The world’s most unusual beaches. One of the most striking differences in many of these beaches are the different sand colors.
Sand is generally formed out of whatever the waves happen to be banging against the shore, be they rocks, shells, corals, or glass.
Rare green beaches can contain olivine, which is a remnant of volcanic eruptions, and black beaches are also generally formed by volcanic remnants.
The pink beaches of Bermuda are colored by coral remnants.
This beach in Mexico is said to have formed after the Mexican government used the uninhabited islands for target practice in the 1900s.
The lights on this beach in the Maldives are caused by microscopic bioluminescent phytoplankton, which give off light when they are agitated by the surf.
The stunning cathedral-like arches and buttresses of this beach in Spain were formed by pounding water over thousands upon thousands years.
Due to the unique proximity of low flying airliners, the location is very popular with plane spotters. This is one of the few places in the world where aircraft can be viewed in their flight path just outside the end of the runway.
The black volcanic sand on this Icelandic beach contrasts beautifully with the white and glassy chunks of ice.
The boulders on this New Zealand beach are concretions – balls of sedimentary rock harder than the sedimentary earth that formed around them, which has long since washed away. These boulders get uncovered and smoothed by pounding waves.
Iceland is a land with a lot of volcanic activity, which is why black volcanic beaches are so common there.
The Algarve coast consists of limestone, which is easily eroded and can form stunning sea caves like this one.