Pink beaches? Really? Yes! Exotic, unique and breathtakingly beautiful. All over the world, there are a number of pink beaches that are almost as unbelievable as if they were photoshopped. Even though “pink” beaches do kind of sound artificial, they are really are as natural as any other regular beach.
There are certain species of red organisms that live inside shells and coral reefs on beaches. From the ocean floor, these organisms are washed to the shore and they accumulate there. More often than not, natural calcium carbonate formulations from these corals and shells get mixed with the sand on the beach which gives it a pink appearance.
In some cases, the tinge of pink is pretty strong while in some others, it is just a light shade of pink. Nevertheless, pink beaches are absolutely stunning creations of nature and they are worth paying a visit to.
Where will you find such an exotic beach, you ask? Worry not! Take a look at the top 10 pink beaches that the world has seen and choose for yourself.
- Spiaggia Rosa of Budelli, Sardinia, Italy
This beach together with the entire island is located within the Archipelago of La Maddalena National Marine Park, which is rich is native flora and fauna. Even its surrounding region is absolutely beautiful and filled with natural treasures. For the unparalleled beauty of this place, it is a popular spot for movie shootings as well. “Red Desert” by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964 had quite a few scenes shot in this island.
- Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece
Elafonisi is an island located to the south of the Mediterranean island of Crete. Administratively, it belongs to Crete. Elafonisi is undoubtedly an incredible treasure of the world, rich in endless endemic glory and exotic significance. You can walk through the shallow waters in this beach and truly imbibe the spirit of nature. The pink sand bordering the water is a tourist attraction in itself and truly worth visiting. Some parts of the beach is quite rocky and has that attractive wild appearance.
- Pink Beach, Komodo, Indonesia
Komodo is one of the several thousand islands which together constitute the island of Indonesia. Of course you have heard much about Komodo due to it being home to the famous Komodo Dragon. Everyone also knows much about the famous Komodo National Park. But what several of you do not know about Komodo is that it has one of the world’s prettiest pink beaches in it. The colour of the sand in this beach is truly magical. Corals beneath the surface of the ocean water and the beach lined with rocky cliffs just add to the remarkable beauty of the place.
- Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
Funny name, right? Horseshoe Bay beach is perhaps the most popular beach in Bermuda of all the beaches Bermuda has, and it has quite a few beaches. Horseshow Bay is situated in Southampton Parish and has just the best facilities that you will ever find in a beach. Moreover, it is huge and can easily accommodate very large crowds of people. Moreover, it is easy to reach and stay in as there are several hotels in the area. The unique name of the beach comes from its shape i.e. it is shaped like a horseshoe but it is actually more a gentle crescent than a horseshoe. It is known for its lovely soft, pink colour. It also has crystal clear water, clean, spick and span sand and is free of stones as it is cleaned regularly.
- Pink Beach, Great Santa Cruz Island, Philippines
The small island of Great Santa Cruz is a part of Zamboanga City is Philippines. This small island is renowned for its beach with pink and coralline sand. This pink beach has a rare magnificence that Great Santa Cruz so proudly boasts of, and very rightly so. The pinkness of the beach comes from the crushed red organ pipe coral that got blended with the white sand at the time of eons of surf erosion. This place is endlessly attractive in its tranquillity and magical beauty. A visit to this island can be booked inside Paseo del Mar.
- Balos Lagoon Beach, Crete, Greece
The Balos Lagoon lies in the uninhabited and desolate islands of Gramvousa, off the coast of Crete. To be precise, the lagoon is located in between the island and Crete coast. The water of the lagoon is quite shallow but sparkling and warm. It is lined by an exquisite beach which has a wonderful pink tinge to it. The sand of this beach is of course pink due to the accumulation of uncountable crushed shells. The beautiful lagoon is bounded by cliffs and rocks on the beach. All in all, visiting this place is a divine experience. The union of the mesmerizingly blue waters of the lagoon and the unbelievable pink sands of the beach will leave you nothing short of spellbound.
- Pink Beaches, Barbuda, Caribbean Sea
The twin islands namely Barbuda and Antigua are nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The shores to the west of Barbuda is a continuous expanse of beach and it is adorned with belts of outstanding pink sand. The most popular one is the Pink beach in the southwest. This beach is wider than the regular beaches. It is full of bursts of bright pink hue as if woven in patches of clean, white sand.
- Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia
Yet another pink beach in Indonesia. Lombok, which is a part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lies in West Nusa Tenggara. It houses the Tangsi Beach that is well distinguished from most other beaches all over the world. The beach is pink i.e. it is filled with sand which has a remarkable pinkish tinge. The colour of course comes from coral reef fragments that get washed to the shores. This beach is located in a remote area with not too many people crowding the beach, unlike other pink beaches in the world. The Tangsi Beach is so impeccably picturesque with its incredible panoramic view that it looks as if it has been painted by some celebrated artist’s imagination.
- Bonaire Pink Beach, Dutch Caribbean Island
Bonaire is one of the ABC islands of South America and lies in the Caribbean Sea. The scenic beauty offered by its pink beach is beyond man’s imagination. This pink beach is clad in elegantly hued sand. The tint comes from the demolished shells of a million pink foraminifera. Its beauty is exquisite and endlessly graceful. This beach is also super popular for water sports.
- Pink Beach of Harbour Island, Bahamas
Administratively, the Harbour Island belongs to the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean. This island is covered in 3 miles of marvellous, pink sand beach. Of the numerous pink sand beaches in the world, this one is perhaps the most noteworthy. The pinkness of the sand is perfect and abundant, in fact endless.
The turquoise waters of the vast ocean lined by gorgeous pink sand surrounded by rocks and cliffs – what an enchanting vista to behold. Why visit regular beaches when you have those in abundance and have been there on so many occasions? Make a trip to these exotic locations and be ready to be absolutely mind-blown.
I know where I am taking my next trip. What about you?