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Unique colorful beaches around the world

Updated on October 28, 2014

Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Bahamas

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This beach is not the typical white sand beach. Its natural beauty, pale-pink sandy beaches make it unique. The three-mile long beach gets its color from thousands of microscopic marine creatures with red and pink shells called foraminifers. The life-forms live in the coral reefs surrounding the beaches and washed onto the shores by the waves.

Travel and Leisure ranked Harbour Island, Bahamas beach as No. 5 best beaches on earth for its dramatic landscape and its aquamarine waves. This beautiful pink sand stretches across the area of Harbour Island and Exuma Sound area- Surfer’s Beach, French Leave Beach, Winding Bay Beach, and Lighthouse Beach on the island. Captain William Sayles and a group of Puritans was in great search of a religious freedom when they discovered the island. Eleuthera, is The Bahamas birthplace which stands for freedom.

Red Beach, Santorini, Greece

One of the most famous and beautiful beaches in Santorini, Greece is Red Beach-also called Kokkini. In 1450 B.C. a volcano of Thira erupted and shaped Santorini. Red Beach earns its name from its scarlet red sand and the rocks in the cliff behind it. Red lava emerged from the cliffs and dropped into the turquoise Mediterranean water, creating a magnificent scenery to experience.

Red Beach is a hidden treasure. Ferry transport and bus are the main carriers over to the mainland. Most visitors admire this beautiful landscaped beach from afar. Though it's best to visit in the early morning hours. Sunbathers view it as a popular beach to get a great suntan. However, the red sand quickly heats up from the Mediterranean sun. It's best to rent a lounger to avoid relaxing directly on the heated sand. Red Beach ranked 4th in the world for its unique color in the sand and incredible natural beauty.

Muriwai Black sand Beach, New Zealand

Muriwai Black Sand Beach is another popular, unusual yet breathtaking beaches in the world. Forty-five minutes to one hour west of the Auckland, New Zealand it’s viewed as a perfect place for surfers, parasailing, picnickers, hang gliding, bird-watchers (the gannet colony) and a destination getaway. The rich black sand color is a result caused by iron oxide content and other materials from the old volcanoes in the area. The magnetite (magnetic rock) eroded from the volcano rock and scattered along the coastline by the wind and sea currents. The region kept most of its natural beauty.

The black sand is now an official highway allows tour carriers and other motor buses to experience the scenic view by driving right up to the edge of the beautiful ocean. As part of the Auckland regional park, Mariwai Beach holds the masses of visitors each year. The black mineral sand transported up the west coast from Mt. Taranaki through the process of longshore drift.

Orange Sand-Porto Ferro, Sardinia, Italy

Orange Sand-Porto Ferro, Sardina, Italy is also amongst the finest beaches in the world. This unique sand is formed from a blend of orange limestone to the native area. However, the deposit from the combination of the volcanic eruptions and crush shells add to the color. Porto Ferro beach is on the northern side of Corallo Riviera on the island of Sardina. It stretches about 2km and has three Spanish look-out towers-Torre Bianca, Torre Negra and Torre de Bantine Sale.

It’s said to be a fantastic beach that is not too busy, but secluded and wonderful. There are many enjoyment to the Porto Ferro beach. People particularly enjoy hiking, biking, sunbathing. It’s perfect for water sports -surfing, diving and windsurfing and ideal for swimming in the beautiful Mediterranean water. You can also see this remarkable colored sandbanks behind Porto Ferro beach on Lake Lago Baratz. This is the only salt lake in Sardinia. The breathtaking beach attracts many tourists each year.

Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur California

If you love the color lavender and enjoy exploring new things, then you will truly appreciate Pfeiffer’s Beach. This beautiful hidden gem has an unusual purple sand from manganese garnet deposits found in the surrounding rocks. Pfeiffer’s beach is a hotspot with the locals, but to some extent unknown to the tourists.

As a hidden treasure, Pfeiffer’s Beach is difficult to find. It’s unmarked by the highway. However, the beach can be found by taking Sycamore Canyon Road located right outside of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Once arrived, parking area and restrooms are available. The beach is operated by the US Forest Service. Furthermore, there is a limitation in the amount of vehicles permitted past the entrance station. New arrivals are kept in the queue until space is available.

Apart from that, many that visited the beach indicated that it was diffidently worth the journey.

