The most unusual beaches in the world

For you, beach = white sand? eDreams has decided to prove to you that the world hides many surprises and that there are many more variants of beaches than it seems. Glass beach, black, red or green beach, and even bioluminescent beach, there is something for everyone!

Ready to explore these extraordinary places? Follow us to discover the most unusual beaches on the planet!

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California

Located near Fort Bragg, California, this amazing glass beach was formed from bottles discarded for years by local residents and eroded by the continuous movement of the waves. Today, the site is protected and it is forbidden to throw garbage, but this incredible glass sand is still there, to the delight of the curious!

California Glass Beach
Photo of Sarah and Jason-min via Flickr

The Giants Causeway, Ireland

This beach is actually a natural rock outcrop located in the north east of Ireland. It is made up of huge rectangular blocks of stone shaped by nature over time, really ideal for lovers of geometry!

Giant's Causey Irlanda
Photo by Jennifer Boyer-min via FLickr

Bioluminescent beach, Maldives

In the Maldives archipelago, there are beaches that light up at night, as if countless little stars were reflected there … This incredible phenomenon is linked to the bioluminescent phytoplankton with the particularity of “lighting up” the animals that s ‘feed on it. To discover this incredible landscape, go to the island of Mudhdhoo after dark.

maldive bioluminescent spiaggia
Photo from Legato travel via Pinterest

The hidden beach of Marieta Island, Mexico

Off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, is an “invisible” beach formed in an ancient volcanic crater. Close your eyes and imagine the tranquility of a place like this!

isola marieta messico
Photo by @ mangoholidays-min via Instagram

Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

The rocks of this New Zealand beach are none other than balls of sedimentary rock smoothed by the movement of the waves. Unique in it’s genre !

Koekohe Beach Nuova Zelanda
Photo by edwin.11-min via Instagram

Formosa Beach, Madeira

The Portuguese archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean brings together some of the most amazing beaches in the world, like that of Formosa, whose volcanic sand is deep black. An ideal landscape for photography enthusiasts.

Praia Formosa
Photo by Eric Wüstenhagen-min via Instagram

Pig Beach, Bahamas

The island of Big Major Cay (also known as Pig Island), in the Bahamas, is home to a beach where pigs take their bath in crystal clear waters … Incredible but true!

isola maiali bahamas
Photo of Rhonda Albom via Pinterest

Cathedral Beach, Ribadeo, Spain

The incredible natural arches and foothills of this Spanish beach have earned it its nickname “Cathedral Beach”. This exceptional landscape is the result of the erosion of the cliffs year after year.

spiaggia delle cattedrali ribadeo
Photo by Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias-min via Flickr

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Often considered as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world , this incredible 800 km long beach is made up of red sandstone and covered with purple and pink flowers in summer… A life-size poem!

Prince Edward Island, Canada
Photo of Nicolas Raymond via Flickr

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil

Every beginning of the year, the abundant rains flood the white dunes of the desert of the Lençóis National Park, thus creating superb turquoise lagoons. The beach persists until the water is completely evaporated, usually until October. If you look carefully in the water, you will be surprised to find small fish there, the result of an evolutionary adaptation to this extraordinary natural phenomenon.

Maranhão, Brazil.
Danielle Pereira’s photo via Flickr

Kourou, Guyana

The green color of the sand in this beach comes from the olivine, which forms when lava comes into contact with the sea.

spiaggia verde kourou
Photo by Arria Belli via Flickr

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Jökulsárlón is the largest glacial lake in Iceland. Small blue and white icebergs contrast with the black of ash and the yellow of volcanic sulfur, offering a landscape that is totally unique in the world.

Jökulsárlón islanda
IndigoMood’s photo via Flickr

Elafonissi Beach, Greece

In this corner of Greek paradise, the sand has a pretty pink tone and the sea water is absolutely transparent … Here is Elafonissi beach, on the west coast of Crete, a small island made of sand dunes, bushes and superb sea lilies.

Elafonisi Grecia
Photo by Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho via Flickr

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