In the past few months, social distancing has become the new normal. There’s no idea how long this period of isolation will last for, but it’s no surprise that the future of traveling will be very different from how it once was. Social distancing on a beach is almost too easy to do for most of us. All we need is sunshine, blue skies, clear waters and sea breeze to put us at ease. There are plenty of secluded beaches around the world that are yet to be discovered and we have asked a handful of top travel bloggers to share with us their secret finds.
Hidden and mostly isolated, these secluded beaches around the world are perfect for those who enjoy the tranquility of nature and pristine surroundings untouched by mankind. You’re guaranteed almost little to no tourists on these beaches.
TRAVEL BLOGGERS BEST SECLUDED BEACHES AROUND THE WORLD
TANJUNG AAN – INDONESIA
Many people head to Bali, Indonesia in search of perfect beaches and stunning sea views. However, Nicola Rae of See Nic Wander suggests you travel just one island over to neighboring Lombok where you’ll be blown away by the sandy paradise found.
The southernmost town on Lombok is called Kuta. Here, you’ll find world-class surf breaks, charming village life, and possibly one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – Tanjung Aan.
Tanjung Aan beach looks like your screensaver. The sand is powdery white and the ocean is brilliant shades of turquoise and aqua. A few little tiki bars, restaurants, and lounge chairs line the main part of the beach, but you probably won’t see many other people around. Because of its remote location, Tanjung Aan doesn’t draw the crowds that flock to the usual beaches in Indonesia. This makes Tanjung Aan one of the best secluded beaches in the the world worth visiting.
To get to Tanjung Aan, you’ll need to travel to the island of Lombok, Indonesia. You can get to Lombok by taking a short flight or ferry ride from Bali. From the town of Kuta, Lombok, rent a motorbike and follow the coast for about 20 minutes. Parking is free outside of the restaurants if you purchase food or drinks. Make sure to go at sunset for a truly memorable experience.
SAKARUN BEACH – CROATIA
Places of Juma founders Martina and Jürgi’s favourite beach to visit in summer is Sakarun Beach (also known as Saharun Beach) in Croatia.
Sakarun Beach is a sandy beach located on a picturesque bay of Dugi Otok (Long Island). Sakarun Beach is one of Croatia’s best beaches but also lesser know to the public unless you have insider tips like we do. On this idyllic beach, you will enjoy Caribbean flair in the middle of Europe. Fine white sand, crystal clear turquoise waters and beautiful weather in summer makes this beach a must-visit in summer. Due to its sheltered location on the island of Dugi Otok, social distancing here is part of the norm.
Getting to Sakarun Beach can be arranged from Zadar Old Town on the mainland. From there you either book a day trip from Zatar to Sakarun or you take a ferry and go there by your own. The beach has so far been spared by mass tourism. Most of the visitors are individual travelers and peace seekers who appreciate the tranquility around them.
There are no restaurants on the beach but there are 2 beach bars that offer coffee, cool drinks, ice cream, snacks and hot meals. The wooden terrace of the Amarcord Beach Bar is where you will enjoy incredible sea views.
PLAYA BRAVA – COLOMBIA
Playa Brava is top of the list of hidden beaches in Colombia for Lucile Hernandez Rodriguez from www.lucilehr.com
Playa Brava is located in Tayrona National Park in Colombia and is a gorgeous isolated beach that is quite hard to get to as hiking is required.
To get to this isolated beach, you need to take a local bus to the Calabazo entrance of the park. There are three entrances to the park and this particular entrance is not at all touristy as you have to go through a local village to get there. From the entrance, you will need to hike to the beach using the Pueblito route. The path takes you through the jungle and if you are lucky, you might even see monkeys or anteaters. The hike also crosses local indigenous villages which are a cultural experience in itself. You will then reach Pueblito, a historic site, before going downhill and reaching Playa Brava Beach.
Playa Brava means “wild beach” in Spanish and that’s what you will feel when you arrive there: it seems like you are alone on a deserted island. It is the perfect place to unwind for a day with beautiful views before walking along the coast to explore other beaches. Be careful of strong currents when you swim around the area.
Playa Brava is truly an underrated gem, and although it takes a bit of effort to get to, you won’t regret it! There are plenty of accommodation options around Tayrona National Park which can be found at the best prices on hotels.com:
MASIRAH ISLAND – OMAN
Daisy from Oman Travel Guides recommends Masirah Island in Oman for those looking for a quick getaway from the masses.
