America's Most Secluded Beaches - Slideshow

By Jada A. Graves, Staff WriterAug. 2, 2011
By Jada A. Graves, Staff WriterAug. 2, 2011, at 2:11 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report

America's Most Secluded Beaches - Slideshow

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7. Wildcat Beach, California

7. Wildcat Beach, California

One of Wildcat's most defining features -- besides its absence of crowds -- is the Alamere Falls, a tide fall that cascades down onto the beach.
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6. Carova Beach, North Carolina

6. Carova Beach, North Carolina

The Outer Banks town of Carova remains unpaved to prevent commercial development and tourist crowds. As such, you'll need an all-terrain vehicle to visit. The mysterious wild horses of OBX -- sometimes seen on northern shores like Carova -- are the believed descendants of Spanish mustangs that were brought over on explorer ships.
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7. Wildcat Beach, California

One of Wildcat's most defining features -- besides its absence of crowds -- is the Alamere Falls, a tide fall that cascades down onto the beach.
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6. Carova Beach, North Carolina

The Outer Banks town of Carova remains unpaved to prevent commercial development and tourist crowds. As such, you'll need an all-terrain vehicle to visit. The mysterious wild horses of OBX -- sometimes seen on northern shores like Carova -- are the believed descendants of Spanish mustangs that were brought over on explorer ships.
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The Best Hotels in the Outer Banks
The Best Things to Do in the Outer Banks
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5. Hanakapi'ai Beach, Hawaii

Hanakapi'ai is one of the more beautiful beaches on Kauai -- and that's saying something. Those who visit the area must travel two miles on foot.
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4. Enderts Beach, California

Try to visit Enderts, located in the Redwood National and State Parks, in March, April, November or December. That's when migrating whales dot the shoreline.
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3. Roque Bluffs State Park, Maine

The beach at Maine's Roque Bluffs is very pebbly but well stocked with grills, picnic tables and playgrounds. The scenic, approximately six-mile drive from the main road is also noteworthy.
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2. Cayo Costa, Florida

The only way to reach the beaches of Cayo Costa -- off the Gulf Coast of Florida -- is by boat. Some travelers anchor their own yachts to visit the charming beaches here; others take one of the daily ferries.
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1. Kaihalulu Beach, Hawaii

Maui's gorgeous Kaihalulu Beach is so far off the beaten path that many travelers choose to sunbathe nude once they arrive.
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The Best Hotels in Maui
The Best Things to Do in Maui
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Jada A. Graves, Staff Writer

Jada A. Graves is the Careers product manager at U.S. News. You can follow her on Twitter @jada...  Read more

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