#SummerTravel: Best Secret Beach Towns in the United States
Tybee Island, Georgia. (Photo: Jeremy Wilburn / Flickr)
From Cape Cod to the California coast, we’ve got a handful of beachy little towns that locals might have heard about—but they sure aren’t telling the rest of the world. These are places where there’s barely a downtown, but where you’ll find stunning (and nearly deserted) stretches of sand. Just don’t tell anyone you got the scoop here.
A lighthouse in Truro. (Photo: Rick Harris / Flickr)
Set almost at the end of Cape Cod, Truro has a well-known neighbor—Provincetown—that gets all the attention. But this is where you’ll find spectacularly deserted beaches like Longnook, which the filmmaker John Waters says is so cinematic it looks like the credits to a soap opera. Truro is also home to Cape Cod’s oldest lighthouse. Smack on a stunning beach, the simple 21-room Crow’s Nest Resort has rooms overlooking the water and the lighthouse. Locals line up for tables at Terra Luna, in a small wooden cottage nearby.
A dune shack in Truro. (Photo: Holly Ladd / Flickr)
Napeague, New York
Many people think of this narrow stretch in the Hamptons as a no-man’s-land that connects the towns of Amagansett and Montauk. But the reality is that Napeague is a delightful little area with miles of wide, empty beaches, great hiking—and some fantastic places to stay and eat. White Sands Beach is popular with surfers, and the cheerful White Sands Resort opens right onto the sand, with rates from $105. Nearby, two dueling seafood shacks compete for the love of residents: the open-air Clam Bar, with its yellow and white umbrellas, and the Lobster Roll, with its famous neon “Lunch” sign. Don’t miss a hike in the dramatic, shifting Walking Dunes.