The World’s Most Colorful Beaches
For Your World Travel Bucket List
When picturing time spent lazing on a beach, typical travelers visualize a white sand beach with swaying palms set against a sparkling ocean and a searing sun.
But there are uniquely colored beaches located all over the world, with sand in varying shades of red, green, orange, purple, pink, pure white, midnight black and golden brown. They look nothing like what people think of as the classic beach scene, and many of them really need to be seen to be believed.
Sand is the product of erosion. It forms from a combination of inland rocks and sea cliffs wearing away, as well as particles washing inland from marine organisms and deposited onto shore. So whether it’s due to years of volcanic activity or miniature coral fragments that mix with white sand to form a lovely pink tone (depending on what the rocks and cliffs surrounding the beach are made of), a coastline can take on an entirely different hue.
From the red beach of Playa Roja in Peru to the olive green shores of Papakolea Beach in Hawaii, the following are our picks for the World’s Most Colorful Beaches.