Written by SARAH SEKULA
Nothing beats a quiet day spent at the beach. Especially if you can find a stretch of silky sand away from the crowds.
From a national park located on a remote island to a cove known for its whale migration, here are some of the USA's best secret beaches.
Boneyard Beach – Florida
At Big Talbot Island State Park, on an Atlantic Coast barrier island between Amelia Island and Fort George Island, you’ll find a beach that might not be what you’d expect to see in Florida.
Along the coastline you’ll find massive driftwood trees. Climbing these beauties will make you feel like a kid again, and if you stick around for sunset, you’re in for a treat.
The driftwood makes for a lovely silhouette shot. Even the geological formations here are super unique – only 3.5 percent of land in the U.S. has this type of black rock.
Gray Whale Cove Beach – California
Gray Whale Cove State Beach in Half Moon Bay is one of Northern California’s under-the-radar beaches and a prime picnic spot with spectacular views.
If you are there during the Gray Whale migration (November to April) be on the lookout for the gentle giants. The whales often come fairly close to shore.
Cumberland Island – Georgia
From camping to the Carnegies, Cumberland Island sure is a special place. This national seashore is a haven for wildlife. On the beach, you’ll find wild horses and loggerhead turtles.
Hike through the island’s interior, which is shaded by enormous oak tree canopies, for the chance to see armadillos, deer, hogs, rabbits, turkeys and raccoons.
Except for the wildlife, it’s never crowded because the only way to get there is by boat or ferry ride, and once you are there, you’ve got 17 miles worth of sandy shores to choose from
Daufuskie Island – South Carolina
Located across the Calibogue Sound from Hilton Head Island, this South Carolina island is surrounded by beautiful uncrowded beaches and ancient oaks dripping with Spanish moss.
There’s no bridge to the mainland, so book a ferry ride or hop in your own boat to get there. Once you arrive, golf carts, bikes or your own two feet are the best way to explore.
Take time to learn about the Gullah/Geechee influence, soak up the rich art scene and sample the Lowcountry cuisine.