Is it time you planned your next vacation? Are you ready to get somewhere with sun, sand, and a whole lot of ocean? Well, you’re not alone. That’s why so many of the best beaches are crowded with a hundred other tourists, just like you, crammed together like sardines.

But don’t give up just yet on the perfect beach vacation. With a little extra looking, it’s possible to find beaches that aren’t quite so popular. They may be harder to get to or more expensive to stay at, but they certainly make it worth your while with amazing views and tranquil shorelines.

If it sounds like the trip of your dreams, read our top four uncrowded beach destinations in North America, and get ready for some real relaxation.

Carova, North Carolina

This gem of the United States, Carova Beach, lends its privacy to the fact that it has no paved roads. Instead, its rental homes and few residential communities are only accessible via 4×4 vehicles on sandy pathways. Because of this, visitors enjoy miles of clean, white, sandy beaches shared with only a handful of other people at a time.

There are also no hotels in Carova, which helps cut down on crowds. This means you have to plan well in advance to book one of their limited-number rental homes. They vary in size and price, ranging anywhere from 2 or 3 bedroom cottages to giant mansions with 24 bedrooms. Needless to say, many of the rental homes offer luxurious amenities and they do not go for cheap. Despite the price, however, they are immensely popular so you must act quickly!

Apart from the impressive accommodations, one of the best things about vacationing here are the wild horses that roam the beaches. Many visitors spot them, and sometimes they are even seen strolling among the houses preceding the shore.

So if you’re someone who has some extra savings to spend, possesses a 4×4 vehicle, and doesn’t mind a couple of wild mustangs in your yard, Carova is the place for you.

Black Rock Beach, Block Island

Block Island, located off the shore of Rhode Island, is accessible by ferry and only six miles long. While it is a spot that sees more and more tourism each year, it still has secluded shorelines if you know where to look for them.

A favorite of the locals is Black Rock Beach, named for the large black rock seen offshore. This beach is only accessible by biking or walking, with a trail about a mile long leading back to the parking area. It’s mostly used by surfers for its big waves, but the remoteness of this beach means tourists tend to leave this spot behind.

Rumor has it that certain individuals venture along Black Rock to do some clothing-optional sunbathing. A perfect spot for peace and quiet, and maybe some bodily freedom!

Isla Holbox, Mexico

Looking to explore what the south of North America has to offer? It’s no secret that Mexico has some of the prettiest beaches in the world. Big names like Playa del Carmen and Cancun are famous vacation destinations.

If you’re looking to get away from the people, however, Isla Holbox is a lesser-known oasis located not too far from our previously mentioned hot-spots. It’s accessible only by ferry, following a 2 or 3-hour drive from Playa del Carmen.

Once you make the trip, you’ll find yourself in a slow-moving, laid-back town with a population of around 2,000 people. Golf carts tend to be the preferred mode of travel since not all roads are paved, but you can get around easily on foot as well.

This small-town oasis has its setbacks, of course — like Wi-fi malfunctions for days at a time, and more rudimentary sanitation services — but it’s the price you pay for a less crowded paradise. Head on down to the Isla if you get sick of the spring-breakers on Cancun, and you’ll experience a new way of life.

Tribune Bay, Hornby Island, British Columbia

When you think Canada, you probably think cold and snow, but that’s not always the case. During the right season, Tribune Bay Provincial Park turns into a beach lover’s paradise. It’s got white sands and blue seas, with shallow waters that almost reach tropical temperatures in the summertime.

The fact that this beach lies on an island in Canada means it’s not at the top of most tourists’ lists, so if you’re looking for seclusion it’s the perfect choice. Not only can you swim, sunbathe, snorkel, and fish, but this park also has its own campgrounds and hiking trails. That means you can sleep in nature and save a pretty penny on accommodation. Compared to the other beaches on our list, this one goes pretty easy on your wallet.

For low-maintenance nature lovers, Tribune Bay is where you should go to avoid the summer crowds.

These four beach spots in North America each have something unique to offer their visitors. Whether you’re a lover of luxury, desiring adventure, or just want to read a book in the sand, one of these locations will satisfy all of your vacation needs. And the one thing they have in common is their lack of jostling tourist crowds! You won’t have to worry about screaming children, speakers blasting music, or someone else’s umbrella blowing onto your beach towel.

So pick your destination, pack your swimsuit, and get ready to disconnect from the world.