While plenty of people love visiting the beach, one of the top complaints you’ll hear from reluctant beachgoers is simply this: They hate the crowds.
The most beautiful beaches in the United States are hardly a secret — which can lead to overcrowding and frustration when you just want to stake out a good place on the sand that’s not a million miles from the water. The annoyances of an overpopulated beach make even the most patient person lose their cool. Loud radios, screaming babies, smokers, inconsiderate individuals stepping on your beach blanket with sandy feet — the list goes on and on
But before you forgo your beach day, consider this: Not every gorgeous beach spot is overrun with people, and not every remote beach paradise requires you to leave the country. Read on for the absolute best beach destinations in the U.S. that also happen to be remote, secluded, and blissfully crowd-free.
1. Duck, North Carolina
The Outer Banks is a 200-mile string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, and with that much real estate, it’s a fairly popular East Coast beach destination. Some Outer Banks beaches are more populated than others, so if you’re searching for a quiet, relaxing place to enjoy the crashing waves, head to Duck. This town is 100% residential, and the lack of hotels keeps the crowds at bay.