When the heat of the summer is just too much to handle, we tend to plan to go to the beach. Most of the time you go to the nearest beach in your area. But if you are in for some unusual and unforgettable beach experience, you may want to take it up a notch.
The world is full of beaches that you may never thought that exists. Some are amazing beaches that are still hidden from masses. They are not your typically yellow or white sand beach. They come in shapes, colors, and structures that makes them one of a kind. Here are the top ten extraordinary beaches in the world.
The Cave Beach of Algarve, Portugal
From its name itself, this beach in Algarve, Portugal is a cave with a beach. This beach was created from massive wave erosion. The beach is located at Benagil Beach. People can use a boat or swim in this cave. This cave has an opening on the top so sunshine can get in. The water also changes in color due to the reflection of sunlight. However, it does not have any convenient facilities so make sure to bring your necessities with you. It is just a pure and natural wonder of the world.
The Shell Beach of Shark Bay, Australia
If you no longer find walking on the sand thrilling, then you can go to the Shell Beach in Shark Bay, Australia. With its name itself, this beach is made up of billions and billions of tiny shells. What makes it more amazing is that these shells only came from one type of species. It stretches around 60 kilometers and the shells’ depth is about 7 meters. These shells had entirely replaced the sand in the beach.
The Red Sand Beach of Rabida, Galapagos
Are you so over with white and yellow beach sands? Then, try red sand for a change. The Red Sand Beach in Rabida, Galapagos. Some say that the redness of the beach was due to lava oxidation while others say it is because of the dead corals. Whichever, the red sand is definitely a sight to look at. Aside from that, this beach is also filled with many lounging and residing species. These species include birds like the pink flamingo and finches. There are also a huge group of sea lions playing around the beach.
The Punaluu Black Sand Beach of Hawaii
If you want a beach on the other side of the pigment, then check out the Punaluu Black Sand Beach in Hawaii. The sand is black which is very different from the typical beach you are used to. The black sand is caused by basalt lava flow that cooled down. It is not only a lounging spot for people but also for turtles. You can enjoy looking at the sea turtles of Hawaii. Just do not touch them. Although swimming at this beach is not really the most enjoyable thing to do, but you can pick in anywhere and enjoy the other facilities on the said beach.
The Pink Sand Beach of the Bahamas
If you are after a cute color of sand, then take a trip to the Bahamas and go to the Pink Sand Beach. This beach got its pinkness from the remains of washed corals which the color infused on the sand. However, it is not really a super pink color. It just has a little pinkish color on it. Still, you can enjoy the beach’s crystal blue water.
The Giant’s Causeway Beach of Ireland
If you do not like a sanded beach, you can check out the beach in Ireland. This beach has rock columns that were formed for over 50 million years ago. It was called the giant’s causeway because of the legend that many local folks believe in. This beach has calm waters that you can swim in and a great hexagon rock column that you can stand, sit and take pictures on.
The Hidden Beach of Marieta, Mexico
Another one of a kind beach worth visiting is the Hidden Beach in the island of Marieta, Mexico. The beach is a huge hole in the island and inside the hole is a beach. The island used to be a bomb testing site because there are no inhabitants there. The hole was made from constant bombing. You can only get there by boat.
The Beach of Cathedrals of Ribadeo, Spain
If you are really into going to the beach and at the same time enjoy seeing high rock formations, then, the Beach of Cathedrals in Ribadeo, Spain is the place for you. These high cathedral-like arches are just mesmerizing to walk to and take pictures. These arches were formed from thousands of years of strong waves thrashing the rocks. However, you can only enjoy this beach on low tide. Because on high tide, the arches are flooded with water. You can still enjoy watching the view of cliff tops.
The Jokulsarlon Beach of Iceland
Can you go to the beach but without the heat? That can be arranged. You can go to Iceland and check out Jokulsarlon Beach. This is a black sand beach that has icebergs on shore. Though the place is not ideal for swimming, you can walk around the iceberg and watch the beautiful sunset.
The Unique Glass Beach of California, USA
If you are not into sand or rocks on the beach, then maybe glass as a sand replacement will thrill you. Does this beach even exist? It actually does in California, USA. The Unique Glass Beach used to be a dumpsite back in the days. Then for decades, the waves kept pounding the remaining glasses and other materials until they become smooth jewel-like stones on the beach. Thousands and thousands of visitors visit this beach.
With these ten and more extraordinary beaches to visit, you will never run out of beaches to explore. You can enjoy going to the beach in different forms and colors. Just make sure to bring a camera with you to capture the beauty of these one of a kind beaches.