Traveling has many holistic benefits and beaches are a favorite among travelers. While regular travelers usually seek pristine beaches with the bluest waters and the whitest sands, the more adventurous among them look for something unique and maybe a little bizarre.
If you are the adventurous traveler or you are simply looking for an otherworldly beach experience, look no further. Enlighten has compiled a list of 15 unique beaches that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Glow-In-The-Dark Beach, Vaadhoo, Maldives
This beach surely looks otherworldly. The star-lit sky-like appearance of the shores of this Maldives beach is caused by a bioluminescent phytoplankton. Individually, these creatures are too small to see, but gathered together they create a magnificent light show.
Glass Beach, California, USA
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As stunning as the glass beach in California might look today, its origin lies hidden in a darker past. Many years ago local residents dumped their trash in these waters. The glass that we now see all over the shore is from trash materials that were washed back onto the shore and have continuously been pounded over by the water.
Green Sand, Kourou, French Guiana
This beach in Kourou, French Guiana is not your typical beach with yellow or white sand. What makes this beach stunning is the green sand on its shore.
Hidden Beach, Marieta, Mexico
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Situated on the Islas Marietas is one of Mexico’s most remarkable wonders. Playa del Amor which translates to Beach of Love, more commonly known as the Hidden Beach, is hidden inside of a cave with a large open roof that lets the sunlight in.
Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas
It’s not surprising that honeymooners flock to these pink beaches in the Bahamas. After all, what can be more romantic than an island paradise made of stretches and stretches of pale pink sand beaches.
Giants Causeway Beach, Ireland
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These interesting columns formed over 50 million years ago when basalt lava that rose to the surface began cracking during the cooling and solidifying process.
Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Australia
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Due to the high salinity of the sea water, the natural predators of the cockle clam do not live in this area allowing their population to grow unchecked. It’s their shells that makes this beach so special.
Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach, California, US
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The idyllic purple sand (in patches) on the beach is formed when manganese garnet deposits from the surrounding hills erode into the sea.
Benagil Sea Cave, Portugal
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The Algarve coast consists of limestone which erodes easily due to the constant force of water thereby forming stunning sea caves like this one.
The Beach of the Cathedrals, Ribadeo, Spain
These mesmerizing cathedral-like arches were formed by the constant pounding of water over thousands of years.
Bowling Ball Beach, California, US
Unique stone orbs dot the beach located along the Mendocino coast of California. The best time to visit this beach is during the low tides when the water recedes to display these amazing formations.
Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
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If you visit this beach you will see visitors digging up holes in the sand and then soaking in. The water that filters through the sand is hot and comforting.
Red Sand Beach, Rabida, Galapagos
The red color of the sand on the beach is due to the oxidization of iron-rich lava deposits. But whatever the reason is, who cares when the beach looks this stunning.
Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
A picturesque white-sand beach backed by naturally sculpted granite boulders with emerald colored waters splashing over them. If that does not quite excite you we have more good news. This is one of the few beaches facing west, so you can also enjoy some fabulous sunsets here.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
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Navagio Beach or popularly Shipwreck Beach is one of the most famous and most photographed beaches in Greece. It is referred to as Shipwreck Beach or simply The Shipwreck because of the presence of the wrecked ship MV Panagiotis that is believed to have been smuggling contraband like cigarettes, wine, and women.
Which of these beaches have you visited or which would you like to visit first? Let us know in the comments below. Also, if you have a photo of a unique beach that should be on this list, share it with us.