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Porto Katsiki—Lefkada, Greece
Porto Katsiki Beach (which was formerly said to only be accessible by goats—hence its Greek translation of “Goat Port”) is located on an island called Lefkada in the Ionian Sea. It can only be reached by taking narrow roads, which are usually congested with traffic, followed by walking down a small, winding staircase alongside a cliff. Taxi-boats are perhaps the least complex way to reach this secluded paradise. But rest assured, the journey is worthwhile. In fact, it is considered to be one of the 10 best beaches in the Mediterranean.
Fulhadhoo is an island located in the middle of the alluring Ocean. This island is ideal for those who truly want to see life through a native islander’s eyes. Located two hours away by speedboat from the Maldivian mainland, with no tourist attractions and only one hotel, this is a true tropical getaway. With that in mind, travellers must abide by the natives’ rules, which include no bikinis allowed outside of the west beach and the consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited. Surrounded by palm trees, coral reefs, colourful fish, and other marine life, you’ll be finding every reason to keep exploring the Maldives.
Ipil Beach—El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines
Ipil Beach is known to be free of tourists, and many travellers find that they are the only ones on the beach during their visit, with the exception of some locals. Visitors can expect to see monkeys, a plethora of chromatic coral, palm trees, and friendly turtles. The backdrop of the mountains makes for incredible scenery, and the sunset is said to be remarkable.
Dam Trau—Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam
Dam Trau Beach is fairly close to an airport, so visitors can expect to see some occasional low-flying planes. (Speaking of planes, here are 14 things you should never do on a flight.) Otherwise, the beach is surrounded by parts of a tropical jungle, a forest plentiful with bamboo, and pine trees, offering visitors an enchanting feel of being in their own little world. Dam Trau can be reached by a rather bumpy and muddy road, which ultimately opens up to an incredible view of the sea, three small beach restaurants, hammocks, fine white sand, and little to no tourists.
Devil’s Bay—Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Devil’s Bay can be reached by boat, an easy walk down a path, or a 30-minute hike through the Baths, which requires a great deal of climbing and crawling around granite boulders. Regardless of how you get there, these crystal clear waters will make you wonder why you’ve never visited before. The boulders at Devil’s Bay also make the paradise unique, forming arches, grottos, tidal pools, tunnels, and, of course, the maze on the way down. They also make for an interesting dive around and down the sides of the boulders that are partially submerged in the water.