beach holiday is one like no other. You can unwind with a cocktail while gazing at the ocean without a care in the world.

It also gives you the chance to work on that golden tan! This is great because once your holiday ends, you’ll look and feel like a sun-kissed god/goddess.

However, amongst the overdone, crowded destinations such as Hawaii, the Caribbean and Thailand are some underrated beach destinations.

Here are our top underrated beach destinations:

Durban, South Africa

Although most tourists flock to Cape Town, the beaches of Durban are in fact just as good, if not better. Here, warm waters lap endless miles of golden beaches. At the beach, visitors can enjoy fresh fruit from street vendors or even ride in a traditional rickshaw. This is one of the most underrated beach destinations in South Africa.


New York, United States of America

Although a popular city, New York has more to offer than just its bright lights. Take a few days off to soak in the beauty of New York’s beaches.

Coney Island is popular with families due to the carnival atmosphere. There are a few quieter beaches nearby that are ideal for catching a quite lunch just outside the city.

Goa, India

India is the ideal, alternative beach destination and Goa is at the top of the list. Some of the best beaches in bustling India can be found around Goa. While the busier beaches offer a host of activities, many other options offer quiet beaches surrounded by sprawling forests.

Busan, South Korea

In Busan, a busy city is flanked by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here the turquoise ocean is flanked by towering skyscrapers and majestic mountains. A wide range of modern amenities are available for tourists, while quieter beaches are also available for those looking for a private getaway.


Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is all but forgotten when one considers the trendy, Mediterranean beaches of Spain. However, Bilbao offers some stunning beaches where cliffs drop off into the ocean and the more active traveler can enjoy a variety of stunning walks and hikes in this Basque region of Spain.

Bilbao is one of the most beautiful underrated beach destinations.

North Coast, Kenya

Kenya is popular for bush and beach breaks because of its variety of peaceful azure beaches and spectacular game reserves. The best beaches in Kenya can be found around Mombasa and Malindi in the south coast and these stunning beaches offer a number of luxury accommodation options flanked by cultural, historical towns.

Darwin, Australia

Darwin offers a favourable climate with popular swimming beaches which at low tide expose a number of reefs and rock pools in which children can discover tiny sea creatures. Playgrounds, picnic and BBQ areas make these beaches a firm favourite with young families and groups of friends on holiday in Australia.


Oslo, Norway

Although most often thought of as a winter destination, Norway can make for a spectacular beach destination in its summer months. Oslo’s peninsula features some great beaches including some nude options for the more daring traveler! This is sure one of the most underrated beach destinations due to the colder climate.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Located on the West Coast of Sri Lanka, Colombo is an industrious business city that is flanked by golden beaches and turquoise waters. These golden, sandy, and often deserted beaches are ideal for an oriental beach getaway while coral reefs and shipwrecks allow for plenty of fun underwater exploration.

underrated beach destinations, Sri Lanka

Belfast, Ireland

You may think Ireland is too cold to enjoy a fabulous beach getaway, but Belfast and the areas around it have some of the prettiest beaches in Europe. Stunning natural formations and green waters make these beaches visually outstanding and make for an interesting getaway no matter the weather.

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    I'm sure you've had similar experiences I had whilst traveling. You're in a certain place and a fellow traveler, or a local, tip you off on a little-known beach, bar or accommodation. Great travel tips from other travelers or locals always add something special to our travels. That was the inspiration for Travel Dudes.