At the Beach, Travel and Leisure — February 5, 2016 at 5:00 am

6 Under the Radar American Beaches and Seaside Towns

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These up and coming seaside towns and beaches are the newest sunny hotspot for all things sun, sand and sea related. If you prefer the less crowded beach, visit one of America’s best under the radar beaches and ocean towns.

Carova Beach, North CarolinaWild horse (Spanish Mustang) on a sandy beachIf want to explore one of North Carolina’s most secluded beaches, visit Carova. Nestled in the Outer Banks, visitors can only access the beach via ATV or boat. Free of hotels and condos, the seashore remains—besides the resident mustangs that run free day and night, of course.

Cayucos, California2Located along the colorful Estero Bay, Cayuocos is the perfect escape from SoCal’s smog and extreme heat. The slow pace of life and the 19th century buildings make Cayocos feel like a walk back into time. Immune to modern development, be sure to check out the home of the town’s sea captain founder, Captain James Cass. The beach welcomes amateur surfers and the Cayuocos Pier offers some of the best deep-sea fishing in the region.

Dry Tortugas, FloridaBush Key in the Dry Tortugas National ParkQuiet and secluded, Dry Tortugas is located 70 miles from Key West and consists of seven tiny islands including a coral reef. Similar to Carova, the islands are only accessible by boat or plane. Popular attractions include snorkeling, scuba diving and the 19th century Fort Jefferson—originally used as an outpost to help stop piracy in the Caribbean, but was later turned into a prison.

Crescent City, California5It’s motto, “A place where the Redwoods meet the sea,” is well-deserved. This is California’s northernmost town and best known for its commercial fishing port and historic Battery Point Lighthouse. Perched slightly above the ocean, visitors at the lighthouse can view the dramatic waves crashing into the seaside spires and boulders. Although not an ideal place to swim, bring an umbrella, as this is the wettest beach in California.

Cumberland Island, Georgia6This 18-mile unspoiled island features the best of outdoor living. With beaches, wild ponies, sand dunes, marshes, and forests, visitors experience one of the last remaining islands unadulterated by mainstream tourism. The island is only accessible via ferry and is the perfect place for a walk into the wild side.

Makena Beach, Maui, HawaiiBig Beach on Maui Hawaii IslandAlso known as “Big Beach,” Makena is one of Maui’s largest beaches. Located on Maui’s southwestern shoreline, Makena is the secluded alternative to the more crowded beach, Lahaina. Nestled between black lava stones, visitors can swim or snorkel year round in the protected ocean.

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