I am writing about beaches.

There are sandy, notManyPeoply beaches.

notManyPeoply beaches are beaches with only a few people on them.

How do I say it in one word?

I'm looking for a positive adjective to describe that the beaches are not overcrowded.

In Russian it is "немноголюдно".

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    presumably OP wants a positive adjective to describe that the beaches are not overcrowded. but "deserted/desolate/bare" are all negative, and "unvisited and unpopulated" are confusing and don't refer to people. – hunter Dec 13 '13 at 14:02
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    i cannot think of one English word to describe a beach which is desirable because it doesn't have too many visitors. Maybe "There are sandy beaches that aren't too crowded." – hunter Dec 13 '13 at 14:05
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    How about "a quiet beach", or "a peaceful beach"? – Damkerng T. Dec 13 '13 at 14:12
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    Damkerng's "quiet" is an excellent choice, but you could also say a secluded beach or in the case where it is for your exclusive use (or the exclusive use of your hotel etc), a private beach. – Matt Dec 13 '13 at 14:49
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    BTW, if you are talking about more than one such beach, it should be "There ARE ..." – Jay Dec 13 '13 at 15:09

Update to my silly verse, after critiques and down-votes: never mind the words used in it, the "quiet, peaceful, secluded" (offered above, especially Damkerng T's quiet) are the best choices, IMHO.

There are sandy, quiet beaches, free-to-roam,

Unencumbered by people, lapped by foam.

Splashed by languishing azure, beachgoer-free

Bather-fetterless and softly lulled by sea

  • I like beachgoer-free – Mediator Dec 13 '13 at 15:07
  • Me too, but I guess these are fit more for poetic use, so my post was downvoted. (0: From more prosaic choices, I like "quiet, peaceful, secluded" offered in the comments section above. – CowperKettle Dec 13 '13 at 15:12
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    Plashed by languishing asure? Then, do the mome raths outgrabe? – snailcar Dec 13 '13 at 20:08
  • @snailboat - I'll look up "mome raths outgrabe" when not busy, then probably delete my poem, I guess it's horrible. – CowperKettle Dec 14 '13 at 3:37
  • @snailboat - oh, that's (in a way) a comparison with Lewis Carroll. I'm honored. (0: – CowperKettle Dec 14 '13 at 3:43

How about uncrowded? Does it count as positive?


One useful word which says that there are no people somewhere, or very few, especially in a place where people are sometimes expected to be, is deserted. The proper meaning is that there is nobody there. However, it is also used when there are only a few people somewhere, in an exaggerated sense. For instance, suppose we are on a street with many restaurants on a busy night, such that most of them are full, and we see a place with people seated at only one table, with seven other tables empty. The natural thing to say is "Look, that place is deserted!" or "there's nobody in there", which isn't factually true.

"Deserted" is neutral; it is positive or negative based on the context. "Let us find a deserted beach where we can be alone".

Places that are deserted habitually are isolated, abandoned, uninhabited, solitary, vacant and so on; all such words have a different nuance of meaning.

"There are sandy, isolated beaches." is not a bad way to express your sentence.

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    "Deserted" is good and valid. An "isolated place" is normally understood to mean that it is difficult to reach. While we normally expect an isolated place to be unpopulated, a place could be devoid of people without being isolated and vice versa. Like, "Thousands of people gathered at this isolated spot in the desert for a huge festival", or "Though it was in the middle of a bustling and crowded city, the restaurant was completely empty." – Jay Dec 20 '13 at 14:51

Sandy peaceful beaches
Sandy relaxed beaches (you can relax more easily, if you are not fighting for space)
Sandy unpopulated beaches

All of the above are common idiomatic expressions. Perhaps lacking in originality and poetry but they are typical adjectives used by travel agencies to describe semi-deserted, quiet beaches.

  • To the downvoter. Please explain and justify. – Mari-Lou A Dec 17 '13 at 9:00
  • Makes no sense, two downvotes. If a place is peaceful, it means there is little confusion, traffic, and it's uncrowded. A relaxed beach, granted doesn't mean "few people" but that is the inference, as I explained in my post. Also the links are illustrative and back up my suggestions. – Mari-Lou A Dec 20 '13 at 9:34

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