When someone mentions the beach, we immediately think of a long stretch of white sand, sandwiched by a lane of coconut trees and turquoise waters. But if there’s one thing that traveling has taught us, it’s that this world is a trove of incredibly, unbelievably diverse treasures. Even beaches come in different forms, shapes, and colors. Some are strewn with powdery sand, others freckled with curious rock formations. Here’s a list of 6 beaches that best represent the different types of seaside wonders.

Matira Beach, Bora Bora

We begin with what many consider the poster beach of all tropical destinations – Matira. This fantastic piece of heaven is located in the French Polynesian Bora Bora Island. This is your typical white beach paradise, which has become a permanent resident of lists of the best beaches in the world.

Matira Beach in Bora Bora
Matira Beach in Bora Bora

Matira indeed is breathtaking. With perfectly white sand, amazingly warm water, and the chances to scuba dive or snorkel to explore gorgeous underwater, your trip to this beach will surely be unforgettable. While many think that traveling here is expensive, there is actually plenty of cheap Bora Bora hotels that you can book online.

Bowling Balls Beach, California

Bowling Balls Beach in California
Bowling Balls Beach in California

Stones and pebbles are probably not really your idea of what make up a good beach. But if you find yourself in this Californian beach, you’ll be amazed by round, perfectly shaped stones that look as though they were deliberately placed by professional bowling player. Stones are best seen at low tide. They are neatly polished and neatly arranged on the coast – as if someone specifically put them there.

Chandipur Beach, India

Chandipur Beach in India
Chandipur Beach in India

Facing the Bay of Bengal, Chandipur Beach is located in Odisha (Orissa), India. At first glance, this looks very ordinary. But twice a day, it gets interesting. Chandipur Beach is like playing hide-and-seek with the sea. At low tide, the water moves away from the coast for about 5 km. At that point, you can enjoy a walk on the beach and see a variety of sea creatures, corals, shells and red crabs, without worries of getting soaked. We guarantee that pictures taken in this place will be breathtaking too!

Perissa Beach, Santorini, Greece

Perissa Beach in Santorini, Greece
Perissa Beach in Santorini, Greece

Perissa coastline is better known as the black beach due to millions of small black stones found in there. To be fair, swimming at this beach is dangerous, it is slippery due to large polished stone bars in the bottom. But here you can see the other side of the popular Santorini, a more authentic and more interesting. The long black beach extends along the entire coast of the island, so there is enough space for all travelers. Do not forget to take your flip flops here as well – black sand gets super hot during the hot day, and you can burn your foot!

Pink Beach, Zamboanga City, Philippines

Pink Beach in Zamboanga, Philippines
Pink Beach in Zamboanga, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Caratao.

The Philippines is made up of 7107 islands, and so it’s expected that it harbors a gazillion beaches: white sand, cream sand, black sand. They even have beaches littered with not sand but volcanic ash. But it still has a lot of surprises, like PINK BEACHES! The Pink Beach in Zamboanga City is just one of a handful of pastel-colored beaches in the country. Part of Sta. Cruz Grande Island (Great Sta. Cruz Island) in Zamboanga City, its shore is covered in pulverized red organ-pipe corals (Tubipora musica) that, when mixed with white sand, create a pink hue.

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland
Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s coast was formed as part of the largest lava plateau in Europe. This geological formation took shape about 60 million years ago when the North American and Eurasian continents were starting to break apart. It is indeed one of the most extraordinary beaches in the world. Here you might not want to dress down and lie to get a tan, but just to just sit quickly and enjoy the masterpiece of nature: perfectly shaped hexagonal columns, masterfully carved by nature.

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Comments

  1. Jimee Hopes says:

    These beaches are extremely beautiful. Specially you get chance to spend valuable time with yourself far away from the crowd and close to the nature :)

  2. Hello Guys..
    Nice blog.. Good job.. Interesting post. Thank you so much for the information. It’s a great post…I love travelling and want to travel all over the world. Explore new places, adventurous things and many more. And photographs are just amazing. Keep writing !!! These beaches are very beautiful.

  3. Natasha Sen says:

    I feel amazing to explore the Chandipur Beach of India. Thank you so much for sharing the information about the incredible beaches around the world..

  4. louise hamilton says:

    Can’t wait to get to these beaches guys! Haven’t done my travel research as much as you, but one of the favorites I’ve been to is the 30A area on Florida’s Emerald coast. The architecture of Rosemary Beach was really unique and we were able to rent one of the home’s through a rental company called Exclusive 30A.

    • Jim Ford says:

      Louise I live there and completely agree! It’s such a gorgeous area the water is literally green in some places. My family and I actually stayed with Exclusive 30A too and loved it so much — we ended up buying a house and are here during the winter months!

  5. Ross says:

    Undoubtedly the favourite beach I have ever been to was the one in the Great Australian Bight. Pristine sand dunes which went on as far as the eye could see. Best of all there was no one there, a reflection on the places extreme remoteness.

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