When we think of a beach, we imagine white sand, undulating waves, sun, and all full of towels and parasols. However, not all beaches are equal. There are all shapes and colors, and some, like the 10 on our list have very unique features.
The 10 strangest and most beautiful beaches in the world
Algar de Benagil (Portugal)
This is one of the highlights of the Algarve coast. If you pass by these cliffs, you hear the sound of the sea, but do not know exactly where it comes from.
This is a huge hole, surrounded by a fence, which hides a sandy beach in its interior. Your only access is through the sea, so you’ll have to confront the waves for a visit.
Pink sand beach (Bahamas)
Harbour Island is a small portion of the Bahamas, with one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. What’s more amazing, the sand is pink. The red shells and foraminifera which are single-celled marine animals mixed with the white sand giving it this special characteristic.
Beach of the cathedrals (Spain)
This beach, located on the coast of Ribadeo, has been created with the passage of the years and the continuous beating of the water against the rocks, which appear to be an impressive cathedral architecture. All thanks to the creativity of nature itself.
This black sand beach of the North Atlantic is full of chunks of transparent glacial ice that seem like diamonds. Jokulsarlon, the lagoon of the glacier, is joined to the sea by the shortest river in Iceland. Without a doubt, it looks like a beach from another world.
Beach Genipabu (Brazil)
In the middle of the gigantic sand dunes that give the feeling of being in the desert, is one of the most interesting beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the world. If you like adventure, you can get to it in a buggy, camel or even doing sandboarding, which is like snowboarding but on the dunes.
Panaluu Beach (Hawaii)
A beach on the island of Hawaii where the sand is completely black due to the runoff of volcanic lava. Have you ever seen something like that?
Beaches bioluminescent (Maldives)
This kind of beach can occur in nearly any place. The plankton and the algae can shine with its own light, called bioluminescence. However, despite the fact that they need energy to shine, is produced only in certain conditions.
One of the places in which it occurs is in the Maldives, where during the months of autumn, when the Moon is low, the tiny crustaceans produce a blue glow.
Boulders Beach (Cape Town)
Thousands of years of erosion of the sandstone in this stretch of the coast of in Cape Town, in South Africa, have discovered huge granite boulders. If that were not enough, more than 2,000 African penguins live, swim and mate in the area.
Grass Beach (French Guiana)
If you’re tired of the typical sandy beaches, this is a new experience. This beach is completely covered with grass. Different to any other beach in the world, the sea crashes and lands on a shore of grass and not sand.
Glass Beach (USA)
Fort Bragg, California, has a beach covered in remains of broken glass. For decades, local communities would throw their unwanted products at the seaside. While the organic debris is messed with, the crystals are accumulated. Now, the beach is protected by law.