With swaying palm trees and crystal clear waters, there’s nothing quite like a beach vacation. Although the world is filled with tropical, white sand coasts, it’s also home to some strange and bizarre beaches too!
Sure, you’ve heard of black and pink sand beaches, but did you know that California is home to a purple sand beach? Located near Big Sur, Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach has streaks of bright purple sand.
The sand gets its unique color from the Manganese garnet from the surrounding mountains. Over the years, the garnet pieces fell into the sand giving the beach a light purple hue.
2. Hidden Beach, Mexico
Only accessible by swimming through a narrow canal, the mysterious hidden beach is a must-see in Mexico. It’s undetectable from the outside, which makes it the ideal spot for a secluded swim in the Pacific Ocean.
Nowadays, it’s a popular tourist attraction for visitors traveling from Puerto Vallarta. However, it’s unique location and lush surroundings make it one of the most incredible beaches in the world.
3. Giant’s Causeway, Ireland
Although it may not look like your typical beach, the volcanic region of Giant’s Causeway is an amazing sight to see. The area has over 40,000 interlocking columns which resemble black, hexagonal stepping stones.
Not only will you get some fantastic photos, but you’ll also be able to see what many people consider a natural wonder of the United Kingdom. Make sure to bring your hiking shoes, because the cliffs are steep and jagged.
4. Shell Beach, Australia
There aren’t many beaches in the world that don’t have sand. However, Shell Beach in Western Australia is one of them! In fact, it’s one of the only two beaches in the world made entirely out of seashells!
Stretching 37 miles down the coast, the beach is filled with tiny white shells making it the perfect destination for photographers or shell collectors!
5. Pig Beach, Bahamas
Located on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay in the Bahamas, Pig Beach is swarming with a colony of feral pigs and piglets! For decades, tourists have flocked to the Pig Beach just for the opportunity to swim in the ocean with the island’s most notorious residents. And although they’re wild, we hear the pigs are usually happy to pose for selfies and photos.
6. Vaadhoo Island, Maldives
For a magical, surreal experience, head to Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives. At night, the ocean shores illuminate with sparkling bioluminescence, which gives the entire beach a twinkly star effect. If you want to experience this stunning natural phenomenon, don’t miss a visit to the tropical paradise known as Vaadhoo Island!
For your vacation, it may sound tempting just to visit a traditional white sand beach. However, we recommend getting outside your comfort zone to see an amazing, one-of-a-kind beach destination instead! The world is teeming with diverse and unusual landscapes just waiting for you to explore!