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Sure, white sand and crystalline waters are great, but beaches can come in all shades of the rainbow. We've added these 12 waterfronts to our travel bucket lists...

  • 1. PINK SANDS BEACH

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    Harbour Island, Bahama

    Harbour Island is just more than three miles long and a mile wide, but this sliver of an island is undoubtedly home to one of the most unique beaches in the world. The pink sand comes from remnants of red-shelled foraminifera, a single-celled marine animal, mixing with white sand.

  • 2. BLACK SANDS BEACH

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    Shelter Cove, California

    Shelter Cove's aptly named beach is the longest stretch of undeveloped beach in the continental U.S., making it a popular destination for surfers seeking solitude.

  • 3. WAI'ANAPANAPA STATE PARK

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    Maui, Hawaii

    There are few black sand beaches as stunning as the onyx-hued Wai'anapanapa State Park, which gets its color (or lack thereof) from lava flows falling into the sea.

  • 4. PAPAKOLEA BEACH

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    South Point, Hawaii

    One of only two green sand beaches in the world (the other is in the Galapagos), Papakolea Beach's coloring comes from the mineral olivine.

  • 5. RAMLA BAY

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    Gozo, Malta

    It may not be as dramatic as black sand or red sand, but Malta's Ramla Bay is a rich golden-red hue, unlike any other beach on the island.

  • 6. RED BEACH

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    Santorini, Greece

    Santorini's stunning Red Beach is made even more picturesque by its backdrop of soaring red lava cliffs.

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