There is nothing my husband and I like more than a vacation at a beautiful beach. Living in a coastal area a person would think that we would appreciate a change of scenery. Well, one great thing about beaches is that they exist on every continent around the world and each are amazingly unique despite the common factors of sand and surf.
The Virgin Islands are nothing but beaches. One of my favorites is Cow Wreck Beach, and that’s not just because of the interesting name. On the tiny islet of Anegada beachgoers finding something entirely different than the rest of what the Virgin Islands have to offer. To the eye, this place doesn’t seem too appealing. Well, that is exactly its appeal. Because of its flat terrain that attracts the interest of few tourists, a visit here means a bit of solitude and less people, especially the tourists. The beach is named after a ship that crashed in the 1800s. It was carrying a shipment of animal bones which washed ashore and has never since been forgotten. The sands are as white as the bleached bones and the water clear and inviting. So, for the pleasure of privacy, go with the bones.
Mexico also has a remote, sparsely populated beach in Nayarit. It’s a bit of trouble to get there but well worth the effort. You have to catch the ferry and once you arrive, look for a place called Hidden Beach. It is riddled with grottoes and caves and mysterious history. What is so interesting about this beach? The legend is that it once was a secret bombing range for the Mexican military. Perhaps because of this history exploration of Hidden Beach is limited to only half an hour. But if you happen to be in the neighborhood and have an adventurous spirit, you should give it a try.
If you want to go hermit on your vacation and see absolutely zero other humans, book a trip to the South Georgia Islands. These are uninhabited except for the penguins, elephant seals and all sorts of Arctic sea-fowl. This is not your typical, sunny, sandy, tropical beach so don’t count on lying around and getting a tan. This is down south in the Antarctica zone. Cold but remote. Exotic but not tropical. [Read more…]