World's Best Secret Beaches

The world is full of hidden-beaches, but discovering them before the masses do can be challenging.

Aaron Johnson | Nov 18, 2019

The world is full of hiddenbeaches, but discovering them before the masses do can be challenging. So shhh...we're letting the cat out of bag on a few of our favorite global destinations for relatively untracked sand and surf.



Muriwai Beach, New Zealand

For most tourists arriving in Auckland, Piha Beach is the logical destination for a first glimpse of New Zealand's pristine North Island coastline.

Fraser Island, Australia

Only about 200 miles north of built-up Brisbane lies this wild stretch of largely desolate sand. Fraser Island's status as the largest sand island in the world automatically conjures dreams of mile upon mile of blissfully uninterrupted oceanfront.

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

Punta del Este may be Uruguay's most famous beach resort, but the South-Beach-meets-South-America feel of the place hardly screams "off the beaten path."

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Intrepid European and Australian backpackers fresh from the ferry rub elbows with international jet-setters who have just flown in from Ho Chi Minh City at this palm-fringed isle off the coast of southwestern Vietnam.

Isla Bastimentos, Panama

Nine Caribbean islands off the east coast of Panama make up the archipelago called Bocas del Toro.