Our world is certainly full of some incredible beaches, ones that are made up of crystal clear waters and white sand. Yet scattered around the globe lies some of the world’s most unique beaches, from islands full of swimming pigs to beaches made of pink sand. We wade through some of the world’s most interesting beaches for you to add to your bucket list.
PIG ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS
Located just off the coast of the Great Exumas in The Bahamas lies one of the world’s best kept secrets – Pig Island. I was lucky enough to visit this paradise for my birthday last year and to this date it is the best travel experience I’ve ever had. You can get to Pig Island (Big Major Cay a.k.a ‘Home of the Swimming Pigs’) by boat. We booked an all day tour through Four C’s Adventures and were treated to a full day of sun, snorkelling and of course the infamous Swimming Pigs.
FLAMINGO BEACH ARUBA
Aruba is an island in the Caribbean, off the coast of Venezuela, known for its sunny weather and pristine beaches. Flamingo Beach is part of the Renaissance Hotel Aruba’s private beach. Luckily enough, you don’t need to stay at the hotel to spend some time here, you can purchase a day pass from the hotel and they will bring you here by speedboat.
PLAYA NORTE, ISLA MUJERES
Isla Mujeres, located off the coast of Cancun in Mexico, would have to be one of my favourite islands in the world. You can get here easily via a ferry dock in Puerto Juarez Cancun, with a ferry leaving every half hour from 5am until 9pm. Located in the north of Isla Mujeres, Playa Norte offers crystal clear water and white sand. The beaches of Isla Mujeres are home to some incredible wildlife like sea turtles and whale sharks, but perhaps the best thing about the water in Isla Mujeres the underwater museum. It is perhaps one of the world’s most famous underwater museums, housing 470 life sized statues living under the sea.
MAYA BAY, PHI PHI LEY, THAILAND
Maya Bay, is on the island of the uninhabited Phi Phi Ley in Thailand. Adorned by white sand beaches, snorkelling reefs and crystal clear water, Maya Bay is an oasis that is now famous from being the setting from the movie The Beach. If you can’t make it to this island in person, The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio captures the beauty of this place perfectly (watch the clip from 2mins 30). I distinctly remember arriving to this island and getting goose bumps all over my body, it truly is incredible.
HARBOUR ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS
I’ve seen the images of pink sand and wondered whether this beach really looks like that in real life. Well, the jury is still out but apparently Harbour Island in The Bahamas has pink sand, made from foraminifera, a microscopic organism that has a pinkish shell and when it mixes with the sand and coral, the overall shade of the beach is a hue of pink. Harbour Island is located off the northeast coast of Eleuthera Island and was once the capital of The Bahamas.
It’s as if the stars fell out of the sky and landed at your feet on the shores of Maldivian beaches. These glow in the dark beaches are a result of bioluminescent phytoplankton which are organisms that emit a light, creating the scattered sparkling effect in the sand.
HIDDEN BEACH, MARIETA, MEXICO
Playa del Amor, a.k.a ‘Hidden Beach’ is one of Marieta Islands, located west of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. This secluded paradise is part of a group of small uninhabited islands and is actually a picturesque bomb site. It was formed decades ago when it was used as target practice by the Mexican Government.
Certainly not your typical beach, Jokulsarlon Iceland is actually a large glacial lake that lies on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park. Forget your blue waters and white sand, here you can find black volcanic sand that casts the backdrop to large chunks of ice that sparkle on the shores like crystals.