Not all beaches in the world are covered with sand —and some beaches aren’t covered with white sand, but black There are also some beaches which are hard to reach but are worth a visit. There are also some beaches which turn blue during the night. Read on to find out more about such unusual beaches across the world.
- Golden Horn (Zlatni Rat), Brac Island, Croatia
The Golden Horn Beach looks like its pushing itself into the Adriatic Sea. It attracts many visitors because of this unique view. Of course it has all the usual attractions of a beach like warm sea water, water sports and glowing sunlight. The Golden Horn regularly wins a place on lists of the best beaches in Europe. Many travel brochures of Croatia tourism contain the image of this beach, making it synonymous with the country. The Golden Horn is just a short drive from Bol, a small harbor town.
- Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles
This pretty beach looks like nothing short of a picture perfect postcard. Located in Seychelles, the beach is made up of white and soft sand and huge boulders. The latter are scattered throughout the beach, forming various caves and coves. The beach is also home to vanilla plantations, a tradition started by the French. The Anse Source d’Argent can be visited all year round because of the pleasant weather.
- Black Sand Beaches, The Big Island, Hawaii
Visit the black sand beaches if you are bored of the white sand beaches. These beaches are result of continuous volcanic activity on the island. Other than the black sand, the beaches are also famous for the turtles that come up ashore for mating. Many families also travel to the beaches for enjoying picnics. The most famous of the black sand beaches is the Punaluʻu. You can easily reach it by taking Ninole Road from Hawaii Belt Road.
- Algarve, Portugal
Algarve is located towards the extreme south of Portugal and boasts of an eye-catching coastline. Its landscape is rich in grottoes and caves made up of limestone. Explore the coastline by taking a boat tour and enjoy watching the sandstone pillars jutting out from the sea. The inner part of Algarve is home to small historic villages and pretty castles. It is also a good place for watching birds and for hiking. One of the most popular is the Algarviana Hiking Trail which passes through inner Algarve. You can access the beach by taking the Algarve Seafaris cruise from Albufeira and Vilamoura.
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, California, USA
The name is quite a mouthful, and the beach itself is equally hard to reach. And that is what makes it worth a visit. The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is famous for the McWay Falls, which fall directly into the ocean! You can reach the falls by hiking through the ‘Waterfall Trail’. The surprising thing about the trail is that it starts from a parking lot.
- Menorca, Spain
Menorca is a tiny island located on the Mediterranean Sea. In spite of its small size, it has 120 beaches! The water is so clear as if to give the word clear a new meaning. Menorca is also the perfect spot for pursuing water sports like kayaking and canoeing. You can reach any of the beaches by taking a ferry from Valencia or Barcelona.
- The Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia
The Jervis Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. The beaches in the Jervis Bay area look their best during the night. This is when they become luminescent because of the millions of light omitting plankton — tiny plants and animals living in the sea. Visit the beaches during the evenings to experience this rare phenomenon. The beaches in the Jervis Bay area are covered with the whitest of the white sand, making for the perfect contrast against the bright blue. In fact, Jervis Bay is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the whitest sand beach. Other than staring at the blue light, you can also take a swim or go snorkeling. The water is always calm, especially at the Hyams Beach. You can reach the Jervis Bay area by taking a three-hour drive or a train from Sydney.
- Cathedral Cove Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
The Cathedral Cove Beach is easily one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is often described as a paradise for photographers. The rocky coves of the beach are the biggest attractions and capturing them from different angles is a popular activity. Tourists visiting Cathedral Cove Beach can also indulge in kayaking, swimming and snorkeling. A walking trail located towards the north of the beach takes you to the top of a cliff. On the way back take a slight detour and you will be able to see a gigantic cavern joining two different coves. The arches of the cavern are shaped like cathedral arches and that’s how the beach gets its name. Enjoy taking photographs, take part in the water sports or hike to the cliff. Or simply sit on the beach, under one of the pohutukawa trees, and gaze at the water.
- Glass Beach, California, USA
The Glass Beach is one of the very few beaches which weren’t created by nature. It is actually a result of pollution, created by humans. The Glass Beach contains glass pebbles which were part of garbage at one time. The garbage was thrown by humans and the sea water shaped it into the pebbles which are seen today. As a visitor, you will be discouraged to collect any of the glass pebbles on the beach. Even if that’s the case, just walking on thousands of glass pebbles is a great feeling. Visit the Glass Beach to see what nature can create with human garbage! Glass Beach is located near Elm Street and attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Originally posted 2017-04-26 06:08:08.