Green Sand Beach-Papakolea, Hawaii

Papakolea Green Sand Beach is rather a unique yet enchanting beach. The only green sand beach in Hawaii and one of two in the entire world-truly deserving of its name. The olive green sand is made up of tiny olivine crystals containing iron and magnesium from surrounding lava rocks. Olivine is known as “Hawaiian Diamond” and is found in O’ahu’s famous Diamond landmark. This rare sand is loved by collectors.

The secluded beach is located near Ka Lae–South Point in Ka’u district of Hawaii. The trail to reach the beach is about 2 ½ miles long you would have to climb down on cinder cone. Locals are also available to shuttle visitors down in their four-wheel trucks to the beach for a fee if you are not up for the hike. Despite its strong current and rough waves the beach has an amazing scenery and is great for hiking and exploring new things along the way.

Shelter Cove, Humboldt California, United States (Gray Sand)

If your seeking some peace and relaxation from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Shelter Cove might just be that perfect spot for you. The beach is not the typical white sand beach. As a matter of fact, it’s the opposite. The sand is a charcoal gray-silver color. The silver-gray colored sand is the result of years of erosion of the gray shale cliffs along the shore.

This beach is often secluded and rarely visited by visitors. The beach is known for deep sea fishing, hiking and wild life viewing. Whale watching is a great activity for the locals and tourist alike as the enormous whales and their young calves cruise along the California coast. It’s also great hide-away spot for suffers seeking solitude and there are also nudists that tend to frequent the southern end of the beach.

According to Fox News Budget Travel Section, Shelter Cove is ranked in as one of the top nine most colorful beaches in the world.

Rainbow Beach, Queensland Australia

If you’re fascinated by rainbows, then you will truly enjoy Rainbow Beach, Queensland Australia. One of the most extraordinary beaches in the world derives its name from a rainbow colored sandbanks surrounding the settlement. According to an ancient legends of the Kabi people, the sandbanks were colored as a result of the rainbow spirit plunging onto the cliffs after losing battle over a beautiful woman and leaving his beautiful colors on the sand. However, experts claimed that the multicolored sand formation was derived from a combination of volcano erosion and iron oxide buildup.

The beach has 74 different hues that can be seen on the settlement. It’s considered a special retreat for local and tourist alike to enjoy the national parks in the area. There are many activities to fit every need imaginable. The scenery is said to be spectacular, especially doing sunrise and sunset. The beach is popular for sunbathing, picnickers, parasailing, sightseers and many others.

Ramla Bay, Gozo, Malta

Ramla Bay may not be as striking as the other colored beaches in the world. However, it has a beautiful golden hue, unlike any other beach on the island. This spectacular beach is located at the bottom of a rich and fertile valley on the northern side of the island of Goza. Locals usually refer to the beach as the “Ramla il-Hamra” the Red Sandy Beach.

Overlooking the Ramla Bay is Calypso Cave. The historical legend of the Cave has a love story behind the folktale. It’s related to the beautiful nymph Calypso who kept Odyseus as a prisoner of love for seven years. In returned her promise to him was eternal life. However, Odyseus left Calypso and returned to his wife Penelope.

The crystal clear beach is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. There are a mixture of sand and pebbles along the shore line and shallow area of the beach. The beach is said to be well watched by both the lifeguard and watch tower.

Hyams Beach, Australia

If you enjoy being in the tropics, then you would diffidently love Hyams Beach, Australia. No better word is more suitable for this beach except that it’s magnificent in nature. Hyams Beach is so white that it’s claimed to be listed into the Guinness Book of Records as the whitest sand in the world. I searched for it in the Guinness Book of Record, but apparently it does not exist. So, this might just be a myth. The secluded beach stretches 2km and is located on the southern shores of Jervis Bay surrounded by natural attractions: Booderee National Park, Marine Parks, walking trails and forest.

Besides having the whitest sand in the world. The turquoise waters and peaceful scenery has become a great getaway to many who finds this beautiful beach. There are also many ways to enjoy this pristine place. The beach is great for swimming, picnickers, building sand castles and lovers of nature. Down at the Jervis Bay one can enjoy sailing, diving, windsurfing, sea kayaking and snorkeling.

Overall, these beaches are considered a must to visit!

Red Beach, Santorini, Greece

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Muriwai Black sand Beach, New Zealand

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Orange Sand-Porto Ferro, Sardinia, Italy

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Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur California

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Green Sand Beach-Papakolea, Hawaii

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Shelter Cove, Humboldt California, United States (Gray Sand)

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Rainbow Beach, Queensland Australia

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Ramla Bay, Gozo, Malta

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Hyams Beach, Australia

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