Everyone thinks that beaches are all about sea, sand and sun. But, there are few beaches which are more than that. We take you on a tour of the 5 most unusual beaches across the globe.
Where: Queensland, Australia
The changing tide within Hill Inlet along the northern end of the beach swirls around the white sands and the blue ocean water, creating a lovely tie-dye effect.
Where: Kau, Hawaii
Located near the southernmost point on the big island of Hawaii, Papakolea Beach contains olive-coloured sand. It gets its colour from the erosion of the mineral olivine, which is found in the nearby volcanic debris.
Where: Antrim, Northern Ireland
The studded beach known as Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is made up of polygonal columns of basalt protruding from the coast and water. They were caused by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, but one local legend claims that the columns were carved by a giant named Finn McCool (hence the name).
Where: Saint Martin
It’s not turquoise waters or palm trees that make Maho Beach on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin famous. Instead, this beach’s claim to fame is its location along the flight path at Princess Juliana International Airport. Due to an extremely short runway planes landing at the airport pass sunbathers at a considerably low altitude of 30–60 feet.
Where: MacKerricher State Park, Fort Bragg, California, USA
The beach was used as garbage dump for nearly 60 years before conservation efforts began in 1967. Today, three of the beaches are filled with polished pieces of colourful glass. The beaches are open to tourists, but collecting the glass is prohibited.