20 of the World’s Best ‘Hidden Beaches’

It may be winter soon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be dreaming of beaches.

It would appear tourists are seeking out quieter beaches to escape the crowds, with Google Trends highlighting a 166% search increase for ‘hidden beaches’ worldwide!

Sun Bingo has found the answer to those wanting a more peaceful beach experience, having collated a unique seed list of 37 of the world’s best ‘hidden’ beaches, extracting individual Instagram hashtags to find the least tagged beaches, officially ranking the best secret beaches to visit this summer and the US has the best ‘hidden’ beach in the world, Shelter Cove in California!

  • Shelter Cove in California is a hidden gem undiscovered by many, with just 124 Instagram hashtags, making it the best ‘hidden beach’ to visit.
  • The US has the most beaches featured, totaling nine with over 420,000 collective hashtags, compared to Bulgaria with just one beach featured and only 259 hashtags.
  • Cala Goloritzè in Italy is just one of two Italian beaches to feature, placing second with 188 Instagram hashtags.

 

20 of the World’s Best ‘Hidden Beaches’

Rank
Beach name
Country
Place
Instagram Hashtags
1
Shelter Cove
US
California
124
2
Cala Goloritzè
Italy
Ogliastra
188
3
Lipite Beach
Bulgaria
Burgas
259
4
Totaranui Beach
New Zealand
Tasman
420
5
Sandwood Bay
Scotland
Lairg
510
6
Kauapea Beach
US
Hawaii
527
7
Batibou Beach
Dominica
Hampstead
554
8
Vatersay Beach
Scotland
The Outer Hebrides of Scotland
582
9
Jervis Bay
Australia
New South Wales
632
10
Ocracoke
US
North Carolina
690
11
Sandbank Beach
Mozambique
Bazaruto Archipelago
731
12
Koh Lanta
Thailand
Krabi
1,253
13
Anse Source d’Argent
Seychelles
La Digue
1,864
14
Puerto Morelos
Mexico
Quintana Roo
1,913
15
Nanjizal Beach
England
Penzance
2,028
16
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Japan
Miyakojima
2,300
17
Bathsheba Beach
Barbados
Orange Sunrise
2,324
18
Triopetra Beach
Greece
Crete
2,349
19
Assateague Beach
US
Maryland
2,662
20
Fornillo Beach
Italy
Positano
2,726

At the top of the list is Shelter Cove in California, US with only 124 Instagram hashtags. With its black sand, this is a picturesque beach, unlike any others that you’ve seen before. It is just one of four found in the US in the top 20, making it a hidden gem worth discovering for a unique experience.

In second place is Cala Goloritzè in Ogliastra, Italy with 188 Instagram hashtags. This beach was created by a landslide in 1962 and is famous for its high pinnacle of 143 meters above the cove. With just two Italian beaches featured in the study, it is a stunning beach at the base of a deep and pleasant ravine that’ll be sure to be a quiet and serene location.

In third place is Lipite Beach in Burgas, Bulgaria, with 259 Instagram hashtags. There are 84 beaches in the Burgas region, but this isolated beach is a great place for visitors to enjoy the peace and quiet away from crowded tourist beaches. It might be relatively small, but with crystal clear water and golden sand, surrounded by beautiful hills and forests, it’s the perfect beach to relax.

Top Ranking Countries Where You’ll Find the Most Hidden Beaches:

US –  9

Australia – 3

New Zealand – 3

Greece, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Thailand – 2

 

Top-ranking Countries With the Most Insta-worthy Hidden Beaches:

 US – 420,117 hashtags

Australia – 365,183 hashtags

Bonaire – 281,415 hashtags

 

Data was collected in July 2022 and is accurate as of then, and therefore subject to change.

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