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If  you’re really looking to get away, why not try something new off the beaten path. Visit these remote stretches and locals’ favorites in Nicaragua, Thailand, Mexico, and more.

  • 1. Ho’okipa, in Paia, Hawaii

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    Why it’s worth the trip: “There’s great people-watching, whether it’s surfers (out in force at sunrise) or locals having picnics.” –Gabriela Herman

  • 2. The strand below El Castillo Tulum’s ancient ruins, Mexico

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    Why it’s worth the trip: “Intimate and quiet, with bright-blue water, it’s the perfect cooldown after visiting the ruins.” –Cynthia Rosenfeld

  • 3. The strand at Pak Bea Island, Thailand

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    Why it’s worth the trip: “The beach itself is lovely, and the area in general is great for kayaking around the limestone islands.” –James Low, manager, Point Yamu by Como

  • 4. Playa Hermosa, outside San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


    Why it’s worth the trip: “Play surf bum here—the waves are big and beautiful. Then pop into the shack-like Playa Hermosa Beach Hotel for chicken quesadillas.” –Paul Richardson

    View more of the world’s most secluded beaches.

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