12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

Sun, surfing, and sand of all the colors of the rainbow!

Beaches with green sand

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

There are two beaches in the world with green sand: Papakolea in Hawaii and Talofofo on the island of Guam. These coastlines have their unusual color thanks to olivine crystals that are eroded from basaltic deposits, most likely formed from underwater volcanoes. Since olivine crystals are much heavier than most minerals, they are washed up on the shore and remain here when the tide carries away the light sand with the water.

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

Beaches with blue sand

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

Actually, it's not the sand that glows with a delightful blue color, but bioluminescent phytoplankton scattered along the coastline in the Maldives. The glow is caused by ecological stress (the discharge of plankton onto the shore). It's an incredible sight.

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

Beaches with smooth stones

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

Who said there must always be sand on the beach? These remarkable columns on the Giant's Causeway in Ireland seem too regular to be natural. In reality, they are made up of basalt and layers of solidified lava.

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

Beaches with purple sand

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

It's almost a little sad that not all beaches are as colorful. The exotic purple sands at Pfeiffer Beach (California) get their unique color from garnet granules rich in manganese, the deposits of which are widespread throughout the region.

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

Beaches with black sand

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

They are incredible, unusual, and slightly uncomfortable. Many beaches with black sand have obtained their unique color thanks to high concentrations of erosive lava and volcanic rocks.

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

Cave Beaches

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

Where the ocean's destructive power and unlimited time meet, you will surely discover several caves, and within them... secret beaches. The secret cave beach in Mexico and the cave beach Algarve in Portugal are two of the most famous examples of such incredible beaches hidden within caves.

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

12 breathtaking beaches you had no idea existed. Part 2

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