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Whether you’ve only spent a handful of days on the sand in your life or you’re a full-blown sunseeker, there are plenty of breathtaking beaches on this planet waiting to be discovered.
And, whether you look for a spot with an element of adventure, peace and quiet, or you simply don’t like your towel to be too close to a stranger, many of them fly under-the-radar to tourists despite their spectacular beauty.
Business Insider asked some of the most influential travel bloggers and experts, from the likes of Lonely Planet, Secret Escapes, KAYAK, British Airways, Airbnb, lastminute.com, and HolidayPirates for the most incredible under-the-radar beaches they’ve ever visited. Jet-setters in our own office also contributed. Together, their choices don’t disappoint.
From a red sand beach in Maui to a sandy spot in Thailand inhabited entirely by monkeys, scroll down for a list of 100 under-the-radar beaches everyone should visit in their lifetime.
Furore, Italy. Dan Rata / Shutterstock
“This little hidden beach is off the beaten path, but expect many locals to be frolicking in the waters around the Amalfi Coast,” said James Asquith, the youngest person to travel to every country.
“The tiny strip of sand is wedged between a gigantic Fjord and you can get a fantastic view down from the nearby coastal road bridge. Don’t expect beach shacks or cafes but prepare yourself for a quintessential Italian summer experience.”
Red Sand Beach, Maui, Hawaii, USA. Shutterstock/Pierre Leclerc
“Continuing with the colour theme and unique views, welcome to Red Sand Beach in Maui,” Asquith said. “Caused by lava flows this time, instead of the dark volcanic rock in the neighbouring Big Island, this beach not only attracts some great wildlife but also is self-contained by rustic-looking rocks and vegetation.”
Punalu’u Beach, The Big Island, Hawaii, USA. Phillip B. Espinasse / Shutterstock
This is “not your regular beach,” according to Asquith. “This secluded stretch of sand is completely black,” he said. “Caused by crushed volcanic rock particles and ash over millions of years, at first you may think the black sand looks ugly compared to traditional beaches, you will soon come to see the true and unique beauty of this beach, along with some pretty cool pictures for Instagram too!”
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