28 Apr These Are the 5 Most Extraordinary Beaches in the World
When people usually think of beaches, they imagine a sunny strip of golden or white sand with blue waves stretching towards the horizon. But there are many unique beaches around the world that stand out from the crowd with their colors and shapes. For travelers looking for one of these types of places, we have made a list comprising of some of the most extraordinary beaches in the world.
- Hoshizuna-no-Hama, Okinawa
Hoshizuna no Hama may seem like a normal small beach at first glance, but if you look closely, you will see that the sand is actually made out of little star-shaped grains. This is why Hoshizuna no Hama got its name, as in Japanese, it means “star sand beach.” The beach is located on the northern tip of the remote Iriomote Island in Okinawa.
The unique sand is actually made up of the exoskeletons of Baclogypsina sphaerulata, a one-celled organism, barely a millimeter in diameter, which lives in the seagrass.
Local legends say that the star shells were the children of the Southern Cross and the North Star. The tiny star children were born in the ocean, but a giant serpent killed them, and their skeletal remains ended up on the shore.
- Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas
Another beach that owes its uniqueness to small marine organisms is the Pink Sands Beach. The beach gets its name and amazing pink-toned coast from the shells of red foraminifera, which are minuscule shell organisms, as well as pieces of coral.
The unusual pinkish hue is more noticeable when the sand is wet. What’s more, the sand here never gets hot, and there are plenty of remote reefs where you can snorkel.
- Glass Beach, California
The colorful Glass Beach undoubtedly deserves a spot on the most extraordinary beaches in the world list. Unlike other California beaches, the shores of Glass Beach are covered with thousands of little pieces of glass weathered down by sand and waves. The glass comes from years of littering from local residents, but nature managed to transform the garbage into the mosaic of bits of glass we see today.
- Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand
If you are visiting New Zealand, then you should definitely not miss seeing Koekohe Beach and its unique boulders called Dragon’s Eggs or Dinosaur’s Eggs. The giant balls of sedimentary rock got their distinct shape from the waves that repeatedly crashed on the shore.
- Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
The shores of Giant’s Causeway are made up of 40,000 basalt columns that look like they have been cut into perfect hexagon-shaped stones. 50 million years ago, there was a volcanic fissure eruption that made the rocks crack in this honeycomb pattern. The beach is encircled by huge columns whose tops create stepping stones which take you from the cliff foot and continue under the sea. Irish folklore says that the pathway was created by giant Fionn mac Cumhaill.
If you are looking to see something out of the ordinary in your summer vacation, then you should not miss the chance of visiting some of the most extraordinary beaches in the world.