Secret Beaches Along the Southeast Coast

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Shhhh! There’s a secret so good you’ll want to share it. A list of pristine, beautiful beaches with only a few people. Now that’s something special you will want to share with family and friends.

No need to look far when heading to the beach. There are the popular spots where everyone goes for summer vacation. They are crowded and you may have a hard time finding a spot for your beach chair. Follow our list starting with our 5th choice and continuing to our number one choice. 

5. Harbor Island, South Carolina

            You’ll find this peaceful island in the Lowcountry area near Beaufort. Pelicans, herons and cranes call the golden marshes home and visiting the island to bird watch is second to sunbathing and collecting shells on the beautiful beach.

St. Helena Island is nearby for a day of exploring the Gullah culture and enjoying local harvested seafood. A great location for groups, families or couples, accommodations are available and amenities keep you in your comfort zone.

www.Beaufortsc.org

4. Caladesi Island State Park, Florida

Just north of Clearwater Beach and a ferry ride away is an all-natural beach with beautiful white sand. It was rate America’s Best Beach in 2008. Great for all the things one loves to do on the beach. Sunning, relaxing, reading, shelling and swimming try one of these activities are do them all. Save time for a stroll along the 3-mile beach or hike under the huge live oaks or salt water fishing right from the shore.

Don’t forget to pack a lunch. There are picnic tables available and if you prefer you can reserve a pavilion for a small fee.

www.floridastateparks.org/park/Caladesi-Island

3. Sunset Beach and Bird Island, North Carolina

After you’re done people watching, there’s a beach just a half-hour away from Myrtle Beach with undeveloped beachfront and wide beaches. Stretching 3 miles south to the inlet and connecting the Carolinas on Bird Island state nature preserve are beautiful sand dunes.

This small beach town is a great destination for multigenerational vacations. You will have your choice of vacation rental homes. Come one – come all!

www.sunsetbeachnc.gov

2. Jekyll Island, Georgia – Driftwood Beach

If you’re looking for the best of both world – secluded beach, yet some people watching, Jekyll serves is well. This island has style! Known for the historic lodging at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and wealthy northeastern families – Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, nostalgia is served up in large doses. Beautiful grounds will take your focus from the beach for just a moment and provides a great “something else to do” after spending the day at the beach.

Bring your camera – driftwood beach is also known as bone yard beach because of all the driftwood in various tones of gray and beige.

There are accommodations for small or larger groups.

www.jekyllisland.com

1. Sapelo Island, Georgia – Cabretta Beach

Combine history, nature and culture – that’s Sapelo Island. With two pristine beaches to choose from, there really is no coin toss. Either one you choose you’ll find pristine, unspoiled beaches with shorelines dotted with nature. On Nannygoat, there is a pavilion for picnics and tables for a leisurely lunch.

Bump up the desire to be alone on the beach and you’ll head to Cabretta, where a landmark is needed along the shoreline to find your path back. With no structures on the beach, you can walk toward the bone yard area for driftwood pictures or explore the sea life.

The island is filled with history, from Reynolds the tobacco magnet to the place where sugar cane was introduced to the US. In a small community called Hog Hammock, a group of African-American residents continue to live on their ancesteral land and price their Geechee cultural traditions.

Known by many for a romantic get away, book a stay at the Sapelo Island Birdhouses, a group of luxury vacation rental cottages. The group of homes offers one or two bedroom choices. There are also opportunities to try local cuisine and try your hand making sweet grass baskets.

www.sapeloislandbirdhouses.com

 

 

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