9 Stunning Beaches Around the World

Cool rock formations on glass beach, California. Image by Brendan Riley

It is hard to resist a holiday on the beach. Most beaches tend to look quite similar, but these ones stand out.

Musha Cay, Bahamas

Here there is pristine white sand and crystalline waters like no other spot on the globe.

Tra An Doilin, Galway, Ireland

Ireland may not be the first location that springs to mind on the topic of beaches. But, this beach offers a view of long stretches of rare coralline algae.


Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Australia

The beach here is aptly named as the sand dunes have every color of the rainbow.

Scala Dei Turchi, Sicily, Italy

There is no sand here, instead, there is a cliff face which has smoothly been eroded over time.

Starfish Beach, South Island, New Zealand

The coast offers an abundant array of starfish when the tide is low.

Panalu’u Beach, Hawaii

Replacing the sand is cooled pitch-black lava.

Star Sand Beach, Okinawa, Japan

This historical beach has ancient exoskeletons in the place of regular sand.

Glass Beach, California

The coast here is littered with mounds of glittering sea glass.

Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas

The sand here is tinted pink by scores of miniscule sea creatures.