t like to share some of their amazing travel secrets with other, preferring to keep the hidden gems to themselves. Luckily, travel bloggers are just the opposite. So naturally when trying to research some of the world’s best hidden beaches I had to turn to the travel blogging community for help.
The below list of amazing and lesser known beaches have been submitted from some pretty incredible bloggers who have been to some pretty incredible places. But I recognize that there are probably loads of other hidden beach gems out there. Got an incredible beach secret you would like to share? Make sure you let me know in the comments!
Agonda Beach in South Goa, India
India is a crazy happening country, but if you know where to travel to, you can still find spots as relaxing as Agonda Beach. Although North Goa is far from being an off-the-beaten path destination, the same can’t be said about the South and its beaches. Agonda has more and more visitors after its cool vibes each year, but it is still a great time to visit if you like to live your days by a nearly deserted tropical beach, while eating delicious Indian food (like freshly caught fish spiced up and cooked in a traditional tandoor oven) and sip cooling drinks as the sun touches your skin. Spend the night in a bamboo hut right at the beach and feel the sand under your toes first thing in the morning; swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and, because this is India, enjoy the company of lovely cows that also like going to be beach – where else in the world would you be able to do that? 🙂
How to get there: Dabolim airport (in Goa) is about a 90-minutes drive away. By train, you may arrive at Canacona Station, only a few KMs away. From Canacona as well, there are regular buses and the ride takes around 20 minutes to Agonda.
Manzanillo – on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica
Manzanillo is a sleepy fishing village in Costa Rica that marks the end of the coastal raod along the Caribbean Sea heading south towards the border with Panama. Most people visiting Costa Rica choose the Pacific coast and if they venture to the Caribbean coast they tend to stick with Puerto Viejo or Tortuguero.
How to get there: Manzanillo is a 4 hour bus ride from the capital San Jose. There are secluded beaches just a short walk from Manzanillo in either direction along the coast with snorkeling right off the beach. Pura vida.
Tanegashima is a tiny Japanese island just south of Kyushu that is mostly inhabited by rice, sugar cane and sweet potato farmers. I had never heard of it before being offered a teaching position at the island’s high school, which is no surprise considering I rarely saw any Western tourists during my two years there. As the local islanders tend not to be too fond of swimming, visitors are pretty much guaranteed to find their own deserted beach to camp out on for the day. With incredibly soft white sand, clear waters for snorkeling, great surfing, and numerous caves to swim or kayak through, Tanegashima’s beaches really are a hidden gem!
How to get there: Visitors can get to Tanegashima by ferry from Kagoshima and can find schedules and prices here.
Submission by Silvia at Heart My Backpack.
Shelly Beach, Sydney, Australia
My favourite beach in the world also happens to be a pretty well kept secret when it comes to travelers in Sydney. Located a short walk from the more famous Manly Beach, Shelly is a beautiful little sheltered cove that is perfect for a lazy BBQ or a bit of snorkeling. The lack of surf makes it a great place for kids to play, but if you go farther off shore you can see small sharks and other sea creatures too.
Shelly Beach has plenty of grassed areas for ball sports, picnics, or just lounging around as well. It’s a great place to have a birthday party or family day out, but if you’re solo – it’s also a great place to just zone out.
How to get there: From Manly Beach, it’s easy to get to Shelly Beach. Just head north along the very picturesque waterside track and you’ll find it.
Apúlia Praia, Portugal
We were visiting Bom Jesús do Monte when we agreed that it was simply too hot and we needed a beach to cool down. We took a map and drew a straight line from where we were to the ocean. Our fingers ended on Rua da Praia. We simply drove there and found this nice little beach with only local people hanging around. It was the perfect ending to a warm afternoon.
Pemuteran is a black-sand beach on the northwest coast of Bali in Indonesia. People often come to visit nearby Menjangan Island, a beautiful uninhabited island known for snorkeling and diving, but this sleepy beach village offers much more. A fantastic underwater world is just steps away from the resorts for snorkelers, and a quick boat ride will take divers to some of the fascinating local conservation projects. Culture abounds with several cliff-side temples and friendly locals. Pemuteran has a great laid back vibe and with only a few restaurants and resorts, it makes a great off the beaten path getaway in Bali.
How to get there: You can fly into Bali’s only airport, Denpasar, and Pemuteran is a 5-6 hour drive from there.
South of Fort Lauderdale but north of Miami, an oft-overlooked slice of Florida’s southern beach stretches is Hollywood Beach — not the one with the stars on the sidewalk, but the one with pastel properties and palms dotting the immaculate boardwalk and pristine white beaches with clear turquoise water. The locals are friendly, the bars are fun, and the chill vibe is a welcome retreat from the chaos of Miami’s South Beach. Afraid you’ll miss the sunset on Florida’s east coast? Not to worry — just head across the street to Giorgio’s Bakery — their view will take it from there.
Submission by Katie from Domestiphobia.
Beaches in Croatia are in abundance, but so many are unknown like this one. Located in Privlaka about about 20kms from Zadar this beach is small and family-friendly. Next time you’re in Croatia ask the locals where they swim, and you can find many just like this one.