A new list has highlighted some of the best secret beaches in the United States, with Hawaii, Florida, New Jersey and California taking the top spots.
The ranking published by Guide to family travel destinationsfound the best spot to be Awahua Beach in Hawaii on the Molokai Kalaupapa Peninsula.
The ocean paradise is only accessible by small commuter plane operated by Mokulele Airlines, which flies daily from O’ahu and Ho’olehua, Molokai. According to the National Park Service, the walk to the beach is “extremely steep and challenging with uneven surfaces.”
Two other Hawaiian beaches – Lanikai Beach and Kauapea Beach – were close behind in third and fourth place.
Second on the list went to Shell Key Preserve in Florida, while fifth place goes to Sedge Island, New Jersey. Florida also ranked number six and number 10.
The California cities of Salt Creek Beach and Wildcat Beach occupied the final two spots in the top 10 ranking, at number eight and ninth, respectively.
According to the list, Awahua Beach, Hawaii is the best “secret beach” in the United States
Lanikai Beach (left) and Kauapea Beach (right) in Hawaii both ranked in the top five
Boneyard Beach in Jacksonville, Florida is number 10 on the list
The Family Destinations Guide stated in its justification that Awahua Beach thanks to its “crystal clear turquoise water and soft white sand.”
In addition, the top beach is surrounded by cliffs and greenery. The water at this secluded beach is also perfect for Swimming and snorkeling.
Shell Key Preserve was ranked second for its “pristine and natural” setting, with no settlements or buildings in sight.
The fifth beach — Sedge Island, New Jersey — is accessible only by boat and features wildlife, including nunsEsting Birds and Crabs.
Also, unlike many other New Jersey beaches, Sedge Island doesn’t have a boardwalk or commercial settlements to attract crowds.
However, the list does not only include the well-known picturesque idea of white sand and clear water.
Bowling Ball Beach in California is known for its massive, rounded rocks that line the sand and give the shoreline a unique experience.
Lowell Point Beach – 120 miles south of Anchorage – sits on the Gulf of Alaska, is surrounded by vast forests and is within sight of snow-capped mountains.
Large pieces of driftwood grow along and out of the sand at Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island in Georgia.
Pieces of wood are also scattered on beach #10, Boneyard Beach.
Lowell Point Beach – 120 miles south of Anchorage – sits on the Gulf of Alaska, is surrounded by vast forests and is within sight of snow-capped mountains
Dry Tortugas National Park on Key West in Florida
Bowling Ball Beach in California is known for its massive, rounded rocks that line the sand and give the shoreline a unique experience
The Natural Resource Education Center on Sedge Island Beach in New Jersey
A secluded beach on the California coast has huge cliffs
This is the ranking of the ten secret beaches in the United States
For its methodology, Family Destinations Guide used a survey of 3,000 adults.
The publication surveyed people of all ages and locations to determine its results.
Here is the full list of America’s 100 Secret Beaches HERE.