Best Beaches for Solitude

1. Molokai Beaches, Hawaii
Molokai has a lot of beautiful beaches on all parts of the island. However, not all of them are safe for swimming and snorkeling and many are difficult to reach. This guide provides information on the places you can actually get to without a boat, a four-wheel drive vehicle or a difficult hike.

Only three of the our beaches have restroom facilities and only two have potable water. Therefore, be sure you take plenty of drinking water with you for any day at the beach. Locals also carry a large container (gallon or two size) of fresh water to rinse off salt water and sand.

At all of Molokai's beaches, respect the power of the ocean and exercise caution. If you don't see residents playing in the water, you probably shouldn't either. The cautions listed with each beach below are accurate, so don't dismiss them. We wouldn't want to loose you during your visit.

2. Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington
Immediately offshore is a consortium of battered islets and sea stacks known as the Quillayute Needles. Crying Lady Rock is the largest of the batch. These forbidding landmarks are part of the Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge. Inhospitable to humans, they're productive breeding grounds to thousands of seabirds, oystercatchers, murres, gulls, petrels, cormorants, and auklets among them.

Continue wandering. Taste the salty spray coming off the crashing breakers. Eventually you'll come to an impasse, the headland named Teahwhit Head. But before you turn around and retrace your steps, scan the rugged bluff. Teahwhit Head is also graced with a natural arch. In retrospect you may conclude that with two arches, an awesome seascape, scores of pelagic birds, and an inviting sandy shoreline, Second Beach is second to none.

3. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida
This state park has miles of white sand beaches, striking dune formations, a heavily-forested interior and a favorable climate for year-round outdoor recreation characterize this peninsular state park. The 2,516-acre park is bounded on three sides by the waters of St. Joe Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
4. Cedar Tree Neck, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
The waves at Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary beat against the rocky shoreline, beach grasses bend before salt-laden breezes, stunted American beeches bear wooden witness to a constant, sculpting wind, fresh water tumbles down a rocky stream bed to meet the sea. One finds these scenes at Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary, along with excellent examples of the habitats and vistas that make Martha’s Vineyard such a special place. A one-time visitor here can get a sense of the varied natural endowment of the Vineyard; a seasoned naturalist could spend a lifetime pursuing the secrets of the Sanctuary’s diverse flora and fauna.

5. Henley Cay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Henley Cay was once known as Women's Cay because during the slave revolt of 1733, surviving white women and children were placed there to await rescue and transportation to St. Thomas. The surviving white men made Durloe's plantation at Caneel Bay their stronghold, which they succeeded in defending against the rebels.

Henley Cay, a small uninhabited island which is part of the U.S. Virgin Island National Park. Its located near beautiful Honeymoon Beach. You can rent a kayak at a local outfitter to get to it. 
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This listing of the Top Ten Beaches for Solitude in the United States is constantly being revised as new beaches are being discovered and also changed by Hurricanes. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!