Secluded, exclusive, under-the-radar beaches can be found just out of sight in popular coastal destinations from Bali to Brazil.
Oleta River State Park Beach, Miami, Florida
Unbeknownst to most Miami residents and many of the city’s visitors, Oleta River State Park is the largest urban park in Florida (clocking in at 1,043-acres and hidden on the back side of tranquil Biscayne Bay). Its 1,200-foot beach and network of bike and canoe trails remains the anti-South Beach for savvy travelers in search of a less buzzy, more nature-focused beach break. The vastly underused outdoor activity beach is also ideal for SUPers, kayakers, and birdwatchers, and DIY nature excursions make it the perfect Everglades-meets-South Beach hybrid. Get the most out of Miami’s sun scene and bunk down at The Betsy—only 12 miles away—where you can sample a bit of the city’s arts, culture, nightlife, and glossy beach-bod scene, too (rooms from $450; 1440 Ocean Dr.; 305-531-6100; thebetsyhotel.com). Oleta River State Park, 3400 NE 163rd St.; floridastateparks.org.