Most Underrated Beach Destinations

Beach vacations are among the most popular ways for travelers to relax. Predictably, destinations such as Florida, Hawaii and Mexico bring in a ton of visitors all year. But if you’re looking for a change of pace, Vacation Quest offers plenty of alternatives.

These places have some of the more underrated, yet awesome, beaches that we offer.


Mackinac Island, Michigan.

This is the Great Lakes region, so how could there not be beaches? The difference with these waters is that you won’t have to worry about sharks or tropical storms – the water doesn’t even have salt in it! This area is just the place to go if you want to unwind without huge crowds and have green natural surroundings, not to mention the historical Mackinac Island.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe.

Our Destination Bracket winner for a reason, Lake Tahoe truly has the environment for any type of vacationer. Beach goers will have plenty of options here as well, no matter which side of the 122,000-plus acre lake you’re on.


Otter Rock beach, near Newport, Oregon.

The Pacific Northwest, though not as sunny and flashy as the beaches you envision, has more rugged features and an ambiance of calm about it. The consistent rainfall brings an abundance of pleasant greenery all around. These sands cultivate thought, as if you could write an inspired novel here. You might also see some whales in the distance!


Sunset at Timothy Beach Resort on St Kitts – courtesy of member Ratmir Kucan.

Have you ever considered how limited shorelines are? There’s only so much space to hold people, let alone build and develop land. So when you visit a collection of small islands, shoreline is pretty much all you have – St. Lucia, Grand Cayman, Antigua, Aruba, St. Maarten, the Dominican Republic and then some. None of these places is anything less than stunning when you are gazing out over the crystal blue sea. Maybe underrated is a strong word, but sometimes we think the Caribbean should be our most popular destination.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

The rising sun peeks through clouds and is reflected in waves by the Nags Head fishing pier on the outer banks of North Carolina

Gorgeous scenery, smaller crowds, shipwreck diving and lighthouses galore. The Outer Banks have it all. Cape Hatteras is your hub for aquatic adventures, while you have to see Bodie Island and the lighthouse there. The barrier islands were just in the news because a new island popped up from the ocean.


Provincetown beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

We offer a couple resorts near Cape Cod, which is one of the many reasons to visit Massachusetts. The seafood here is exquisite and you have plenty of soft beach areas to watch an Atlantic sunrise or sunset (best seen from Nauset Beach). Two of the main cities in the area, Yarmouth and Falmouth, have a delightful small-town charm.

There is plenty of sand and surf to go around! You can find these destinations and more when you book online! Not seeing what you want? Just fill out a request form!

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Vacation Quest since September. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.