It’s not hard to find a great beach – which is why some of the best beaches in the world are often the most crowded. But there are some spots in the world where there’s more beauty to be found than people. Here we scoured the world to find the best slices of paradise minus the crowds. Just be sure not to tell too many people about them.
Koh Kradan, Thailand
Koh Kradan is a small island in the Thai province of Trang, one of the least visited areas of the country, but the most scenic. With metres and metres of dazzling white sand, rustling trees and crystal clear sea, it makes for the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s busier cities. A part of the Hat Chao Mai National Park, if you walk a little further along the coast line you may even come across turtle hatchlings, exotic fish, and dugongs.
After a day of relaxing and enjoying the peaceful, sun-kissed coast, be sure to pay a visit to one of Trang’s night markets. There you’ll get to enjoy bubbling curries, freshly made pàt tai, and tasty Thai desserts.
Salema Beach, Portugal
Salema is a quaint fishing village in Western Algarve and home to one of the most beautiful and isolated beaches in Portugal. While you can easily just spend your time on the beach lounging in peace and quiet, if you want a little more adventure then be sure to make the 10-minute journey to Praia da Luz for a horse riding experience with Tiffany’s Horse Riding Centre – is a great way to take in the breathtaking landscape of Portugal at your own pace.
After a day at the beach, head down to Agua Na Boca, a wonderful restaurant that’s just round the corner from Salema’s fish market. For a real Portuguese treat, order one of the mixed meat platters and enjoy mouth-watering slices of pork, beef and lamb under layers of crispy bacon. Finish off your evening with a refreshing digestif and slice of freshly baked almond cake.
Sao Beach, Vietnam
On the picturesque island of Phu Quoc lies the incredible Sao Beach. The journey to reach Sao Beach can be a little tricky, although taking a taxi will indeed be worth the extra effort for a slice of untouched beauty. Not only is the beach reasonably deserted, it’s also home to some fantastic reefs for snorkelling.
After a lazy day by the beach, why not try catching some fish? Many local boats sail in and out daily, taking tourists with them to catch their own dinner. Alternatively, take a trip to Duong Dong, another beach area that is home to Pho Cali Phu Quoc, a Vietnamese noodle shop that offers great-tasting dishes throughout the day.
Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach, Hawaii
Located on the island of Maui, Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach is very different to the other beaches mentioned in this list; with striking red and black sand, and rushes of deep navy water crashing onto the shore, it’s an incredibly unique spot. As you walk along the jagged rock formations, shaded by the mounds of red sand, it can feel like you’re on another planet – perfect for those looking for an escape!
Once you’ve explore this unusual, hidden gem, head to the Alii Kula Lavender Farm. For a $3 entry fee you can wander around the gorgeous beds of lavender, and enjoy the heady scent of over 45 different varieties.
Caprera Island, Sardinia
The water along the coast of Caprera Island transforms from a crystal-like turquoise into a deep, rich blue that laps over the shimmering, untouched sand; it’s a hypnotic place to be. Perfect for sunbathing, swimming or playing games with friends, Caprera Island is a wonderfully unspoiled part of Sardinia to visit.
For a little culture, head to The Garibaldi Museum, where you can browse a collection of medals, weaponry and works of art that were previously owned by Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian hero that is considered to be one of the country’s ‘Fathers of Fatherland’. If you have time to spare, venture over to Caprera’s sailing centre, where you can learn how to professionally sail – a great way to end any holiday.
(This post originally appeared on the Celebrity Cruises UK Blog.)