The Most Unusual Beaches Around The World

Jokulsarlon, Iceland

This beach in Iceland actually has black volcanic sand which you can see beneath the large chunks of ice.

Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

These round boulders were structured almost 58 million years ago! They are formed of concentrated sediments that have solidified into rocks over time. They have been given the nickname 'dragon eggs' and we can see why!

Kourou, French Guiana

The green sand pictured here gets its coloring from the mineral olivine.

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

The olivine that makes this sand green is found in the enclosing cinder cone.

Maho Beach, Saint Martin (Caribbean Islands)

This has got to be the craziest beach ever! These very real images show you just how close the runway is to the beach!  Princess Juliana International Airport is literally over that fence you can see.

Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

This stunning beach gets its color from Foraminifera, which is a coral insect that leaves behind its pink shell once it dies.

Glass Beach In California

The glass formed on this beach near Fort Bragg in California was formed by trash that residents had been dumping there over the years. The tide had been smashing the trash into the sand and although dumping trash there is prohibited now the glass still remains here.

The Beach of the Cathedrals, Ribadeo, Spain

These beautiful arches have been formed over many years due to erosion from wind and the powerful sea. This beach should be visited at low tide when it is visible and accessible.

Beach in The Maldives

The stunning glow on this beach looks like tiny glistening stars! This is a natural occurrence and is caused by microscopic organisms called bio luminescent phytoplankton. They glow when they are stressed and get agitated by the crashing waves.

Hidden beach in Marieta, Mexico

This hidden beach can only be accessed by helicopter or swimming through a small tunnel.

Giants Causeway Beach, Northern Ireland

There are around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns at this beach, which were the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii

The black sand is made of basalt. It was created by lava flowing into the ocean which caused it to explode as it cooled down.

Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Australia

There are millions of tiny shells here that are up to 10 meters deep and stretch for 120 km.

Pfeiffer Beach, California

This beach has patches of purple sand which washes down from the rocks above. The color is due to manganese garnet which is present in the hills. The best time to visit this beach is after it has rained.

Red Sand Beach, Rabida, Galapagos

The red sand on this beach is due to the oxidization of lava. Some also believe it to be red because of dead corals.

Cave Beach in Algarve, Portugal

The rock formation in this cave is due to erosion over the years by the sea and wind. You can only get here by boat or swimming to it.

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