The only thing that would make going to the beach even better would be if you had it all to yourself. If you prefer things to be a little quieter, maybe stay away from the overused, packed-with-tourists beaches and head over to one that’s more secluded — like one of these. Bring your hiking shoes because you can only reach these four gorgeous beaches on foot.
Kalalau Beach, Hawaii
Kalalau Beach is located on the northern shore of Kauai. It’s a beautiful beach sitting underneath impressive mountains, cliffs, and caves. The crystal-clear water and picturesque landscape make the trip completely worth it. It’s perfect for a day away from it all because it’s actually far away from everything.
The only way to reach the pristine beach is by hiking 11 miles over a steep and narrow trail that winds through the mountains. As if that weren’t challenging enough, rain and runoff from the mountains can sometimes make rocks on the path slippery.
Camping is permitted in some areas around the beach, but make sure you get your permits far in advance; it’s very popular, especially in the summer. This beach is for only the most hardcore adventurers.
Kleftiko Beach, Greece
If you search for images of Greek beaches, this one is sure to pop up. Once you reach the tiny island of Milos, you will be surrounded by many pristine beaches and clear water. One of the most popular is Kleftiko Beach. It’s known for its massive white rock formations and clear blue waters.
Typically, the only way to access this amazing beach is by boat, but many travelers have explored the area and found that it’s also accessible by foot, which is a lot cheaper. It’s important to make sure you get a map and know where you’re going before taking this hike. Once you get to the beach, you can swim in the clear waters and explore the many caves under the rocks. It’s definitely a unique experience.
Platja de Sant Lluís, Spain
Platja de Sant Lluís is a beach on the northeast coast of Spain, almost at the French border. The beach itself is surrounded by beautiful rock formations that create a peaceful cove for beachgoers looking for a little seclusion. The entrance to the beach can be easy to miss. Keep a sharp eye out for the first hidden cove off the narrow road from Cadaqués northward to the Cap de Creus lighthouse. The signage is easy to miss.
From there, you have to hike through olive groves until the path drops into a private cove. It’s very unlikely that there will be many — if any — people to interrupt your peaceful day here. Enjoy swimming uninterrupted in the calm waters of the secluded cove. For the even more adventurous, this beach is clothing optional.
Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii
Hawaii has several beaches accessible only by foot. This one is located on the southern tip of the Big Island and officially the southernmost point in the United States. The rough waters make for some of the best shoreline fishing on the islands.
It’s a 2.5-mile hike to get to the beach. The sandy soil and high winds can make the long hike not only hard on your legs but your eyes and face too. As if the hike weren’t long enough, to get down to the beach, you have to climb down a cliff via a narrow path in the rocks. The beach is located in a cove that blocks the rough waves from the ocean beyond. And yes, the sand is green. It’s one of only four green-sand beaches in the world.
Despite the difficulty getting there, Papakolea Beach can get crowded during the summer. The unique sand is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that draws tourists from all over. This wouldn’t be a beach to relax on, but it’s still an experience you won’t want to miss.