17 Of The Most Unusual Beaches Around The World

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What is the most unusually beautiful beach you have ever visited? All over the world beaches have very different appearances and uses–although some defy logic with glow-in-the-dark sand or bright pink shores.

Here are 17 of the most unusual beaches found all over the world!

Maldives Beach Brings The Stars To The Shore

This is one truly incredible sight to see, it looks other-earthly! The lights on the sandy shores of this Maldives beach are caused by a bioluminescent phytoplankton. Individually, these creatures are too small to see, but gathered together they create quite a light show.

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The Beach of the Cathedrals located in Ribadeo, Spain 

Over the years the water continuously pounds against these rocks, creating what looks like stunning cathedral architecture, all produced by the creative hand of nature.

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Hidden Beach located in Marieta, Mexico 

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Maho Beach located in Saint Martin

This looks like your everyday beautiful beach, that is until a plane nearly knocks you down into the sand. People visit Saint Martin just to feel the extreme turbulence and power created by the airplanes. The airport is located so close to the beach shore you can practically reach out and touch the planes just before they land. Warning: people are often harmed by the sand and other debris that fly up and catapult towards them from the force of the plane.

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Jokulsarlon, Iceland 

This isn’t your everyday beach with blue waters and tan sand. Here, the black volcanic sand casts a dark backdrop to the chunks of ice that liter the shores like crystals.

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Panaluu Black Sand Beach located in Hawaii 

When basalt lava flows into the sea it cools very fast, creating the black sand found on this beach.

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Grass Beach In Kourou, French Guiana 

Instead of sand, this beach has grass.

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Glass Beach in California

Located near Fort Bragg in California, Glass Beach looks cool but is actually sort of depressing. Many years ago, residents used to dump their trash in these waters. Today, the glass all over the shore line is from trash materials washed back onto shore and pounded repeatedly by the water, turning the sandy shores into glassy shores.

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Vik Beach In Iceland 

It is rather common to find black sand beaches created by volcanoes in Iceland.

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Cave Beach located in Algarve, Portugal 

Limestone rock is easily eroded by the constant force of water, but the results are simply stunning.

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Pink Sand Beach located in The Bahamas

Of course the Bahamas would have pink sand! The pink sand found at this beach is formed by loose chunks of coral broken down in the ocean and then washed ashore by the waves.

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“Dragon Eggs” located at Koekohe Beach in New Zealand 

Known as the Moreaki Boulders, these unique rock formations were once surrounded by other land that has since washed away. The pieces of sedimentary rocks left behind are too hard for the water to completely break down, but as the the waters continually roll against them, new and spectacular formations form.

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Giants Causeway Beach located in Ireland 

This interesting formation occurred over 50 million years ago when basalt lava rose to the surface. After it cooled, it began to crack into the amazing columns and formations you see today.

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Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii 

The sand at this Hawaiian beach is green because of the surrounding volcanic mountains. After the mountain erupts, the lava flows down into the sea where it cools off and produces a mineral known as olivine, which then gets washed up onto shore. As its name suggest, olivine is responsible for turning the sand green.

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Shell Beach located in Shark Bay, Australia 

If the name doesn’t scare you away you can find a whole lot of shells on this beach in Shark Bay! The place is pretty incredible, especially if you are a cockle clam. Due to the saline natural of the water, the clams natural predators do not live in the area, allowing the population to balloon out of control. It is their shells that litter the beach.

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Red Sand Beach located in Rabida, Galapagos 

There are two reasons for the red sand at this beach:

-The oxidization of iron-rich lava

-Washed-up pieces of coral

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Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach located in California

The purple patches of sand found throughout the shores of this California beach are created by manganese garnet deposits, which fall down from the constantly eroding hillsides.

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