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Top 10 most impressive beaches in the world

Top 10 most impressive beaches in the world

Pink sand beach Bahamas

The Bahamas are known for their incredible weather as your waters and perfect beaches but there’s one place that’s become famous for the way it stands out above the rest. On the coast of Harbor Island is a beach where instead of being white or golden yellow the sand has a slight pink tint to it you may have seen images of this before and assume that the pink hues are a result of camera trickery, while it’s true that visitors often add filters to try to make the beach appear far more vivid than it is in real life, the true color is still quite impressive the effect is present along the entire three mile long and foot wide beach and it happened because of a specific species of animal that lives on the reef called foramen affero.

These microscopic insects feed off the coral and have shells that are either bright pink or red in color they’re one of the most prevalent organisms in the ocean but because harbor island is surrounded by such a vast reef that’s not far offshore it has one of the densest populations of this particular pink colored species in the world once they’ve reached the end of their lives the currents and waves crush the shells and wash them ashore when they’re mixed in with sand and pieces of coral on the beach the color is most pronounced at the water’s edge along the sand and while technically you’re walking across crushed remains of small insects a trip to this beach has to be on the bucket list of any self-respecting world traveler

The bomb blast beach Mexico

Most beaches have been formed over thousands of years for the action of the waves lashing against the coast there’s one in Mexico that was created much more recently, and rather being a product of nature, this one has its roots in human activity. Located in Puerto Vallarta on the Marietta islands which are just a few miles off the coast of Mexico, playa de amor which means the Love Beach has become increasingly popular over the last few years thanks to its stunning vistas and perfect Instagram stories.

The hidden beach lies within a strange shaped opening in the ground and if this doesn’t look to you like a natural feature then you’d be right! The islands used to be a testing ground for the Mexican military, and this is a crater formed by the detonation of a bomb. The only way to access it is by a short swim through a tunnel and while you’re there you’ll witness countless different species of marine wildlife like humpback whales dolphins and manta rays with such escalating interest from visitors wanting their own chance to relax on the secluded island.

Authorities have stepped in to ensure the beach is preserved. As the island chain has also been designated as a protective Nature Reserve, you must have a permit to even travel to the island and the number that are granted each year are strictly limited if you’re lucky enough to get one though this is guaranteed to be an experience that you’ll never forget.

Whitehaven beach Australia

If you’re looking for crystal white sands and turquoise colored sea, then there’s simply no better place in the world to visit than Whitehaven beach. The 4.3 mile long stretch of coastline is on Whitsunday island in Australia which is amongst the Great Barrier Reef and means the water is teeming with life the reason why the sand is so spectacular is because of its extremely high silica content. Unusually none of the local rocks contain silica so it’s thought that all of the sand has been washed in by sea currents over millions of years. This has made it take on properties far different from what you might be used to and it’s known for its inability to absorb heat, so no matter how hot the day is you’ll still be able to walk across the beach barefoot without any problems.

The sand it’s so finely ground though that it has a habit of getting everywhere and can cause particular problems for electronic equipment it’s rumoured though that the sand is such good quality that was actually used by NASA to produce the glass for the Hubble Space Telescope in the 1970s. Aerial shots of the bay are stunning and show the way the ocean is pushing the sand up into the cove it’s now such an important place for local tourism that rules are in place to help preserve it for years to come. While you are allowed to have a barbecue as long as you take all the trash home with you, dogs and smoking are expressly banned to prevent the sand from becoming Tarnished.

Benegal Sea cave beach in Portugal

If you’ve been searching for somewhere with crystal clear water perfect sand and isolation from the rest of the world then the Benegal sea cave beach in Portugal is ideal!  It’s on the Algarve and thanks to the soft rock formations in the area, the tidal forces have carved incredible structures with arches and a giant skylight with a beach nestled inside. It’s almost as if Neptune himself created this idyllic getaway and it provides the perfect relaxing retreat. When the Sun shines in it illuminates the amber whose layered walls is much larger inside than you think when looking at it from a distance. The thing that makes it special is that you can’t simply walk there, the only way to access it is through one of the arches in the sea this means you need a kayak or a boat to get there and there’s never too many people who have made the trip on any given day.

