The 17 most rare beaches in the world

The 17 most rare beaches in the world

When someone says “beach” the first thing that comes to your mind is its yellow or white sand, waves, sunlight and maybe a beer or a cocktail. But the reality is that the concept of beach encompasses many types, shapes and colors. Here are 17 beaches that, in one way or another, are not the ones we are used to.


One of the most notable differences in many of the beaches are the different colors of the sand. The sand of the beaches is the fruit of thousands of years of waves crashing against the coast, and although it is usually rock, there are also shells, corals and even glass. Green beaches may be due to their content in the “olivine” mineral, a remnant of volcanic eruptions. Black beaches often come from the dark color of lava when it dries. Pink beaches like those in Bermuda are colored by coral remains. Let’s see 17 of the most rare beaches in the world. More info: boredpanda


Unique Glass Beach in California



It was formed after the local residents’ trash was deposited in it. The waves were whipped little by little as if it had the task of beautifying the environment. The garbage discharge was banned, but the glasses ended up mixing with the sand until forming part of the beach.

Hidden beach in Marieta, Mexico

Miguel Naranjo

It is said that this beach was formed after the Mexican government did shooting practices on these uninhabited Islands during the 1900s.

Maldives Beach That Looks Like Starry Night Sky

Will Ho

Will Ho

This beach is famous for the accumulation of a microscopic bioluminescent plankton. When it shakes, the small particles emanate light, so that both the surf and the athletes who practice night surfing, produce a magical spectacle.

The Beach of the Cathedrals, Ribadeo, Spain

Ribadeo is a small Spanish municipality of 10,000 inhabitants located in the northeastern region of Galicia. The abrupt cliffs have given rise to these imposing formations fruit of millions of years of erosion by the waves.

Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas

This idyllic beach is spiced with the coral remains that the waves pull up from the seabed and drag down to it. The result is a pink sand beach.

Extreme Plane Landings at Maho Beach, Saint Martin

Benny Zheng

Kent Miller

We warn those who tell us in the comments of our publications “that is a montage”, “false”, “retouched with photoshop”, etc. This, as many other things are real. The proximity of the airport to the beach makes taking snapshots like this one. Along the beach there are signs warning of the danger of mixing an airplane turbine with sunbathing. If you want to know more I recommend reading the article of the most curious airports.

Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Manisha Desai

D-P Photography

Iceland is one of those countries where we are increasingly in love. And rightly so, every plot of this mysterious country surprises you with a natural spectacle, as is the case of the contrast of its volcanic sand beaches with the ice white.

Vik Beach, Iceland

Stephan Amm

Another beach in Iceland where volcanic activity has created beautiful contrasts of black sand beaches.

The Moeraki Boulders (Dragon Eggs) In Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

Gerald Guerubin

Farkul J

The rocks of this beach of the New Zealand coast have this form due to the compacted sedimentary material of its rocks, and as always, added to the erosion of the waves.

Green Sand In Kourou, French Guiana

Arria Belli

Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii

Mark Ritter

Both beaches enjoy this particular color because of their content in the olivine mineral. Product of the shock of hot lava with the cold sea.

Giants Causeway Beach, Ireland


Stefan Klopp

This gigantic formation originated 50-60 million years ago when lava basalt surfaced and cooled, breaking into strange and capricious columns.

Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii

poco a poco

Formed by the same material as the beach of the giant’s causeway, basalt, comes from the original volcanic activity that gave rise to the islands.

Red Sand Beach, Rabida, Galapagos


Robert Peternel

This color reminds us of the Martian surface, and is that its origin is similar, the oxide. In the case of this beach, coming from the rich iron deposits that expelled the volcanoes. It is also attributed its color to the sediments formed by fragmented coral particles.

Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Australia

The waters that surround these beaches are so saline that the molluscs have proliferated because there is no natural predator that controls its population, or at least some that withstands that concentration of salt in the water. The beach is crowded with millions of shells.

Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach, California

Tom Grubbe | dfmead

irene joy

The purple color of the beach that emerges in the form of “patches” comes from the manganese deposits of the surrounding mountains.

Cave Beach in Algarve, Portugal

rare beaches

Bruno Carlos

Limestone erodes faster than other minerals. This beach of the Portuguese coast has this composition. The sea and the patience of the erosion have created caves with vaults that seem made by architects.

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