The ranking, published by Family Destinations Guide, found the top spot is Awahua Beach, Hawaii, located on the Molokai Kalaupapa peninsula.
The ocean paradise is only accessible by small commuter plane via Mokulele Airlines, which flies from O’ahu and Ho’olehua, Molokai daily. According to the National Park Service, the trail leading to the beach is ‘extremely steep and challenging with uneven surfaces.’
Two other Hawaiian beaches – Lanikai Beach and Kauapea Beach – trailed closely behind in the third and fourth spots, respectively.
The second spot on the list went to Shell Key Preserve in Florida while fifth is Sedge Island, New Jersey. Florida also took the number six and number 10 spots.
California’s Salt Creek Beach and Wildcat Beach claimed the final two places in the top 10 ranking, coming in at number eight and number nine.
Awahua Beach in Hawaii is the best ‘secret beach’ in the United States, according to the list
Lanikai Beach (left) and Kauapea Beach (right) of Hawaii both ranked in the top five
Boneyard Beach in Jacksonville, Florida ranks at number 10 on the list
For its reasoning, Family Destinations Guide stated Awahua Beach took the number one spot thanks to its ‘crystal clear turquoise waters and soft, white sand.’
Additionally, the top beach is surrounded by cliffs and greenery. The waters at this secluded beach are also perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
For the number two spot, Shell Key Preserve won out for its ‘unspoiled and natural’ setting with no developments or buildings in sight.
The fifth beach – Sedge Island, New Jersey – can only be accessed by boat and offers wildlife including nesting birds and crabs.
Sedge Island, unlike many other beaches in New Jersey, also does not have a boardwalk or any commercial developments that can bring crowds.
The list does not just include the familiar picturesque idea of white sands and clear waters, though.
California’s Bowling Ball Beach is notorious for massive, rounded rocks that line the sand and give the shoreline a unique experience.
Lowell Point Beach – 120 miles south of Anchorage – is located on the Gulf of Alaska and is surrounded by massive forestry and is in eyeshot of snow-capped mountains.
Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island in Georgia has large pieces of driftwood along and coming up out of the sand.
Similarly, the number 10 spot, Boneyard Beach, also has pieces of wood scattered around the shore.
Lowell Point Beach – 120 miles south of Anchorage – is located on the Gulf of Alaska and is surrounded by massive forestry and is in eye shot of snow-capped mountains
Dry Tortugas National Park on Key West in Florida
California’s Bowling Ball Beach is notorious for massive, rounded rocks that line the sand and give the shoreline a unique experience
The Natural Resource Education Center at Sedge Island Beach in New Jersey
A secluded beach along California’s coastline has massive overhead cliffs
This is the ranking of the top 10 secret beaches in the United States
For its methodology, Family Destinations Guide used a survey of 3,000 adults.
The publication polled people of all ages and locations to find their results.
You can find the full list of the top 100 secret beaches in the U.S. HERE.