Whether you’ve been sheltering in place with others, or you work in tight quarters, you may fantasize about getting away to a truly secluded spot. Vacationing is all about stepping away from the normal grind, and it could be refreshing to take some time to be alone, amid the vast expanse of nature. Keep reading for a list of hidden oases where you can truly enjoy some solitude.
Navagio Beach (Greece)
In the middle of this gorgeous cove in Zykanos, Greece is a rusted shipping vessel abandoned years ago by smugglers. This infamous hulk of rusting metal now gives the beach its name (Navagio means shipwreck in Greek). To get to this secluded cove, you’ll need to take a 20-minute boat trip from the village of Volimes. But it will be well worth the travel when you behold the magical solace of Shipwreck Beach.
Keyhole Rock (California)
Keyhole Rock is one of the main attractions of Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California. This thick arched rock has a naturally-formed tunnel in the middle, referred to as the “keyhole.” At dusk, you can see the last drops of sun shine directly through the keyhole. This alignment of sun and stone is most perfect during the Winter Solstice. While you’re enjoying the majestic sunset, take time to admire the purple sand that decorates the shores of Pfeiffer Beach as well.
Sand Beach (Maine)
Nestled between the mountains and rocky shores of Maine’s Acadia National Park, this little strip of paradise sits upon the Atlantic Ocean. Though Sand Beach is up in chilly New England, a summertime visit will offer all the sun and solace you might seek from a more tropical locale. Shell fragments created by the pounding surf on this beach make up its unique, grainy sand. But despite its beauty, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that this beach is often empty, making it a perfect place for a breather before continuing on your hike.
Benagil Sea Cave (Portugal)
While most caves are dark, damp, and underground, Benagil Sea Cave in Portugal is nothing of the sort. Like an above-ground grotto on the sea, the Benagil Sea Cave is a high stone dome full of natural light that streams through the open ceiling. It is an ideal place to feel at one with nature.
Pink Beach (Bonaire)
On the tiny Caribbean island of Bonaire sits Pink Beach, another shore covered in colorful sand—and you can probably guess what color. Though gorgeous in person, Pink Beach is often empty because it features no facilities or dining options. But if you really want to immerse yourself in this natural splendor, pack your own food and water, and be sure to use the bathroom before you visit. Pink Beach is an excellent place to snorkel without interacting with other swimmers in the water.