We’ll take a day at the beach any way we can get it; but if it also happens to be at a place that’s rare and beautiful, that’s even better. If you’re tired of plain old brown sand, feast your eyes on the red, pink, purple, and even multi-colored beaches that can be found in some of the world’s most beautiful locales. Here are 12 colorful beaches that are just waiting for you to visit.
Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii
Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, Papakolea is one of only two beaches in the United States with green sand and among only a handful in the world. Its interesting color comes from the glassy green olivine crystals mixed in with the sand that are also known as “Hawaiian diamonds.” These olivine crystals were formed nearly 50,000 years ago from olivine-rich volcanic lava that got trapped on the rocks rather than being washed out to sea. However, if you want to see this gorgeous green sand for yourself, you’re in for a bit of a journey; Papakolea is located at the southernmost tip of the island and is a 2.5-mile walk away from the nearest road.
Ramla Bay Beach, Gozo, Malta
Malta is a highly-underrated tourist destination with its astonishing landscapes, balmy temperatures, and vibrant culture. On top of all that, it’s also home to Ramla Bay Beach on the Island of Gozo, which is just a short ferry ride away from the main Island of Malta. Ramla Bay is famous for its beautiful golden-red sands, and the rare flora and fauna that live around the fiery dunes. On it you can relax in the sun or go for an adventure to Calypso’s Cave, which is said to be the same cave described in Homer’s Odyssey in which Ulysses spent 7 years living with the nymph Calypso.
Red Sand Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada
If you think tropical locales have a monopoly on great beaches, you probably haven’t been to Prince Edward Island, Canada. This small but beautiful island is famous for potatoes, Anne of Green Gables, red soil, and rolling sand dunes. Red Sand Shore is a 500-mile stretch of the island where the beaches have a distinctly ruddy hue due to the high levels of oxidized iron left behind by eroded sandstone. If you’re going there to see the Red Sandy Shores to live your dream of being Anne, she actually lived on the opposite side of the island which is known for its white sands. Funny enough, P.E.I is such a small province that Green Gables is just a quick drive away.