Discover the 16 most beautiful and unusual beaches in the world

Discover these 17 beaches which all have something exceptional and are therefore among the most beautiful beaches in the world!

Summary

  • Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, Californie
  • The secret beach of the Marieta Islands, Mexico
  • A Maldives beach that sparkles in the middle of the night
  • The Cathedrals Beach in Ribadeo, Spain
  • Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas
  • Maho Beach and its extreme plane landings, Saint-Martin
  • Beach at Lake Jökulsárlón, Iceland
  • The Dragons Eggs (Moeraki Boulders) of Koekohe Beach, New Zealand
  • Green sand in Kourou, Guyana
  • Papakolea Beach and its green sand in Hawaii
  • The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
  • The black sands of Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii
  • Red Sand Beach in Rábida, Galapagos Islands
  • Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Australia
  • The secret beach of Pfeiffer Beach in California
  • Vík Beach, Iceland
  • A cave near Benagil (Lagoa) in the Algarve in Portugal
  • – Did you know these rare beaches? Do you know any others?

What do you think of when you hear the word beach ? White or yellow sand, beautiful waves, sunbathing under the sun, with a beer or a cocktail… But the beaches sometimes have colors and shapes different from those we know. Here are 17 beaches that somehow have something different to the one(s) you’re used to going to.

One of the most striking differences in many of these beaches is the different colors of their sand . Sand is usually formed from whatever the waves bring to shore, be it rock, shells, coral, or glass. The very rare green beaches may contain olivine, which comes from volcanic eruptions, and the black sand beaches are also usually formed by volcanic remains. The pink beaches of Bermuda are colored by the remains of corals.

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, Californie

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

This beach is known to be abundant in sea glass, created by years of dumping garbage in the coastal area north of the city, which now brings many tourists to the area.

The secret beach of the Marieta Islands, Mexico

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

Located in a kind of open-air crater and bathed in sunlight, this beach on the Marieta Islands is artificial and was created by the explosion of a bomb that would have accidentally landed there during military tests of the past century.

A Maldives beach that sparkles in the middle of the night

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

The small blue lights on this beach in the Maldives are caused by phytoplankton, microscopic bioluminescent plants, which give off light when stirred by the waves.

The Cathedrals Beach in Ribadeo, Spain

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

This beach on the northern coast of Spain has magnificent arches that look like the buttresses of a cathedral. These have been formed by water crashing against the walls for thousands and thousands of years.

Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

The pink sand of this beach in the Bahamas is pigmented by the remains of washed-up coral, which are broken and crushed into small pieces by the surf.

Maho Beach and its extreme plane landings, Saint-Martin

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

This beach is really special . An airport runway is just a few meters from the sand and swimmers. Something to scare (and take your hair off) some. This “phenomenon” also exists in Greece .

Beach at Lake Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

The volcanic black sand on this Icelandic beach contrasts beautifully with the glassy white chunks of ice.

The Dragons Eggs (Moeraki Boulders) of Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

Hundreds of huge boulders are strewn across Koekohe Beach like giant dragon eggs ready to hatch…These spherical boulders are believed to have been formed over 60 million years ago and are simply the result of concretion and l erosion over time.

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Green sand in Kourou, Guyana

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

Papakolea Beach and its green sand in Hawaii

The “olive” green color of the sand comes from the presence of a greenish, semi-precious stone called olivine which comes from the volcanic cone of Pu’u Mahana, in Hawaii. 

The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

The Giant’s Causeway was formed 50 or 60 million years ago when basalt lava rose to the surface and cooled, cracking into strange, tall columns. It can be visited from Belfast .

The black sands of Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

The black sand on Punalu’u is formed by basalt lava which explodes as it flows into the sea and cools rapidly.

Red Sand Beach in Rábida, Galapagos Islands

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

The red sand on Rábida Island beach was formed due to the oxidation of iron-rich lava deposits, but it could also be due to stranded coral sediments.

Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Australia

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

The waters near Shell Beach are so salty that they have allowed the cockle to proliferate. It is this abundance of mollusks that floods the beaches with their shells.

The secret beach of Pfeiffer Beach in California

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world
Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

This beach has quite rare violet (purple) sand, which comes from the manganese particles flowing from the side of the hill.

Vík Beach, Iceland

Most unusual beaches, beautiful beaches in the world

Iceland is a country with significant volcanic activity, hence the presence of many black volcanic sand beaches.

A cave near Benagil (Lagoa) in the Algarve in Portugal

Discover the 16 most beautiful and unusual beaches in the world

The Algarve coast is made up of limestone, which erodes easily and can form stunning sea caves like this one. It can only be reached by sea.

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Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of this blog, 'Discover the World – The Blog for Curious Travelers.' Join me as we embark on a journey around the world, uncovering beautiful places, diverse cultures, and captivating stories. Additionally, we will delve into mysterious and, at times, even bizarre destinations.

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