These aren’t your average stretches of sand
Awe-inspiring beaches to admire
Dreaming of your next beach holiday is one of the best ways to get through the winter season — especially if the beach in question is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. From pink-sand beaches in the Caribbean to otherworldly shores in Iceland, these unique destinations are guaranteed to liven up your travels.
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
The inky black shore ofis an easy day trip from Reykjavík (about 2.5 hours each way). Located on , Reynisfjara attracts visitors with its black sand, stacked basalt caves and lunar rock structures. This isn’t exactly a beach made for soaking up the sun — the water is far too rough and cold for swimming — but it’s well worth visiting for its natural beauty and moody atmosphere.
Playa del Amor (aka “Hidden Beach”)
Marieta Islands, Mexico
West of Puerto Vallarta in, Playa del Amor is easily one of the most beautiful and unique beaches on the planet. Commonly referred to as ‘Hidden Beach’, Playa del Amor is surrounded by a cave with a gaping natural skylight at the top. The beach isn’t exactly easy to reach (it requires an hour-long boat ride from Puerto Vallarta’s coast), but swimming or kayaking through the warm waters is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Pink Sands Beach
Harbour Island, Bahamas
If you want your next photo to be as frame-worthy as they come, start planning a trip now to the Bahamas'. As its name suggests, the hot spot is famous for its rosy-pink color, resulting from microscopic coral shells. The beach stretches for some three miles along , opening up to the lovely Atlantic Ocean.
Fort Bragg, USA
Located near MacKerricher State Park in, the allure of lies in its name: here, you’ll find a shore filled with glass instead of sand. The area was originally used as a dump site for glass and metal in the 1950s and 60s. Over the next several decades, some of the waste decayed, while the metal was sold for scrap and the glass became smoothed by the crashing waves. The erosion resulted in the stretch of smooth, jewel-like pieces of glass that you see today.
Navagio Beach (aka “Shipwreck Beach”)
There's no shortage of incredible beaches in the Greek Isles, but perhaps none gather quite as much attention as Navagio Beach on. The cliff-lined beach is one of the most popular in the country, thanks to the abandoned metal ship that crashed on its shores in the 1980s. Shipwreck aside, calm surf and towering-cliff bookends make this a spot you should add to your bucket list.
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