Love the beach but hate the crowds? You’re not alone. If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing beach vacation. Let’s check out some of the less visited locations.
The beaches of Florida fill up quickly, but Jacksonville misses a lot of the tourist traffic. Unlike Miami or Fort Lauderdale, you’ll still find plenty of room along the sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean. For an even less-traveled beach, visit the Dry Tortugas off Key West. The snorkeling’s great, and this group of small islands has miles of pristine beaches. The only catch is that the area is only accessible by boat or plane.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Get away from civilization with a trip to the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Located 11 miles southeast of Gulfport, Mississippi, and serviced by Ship Island Excursions ferries, the sparkling waters here get limited visitors. Explore Fort Massachusetts, built in 1866, or just relax in the sun. The beach has a snack bar, but most people bring a packed cooler.
Located on along the northern tip of Jekyll Island, Georgia, is the secluded Driftwood Beach. A hauntingly beautiful landscape peppered with tree skeletons centuries of erosion, this beach was once a summer spot for the Vanderbilt and Rockefeller families. Stop by Three Oaks Carriage Company and rent a horse for a quiet ride on the sandy shores.
Goose Rocks Beach
Visitors to Goose Rocks Beach wonder where the people are. This beautiful beach found in the southern part of Maine lacks lifeguards, restrooms, and surfable waves, but sandy spots await tourists looking for a quiet day in the sun. The parking area gives the mistaken impression there’s a crowd, but it’s just a very small parking lot without a lot of spaces.
Marine Street Beach
You’d expect a beach near San Diego to be crowded, but Marine Street Beach is an exception. Despite a sign saying locals only, this beach is public. Local residents like keeping it a secret, though. The lack of public bathrooms and rough surf means most people stay away, but it’s great for soaking up some rays.
Bob Straub State Park
Many mistakenly think the beaches at state parks don’t compare to other beaches, but that’s not true at Bob Straub State Park in Oregon. In fact, park beaches tend to offer more unspoiled sandy stretches and fewer tourists than other places. Bob Straub State Park also offers hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. Stop by the nearby Pelican Pub & Brewery to enjoy some food after your day in the sun.
Think all Hawaiian beaches fill up with tourists year round? Not true, at least for Sunset Beach on Oahu. The beach, known for spectacular sunsets, blue water, and soft sandy beaches, also offers great surfing. But the best waves come in December and January when the World Cup of Surfing does bring a crowd. The rest of the year, Sunset Beach stays quiet and serene. For those avoiding the crowds of other Hawaiian beach locales, this is the spot to go. So enjoy your time in the sun.
While many beach cities are filled with tourists and bustling with activities, there are quieter spots where savvy visitors can feel at home as they embrace the peaceful ambiance and commune with the locals. If you want to get away from it all and hear the waves rather than the people, consider these six destinations.