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9 Secret Beaches in the US

Boasting a whopping 12,380 miles (19,924 kilometers) of coastline, it’s little wonder that the US is famed for being a top beach destination. From tropical paradises to rugged coves, state parks and superb surf spots, there’s a full spectrum when vacationing on the shores of this nation. With so many people traveling these days it can be hard to find a special place to relax. Here we’ve selected 10 of the country’s best hidden beaches; just try and keep them a secret!

1. Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

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Despite the location in the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys aren’t as famous as for their beaches as you would think. Enter Bahia Honda State Park, on Bahia Honda Key. The sugary white sand and crystal-clear waters evoke images of an island in the Caribbean. You won’t need a snorkel to spot colorful fish, but if you have one then you’ll be in for an even bigger treat.

2. Bandon State Natural Area, Oregon

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From Coquille Point to Face Rock, it’s easy to find a secluded spot at this 879-acre (356-hectare) west coast state park. Mighty sea stacks decorate the shoreline and, together with the grass-covered dunes, create a postcard-perfect scene. It’s a great spot for taking long walks and galloping along the seashore on horseback. Keep an eye out for the resident seals basking in the sunshine.

3. Cumberland Island, Georgia

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You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time while exploring this 18-mile (29-kilometer) sweep of golden sand. The remains of Spanish mission churches scatter the island and wild horses roam freely amid the grassy dunes. Access to the island is by water only and a passenger ferry departs from the city of St. Marys.

4. Coon Creek Beach, California

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California has its fill of overcrowded beaches, and it seems impossible to find one that remains under the radar. That’s where Coon Creek Beach comes in. When the rental motorhomes and convertibles cruising Highway 1 become too much, this sandy cove provides a well-earned respite. The best way to get here is to hike south from Montaña de Oro State Park. With enough time, you could continue to Point Buchon for more views of Big Sur’s dramatic bluffs and thundering Pacific surf.

5. Folly Beach, South Carolina

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About a 20-minute drive from Charleston is the beautiful and family-friendly Folly Beach. From admiring the views from the pier to surfing at Folly’s Washout and hiking in Folly Beach Country Park, there’s boundless things to do. The beach town also has a solid offering of bars, seafood shacks, inns and villas, too, so you won’t feel too isolated in this hidden gem.

6. Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Hawaii

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It is possible to escape the crowds for a while when vacationing in and around Honolulu. We promise! When tourists head to the beaches of the North Shore, do as the locals do and hang out at Lanikai Beach. Lanikai translates to Heavenly Sea, and a dip in the bath-like water lives up to the name. The palm-fringed curve of pure white sand is the stuff of Hawaiian dreams, and you can enjoy a clear view of Mokula islands while not being bothered by hordes of tourists and resort staff.

7. Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

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Here’s one for those beach dwellers who appreciate that the journey is sometimes as thrilling as the destination. First you’ll need to drive to Cedar Island and then take a ferry across the Pamlico Sound to the Ocracoke. Once here, a single road brings you within walking distance of secluded bays, unblemished stretches of sand, rolling, windswept dunes and salt marshes.

8. Rye on the Rocks, New Hampshire

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Most surfers will agree that Bass Beach (aka Rye on the Rocks) is the best break on New Hampshire’s 16-mile (26-kilometer) long coastline. It’s a bit of a state secret but fortunately the locals are a welcoming crowd. So grab your board, paddle out and enjoy the thrill of riding beefy waves that crash onto exposed rocks. The adjacent Jenness State Beach is great for long walks and exploring tidal pools.

9. Second Beach, Washington

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Few things in life are as soothing as waking up to the sound of the ocean and you can do just that on 

40 Day Journey

Day 34

Often we combat our evil thoughts most effectively if we absolutely refuse to allow them to be verbalized. It is certain that the spirit of self-justification can only be overcome by the spirit of grace; and it is just as certain that the individual judgmental thought can be limited and suppressed by never allowing it to be spoken except as a confession of sin…. Thus it must be a decisive rule of all Christian community life that each individual is prohibited from talking about another Christian in secret. It is clear and will be shown in what follows that this prohibition does not include the word of admonition that is spoken personally to one another. However, talking about others in secret is not allowed even under the pretense of help and goodwill. For it is precisely in this guise that the spirit of hatred between believers always creeps in, seeking to cause trouble.

Biblical Wisdom

Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29

Questions to Ponder

  • Talking with people about someone else you are having trouble with when they are not there is called “triangulation.” In what ways does triangulation harm a community of faith?
  • How can a community of faith enforce the rule “that each individual is prohibited from talking about another Christian in secret”?
  • Would this be a good rule to generalize and apply to the workplace, school, families, among friends? Why, or why not?

Psalm Fragment

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not turn my heart to any evil,
to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with those who work iniquity…. Psalm 141:3-4

Journal Reflections

  • Have you ever experienced being triangulated․being talked about negatively when you where not there? If so, write about the experience. How did it feel?
  • Have you ever engaged in triangulation? If so, write about the experience. How did it feel?

Prayer for Today

Spirit of love, may the words I speak be the kind that build people up.

Bible Gateway

Night Light For Couple

A Spiritual Leader

“For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord.” Genesis 18:19

Perhaps the most important aspect of a husband’s headship in the home is his role as spiritual leader. When all is said and done, can there be anything more important to a husband than promoting the spiritual health of his wife and children while on earth and being reunited with them in heaven?

One of the things that has impressed me most about Jim during all these years is his dedication to our family’s spiritual life and the example he has set for me, Danae, and Ryan. Our first date was a Sunday evening church service, and he has never wavered from his commitment to church, especially in terms of tithing and attendance. So many times when our children were still at home, Jim would return from a trip late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, then get up and go to Sunday school. I know he was dead on his feet from fatigue, but he didn’t want his kids to see him lying in bed on the Sabbath. Early in our marriage, Jim also established routines for family devotionals, prayer time, and Bible study (admittedly at times more consistently than others). That was such a blessing for our children as they grew up in the Lord and was, and is, so encouraging to me.

Husbands, I urge you to take stock of your family’s spiritual life. Are you setting the proper example? Are you establishing times for you, your wife, and your kids to mature in God’s Word? You may stumble occasionally as you nurture your family’s faith, just as we have, but I encourage you to be a husband who stays the course. That’s the kind of leader your wife wants and needs—and the kind the Lord desires as well.

– Shirley M Dobson

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.