Are you looking for somewhere new to visit this year that few people have heard about? Or perhaps you have completed your current bucket list of best beaches to see and are looking for something less popular to discover?
If so, here are some examples of the best beaches in the world that few tourists actually visit.
1. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
As far as bucket lists go, this has got to be one of the most sought-after destinations for serious beach lovers. Whenever you scroll through endless lists of picture-perfect beaches, Bora Bora is THE ONE that’ll catch your attention the most.
Many of the beaches here are privately owned by large chain resorts. However, Matira is without doubt the best beach that is open to the public, making it accessible to both locals and tourists.
Although it is a fabulous destination for honeymooners, Matira Beach can most definitely be visited at any point in life. If you are an avid snorkeller, diver, or have a love for fishing, then add Matira Beach to your list right now!
2. Railay Beach, Thailand
Ah…Railay Beach! You will most likely have seen images of this beach without knowing exactly where it is. Railay Beach is inaccessible by road which ensures that it can never get too overcrowded with tourists.
Located just 10 minutes away by a longtail boat from Ao Nang, it is the perfect place to get away for the day and enjoy a slice of Thailand with very few other people.
The huge limestone cliffs are famous for rock climbing and house a gorgeous restaurant in a cave which is the best place to catch a memorable lunch.
3. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
Lampedusa is a small island off the south coast of Italy. Although Rabbit Beach is not entirely overcrowded, it is popular amongst the locals.
Very few tourists actually get to see this beautiful beach as it is not the easiest of Italian Islands to reach. If you can avoid the months of June to August, then you can experience this place with very few crowds.
The location of the island is closer to the tip of Tunisia than it is to Italy, and not too far from Malta, making this a warmer option for those who ordinarily love the Mediterranean. With incredible scenery and clear shallow water to snorkel in, exploring marine life here is amazing.
4. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
Another beach that is regularly ranked as one of the best in the world, is Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico.
What makes this one particularly identifiable are the two rusting carcasses of old M4 Sherman tanks of the U.S. Navy, sat on the most perfectly white soft sands and a backdrop to die for.
Never overcrowded, Flamenco Beach offers a diverse selection for beachgoers and adventure seekers looking for a variety of other activities to do.
5. Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar Island
Tucked into the corner of the northern tip of Zanzibar, Nungwi Beach is a cultural feast for the eyes. With regular sightings of traditional Dhows and beautiful African boats, you’ll have endless opportunities to take picture-perfect postcards.
It offers a great selection of places to eat and cocktails to sip, making Nungwi Beach a must-visit location when planning a trip to Zanzibar.
If snorkeling is not high on your agenda and you prefer soft white sands with crystal clear water, then this is your idea of heaven on earth.
6. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island
Radhanagar Beach is regarded as the best beach in India, even though it sits much closer to Thailand on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
It’s a popular beach for those who know about it, but as far as tourists go, very few get to visit this absolute gem.
With a large selection of cafes, shops, and hotels, Radhanagar Beach offers great value for money and will suit most budgets.
7. Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
Grace Bay is what dreams are made of and if you’re looking for a Caribbean getaway, this beach should be a top priority.
It is never overcrowded, which is surprising considering how easily accessible it is, and has consistently won awards for being in the top 5 Best Beaches in the World.
The bay is expansive and has all the amenities you would expect of a location this size, including vast accommodation options and places to eat. If you love soft white sand with zero seaweed in sight, this is for you.
Oh, and if you’re missing your furry friend, you can adopt a local stray dog (known as potcake) and take it for a walk along the beach!
8. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
If you’re looking for a perfect beach that has a little more going on in the evening, then Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman might be the one for you. With plenty of restaurants and beach bars with a lively atmosphere, you can find something to keep you entertained at all times.
This gorgeous beach is great for families with young children who can snorkel in the shallows and explore the resident stingrays.
As it is on the west side of the island, you’ll also experience some of the most spectacular sunsets you’ll have ever seen.
9. Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach), Zakynthos, Greece
The electric blue waters you see at Navagio are as a result of sulfurous caves enclosing the white sand beach with marble cliffs.
This day trip destination is best known for the wreck of MV Panagiotis and is the most photographed site in Greece. Even with that said, it is still fairly unknown to many tourists that have not visited the area before.
Whilst you cannot spend the whole day here, a short visit will be enough to etch the beauty of Navagio Beach in your mind for many years to come.
10. Cala Mariolu, Baunei, Italy
If you head to Cala Mariolu Beach first thing in the morning, you’ll have this beauty all to yourself!
It is one of Sardinia’s most precious beaches, offering some of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the area, with occasional glimpses of the local dolphins fooling around.
If you love to take amazing photos that will make your friends green with envy, then this beach will never disappoint.
11. Playa Norte Isla Mujeres Mexico
Playa Norte is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Mexico and is only a 20-minute boat ride from Cancun on the small island of Isla Mujeres.
You can choose to stay on the island itself or take a day trip to enjoy this ‘swimming pool-like’ beach which is the perfect spot for snorkeling.
The bars offer lounge chairs and umbrellas for a reasonable fee and waiter service on the sand, making for a relaxing getaway to one of the best beaches in the world.
12. Alegria Beach, Siargao, Philippines
Alegria hosts one of the most beautiful beaches on this planet and yet it is still widely undiscovered by travelers. Situated on the northeastern tip of Siargao Island in the Philippines (which was voted the No.1 Island in the World by CN Traveler) it offers complete tranquillity and peace for those trying to get away from crowds.
Generally occupied by a handful of low-key surfers, Alegria Beach is an hour’s drive from the world-famous Cloud 9 surf spot in the south, providing far more gentle waves and a laidback vibe.
With only a couple of restaurants along a wide stretch of silky sand beach, this lush palm tree-lined part of the island is sure to become a popular tourist hub in years to come, and has made our list of the most stunning beaches in the Philippines you must visit!
Best Bucket List Beaches in the World
Finding a beach that is not overcrowded or known to many tourists is a difficult task nowadays, but there are still plenty of viable options once you’ve done a little research.
Add a couple of these beauties to your bucket list and you’ll have seen some of the best beaches in the world that few tourists actually get to visit.
Take a look at some of the other stunning places to visit around the world with the articles below!