the Whitehaven beach
the Whitehaven beach Getty Images, naphakm

Top 5 unique beach destinations


From magical color combinations in Australia and black sand in Hawaii to bioluminescent waves in San Diego, these beaches will make you dream with their shapes and shades.


Paradise on Earth, the Whitehaven beach on the Whitsunday Islands in Australia

Whitehaven beach
Whitehaven beach

Located on the tropical coast of Queensland, the curving stretch of sand at Whitehaven suits its name well, with immaculately smooth sand made from 98% silica.


The pink sand Elafonissi beach in Crete

Elafonissi beach
Elafonissi beach

On the Cretan isle, the coral glitters under the ripples of the Mediterranean sea and is tinted by the pink sand as it laps onto the coastline.


The rust-colored rocks of the Magdalen Islands in Canada

Magdalen Islands
Magdalen Islands

Located at the heart of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in the province of Quebec, the archipelago is composed of red sandstone cliffs, particularly prone to erosion.

A bioluminescent phenomenon on the beaches of San Diego

beaches of San Diego
beaches of San Diego

Why do certain beaches in the San Diego bay glow at night? It's because they're covered with bioluminescent plankton which gives off a bluish light.


The black sand of Punalu'u in Hawaii

Punalu'u in Hawaii
Punalu'u in Hawaii

On the island's east coast, volcanic activity and the lava flow into the ocean give the sand this black color.

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