The gorgeous Masirah island lies in the glistening Arabian Sea and is perfect for diving, surfing, snorkeling, and camping. Soft white sandy beaches and crystal clear emerald waters surround this slice of paradise.
To get to Masirah Island from Muscat, you will need to drive for 6 hours to Shannah Port before taking a ferry to the island. The entire journey may last up to 8 hours and this is one of the biggest reasons as to why the island destination has so few tourists.
Once you arrive in Masirah, simply head to any part of the island and stack up a tent! Wild camping is legal in Oman, which is a great excuse to explore the many hidden gems that lay around the country. It takes around 2.5 hours to circle Masirah Island so you can definitely find an area that is suited to your liking. You don’t have to worry about food as there are supermarkets and restaurants around the island.
For those who would prefer to stay in a resort, there are a handful of hotels and resorts scattered around the island.
CABO DE RAMA BEACH – GOA
According to Sumit Walia of Travel Dreams, Cabo De Rama Beach is one of the best-kept secret beaches in South Goa.
Cabo de Rama Beach is spectacularly beautiful yet never crowded. The sand here is light, delicate and pure. The waters of Cabo de Rama are blue with a luxurious green tinge. Huge palm trees line up the surrounding cliffs and there is a freshwater stream to the north of the beach. This is one of the last beautiful wild beaches left in Goa.
To get to the beach, you need to drive 54 km from Dabolim airport or 19 km from Agonda Beach. Unfortunately, there are no buses going to this beach. You can rent a car from the airport or hire a taxi to get there.
To fully enjoy the beach without compromising on luxury, book a stay at the exclusive The Cape Goa Resort.
COLA BEACH – GOA
The recluse amongst all beaches in Goa is Cola Beach. Sumit calls this one of the most beautiful but lesser spoken beaches in Goa.
Lined with coconut trees, Cola Beach is a golden sand paradise accessed through a mystical doorway and greeted by the blue hues of the Arabian Sea. A turquoise blue-green lagoon type canal entices the travellers who venture to this super secluded beachfront. The beach is serene and filled with glorious sunrises and sunsets. It is hard to come across clean beaches in Goa but Cola Beach is definitely one of them.
Cola is 19 km from Agonda Beach while Dabolim airport is 55 km away and is located in the Southern part of Goa. There are no buses going directly to this beach and you are advised to rent a car or hire a private transfer.
There are a couple of resorts around Cola Beach including an option for glamping right on the beach at the Cola Beach Exclusive Tented Resort.
PARADISE BEACH – INDIA
Bhushavali from My Travelogue by Bhushavali has found a slice of paradise in the aptly named Paradise Beach in Southern India.
Paradise Beach is one of the most beautiful, secluded and most importantly, clean beaches in Pondicherry (Puducherry). Its geography is the main reason why it is secluded – it’s the shore of the land, disconnected from the main-land with backwaters! The beach is filled with soft golden sand and is the ideal spot for a day-trip with friends and family.
At Paradise beach, there is a small kiosk that serves snacks and drinks as well as a few thatched roof huts to provide much-needed shade. During certain periods, there are watersport activities including jet skiing and kayaking. In summer, temperatures can soar up to 35°C with scorching sun.
To reach Paradise Beach, you need to take a ferry from Chunnambar Boat House. Chunnambar Boat House is located about 7km south of Pondicherry city. The boat ride from here takes about 20 mins to reach Paradise Beach. Apart from the ferry to the beach, the boat house provides speedboats and pedal boats.
Find the best hotels near Paradise Beach here on hotels.com
SHELA BEACH – KENYA
If you are looking for a secluded yet quaint beach in Kenya, follow Kesi Irvin from Kesi To And Fro and head to Shela Beach.
Shela Beach is located at the UNESCO World Heritage designated Lamu Island in Kenya. Lamu is a special place that is perfect for honeymooners, or travelers who don’t like crowded beaches. Lamu Island does not receive many tourists because it is close to Somalia, and in the past, there were safety concerns. It is now completely safe to visit this island, making it once again, a great place to visit before tourism picks up soon.
To get to Shela Beach on Lamu, it is best to start your journey from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. From there, you can take a short one-hour direct flight to Lamu. However, the airport is on a separate island on Manda Island. As you exit the airport, you can take a quick boat ride across to Lamu Island. Shela is where the white sand beach is. This pristine stretch of beach has a laid back vibe which is perfect for a quiet retreat and is definitely considered as one of the best secluded beaches around the world. You will find a handful of upscale resorts dotted around Shela Beach. The old town is the heart of the island. This is where you find most of the locals live, and there are more budget accommodation options.
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