We’ve all longed for that Robinson Crusoe moment – the chance to enjoy wide, snowy white beaches and azure seas without another person in sight. If you’re looking for the perfect place where the sand meets the sea “under the radar”, here are six secret beaches (with some interesting stories behind them) from around the world.
Hidden Beach, Puerto Vallarta
Timeshare Puerto Vallarta has long been a top autumn sunshine favourite but you might not know about Hidden Beach. Although it was formerly a site for testing bombs during the early 1990s, you’d never guess! This beach is surrounded in mystery and only accessible through a water tunnel. Situated on the Marieta Islands, just off Mexico, you can relax and enjoy idyllic surroundings while safe in the knowledge that you really are bathing on a ‘hidden beach’ away from the usual crowds.
Shipwreck Beach, Greece
Hidden away off the coast of Zakynthos, Shipwreck Beach is only accessible by boat and comes with its own historic, murky ruins – “Panagiotis” has lain here since it was shipwrecked in 1983. Surrounded by rugged clifftops, glimmering water and unspoiled surroundings, Shipwreck Beach is one of Europe’s most dramatic hidden gems and one of the most iconic beaches in the whole of Greece.
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Just a hop away from those beloved destinations of Phuket and Koh Samui, Phu Quoc Island is actually based in Vietnam. Offering plenty of exotic charm, this secluded paradise has plenty of pure, snowy beaches and stunning surroundings.
Isla Bastimentos, Panama
One of the much lesser known Caribbean islands, visitors to Isla Bastimentos go to be spoiled by five stunning beaches; Wizard Beach, Red Frog Beach, North Beach, Playa Larga and Turtle Beach. Adventurers and adrenaline junkies should head to Wizard Beach to enjoy its array of surf spots.
Agonda Beach, Goa
This tranquil, beautiful beach is the ultimate In luxury. Stretch your toes in pure white sands, take a dip in calm, warm waters, then soak up the laid back atmosphere. Agonda Beach is also the perfect spot for wild life lovers – grab your camera to see everything from turtles to dolphins swimming freely close to these shores.
Alter do Chão, Brazil
Step away from the lively and bustling capital of Rio de Janeiro by heading to the stunning beach of Alter do Chão in Brazil. Relax and unwind on the Island of Love, then pad along the soft sandy beach before enjoying an Amazon River cruise.