06/05/2015 01:10 pm ET | Updated Jun 08, 2016

Secluded Beaches Worth The Trek

What comes to mind when you think of the perfect beach? Do you hear the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore, feel white sand shifting beneath your feet? Maybe there are even a few surfboards or kayaks waiting nearby.

Whatever your ideal sandy spot, we're willing to bet it doesn't include crowds of tourists and big umbrellas blocking your ocean view. When it comes down to it, your own section of paradise should be just that -- your very own.

Buying a slice of paradise might not fit into your budget, but there are a few spots around the world where you can still enjoy a mostly empty stretch of sand and coast. From Florida to South Africa, we've highlighted some of the most breathtakingly beautiful secluded beaches on the planet. These 19 spots might be tough to find and hard to access, but they are worth the trek.

  • 1 Ko Adang, Thailand
    Located in the wild Tarutao National Park lays the island of Ko Adang. The roadless island is home to some seriously challenging hiking trails and small beaches that still belong primarily to the locals. With well-preserved coral reefs just offshore and waterfalls waiting inland, Ko Adang is an unspoiled wild haven not fit for those seeking an all-inclusive resort experience. Photo Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See Secluded Beaches Worth the Trek
  • 2 Robles Point, Ambergris Caye, Belize
    Most beaches on Ambergris Caye aren’t named but the secluded Robles Point, which is only accessible by boat, is special enough to warrant one. Not only is Robles Point virtually tourist-free, but it’s one of just two spots on the island where the coral reef meets land. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
  • 3 Smuggler’s Cove, Greece
    This cove goes by many names: Navagio Beach, Shipwreck Beach, Smugglers Cove; whatever you call it, the site offers stellar views, incredible BASE jumping and a wild isolated feeling that is beyond unique. Located in the Greek Islands and set among limestone cliffs and white sand sits Panagiotis—the ship wrecked nearly three decades ago while attempting to transport cigarettes—according to legend. Smuggler’s Cove is only accessible by boat and those trips do not come cheap, but travelers say the trip is completely worth the cost. Photo Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See Secluded Beaches Worth the Trek
  • 4 Cumberland Island, Georgia
    Once the go-to destination of the Carnegie family, Cumberland Island is now protected as a National Seashore, retaining its natural beauty and abundance of wildlife. From sea turtles to wild horses, the well preserved land is wild and in order to keep it that way the National Park Service limits the number of visitors. Call ahead to reserve a spot and be sure to make it to the ferry early, as there are only two departures each day. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
  • 5 Whitehaven Beach, Australia
    Only accessible by boat or helicopter, Whitehaven Beach is set on the largest of the 74 Whitsunday Islands and it is surely one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. The entire island is a natural preserve, featuring some of the purest sand on earth, crystal clear waters and access to the Great Barrier Reef. Not only is it tough to get there, but there are no restaurants, bars or hotels, so you’ll need to plan ahead if you plan on staying awhile. Click Here to See Secluded Beaches Worth the TrekPhoto Credit: Shutterstock

- Diana Gerstacker, The Active Times

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