The World’s Most Unusual Beaches

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.

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The World’s Most Unusual Beaches

This beach in Mexico is said to have formed after the Mexican government used the uninhabited islands for target practice in the 1900s.

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Maldives Beach That Looks Like Starry Night Sky

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.

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The Beach of the Cathedrals, Ribadeo, Spain

The stunning cathedral-like arches and buttresses of this beach in Spain were formed by pounding water over thousands upon thousands years.

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Extreme Plane Landings at Maho Beach, Saint Martin

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.

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Jokulsarlon, Iceland

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

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The Moeraki Boulders (Dragon Eggs) In Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

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.

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Vik Beach, Iceland

Iceland is a land with a lot of volcanic activity, which is why black volcanic beaches are so common there.

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Cave Beach in Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve coast consists of limestone, which is easily eroded and can form stunning sea caves like this one.



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