World’s 15 Most Unique Beaches   (3)

 

JURASSIC COAST

Where: Dorset and East Devon, England

Geologists and fossil hunters travel from far and wide looking for specimens on the Jurassic Coast of England. In addition to the coast's rugged cliffs and coves, many years of the earth's development are on display here. Due to erosion, fossils are continuously being identified, and visitors can go on guided fossil walks.

JOKULSARLON

Where: Iceland

Jökulsárlón can only be described as otherworldly. At this glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland, icebergs float and drift toward the Atlantic. Skua, large predatory sea birds, have made Jökulsárlón their home and can be seen nesting on the black sand. This stunning place was the setting for scenes in the James Bond movies A View to Kill and Die Another Day, as well as Tomb Raider. Don't expect to swim in the freezing waters; you can take a boat tour instead.

THUNDER COVE

Where: Prince Edward Island, Canada

Prince Edward Island near Nova Scotia is full of picturesque beaches, meadows, and farm colonies. Fishermen haul in mussels, oysters, and lobsters from P. E. I.'s shores. What's striking is about half of the beaches have red sand due to high iron oxide content. Thunder Cove is especially surreal and beautiful, with rust-colored sand and dunes.

PFEIFFER BEACH

Where: Big Sur, CA

Big Sur is known for its natural beauty, and Pfeiffer Beach is especially stunning. This hard-to-find beach features purple sand thanks to the manganese garnet found on cliffs by the ocean. The road leading to the beach is unmarked, so keep an eye out for it near Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on Highway 1.

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HYAMS BEACH

Where: Jervis Bay, Australia

Of all the beautiful beaches on Australia's coast, only Hyams Beach holds the Guinness Book of World Records title of the whitest sand. Crystal-clear water, forests, and wetlands only add to Jervis Bay's appeal. Inhabited by Aboriginals for thousands of years, the area boasts important archeological sites, like rock art, stone artifacts, and axe grinding grooves.

BOULDERS BEACH

Where: Cape Town

African penguins waddle along the coast on Boulders Beach, part of Table Mountain National Park. Watch them from the boardwalks (built specifically for penguin-viewing), but stay away from their breeding grounds, as their beaks are razor-sharp and they will bite. The reason for the beach's name is the collection of giant granite boulders weathered down by thousands of years of erosion. All together, the inlets and shady coves provide a unique setting for a vacation.