Surf and solitude
For some people, a beach vacation is akin to prescription medication: It is a necessity if they want to maintain their sanity and well-being in the face of a long winter or a hectic work schedule. A few days with sand underfoot and the sound of waves nearby can cure the most advanced case of cabin fever or ease serious work-related stress.
Unfortunately, beaches are among the most desired destinations in the world, so the best stretches of sand are populated by thousands and thousands of sun-seekers who are all escaping the snow or the cubicle. The result is people who want a little peace and quiet might have a difficult time finding it in many popular beach destinations.
However, quiet, uncrowded beaches do exist. Postcard-like stretches of sand that have to be reached by foot or boat or even by swimming might not be completely deserted, but they are almost always delightfully uncrowded. Here are eight such beaches located in North America that are the perfect break from the hustle and bustle of crowds and your job.