Most Unique Beaches in the World

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When we mention the word “beach”, a particular image is created in our minds. It is a beautiful landscape, blessed with the gentle swaying of the coastal breeze, blue water and soft white sands, and the soothing sound of gushing waves. It is sometimes different. Many unique beaches around the world defy stereotypes. These beaches range from ashen-black and pink sandbanks to starry shores swathed in bio-luminescent waves. They are genuinely breathtaking for their natural beauty and unusual geological formations. You can explore these fantastic beaches and take a new holiday.

Hidden Beach, Mexico

Hidden Beach, Mexico
Hidden Beach, Mexico – photo by Robert.Pittman

Hidden Beach, located in Mexico’s Marieta Islands, is one of the most uninhabited beaches on the planet. It is concealed within an open-crater and a vast cave formation. This beach, also known as Playa del Amor is believed to have been formed when the Mexican government used these uninhabited islands as targets for bombing or practice in the 1900s. The beach is well-known for its turquoise waters and secluded location. Only low tide access to the beach can be made via a long water tunnel. This can only been done by swimming or kayaking.

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach (Hawaii)

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, Big Island, Hawaii
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Big Island, Hawaii – photo by Kenya Allmond

Hawaii is home to many beautiful beaches. But Punalu’u Black sand beach is the best known. The beach is located on the Big Island’s south coast. It has black sandbanks due to basalt that washes up onto the shores. Basalt is formed by streams of lava that flow underwater and heat the rocks, causing them to explode.

The beach, which is black with sandbanks and home to a few endangered species, such as the Hawksbill Turtle or Hawaiian Monk Seal, is also vital. This beach is easily accessible from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, making it a must-see on Hawaii Tour Packages.

Giant’s Causeway Beach in Northern Ireland, UK

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland – photo by Sephris92

The Giant’s Causeway Beach, located in Northern Ireland, UK is one of the most unusual beaches in the world. It has unique rock formations and fissures caused by volcanic activity. The giant’s Causeway formed between 50-60 million years ago, when basalt lava rose up to the surface, cooling, and cracking into large, strange columns. The site today contains forty-thousand basalt columns, boulders and other features in hexagonal scale-like designs. Many legends surround the Giant’s Causeway.

The most well-known is that the columns are remnants from a causeway built in the 19th century by Finn MacCool. As part of UK tour packages, the mysterious geological formations on Giant’s Causeway Beach have captivated visitors for many years.

Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

Koekohe Beach
Koekohe Beach – photo by HerrBerta

Koekohe Beach, located on New Zealand’s Otago Coast, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is home to the mysterious Moeraki Boulders. These are a group of large, spherical rocks that can be found scattered along its shores. The boulders at Koekohe Beach, New Zealand, are also known as Dinosaur’s Eggs and Dragon’s Eggs.

These ancient giant spheres, which date back 60 million years, are made from sedimentary rock, which has been shaped and shaped by the crashing waters, giving them their unique look. It is a popular tourist attraction and one of the top places in New Zealand.

Glass Beach, California (USA)

Glass Beach, California
Glass Beach, California – photo by mlhradio

Glass Beach is a unique beach in MacKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg, California. This beach, which was once a dump site, is now a beautiful spot for the small pieces of glass that have been dumped by locals. The ever-changing tides and surf eventually made the garbage pound into the sand. The beach’s white sand has made these broken pieces look magical, becoming smoother and more shiny over time. You can swim here safely, but it is not ethical or legal to take the glasses.

Scala Dei Turchi, Italy

Scala dei Turchi, Sicily, Italy
Scala dei Turchi, Sicily, Italy – photo by Anna & Michal

Scala Dei Turchi, a beach located in Southern Sicily’s Realmonte, has stairs instead of a sandy coastline. This white, gleaming staircase to heaven overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is almost identical to Santorini in Greece. There are also two sandy beaches to the side of the stairs, where you can sunbathe and swim, as well the opportunity to climb onto the Scala Dei Turchi. It is a popular spot on Italy Tour Packages and attracts thousands of tourists.

