One thing that we have become very good at, or very lucky at depending on how you see it, is finding a deserted beach and having it to ourselves, sometimes for day after day without seeing another person. In this article we are going to reveal the methods we use and show you some of our finds. Maybe we will inspire you to get off your sun lounger, leave the all inclusive bar behind and go and find your own little piece of heaven.
First things first, this isn’t always an easy thing to do, you have to be willing to go further than anyone else does, to explore the unexplored. In short, it can be damn hard work, but when you find somewhere awesome and have it to yourself it is so worth it. I mean how many people have ever had a beautiful Carribean beach to themselves for days on end? We have. Granted, you cant just pop to the bar and grab a strawberry mojito, but you can do other stuff that the hotel beach doesn’t allow, like well, anything you want really because there’s nobody there!
You have to be prepared to walk. Sometimes quite a long way, in very hot weather but there are things you can do to make it easier for yourself. Wear a hat and before you leave, soak it in cold, fresh water, this makes a huge difference in keeping cool. We have soaked our t-shirts in streams before to help us reach our destination. Use fresh water only, salt water will make you feel sticky and you will chafe. A good strong stick or staff can be helpful. Find a shoulder high, strong stick and use it as a walking pole. It will help you balance in difficult situations and is great for pushing foliage out of your way, useful in snake country.
Start off by looking at the landscape, if you have some kind of map that’s even better. Look for coastal areas, that are not built up, without roads going to them and within a distance that you are prepared to walk to. Bays are best as there’s likely to be a beach there rather than just bare rock. Head out that way, with PLENTY of water (or take a filter) and see what you find. If you are in one of those resorts with a 10 mile long beach (like Varadero, Cuba) its probably not going to be possible, or if the area you are in is heavily built up (like Las Americas, Tenerife) you’re not going to be successful either. But if you don’t look you don’t find.
On a recent trip to the Dominican republic we found 2 stunningly beautiful bays both within 45minuites hike of our hotel. It was hard to establish which was the best, but one of them was the best beach we have ever seen, and it was ours and only ours for 6 glorious days of total peace, quiet and solitude. It was a very hot hike up and down a hill through jungle terrain, and then a short decent down a cliff using a fixed rope, but the adventure of it is exiting on its own.
In Corfu we found a gorgeous little cove, with perfectly calm blue waters and stunning geology. It was a good hours walk from our hotel, leaving the main road and walking through orange and lemon groves. It was obvious that it was occasionally used by others but we didn’t see anyone there all the time we were there.
In Sri Lanka, we hired ourselves some bikes for £2 a day and went cycling through local fishing villages. This place was so remote and the beach so vast, I would not like to guess how many miles we had to ourselves.
So do yourself a favour, and even if just for one day, strike out into the wilderness and try and find yourself a tiny piece of heaven, if only for a few hours. I assure you, its worth it!