When summertime rolls around, there is nothing we’d rather do than set up a picnic mat and lounge under a big umbrella at the beach. It is the best way to unwind and gives us the chance to enjoy the white sandy beaches while hearing the waves crash onto the shore. Finding a beach is easy but finding a unique and alluring one that will turn your day at the beach to something so much more is no easy feat. All around the world, there are tons of beaches to visit and explore; here we have narrowed down the 10 unique beaches to visit that are out of this world and will certainly change your perspective about beaches!
1. Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
Dive into the deep blue Atlantic Ocean at Clifton beach which is at the heart of some of the most resplendent mountains that Cape Town has to offer. There is probably no other beach in this world where you can have a scrumptious picnic during the day while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean as well as incredible views of cliffs and mountains! Not to mention that Clifton has everything you’ll need from toilets to good quality water which earned the beach its Blue Flag award. Families are often attracted to come here for its picturesque views and many activities to do such as exploring the mountains and swimming!
2. Cathedral Beach, Spain
Hidden among underwater arches and mysterious caves, Cathedral Beach is the perfect getaway and its elusive location makes it all the more thrilling to visit! Not only will you get a chance to explore the caves and find out the secrets hidden in them, but you can also witness tide pools as well! They are a must-go, especially during low tides. This beach is definitely one for the list if you love the peace and quiet that gives you the perfect escape from reality!
3. Papakolea Beach, Hawaii
Have you ever been to a beach with green colored sand and a volcano? At Papakolea Beach, semi-precious Olivine crystals are littered all around the beach such that when they are paired with the volcanic activity of Mauna Loa, the beach gets its green colored sand. If the color of the sand doesn’t pique your curiosity, Mauna Loa surely will! It is the world’s largest volcano, instantly making this beach a must-see when you imagine just how much fun you are going to have while exploring the beach’s surroundings.
4. Hidden Beach, Mexico
Situated on the other side of a water tunnel, this beach really earns its name; especially because it was formed by accident. The origins of this beach are fairly interesting as test bombs in the area caused its creation. You cannot view the beach from anywhere else, making it a highly secretive getaway that is private and mysterious. Coming here will have you feeling like you’re in another world as you will be surrounded by caves and can only look up to see the sky!
5. Shell Beach, Australia
Nothing beats shell picking at any beach and no other beach will leave you as satisfied as Shell Beach if you are a fan of collecting seashells. An infinite number of cockle shells dot the beach and go as deep as 10 meters. You will have a splendid time searching for the prettiest or coolest seashell at this beach. And when you are tired, you can sit back, relax in a float and just relish in the beauty of the emerald blue sea!
6. Pink Sands Beach, the Bahamas
The Bahamas has always been known as the perfect destination for a luxuriating holiday accompanied by nothing but gorgeous beaches and endless cocktails. This is no wonder considering how the famous Pinks Sands Beach is located there. Forget about white, sandy beaches when you can have pink sand instead! This is possibly the only place in the world where you can see it and it is the result of coral fragments, broken shells and tiny marine shell animals that give the sand that sweet, pink color. Be sure to deck out in your best beachwear and pose for guaranteed Instagram-worthy shots!
7. Glass Beach, California
Witness the sheer impact of human pollution and waste at Glass Beach, Mendocino. Some might find the heaps of rubbish interesting or captivating due to the bright colors that they collectively give off. It is a popular tourist destination and the origins of this beach are actually the enormous amount of trash thrown in the area by locals residing there.
8. Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand
A beach like no other, Moeraki Boulders does not have much sand that you can leisurely stroll on. Instead, they have huge Dragon’s or Dinosaur’s Eggs, as they are termed all around the beach. They are a rare and sensational sight to see as these sedimentary rocks are incredibly unique. Years of being washed over by the sea tides have given them their beauteous look that you can’t find anywhere else!
9. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Carrying an astounding myth of being created by giants, Giant’s Causeway remains a mystery to the world; with its basalt columns and hexagon-shaped boulders. The birth of Giant’s Causeway dates back to more than 50 million years ago due to a volcanic eruption. Despite so, locals have formed a myriad of stories to explain its formation. Take a trip down to Northern Island to see this spectacular site for yourself and who knows, you might even form your own interpretation!
10. Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
Treat yourself to one of the world’s most luxurious beaches ever. Forget natural beaches when you can have a man-made island in the shape of a date palm. Dubai took luxury to the next level by building Palm Jumeirah; it gives residents of hotels and resorts on the island exclusive access to the flawless beach that no one else can get! Plus, you don’t have to beat the crowds or plan the perfect time to visit the beach because it’ll be right at your doorstep when you wake up and ready for you whenever you want to take a dip!
Beach vacations are meant to give people the chance to fully unwind and de-stress from work and life. Instead of picking the closest one to you, take your beach vacation to the next level and book a plane ticket to any of these awe-inspiring destinations that will give you the most unforgettable vacation of your life!