Stuck in the office, dreaming of the dog days of summer? Well, how about a little vacation porn to tide you over.
Don't worry, it's safe for work. It just may not be safe for your wallet, should you get dragged too far into those beach fantasies. So hold on to your pocketbooks, folks, and indulge yourself in the world of remote beaches.
If this list happens to tempt you enough to book a flight to the far reaches of Cambodia or Chile, just make sure you save room in your suitcases for us to stow away. We want to go too.
10. Hana, Hawaii Hana is located in Maui County, but the area is miles away from the other tourist-heavy destinations in Hawaii. With a population of just over 1,200 people, Hana is one of the most uninhabited areas in Hawaii, which is awesome for creating those once in a lifetime adventures. The pristine beaches are never overcrowded, and the sparse population of the area leaves it just the right amount of desolate to feel like it's all your own.
The area isn't all about those immaculate emerald-watered beaches, though. Hana is home to Pi'i-lani Temple, the largest temple in Hawaii, and there are a number of gorgeous gardens and beaches just waiting to be gawked at.
9. Motu Teta, Tahiti So if we're going to dream away the day with thoughts of gorgeous beaches, why not go all in? After all, Motu Teta would be an ideal place for us to laze the days away, considering it's a private island and all. Tahiti is amazing, but what's even more amazing is renting an entire nine-acre island off Tahiti, complete with those perfect little open-air guest rooms facing the island's lagoons. There are lush gardens, snorkeling and kayaking, and even a private chef. And the best part? The entire place will be all your own.
8. Cooper Island & Salt Island, British Virgin Islands Cooper Island is a tiny island in the BVI's that is home to a handful of private residences and Cooper Island Beach Club. It's absolutely pristine, and is an idea spot for divers, thanks to its close proximity to "wreck alley," a popular dive site where a number of vessels have been deliberately sunk to create conditions that are prime for diving.
Salt Island, on the other hand, is extremely close to the wreckage from RMS Rhone, a Royal Mail packet steamer that went under in 1867, and is now one of the best sites to dive in the Caribbean. There really aren't any people living on the island -- the last population count was at a whopping three people -- so it truly is a deserted island in all senses. And that means it's perfect for our office daydreaming.
7. Caye Caulker, Belize Ah, Belize. It's amazing, isn't it? Well, Caye Caulker is the optimal place to vacation in Belize, which means it's basically perfection. The limestone coral island is only about five miles long, so it's tiny, and you'll have to take a high-speed water taxi or small plane to get there, since it's about 20 miles from Belize City, but it will be worth the hassle because it's truly dreamy. The island is surrounded by a pristine shallow lagoon and a barrier reef, and a waterway splits the island in two.
The island is in the natural migration path for fish, conch and lobster, and the Great Blue Hole, just off the island, is perfect for diving. Windsurfers flock to the small island, as do tourists, who crowd the tiny streets to take in the sights, but it's still a fantastic getaway, and we're just itchin' to go.
6. Koh Tonsay, Cambodia In order to get to Koh Tonsay, off of the western border of Cambodia, you'll have to take a boat from the Kep port. The island is about 4.6 miles off the coast, and when you arrive, you'll be greeted by some of the most amazing sand you've ever seen. The long, gradual slope of the island makes it perfect for swimmers, and the native sea creatures that are visible through the glassy, clear waters attract both tourists and researchers alike.
The area's infrastructure has seen better days, as years of war and neglect, along with the housing of criminals during the Norodom Sihanouk's Sangkum Reastr Niyum regime, has left much of it in need of repair. But the renewed interest by tourists has led to a brand new line of bamboo guest houses on the beach, which makes it perfect for the adventurous tourist.
5. San Blas, Panama If you're looking for islands that have (thus far) managed to escape the spoils of tourism, you don't need to look much further than San Blas. This group of islands -- 378, to be exact -- are just north of Panama facing the Caribbean Sea, and they're immaculate, each and every one of them.
The turquoise sea stretches out as far as the eye can see, and even the travel to the island -- by boat, with no way around it -- feels like island life in its purest form. A native group of people known as the Kuna's inhabit the islands, and with little government interference, they are able to run life on their islands as they choose, with their own culture flourishing because of it.
4. Rapa Nui, Chile If you don't recognize the name, perhaps you'll recognize its interchangeable moniker, Easter Island, instead. Rapa Nui, a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific ocean, is indeed Easter Island, and it is truly an amazing place. Famous for its monumental statues, Rapa Nui was created by way of three now extinct volcanoes, and is one of the most remote places in the world.
The island is more than just looming historical statues, though. Plenty of water activities prevail on the island, with crystal-clear areas that are perfect for scuba-diving or snorkeling, and powerful Pacific swells that beckon to adventurous surfers. We'd just love to see any of it, honestly, but to see those statues from the beach would be epic.
3. Guadeloupe Islands These Caribbean islands, located in the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, are amazing no matter what kind of island adventure you're looking for. Anything is possible on the Guadeloupe Islands, whether it's hiking, canyoning, trekking up the side of a volcano, or perhaps just laying around on the beach.
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The two main islands that make up Guadeloupe are joined together by lush mangroves, with the islands extending out like butterfly wings on either side of them. There are tall peaks, sandy beaches, and a local culture that's undeniably friendly and welcoming. The local language is an amalgam of French and Antillean Creole, which means no one will understand your bottom-barrel French skills, but just take your touristy rear someplace outdoors to explore and perhaps no one will notice.
2. Corn Islands, Nicaragua Nicaragua may not be the first place that comes to mind when one conjures up the image of "remote beach vacation," but perhaps it should be. After all, that is where the Corn Islands are located, which means it's at least a heavy-hitter for optimal beach vacations. The Corn Islands are two islands about 43 miles off the Nicaraguan coast, one "Big" Corn Island and one "Small," and both have a tropical rainforest climate year round.
The horseshoe bays, underwater caves, crystal-clear coves, and thriving marine life surrounding the islands are breathtaking. Everything from hammerheads to sea turtles and spotted eagle rays can be found, and the area's numerous coral reefs have made these two islands a prime tourist attraction. Couple that with the colorful homes and mesmerizing culture of the islands, and it's right where we want to be.
1. Matauri Bay, New Zealand Just north of the Bay Islands sits Matauri Bay, an area so perfect and so ethereal that it can hardly be described. One just has to see it to understand. The stunning scenery and pristine beaches make Matauri Bay one of the most picturesque places in the world. It's also one of the best places to surf, with the swells beckoning surfers from all parts of the world. The snorkeling and diving are unforgettable, with a variety of marine life unique to the area, and the white sands of the beaches are equally as fantastic. There's no place else we'd rather be.