Secluded Island Beach Getaways

South Padre Island, Texas

Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre Bay, South Padre Island in Texas is a nice place for a more private getaway on the beach. With a sub-topical climate South Padre Island is a year-round vacation destination. The only connection to the mainland for this 34 mile long barrier reef is the 2 1/2 mile Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge. Winter temperatures average around 65 degrees, with summer readings at an average of 82 degrees.

Don't wear a tie because Padre Island is a "no tie zone", where the working world is not existent. Fines are issued for those who break this cardinal rule. Miles of sandy beaches and a relaxing atmosphere make for a nice relaxing vacation, yet there are plenty of activities available for those interested. Some activities include: windsurfing, kiteboarding, parasailing, surfing, skiing or horseback riding. These are only a few of the many fun things the island has to offer for people of all ages. For those searching for a bit of culture change, the border of Mexico is only about thirty miles south.

Ecotourism is popular on the island as well as birding, and with over 300 species of birds one can see why. The Dolphin and Nature Research Center plays a big role in nature conservation and education. Enjoy a dolphin boat trip or learn more about the other creatures that live in and around the gulf waters. Enjoy a break from the usual beach trip and see what South Padre Island has to offer.

South Padre Island, Texas
South Padre Island, Texas
Enderts Beach Redwood
Enderts Beach Redwood

Enderts Beach, California

Located in California’s Redwoods National Park, driftwood-strewn Enderts Beach lies just below wildflower blanketed bluffs. Many redwoods in the park may be over 2,000 years old, reaching heights of up to 35 stories. Look up and admire their beauty while walking the half mile trail from the parking lot to the wide sandy beach below.

Once on the beach, send the kids on a guided tide pool walk. This is a two and a half hour walk through the park with one of the rangers as a guide. Camping is permissible amongst these forest giants at Nickel Creek campground, so take a tent. Adults can enjoy a quiet day of sunbathing on this beautiful Pacific coastline. Migrating whales can be seen during the months of March and April.

Enderts Beach, California
Enderts Beach, California
The beach...
The beach...
...and some of its residents.
...and some of its residents.

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida with its white sandy beaches and plenty of things to do makes a nice getaway without having to fight large crowds. Enjoy the warm temperatures of the sub-tropical climate any time of the year. Lay back and relax while waves crash the shoreline or enjoy a day of shell hunting which is a popular island activity.

The different beaches of Sanibel Island have many interesting attractions making each one unique. Bowman's Beach is known for its white sand beach and secluded, quiet atmosphere. Enjoy a cookout on one of the outdoor barbecue grills. Other causeway beaches include: Gulf side, Lighthouse Beach, and Tarpon Bay Beach.

The island, with its swaying palms, tropical foliage, and crystal clear water makes guests feel as if they have stepped onto a tropical escape. Some activities popular to the island include: boating, kayaking, canoeing, water-skiing, shelling, fishing, hiking, biking, tennis, golf, and shopping.

Excellent restaurants and accomodations can be found on the island making it nice for those who wish to have a romantic getaway, wedding, or honeymoon. Just a short drive from Fort Myers International Airport, Florida can put you on the island for the vacation of your dreams.

Hammocks Beach State Park

Spend a Night on the Beach
Spend a Night on the Beach

Hammocks Beach, North Carolina

Hammocks Beach State Park is located on Bear Island, a North Carolina barrier island that is 3.5 miles long and bordered by the Atlantic to the south and the Intracoastal Waterway to the north. Bear Island is one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic coast. Hammocks Beach is accessible only by private boat or passenger ferry or private boat.

Hammocks Beach may not be for everyone, but the island is a retreat for people who don't mind a relaxing vacation full of sand, sea, sun, and sky. For those couples with children, not to worry, there are plenty of cool things most kids enjoy. Kids of all ages enjoy watching the marine life that can be found in the island's many tidal pools, or exploring sand dunes. For those who wish, feel free to camp right on the beach! There are primitive campsites located near the beach with water and facilities available on the island throughout the summer.

Take a relaxing stroll down the beach, or try some surf fishing. There are plenty of trout, puppy drum, and blue fish just waiting for the right bait. The island also offers a covered shelter for cool picnics and a concession stand that offers cold drinks and snacks. If planning a trip to Hammocks Beach, be sure to check ferry schedule times online as they are subject to change.

Cumberland Island, Georgia

About the Island

Cumberland Island, a Georgia barrier island, was once an exclusive retreat for wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie and his family. The lush forests and more than seventeen miles of uninterrupted beachfront along the island's Atlantic coastline are open to the public. Part of Cumberland Island is privately owned.

Most visitors to the island arrive via passenger ferry from the town of Saint Marys, Georgia, yet kayaks and private boats are also permissible. The only amenities available to beach-goers are restrooms, water fountains and bike rentals. Guests must bring all their own food and supplies. Ruins and remains of some of the Carnegie family mansions can be seen with tours available of the two still standing, Plum Orchard and Greyfield House, which is now Greyfield Inn.

Camping Kayakers
Camping Kayakers

Accommodations

There are several backcountry campsites on the island for varying fees. Be sure to adhere to all of the camping/campsite rules to keep to park nice for everyone. Cumberland Island has fifty miles of hiking trails through historic districts, wetlands, forests, and of course the beautiful beaches.

Runaway Horses

Island Activities

Opportunities for photographers are endless with the numerous historic structures and ruins that can be found scattered all over the island. Just a few Kodak moments could include: the scenery, sunrise, sunset, plant and animal life, including a variety of bird species. Other activities that can be found on this beautiful barrier island include: bird watching, swimming, boating, kayaking, and biking.

Beach combing can be very rewarding, especially after a strong surf or storm.  Some great finds could include coquinas, heart cockles, ark shells, disc clams, moon snails, and sometimes an olive shell or sand dollar. Wildlife is not scarce on Cumberland Island. Camping provides a great opportunity to see a variety of animals, including those elusive ones such as white tail deer, bobcats, and otters. Other critters common to the island include vultures, dolphins, wild turkeys, lizards, and wild horses.

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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Beautiful places & awesome info! Thanks for sharing! I'll have to bookmark for future trips! Came back & rated ya' up! Thanks!


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PiaC 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

These beach destinations look divine! Every year, I think that we will travel to the east coast for some really warm weather and great beaches, but we never manage to get our act together. Perhaps someday!


rihan yaseen 4 years ago

nice places,and thanks fore sharing,i will have to bookmark for future trips........... oh ya,

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