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Secret sands

There’s a lot to love about beach holidays – the caress of a gentle sea-breeze, beautiful stretches of sand, the soothing sound of the waves as they lap the shore plus water sports and swimming if you want to indulge in some activities. These are the sort of things that have people eagerly planning trips to enable them 'to experience many of the world's best beaches'.

But if there’s one thing that can put a damper on the experience, it’s arriving at a beach that’s simply too crowded and commercialised. Whilst people-watching or enjoying a loud volleyball game going on around you can be fun for a while, sometimes you just want to separate yourself from all this. This is when you want to surround yourself with nature, taking in the beauty without noisy, crowded waters or similar distractions. And this isn’t just a fanciful dream; you just need to know where to go.

The Flexicover Team looks at some top beach destinations where you might find some of the best hidden beaches in the world.

Todos Santos, Mexico

Mexico may seem like a culture and party destination but just 80 kilometres away from Cabo San Lucas is Todos Santos, one of the best places to spend a quiet beach holiday. Popular amongst surfers, the laidback vibe and obvious lack of over-development provides a real haven. The town’s also home to a fantastic local art scene – so when you’re done riding the waves or working on your tan you can head out to visit several charming galleries. There’s even an annual film festival to further indulge your cultural side. And due to its relative seclusion, there’s a wildlife bonus, spotting leatherback turtles nesting in these gorgeous sands.

Phú Qu?c Island, Vietnam

This is one place that’s literally been blessed by nature’s bounty, with lush evergreen forests full of waterfalls, streams and lakes and bordered by pristine beaches where time seems to almost stand still. This beautiful Vietnamese island has several secluded beaches that provide the perfect surroundings for indulging in swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. And after that, you can satisfy yourself by feasting on the freshest seafood and watching spectacular sunsets each evening. Many of the most idyllic spots lie on the west coast, looking into the Gulf of Thailand, but Sao and Bai Vong in the east will also enthral with their remote serenity.

Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica

Whilst quite popular with deep sea divers and fishermen, this is still one of the best secluded beaches you can find. Take in its tranquillity as you watch waves kissing the shoreline below swaying palm trees. Being one of the least developed spots on the Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Carrillo doesn’t see too many tourists, mainly Costa Rican families, and you can relax in peace on the beach and children can paddle in the water as it’s one of the safest places to swim on the coast. The area’s also known for a beautiful coral reef and exotic marine species so go snorkelling to take in wonders both aquatic and shoreline.

Ibo Island, Mozambique

Located in one of the largest mangrove forests in the world, Ibo also has an amazingly rich history. One of the oldest settlements in the country, this island used to be quite a bustling port and fortified by the Portuguese. Nowadays, it’s home to some of the nicest beaches in the world with superb turquoise waters and soft white sand that seems to stretch forever. Around the island, there’s amazing marine life, so snorkelling should definitely be on your list of things to do. But the whole place has such a restful vibe that you’ll just want to relax on the quiet beaches and watch Ibo fishermen at work as they sail by on their wooden dhows.

Çirali Beach, Turkey

This 3.5km secluded spot sits on the Mediterranean coastline between a nature reserve and the Lycian Olympos ruins, with two majestic mountains as its backdrop. The pebbled beach is home to endangered loggerhead turtles which you can often spot on shore preparing to lay their eggs. Due to this the whole area is protected with hardly any development allowed so you can sit back and enjoy the solitude and wonderful backpacker atmosphere the beach is famous for. You can also indulge in its treehouse cafés which serve fresh seafood and delicious Turkish pastries. Plus it’s a great place to enjoy a superb sunrise over such a historic area too.

Whichever of these hidden hotspots you decide to spend your secluded beach holiday on, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.