Utterly unique – and absolutely gorgeous
The beach is an absolutely magical place. Depending on your mood, you can go there for fun, seclusion, serenity, or simply a walk. While all beaches are pretty great, let’s be honest: Some are a wee bit more amazing than others. The sun, sand and surf may be enough to cure what ails you, but there are other things that make a beach trip one for the books. The following stunning beaches, for example, don’t have the typical white and beige sand that most do. Instead, they boast the colours of the rainbow on their shores. From orange and red to purple and black, here are some of the world’s most beautiful coloured-sand beaches for your viewing pleasure.
Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
Bermuda is known for its pink-sand beaches, and Horseshoe Bay Beach, one of the many beaches on the island that are open to the public, is the cream of the crop. Shaped like – you guessed it – a horseshoe and located on the south side of the island, this beach is home to bright pink sand so stunning, you can’t help but stare at it. The sand gets its pink hue from single-celled red organisms called foraminifera, which can be found in the coral reefs that are just offshore, and the turquoise water highlights the colour of the sand even more. Add in some breathtaking limestone cliffs and intricate caves and you have a unique beach experience you won’t soon forget.
Pfeiffer Beach, California
Pfeiffer Beach, located in California’s Big Sur region, has stunning purple sand, due to quartz and manganese garnet deposits that come down from the mountains. While traces of purple can almost always be seen, it becomes more visible after a storm with heavy rains. And if the purple sand isn’t gorgeous enough, the beach is dotted with tide pools and has several natural arches that make for great photo ops.