These 16 beaches are not just stunningly beautiful, but also the most rarest beaches in the world! If ever you’re traveling around the globe you might want to put these amazing places in your travel list. Check them out!

 

1. The Glowing Beach – Maldives

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Image credits: Will Ho
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Caused by microscopic bioluminescent phytoplankton, which gives off light when they are agitated by the surf, these lights on this beach in Maldives are purely stunning. This is a perfect place for dating.

 

2. Glass Beach – California

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The glass beach near Fort Bragg in California formed after the trash dumped there for years by local residents was pounded into sand by the surf. The dumping was eventually prohibited, but the glass sand remains.

 

3. Pink Sand Beach – Bahamas

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The idyllic pink sand of the Bahamas is pigmented by washed-up coral remnants, which are dashed and ground to tiny pieces by the surf.

 

4. Hidden Beach – Marieta, Mexico

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This beach in Mexico also called as “The beach of love” is said to have formed after the Mexican government used the uninhabited islands for target practice in the 1900s.

5. Papakōlea Green Sand Beach – Hawaii

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The green sand on this beach in Hawaii is caused by the mineral olivine, which is formed by lava as it cools in the sea.

6. Punaluu Black Sand Beach – Hawaii

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The black sand on Punaluu is formed by basalt lava, which explodes as it flows into the sea and rapidly cools.

7. Shell Beach – Shark Bay, Australia

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The water near Shell Beach in Australia is so saline that the cockle clam has been able to proliferate unchecked by its natural predators. It is this abundance of mollusks that floods the beaches with their shells.

8. Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach – California

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The purple sand at this beach (which is only found in patches) is formed when manganese garnet deposits in the surrounding hills erode into the sea.

9. Red Sand Beach – Rabida, Galapagos

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Image credits: Robert Peternel
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The red sand at Rabida was formed due to the oxidization of iron-rich lava deposits, although it could also be due to washed-up coral sediments.

10. Giants Causeway Beach – Ireland

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The giant’s causeway was formed 50-60 million years ago when basalt lava rose to the surface and cooled, cracking into strange, large columns.

11. Vik Beach – Iceland

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Iceland is a land with a lot of volcanic activity, which is why black volcanic beaches are so common there.

12. Jokulsarlon – Iceland

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The black volcanic sand on this Icelandic beach contrasts beautifully with the white and glassy chunks of ice.

13. Cave Beach in Algarve – Portugal

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The Algarve coast consists of limestone, which is easily eroded and can form stunning sea caves like this one.

14. The Beach of the Cathedrals – Ribadeo, Spain

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The stunning cathedral-like arches and buttresses of this beach in Spain were formed by pounding water over thousands upon thousands years.

15. Dragon Eggs’ Beach – New Zealand

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Image credits: Gerald Guerubin
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The boulders on this New Zealand beach are concretions – balls of sedimentary rock harder than the sedimentary earth that formed around them, which has long since washed away. These boulders get uncovered and smoothed by pounding waves.

16. The Trilling Maho Beach – Saint Martin

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Image credits: Benny Zheng
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