13 Beautiful Colorful Sand Beaches around the World

Summer is obviously the best time of the year that everybody dreams of. When we talk about summer we usually think about long sunny days, water, beach, and all the things that come with it.

Hence, the world is full of beautiful beaches worth visiting, and spending our holiday. Some of them are filled with purple, pink, red, green, orange, black, white and gray sands.

Whether it’s years of volcanic activity that give the sand its black or grey hue or coral fragments that mix with white sand to form a lovely purple color, the results are astonishing. Prepare yourself for a breathtaking pictures of the most beautiful colorful sand beaches in the world. They will make you grab your camera and visit one of these amazing shorelines. Enjoy!

White Sand

Hyams Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Although there are a lot of white sand beaches all over the world, we have chosen one of them – Hyams Beach. It’s the only beach listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the whitest sand in the world. Made of extremely fine quartz particles, the sand is so white that the sun is reflecting off it, so it’s necessary to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the extreme brightness.

Colorful Sand Beaches: Hyams Beach, New South Wales, AustraliaPhoto Credit: Julia Koefender

Green Sand

Papakolea Beach, Big Island, Hawaii

Papakolea Beach is also known as the Green Sand Beach or Mahana Beach. This beautiful olive green sand beach is located in the southern tip of Hawaii’s Big Island. The color of the sand comes from the tiny Olivine (semi-precious stone) crystals, formed by eruption of a volcano many years ago. Olivine is sometimes referred to as “Hawaiian Diamond”. They are especially dense, which keeps them from being washed away by the tides. Walking on this beach is like walking on jewels.

Colorful Sand Beaches: Papakolea Beach, Big Island, HawaiiPhoto Credit: Thomas

Pink Sand

Horseshoe Bay, Southampton, Bermuda

Bermuda is home to a variety of pink sand beaches. Horseshoe Bay, located in Southampton, is one of the best pink sand beaches there. It offers miles of pink sands resulting from a combination of crushed shells, coral, and calcium carbonate.

Colorful Sand Beaches: Horseshoe Bay, Southampton, BermudaPhoto Credit: Johnny Peacock

Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Bahamas

On Harbour Island, located in the eastern part of the Bahamas, you can find a brilliant 3.5 mile long Pink Sand Beach that attracts tourists from all over the world.

This beach gets its pink hue from thousands of broken coral pieces, shells, and calcium carbonate materials left behind by foraminifera (single-celled marine creatures which have pink or red shells), that live in the surrounding coral reefs. Mixed with the beach’s white sand, they create distinct pink color that amazes the tourists.

Colorful Sand Beaches: Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island, Eleuthera, BahamasPhoto Credit: Mike’s Birds

Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece

Elafonisi Beach is one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, located in the southwest coast of the island of Crete, Greece. The sands of Elafonisi are white in some places and have a distinct pink hue in others.

The pink color is actually caused by the particles from pink coral and shells leftovers over the years.

Colorful Sand Beaches: Elafonisi Beach, Crete, GreecePhoto Credit: Ania Mendrek

Black Sand

Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii

Punalu’u Beach, located in Hawaii, is also known as the Black Sand Beach. The black color of its sand is caused by basalt from volcanic activity flowing into the ocean.

Colorful Sand Beaches: Black Sand - Punalu’u Beach, HawaiiPhoto Credit: Steve Cadman

Vik, Iceland

Vik is located in the southern part of Iceland, known for its unusual black sand. It lies directly under the Mýdalsjökull glacier which lies on the top of the Katla Volcano. The hot lava from the volcano flows into the cold ocean, causing it to fragment into little pieces.

Colorful Sand Beaches: Black Sand - Vik, IcelandPhoto Credit: Anukkin

Red Sand

Red Sand Beach, Santorini, Greece

Known for its white painted buildings with cobalt blue roofs, this gorgeous Greek island of Santorini hides another treasure waiting to be seen – Red Sand Beach, or also called Kokkini Beach. The red sand is a result of the surrounding iron-rich black and red lava rocks left over from a volcanic activity of Thira, volcano that erupted more than 3000 years ago.

If you decide to visit this beach you should rent beach chairs to avoid sitting directly on the rough sand. Also, you should go there early in the morning because the sand heats up under the warm Mediterranean sun.

Colorful Sand Beaches: Red Sand Beach, Santorini, GreecePhoto Credit: alphis tay

Red Sand Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Another beach called Red Sand Beach is Kaihalulu in Maui, Hawaii, and actually is a pocked beach, partly isolated from the ocean. The area is rich in iron, and the beach is surrounded by red cliffs, which is where the red-black sand comes from. The contrast of the blue water against the colorful landscape is absolutely impressive.

Colorful Sand Beaches: Red Sand Beach, Maui, HawaiiPhoto Credit: paul bica

Purple Sand

Pfeiffer Beach, Bur Sur, California

Located in Bur Sur, California the Pfeiffer Beach has a purple colored sand, which makes it a very attractive tourist destination. The color comes from quartz and manganese garnet in the surrounding hills and rocks, which has been washed downstream to the beach. The concentration of purple varies throughout the beach, and most of the purple sand can be seen on the northern part of the beach. Also, the purple color on the beach is most visible right after winter storms.

Photo Credit: Pamela Ocampo

Orange Sand

Porto Ferro, Sardinia, Italy

The beach of Porto Ferro is located in the northern area of Sardinia, Italy. It has unbelievable bright orange-colored sand thanks to a mixture of the native orange limestone, crushed shells, and other volcanic sediments.

Colorful Sand Beaches: Porto Ferro, Sardinia, ItalyPhoto Credit: Roman Königshofer

Ramla Bay, Gozo, Malta

Ramla Bay is an orange-colored sand beach located in the island of Gozo, Malta. This amazing rusty orange color is a result of the high iron content in its sands, and it can’t be found on any of the other beaches in Malta. The bright blue Mediterranean Sea and the ochre-hued sand create an astonishing combination of colors, and looks like a work of art.

Photo Credit: Heini Samuelsen

Gray Sand

Shelter Cove, Humboldt Country, California

The gray sand at Shelter Cove is a result of centuries of erosion from nearby shale cliffs along the shore. This area is also known for its scenic coastal drives, hikes, and a rich source of wildlife at King Range National Conservation Area.

Colorful Sand Beaches: Shelter Cove, Humboldt Country, CaliforniaPhoto Credit: Jay Cross

So, which one is your favorite?

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