6 brilliantly colored beaches

Published June 11, 2013

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6 brilliantly colored beaches

6 brilliantly colored beaches

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...

PINK SANDS BEACH

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.

BLACK SANDS BEACH

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.

WAI'ANAPANAPA STATE PARK

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.

PAPAKOLEA BEACH

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.

RAMLA BAY

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.

RED BEACH

Santorini, Greece

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

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