Everyone loves a pristine beach with clear, blue and glistening waters. But beyond these idyllic paradises, there are so many beaches in the world that are characterised by unique features that are almost unheard of. Have you ever visited a beach that squeaks when you step on it, a beach with pitch black sand or a beach with pink sand?
Believe it or not, these strange beaches do exist on earth.
From California’s Glass Beach, Bahamas’ Pink Sands Beach, Hawaii’s Punala’u Beach to Australia’s Squeaky Beach, here are 7 Strange Beaches In The World that should make it to your bucket list.
#1 BOULDERS BEACH, CAPE TOWN
As its name implies, Cape Town’s Boulders Beach is characterised by gigantic granite boulders. The beach —part of Table Mountain National Park—is also home to more than 2,000 African penguins; visitors are definitely in a treat for a spectacular sight. Caution: These feathered creatures bite!
#2 GLASS BEACH, FORT BRAGG, CA
Glass Beach—situated in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California—was a former city trash dump site, but the weathering processes over the many decades have transformed the glasses into beautiful sea glasses. Do note that none of these sea glasses can be removed from the manmade beach.
#3 HOT WATER BEACH, COROMANDEL, NEW ZEALAND
Located in New Zealand, Hot Water Beach is exactly what it is. Start digging the sand and a tiny au naturel hot spring will emerge. Jump into the pool and enjoy a leisure spa. Temperatures can be as high as up to 64°C so do proceed with caution. This uniquely Kiwi experience is truly unmissable.
#4 PINK SANDS BEACH, HARBOUR ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Spanning across 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, Harbour Island is home to one of the world’s strangest but prettiest beaches. Your eyes are not tricking you; the sand is in fact of a soft rosy pink hue. This natural effect is caused by the mixture tiny microscopic animals’ red shells with the island’s white sand.
#5 PUNALA’U BEACH, HAWAII
Punaluʻu Beach is best known for its jet black sand and the black-coloured sand is the aftermath of cooled basaltic lava. The black coastal shore is lined with swaying coconut palm trees and a trip to this Hawaiian beach, located South of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, is certainly unforgettable.
#6 SQUEAKY BEACH, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
Squeaky Beach is aptly named after its sand that actually squeaks when stepped on. We were sceptical at first, but almost went berserk when we started hearing the squeaky noise produced upon stepping on the snow-white sand. The secluded Aussie beach is located in Wilsons Promontory National Park, which can be reached after an approximate 3.5-hour drive from Melbourne’s city centre.
#7 THUNDER COVE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
The beaches of Prince Edward Island are primarily red due to its high iron oxide content. Over here, one of the favourite spots is the Thunder Cove. The Canadian beach—positioned on the northern Green Gables Shore—boasts rust-coloured sand and dunes.