Most Unusual Beaches Around the World

Black Send Beach, Iceland (wikimedia)
One of the most beautiful places to visit in South Iceland is an Icelandic beach called Reynisfjara. Nestled away near the town of Vik, you’ll find a black sand and pebble beach intertwined with caves and pyramid structures that’ll leave any guest in awe. Approximately 110 miles (180 km) from Reykjavik, Reynisfjara features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling  a rocky step pyramid, which is called Gardar. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area is rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots. Whether a lover of the coast or not, this Icelandic beach is on a level of beauty all on its own.

Glass Beach, California, USA (matadornetwork)
Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town.


Glowing Blue Maldives Beach with Bioluminescent Phytoplankton
While the sand itself isn't blue, it does take on the saturated hue from the phytoplankton that's strewn across Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives The bioluminescence lights up the night, creating a spectacular natural scene.


Red Beach, Greece 
Known for its whitewash buildings with cobalt blue roofs, the idyllic Greek island of Santorini holds another treasure waiting to be discovered – Red Sand Beach, or Kokkini Beach. The red sand comes from the red lava, the cliffs of which protect the cove and create quite a dramatic backdrop.


Papakolea Beach, Hawaii, USA (foxnews)
Located on the southern tip of Hawaii's Big Island, Papakolea Beach is more commonly referred to as Green Sand Beach. And for good reason. The sand here is made of tiny olivine crystals from the surrounding lava rocks that are trapped in the 49,000-year-old Pu'u Mahana cinder cone by the waters of Mahana Bay. The density of the olivine crystals keeps them from being washed away by the tide, resulting in a striking olive-green accumulation along the coastline. Swimming is allowed but waves on the windy southern coast can be particularly strong. And while it's tempting, it's bad form to take the sand home with you.


Pink Beach, Komodo Island, Indonesia
Pink Beach, or Pantai Merah, as it is aptly named, is one of seven pink beaches on the planet, and is just one of the many amazing features of Komodo Island that make it truly a Natural Wonder of Nature. This exceptional beach gets its striking color from microscopic animals called Foraminifera, which produce a red pigment on the coral reefs.  For this reason, it is called Red Beach in the local tongue. When the tiny fragments of red coral combine with the white sands, this produces the soft pink color that is visible along the shoreline. Aside from Pink Beach itself, a few small segments along Komodo’s eastern bay also have a pinkish tint.

Karaikal Beach, India (wikimedia)
Karaikal beach from the swimmers paradise Pondicherry is one of best and popular beach holiday destination on south Tamil Nadu coast. Able to give the portrait feeling, Karaikal beach is heavenly place for those love to get virgin feeling of out of the world enjoyment and entertainment at solitude of beach.

Jokulsarlon, Iceland (geolocation.ws)
Jokulsarlon is a popular spot of Iceland, also known as the glacier lagoon. I saw it the last year with great satisfaction and I would like to share some useful suggestions. Most people get there just to see the beautiful scenery, while others aim to take an unforgettable shot of the northern lights over the glacier lagoon itself in the night…
The Moeraki Boulders, New Zeland

The Moeraki Boulders are a group of very large spherical “stones” on Koekohe Beach near Moeraki on New Zealand’s Otago coast. These boulders are actually concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs that back the beach. The Boulders are one of the most fascinating and popular attractions on the South Island.

Shell Beach, Australia
Shell Beach is located 45 kilometres south-east of Denham in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. This beautiful snow-white beach is made up of millions of tiny shells up to 10 metres deep and stretching for over 120 kilometres. The shells were once used to build the office walls of buildings in the area, some of which can still be seen today. On a still day, the ocean at Shell Beach transforms into a palette of the most intense greens blues.

Siesta Key Beach, Florida, USA (creativelunatics)
A lot of places boast that they have white-sand beaches, but it doesn't get much whiter than Crescent Beach, located on Siesta Key, a barrier island just off the coast of Sarasota, FL. The sand here is 99 percent pure quartz, which has traveled down Florida's rivers from the Appalachian Mountains. The best part about this sand's fine texture: Not only does it feel like you're walking through powdered sugar, but because of its unique quartz makeup, it will never heat up no matter how hot the Florida sun beats down. 

Rainbow Beach, Australia (wikimedia)
Rainbow Beach makes up for its small size (just 0.62 miles) with its many colors. There are 74 different hues, a clandestine combination of erosion and iron oxide buildup that has been occurring since the last ice age, and the makeup changes. There is a sad romantic story behind the colors as well. According to an ancient Aboriginal legend, the sands became colorful as a result of the rainbow spirit falling onto the large 656-foot tall beachside cliffs after losing a battle over a beautiful woman, leaving his beautiful colors to rest on the beach for all of eternity.

Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California
Have you ever heard of purple sand? Head to the northern coastline of Pfeiffer Beach, where patches of violet and deep-purple sand can be found. The source is large deposits of quartz and manganese garnet originating in the nearby hills being washed down from the creek to its final resting place along the Pacific. The purple sand is more likely to be seen after storms during the winter. Swimming is not recommended because of strong currents and a number of sharp purple rocks offshore, which also contribute to the beach's rare coloration.

Porto Ferro, Sardinia, Italy
The northern corner of Italy's island of Sardinia is home to Porto Ferro, a one-and-a-quarter-mile stretch of oddly orange-colored sand thanks to a unique mixture of the area's native orange limestone, crushed shells, and other volcanic deposits. You can also find 65-foot-tall ochre-colored sand dunes behind the beach on the way to Lake Baratz, Sardinia's only natural salt lake. The area is known for its scenic bike and hiking paths, and three Spanish lookout towers--Torre Negra, Torre Bianca, and Torre de Bantine Sale--that date back to the 1600s. Boating is the best way to explore this pristine area of Sardinia, which is also a popular spot for diving, surfing, and windsurfing.

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