What do these beaches have in common?

  • Kalalau Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
  • Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Austrailia
  • Beaches of Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
  • Beach on the other side of Emerald Cave, Koh Mook, Thailand
  • Chesterman Beach, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
  • New Chums Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
  • Devil’s Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
  • Kynance Cove Beach, Lizard, Cornwall, England
  • Playa Cocalito, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
  • Rauðisandur Beach (Red Sands Beach), Westfjords, Iceland


They all were mentioned in an article about “10 Trek-Worthy Beaches Around the World” published this week.  None of the beaches are easy to get to.  There are no parking lots adjacent to these beaches.  That makes each of the beaches a reward for hard work.  Kalalau Beach tops the list.  Here’s what was said about Kalalau:

“The scenery will steal anyone’s breath. And getting a glimpse of it is no easy feat. After all, this sweeping coastline is largely inaccessible by land; most will only gaze upon it from a helicopter, catamaran or movie theater seat. But there is one way to make the trek on foot – an 11-mile hike along the Kalalau Trail, which crosses cliffs and traverses five valleys before dipping to sea level and ending at Kalalau Beach. The trail is known for being treacherous, but those who conquer it will arrive at this hard-to-reach beach and get a chance to feast their eyes on some truly stunning scenery from a rare vantage point. Hikers can camp behind the beach, but a permit is necessary, and timing is key as the beach typically gets swept away with the winter surf.”

You can read the full article here.