Welcome to Your Personal Paradise

If you're in the throes of choosing where to go this summer, don't dismiss a trip to one of the world's most secluded beaches just because they sound too hard to get to—that's what makes them so worth it! With a little extra effort comes privacy, crystal clear water, pristine sand, and pure bliss. Below, get the lowdown on the very best ones, how to find them, and how to make the most of them.

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Monkey Beach

Location: Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

How to Get There: Catching a boat tour from Phuket or Krabi is the easiest option, but if you happen to already be on nearby Ao Lo Dalam (and are feeling adventurous), consider renting a kayak and paddling there.

What You Need to Know: Finding your own cloistered spot of soft white sand won't be hard, but, like the name suggests, the island's wild macaque monkeys might just join you. Consider bringing some food to appease the rambunctious scamps.

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Ibo Island

Location: Quirimbas Islands, Mozambique

How to Get There: Frequent flights from South Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania service Mozambique's Pemba airport, where you can board a small aircraft that glides over the stunning Quirimbas Islands while taking you straight to Ibo.

What You Need to Know: The 32 coral islands that make up the Quirimbas Archipelago are surrounded by turquoise clear waters, which make snorkeling over shipwrecks and deep-sea diving the daytime activities of choice. And, beautiful beach aside, parts of Ibo are dotted with moss-covered buildings that betray the influence of Arab, Indian, and Portuguese settlers.

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Navagio Beach (Smuggler's Cove)

Location: Zakynthos Island, Greece

How to Get There: If you're vacationing on the island's capital city of Zakynthos, catch one of the boats to Smuggler's Cove; otherwise, nearby Porto Vromi located to the south, and the Harbor of Saint Nikolas in Volimes, also service the area.

What You Need to Know: One of the highlights of this magical beach is a wrecked Scottish ship, which ran aground on the Ionian shores in 1980, and still remains a beautiful, rusted sight on the pristine sandy cove. While Smuggler's Cove is only accessible by boat, it's also possible to see it from the high peaks of the limestone cliffs that overlook it.

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Les Sables Roses

Location: Rangiora, French Polynesia

How to Get There: Flights on Air Tahiti from Papeete are just over an hour and 15 minutes, or, if you're coming from the southeast corner of Rangiroa, there's a two-hour boat trip that will take you to this world-class pink-sand beach.

What You Need to Know: Les Sables Roses' breathtaking stretch of pink sand comes from the naturally pulverized mix of coral and the red shells of tiny crustaceans that wash ashore. This area of Rangiroa is also one of the best breeding grounds for oysters producing black pearls. The only question is: do you Instagram the pink sand or the black pearls first?

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Navio Beach

Location: Vieques, Puerto Rico

How to Get There: Surrounded on each side by volcanic rocks, eager beachgoers must first travel through Sun Bay Beach to reach Navio.

What You Need to Know: If your trip to Vieques is a short one, choosing just one of the island's 40 beaches is a tough call. But, if you're looking for peace and quiet, Navio is the most secluded option. You can spend the afternoon lazing on the beach, or go out exploring the hidden caves along the shore.

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Whitehaven Beach

Location: Whitsunday Island, Australia

How to Get There: The touristy ports of Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour, and even nearby Hamilton Island offer boat service to Whitehaven.

What You Need to Know: Some of the world's best beaches are praised for their sublime "white sand," but Whitehaven Beach takes the cake. Here, scientists have actually confirmed the sand consists of the purest silica, giving the beach its highly photographed, surreal white

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Ganh Dau Beach

Location: Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

How to Get There: Cheap flights to Phu Quoc from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, or Can Tho are the easiest way to get to the island's many beautiful beaches.

What You Need to Know: While most visitors to Phu Quoc head straight to the more popular options like Sao or Dai Beach, Ganh Dau Beach is the more sheltered option with calm waters, a small fishing community, and Cambodia just a stone's throw away.

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