Anse source d’argent in Seychelles

Often voted the most beautiful beach in the world and easily one of the most photographed, Anse source d’argent is truly an otherworldly paradise. It’s on the island of La Digue in the Seychelles and is surrounded by emerald color clear warm water with fine white sand. The thing that makes this place truly unique though is the presence of huge granite boulders along the shoreline which have been smoothed by the action of the waves and the sand that’s blown in the wind and they look simply magical. Images don’t do this place justice as they look as if they’ve been painted and it’s only when you set foot on the beach that you see how real it is. Add to this the rich biodiversity in the water with large numbers of fish and turtles that can be seen from the shoreline and it’s virtually guaranteed that you’ll never want to leave this place.

Vaadhoo Beach in Maldives

Vaadhoo island is famous for the ‘sea of stars.’ This marine bioluminescence is generated by phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. Woodland Hastings of Harvard University has for the first time identified a special channel in the dinoflagellate cell membrane that responds to electrical signals—offering a potential mechanism for how the algae create their unique illumination.

The Sea of Stars in the Maldives depends on several factors, including the year’s climate and the growth of the bioluminescent plankton. Nobody can predict when and where the event will occur. Vaadhoo Island in the Raa Atoll is the most well-known spot. But, it can also be viewed on one of the 1200 other islands in the Maldives in the right conditions too. According to locals, the spectacular event is more prevalent from late summer to the end of the year. But, these are just personal accounts. The exact time and location are likely to vary for different islands.

The Sea of Stars in the Maldives depends on several factors, including the year’s climate and the growth of the bioluminescent plankton. Nobody can predict when and where the event will occur. Vaadhoo Island in the Raa Atoll is the most well-known spot. But, it can also be viewed on one of the 1200 other islands in the Maldives in the right conditions too. According to locals, the spectacular event is more prevalent from late summer to the end of the year. But, these are just personal accounts. The exact time and location are likely to vary for different islands.

Red Sand Beach Galapagos

Lots of beaches are advertised as red sand beaches but few are this red. This beach is also known as a resting beach for the sea lion.

There are green shrubs lining the back of the beach which contrast nicely with the vivid red of the beach. Aside from the sea lions there are also pelicans.

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When snorkelling you can spot sharks and rays as well as a very tiny sea horse. Behind the beach there is also a lagoon and lava flows on a much bigger island across the water.

Papakolea beach in Hawaii

Papakōlea Beach (also known as Green Sand Beach or Mahana Beach) is a green sand beach located near South Point, in the Kaʻū district of the island of Hawaiʻi. It is one of only four green sand beaches in the world, the others being Talofofo Beach, Guam; Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island in the Galapagos Islands; and Hornindalsvatnet, Norway. It gets its distinctive coloring from olivine sand eroded out of the enclosing volcanic cone (tuff ring).

Papakōlea Beach is located in a bay half circled by Puʻu Mahana, a tuff ring formed over 49,000 years ago and associated with the southwest rift of Mauna Loa. Unlike cinder cones, tuff rings consist mostly of volcanic ash produced by violent interactions of magma with groundwater (Diamond Head, on the Island of Oahu, is another example of a tuff ring). Since its last eruption, the tuff ring has partially collapsed and been partially eroded by the ocean. The beach is sometimes named after the tuff ring, and sometimes after the area of land called Papakōlea, which comes from papa kōlea, which means plover flats in the Hawaiian language.

Papakōlea is the area near the crater where Pacific golden plovers (Pluvialis fulva) are sometimes seen in winter.

Zlatni Rat Beach in Croatia

One of the best beaches you can visit in the Mediterranean and amazingly, each time you go it’ll always be slightly different. That’s because the piece of land which is about a mile to the west of the town, is subjected to strong ocean currents that are continually reshaping it. Most of the land is covered with white pebbles to form a 2080 foot long beach but in the center there’s a pine grove that conceals the remains of a Roman villa and it’s still operating swimming pool. The far end of the beach which points south is where the most changes occur it usually curls in an easterly direction but during certain winds in the summer it’ll completely shift to the west surrounded by cool ocean waters.

Cathedral beach in Spain

It may seem like an unusual name to have but once you see what cathedral beach looks like it’ll all soon become clear. It’s on the northwestern coast of Spain and in the local language is called the praia de Augustana which means beach of the holy waters. The cliff face here has been subjected to the powerful forces of the Atlantic Ocean which has carved the rock in a way that looks almost like a gothic architecture, so the arches these processes have formed are more than 90 feet tall and the coastal walls are littered with cracks that serve as the entrances to hidden caves. Behind it’s undoubtedly one of the most stunning beaches in the world and in an added twist during low tide, you can walk through during the high tide to the area is completely underwater and provides an equally impressive opportunity for a boat ride through the arches.

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