With the summer season upon us, now is the perfect time to get ready for a little fun in the sun. But if you’re tired of the same old summer destination, maybe it is time to shake things up and check out a lesser known beach locale. Below are five spots that have sat under the radar with the general public…until now.

Westpunt Beach (Curacao)
Westpunt in Curacao (Image: Wikimedia)

When most travelers venture to the island of Curacao, they tend to stay in the popular city of Willemstad. Now while the city is full of outstanding architecture, beautiful 4-star hotels and endless places to dine, it is slowly becoming super touristy and pretty crowded. Fortunately just a short drive away on the westernmost tip of Curacao is the lesser known and quieter city of Westpunt. Here you will find quieter beaches with pristine white sand and turquoise blue waters as well as cheaper dining options and more affordable accommodations.



Water Taxi Beach(es) (New York)

View from New York's water taxi beach. (Flickr: Global Jet)

Forget the long drives out to the Hamptons and forget about the packed beaches of Coney Island this year for a much closer alternative. Did you know that New York City has three man made beaches available all summer long? Hail a water taxi to Governors Island, South Street Seaport and Long Island City, for a day filled with sand, sun, food, live music and some absolutely awesome views of New York City.


St. Jean de Luz (France)
Saint Jean de Luz in France (Image: Wikimedia)

This beautiful seaside resort and fishing port is one of the last stops in France before reaching the Spain border. While it is a thriving and cosmopolitan city that most Europeans are somewhat familiar with, it is still practically unknown to American travelers. The quiet beachfront offers outstanding surfing opportunities with its killer waves. No worries if you did not pack your surfboard, as the town has surf shops which offer rentals and classes for those looking to hang ten. With its multicultural charm and welcoming beach, it is no wonder why St. Jean de Luz is nicknamed “the jewel in the Basque Country.”


Kaihalulu Beach (Hawaii)
Kaihalulu Beach in Maui, Hawaii (Image: Wikimedia)

Situated on the far side of Maui’s Hana Bay on the east coast of Hawaii, Kaihalulu Beach might be a bit out of the way, but well worth the journey.  The red sandy beach is a product of the cinder cone that surrounds the cove. The water can be rough at times, so it is advised that only expert swimmers go out for a dip. Since this beach is so secluded from the typical tourists crowds, it is not uncommon to see many people here stripping down to their birthday suits and fully taking in the lush scenery.


Majahuitas Cove (Mexico)
Majahuitas Cove in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Image: Wikimedia)

Just a 20-minute boat ride from the popular city of Puerto Vallarta is the palm tree filled beach of Majahuitas Cove. Located at the southern tip of Banderas Bay, this location is ideal for day trippers looking to escape the crowds. The beach offers great water sports like kayaking and scuba diving as well as a plethora of wildlife from exotic birds to various species of reptiles. Visit between Thanksgiving and Easter when the sea is full of turtles, dolphins and whales.


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