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The World's Most Secluded Beaches

What comes to mind when you think of the perfect beach? Do you hear the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore, feel white sand shifting beneath your feet, maybe there are even a few surfboards or kayaks waiting nearby.
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What comes to mind when you think of the perfect beach? Do you hear the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore, feel white sand shifting beneath your feet, maybe there are even a few surfboards or kayaks waiting nearby.

Whatever you're ideal sandy spot, we're willing to bet it doesn't include crowds of tourists and big umbrellas blocking your ocean view. When it comes down to it, your own section of paradise should be just that -- your very own.

Smuggler’s Cove, Greece
This cove goes by many names: Navagio Beach, Shipwreck Beach, Smugglers Cove; whatever you call it, the site offers stellar views, incredible BASE jumping and a wild isolated feeling that is beyond unique. Located in the Greek Islands and set among limestone cliffs and white sand sits Panagiotis—the ship wrecked nearly three decades ago while attempting to transport cigarettes—according to legend. Smuggler’s Cove is only accessible by boat and those trips do not come cheap, but travelers say the trip is completely worth the cost. Photo Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See More Of The World’s Most Secluded Beaches
Robles Point, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Most beaches on Ambergris Caye aren’t named but the secluded Robles Point, which is only accessible by boat, is special enough to warrant one. Not only is Robles Point virtually tourist-free, but it’s one of just two spots on the island where the coral reef meets land. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Ko Adang, Thailand
Located in the wild Tarutao National Park lays the island of Ko Adang. The road-less island is home to some seriously challenging hiking trails and small beaches that still belong primarily to the locals. With well-preserved coral reefs just offshore and waterfalls waiting inland, Ko Adang is an unspoiled wild haven not fit for those seeking an all-inclusive resort experience. Photo Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See More of the World’s Most Secluded Beaches
Bai Dai Beach, Vietnam
Somewhat of a local secret, Bai Dai Beach on the island of Phu Quoc is untouched by major tourism. The beach is home to a handful of vendors who supply food and water sport rentals to the few beach-goers fortunate enough to find this small stretch of bliss. Some predict the beach will soon be developed into a hotspot for tourists, but for now the beach remains undeveloped. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Only accessible by boat or helicopter, Whitehaven Beach is set on the largest of the 74 Whitsunday Islands and it is surely one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. The entire island is a natural preserve, featuring some of the purest sand on earth, crystal clear waters and access to the Great Barrier Reef. Not only is it tough to get there, but there are no restaurants, bars or hotels, so you’ll need to plan ahead if you plan on staying awhile. Click Here to See More of The World’s Most Secluded BeachesPhoto Credit: Shutterstock

Buying a slice of paradise might not fit into your budget, but there are a few spots around the world you can still enjoy a mostly empty stretch of sand and coast. From Chile to Thailand, we've highlighted some of the most breathtakingly beautiful secluded beaches on the planet. These 13 spots might be tough to find -- and even harder to get to -- but they are worth the trek.

-Diana Gerstacker, The Active Times