The weather is staring to cool down, which means beach days are getting further and further away. You might be stuck in a cloudy city right now, but you can still use your imagination to travel to these amazing beaches.
Papakolea Green Sand Beach
No, the color of the sand is not photoshopped. This beach is truly olive green. Located on the southernmost tip of the United States, Papakolea Green Sand Beach is a part of the Big Island of Hawaii. To reach and return from this seaside phenomenon, you must hike a 5.3 mile roundtrip. However, you can pay a local to drive you to the bluffs if you aren’t up for the trek. This beach is one of four green sand beaches in the entire world.
Black Sand Beach
Not only is the sand black as night, but this foggy beach is surrounded by stunning rock formations. This unique beach is something out of a gothic fairytale, with crashing waves and glaciers within reach. This beach isn’t for swimming, but you will get one-of-a-kind photo ops.
Elafonissi Pink Sand Beach
Pastel pink sand may sound like something out of a child’s coloring book, but rose-hued beaches do actually exist. Crushed coral and seashells create a pink glow where the water meets the land. The color of the sand varies at the beautiful Elafonissi Beach in Crete, but you can often catch it mimicking the color of cotton candy.
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
If you crave serenity and isolation, there is nowhere better than Pansy Island. Made up entirely of sand, the island is actually deserted sandbank off the eastern shore of the island of Bazaruto. You can only reach it by boat, but who doesn’t want an excuse to sail through the aquamarine Indian Ocean?