Boulders Beach, South Africa

Boulders Beach, Simonstown, South Africa
Penguins, Boulders Beach, Simonstown, South Africa – photo by darkroomillusions

Boulders Beach can be found on the Cape Peninsula in Simon’s Town. It is a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa’s Western Cape province. The beach is also known as Boulders Bay. This unique beach is home to the African Penguin community. The government considers the beach a protected area because penguins are endangered. This penguin species is only found along the coast of Southern Africa. The beach is also part of Table Mountain National Park, one of the most popular places in South Africa.

Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas

Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas
Horseback riding on Harbour Island famous pink sand beach – photo by WIlly Volk

Pink Sand Beach is a beautiful beach on Harbor Island, Bahamas. This beach is perfect for those who love pink. The shoreline has soft pink sand, and the waves are gentle. Foraminifera, microscopic shelled corals that live under the seafloor’s surface, give the sand a pink hue. This is one of the most popular beaches on the island.

Shell Beach, Australia

Shell Beach, Monkey Mia, Western Australia
Shell Beach, Monkey Mia, Western Australia – photo by suecan1

Shell Beach, another exceptional beach in the world, is located on a narrow island within Shark Bay. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cockle shells are the main attraction of the beach. They can be found scattered all over the beach. It is believed that these tiny shells reach almost 10 metres below the surface. Local cockle clams are responsible for the incredible volume of shells found here. To protect yourself from being bitten by the sharp edges, it is recommended that you wear shoes when walking along the beach.

Cathedral Beach, Ribadeo (Spanish)

Cathedral Beach, Ribadeo
Cathedral Beach, Ribadeo – photo by Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Lmbuga)

Cathedral Beach is one the most beautiful beaches in the world, and one of the best places to visit in Spain. This pristine stretch of 1.5km is the main draw. It is dotted with underwater arches, gothic-looking intricate caverns and looks almost like a cathedral on a beach. Tide pooling is a must-do activity. The best time to visit this unique beach is at low tide. It is a popular activity that attracts both tourists and locals.

Green Sand Beach (Papakolea), Hawaii USA

Papakolea Green Sand Beach
Papakolea Green Sand Beach – photo by koalie

Papakolea Beach, also known as Green Sand Beach, is found on Hawaii’s Big Island. This is the only beach with green sand on the planet. Because of the richness of semi-precious Olivine Crystals, which are interwoven with fine sandy environments, the beach was named. This beach’s green sand is due to the mineral Olivine. It was formed from lava eruptions some 50,000 years ago. It is a popular place to visit in Hawaii, drawing thousands of tourists each year.

Red Sand Beach, Rabida Galapagos

Red Sand Beach, Rabida Galapagos
Sea lion on the red sand beach of Rabida Island in the Galapagos Islands – photo by sooolaro

Red Sand Beach, another unique beach in Hawaii is well-known for its distinctive red color. Kaihalulu Beach is also known as this beach. The constant volcanic activity causes the sand to turn red and it is surrounded with the red cove. It is one the most popular beaches in Hawaii, and also among the most unique beaches in the entire world.

Hot Water Beach, New Zealand

Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
Hot Water Beach, New Zealand – photo by Steve & Jem Copley

The Hot Water Beach, located in New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula is one of the most unusual beaches in the world. It has geothermal springs. It is amazing to find a hot water geothermal and mineral spa right on the beach. To relax, one can make their own spa pits by digging out burrows in the sand. Because the beach is situated over hot springs, which filter through the sand at low tide, this happens. The tide eventually washes away man-made pools, making it clear for newcomers. It is great for experienced surfers.

Cave Beach, Algarve (Portugal)

Cave Beach, Algarve
ALGARVE . Beach – photo by PortoBay Trade

Cave Beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and unique beaches in the entire world. This beach, located in the Algarve on the south coast Portugal, is inside a cave. It has a small skylight that illuminates its interior. One can see the intricate patterns in the rock of the cave and the captivating atmosphere. This place is visited by a large number of tourists every year. To reach it, you will need to take a boat ride on the river or stand-up paddleboard during your Portugal Tour.


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