Summertime means kicking back, relaxing and making up for all those winter months by putting in some serious hours on the beach. While planning a little seaside getaway is fun, elbowing your way through crowds of people to stake your claim on the sand is not. And though it seems we’ve taken over every last untouched oceanfront spot, Yahoo Travel has discovered some hidden gems only the locals know about. From a purple beach in California to a hard-to-reach Hawaiian hideaway, these are 10 secret American beaches you have to add to your bucket list this year.
Ruby Beach, Washington
Ruby Beach takes on a magical, eerie quality under a blanket of fog.
At Ruby Beach, situated inside three national parks and a bit more on the rugged side, you’re more likely to share the sand with a few critters than any beach revelers. Visitors come here for the unique tidal pools at low tide and beautifully eerie fog that makes for some incredible pictures. And the locals don’t want their secret getting out. “I almost don’t want to write this review,” one TripAdvisor commenter wrote. “Because I don’t want more people to know about this amazing place.”
Pfeiffer Beach, California
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