4 Incredible Beach Vacations You Didn't Know Existed

Jameson Gray & McKenna St. Onge  |  December 28, 2017

Everyone loves the beach but when the weather’s nice, those same beaches are usually packed with crowds. This year, why not adventure to a scenic beachscape that you’ve probably never even heard of? These 4 beaches are great vacation spots for solo adventurers or family vacations. Whether you’re a nature buff or just like a good lay in the sun, you’re sure to find a beach on this list that will draw you in.

Puako, Hawaii

Hawaii has many famous beaches, but the small region of Puako on the Big Island offers a unique experience that’s different from the resort towns and celebrity-studded sands of many famous Hawaiian getaways. Puako has only one main road and general store, but the tiny-town charm only adds to the appeal of its gorgeous beaches.

Puako’s beaches are perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling, or kayaking. Take in the ocean views and you might even spot one of the island’s protected sea turtles while you’re at it. Vacation rentals are surprisingly affordable, so Puako might just be your ticket to the Hawaiian vacation of your dreams.

Jalousie Beach, St. Lucia

St. Lucia is rapidly becoming a popular Caribbean vacation spot, but there are still a few beaches on this gorgeous island that are less known to tourists. Jalousie Beach, located in the shadow of the Piton Mountains, boasts white sands and crystal-clear waters that attract snorkelers and sunbathers alike.
The easiest way to get to Jalousie Beach is to take a boat. Once there, you can rent snorkeling gear or just sit out on a beach chair to catch some rays. There are dining options as well as local vendors for souvenir shopping if you’re interested.

Playa Arco, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is famous for its lush rainforests and natural wonders. Playa Arco is a great beach to see these features, as the beach is known for its waterfalls cascading over the nearby cliffs. Located within Marino Ballena National Park, Playa Arco offers scuba diving, swimming, kayaking, and a sea turtle preservation project that gives you a hands-on look at wildlife conservation.

Arco Beach can only be reached on foot from one of the surrounding beaches, making it a more secluded destination perfect for those trying to avoid the crowds. Prepare to make it a full day’s trip so you have plenty of time to make the hike and take in all of the beach’s natural beauty.

Wahweap Beach, Arizona

Arizona isn’t widely known for its beaches, but the locals can tell you that there are a few in the state that are definitely worth seeing in your lifetime. Wahweap Beach is nestled on the shores of Lake Powell within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. With five-star resorts and ample camping opportunities, this lakeshore beach is ideal for those seeking both adventure and luxury.

Wahweap Beach boasts hiking, boating, shopping, and dining opportunities that the whole family can enjoy. Whether you’re a nature buff or just feel like taking in some gorgeous sights, Wahweap Beach might just be the vacation spot for you.

Whether you’re looking to vacation close to home or somewhere abroad, you don’t have to look far to find gorgeous beaches that aren’t common tourist destinations. With sunny sands and clear waters, these 4 beaches are perfect for any beach activity. The only question is, which one to see first?!

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