If you thought beaches are only made of golden sands, think again. These 15 unconventional beautiful coloured beaches from around the world will blow your mind!
Who says that a beach experience is only limited to making sand castles, gathering sea shells, and getting tanned beneath the sun while sipping a refreshing drink? Today, we bring you 15 of the most unusual and iconic beaches from around the globe that will leave you planning your next beach vacation! Check out the number 13 from our very own India.
Pink Sand Beach
Yes, it’s a pretty pink! The Pink Sand Beach of the Harbour Island in the Bahamas is a sight for sore eyes with its unique powdery pink sand. The pinkish sand has been formed from the fragmentations of the red corals in the waters.
The Papakōlea Beach in Hawaii is mesmerizing with its green sand beach. The green colour of the sand comes from the presence of Olivine crystals, which is a kind of magnesium mineral that originates after lava cools in sea water.
The Hyams Beach in New South Wales, Australia, is famous for its pristine white sand beaches. It holds the Guinness Records for being the beach with the whitest sand in the world!
Red Sand Beach
The red colour of the beach at Rabida in Galapagos may either be the result of oxidization of iron-rich lava deposits or due to washed-up coral sediments. Either way, it’s a grand vision!
The Pfeiffer Beach in California presents a stunning sight with purple sand due to the presence of manganese garnet that constantly gets deposited as a result of erosion of the hillsides.
The Vik Beach in Iceland was considered as one of the ten most beautiful beaches on Earth in 1991 by the US journal Islands Magazine. This breathtakingly beautiful beach is actually a stretch of black basalt sand and is one of the wettest places in Iceland.
The beauty of Jökulsárlón beach, a glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland, is beyond words. Here lying among the black volcanic sand are chunks of ice! These chunks of ice are actually broken pieces of icebergs that float and drift towards the shore
Giant’s Causeway Beach
This unique beach in Ireland is the result of volcanic activity about 50-60 million years ago that led to the hexagonal rock formations when the lava cooled off. It is a surreal sight indeed!
Located in Shark Bay, Australia, the Shell Beach is an expanse of cockle clam shells! This is because the saline water of the region has made it impossible for the predators of these clams to survive. Left unchecked, the population of these clams just grew exponentially lining the entire beach with it.
The Glass Beach near Fort Bragg in California is actually the result of trash deposits over the years. Formerly, the site was used as a dumping ground by the locals and with time, the waves decorated the beach with shards of broken glass. Nature has such a wonderful way of taking care of itself!
The Hidden Beach in Marieta, Mexico was formed when the Mexican government used the uninhabited islands for target practice in the 1900s. And now it has become the perfect tourist hideaway!
Undoubtedly, the most fascinating of them all, the Bioluminescent Beach in Maldives is the stuff of fairytales! The glittery blue waves that wash up the shore are due to the presence of microscopic bioluminescent phytoplankton. Here’s a little magic for the non-believers!
The Chandipur Beach in Orissa, India is unique because of its disappearing abilities – you won’t be able to find the beach during a low tide! This is because of twice a day, the water here recedes up to 5 kilometres during the ebb tide, while the water returns slowly to engulf the beach.
The Beach of the Cathedrals
The cathedral-like structures from which this beach in Spain derives its name are the artwork of nature – due to the water continuously pounding on these huge rocks for over thousands of years, these magnificent structures were formed.
The Koekohe Beach in New Zealand is dotted with “Dragon Eggs”, ergo, Moeraki Boulders. These boulders were once surrounded by land that was washed away with time. But as these sedimentary rocks are too hard for the water to completely break them down, they remained. A little something for Game of Thrones fans!
So, which among these have you added to your bucket list already?