10 most unusual beaches
Everyone loves to relax on the beach, but not all beaches are the same. Some of them are truly unique and unusual. Plan your next vacation and visit some of the ten beaches.
1. Hidden beach
Algarve de Benagil in Portugal – the main attraction of the Algarve coast. When you climb on the rocks, you will hear the sound of the waves, but do not immediately figure out where it comes from. Below the rocks is a hidden beach. It is a natural grotto formed under the influence of tides, and a hole in the roof of the cave gives access to sunlight.
2. Black sand and pieces of ice
Iceland is a volcanic island in the North Atlantic. Black sand can be found in many places. The lagoon of the Yokulsarlon glacier is even more picturesque: here the black sands are dotted with pieces of ice. The beach may look almost alien, but it was formed only in the mid-1930s, when the Breidamerkur glacier retreated.
3. Hot Water Beach
The New Zealand Peninsula Coromandel has its own spa with hot water. This is one of the most literal place names in the world. When the ebb comes, bubbling hot water appears from the sand: this underground river is heated by geothermal heat. During low tide, people come here and begin to dig temporary mini-pools in the sand, where you can lie down with health benefits.
4. Bioluminescent beaches
Bioluminescent beaches can appear almost anywhere thanks to plankton and algae. One of these natural wonders is Mosquito Bay in Puerto Rico: during the day it looks a bit dirty brown, and at night swimmers can see dinofit algae, shining a blue light. In the Maldives, in the autumn months, small crustaceans emit a blue glow, and then the water and sand are covered with tiny dots of light.
5. Inner beach
Most beaches are near water. Playa de Gulpiyuri’s tiny Spanish beach is an exception, as it is internal. It is located only 100 m from the sea, but is cut off from it by high cliffs. With the tide, the sand of this hidden beach is covered by water from behind a series of caves and canals connecting Gulpiyuri to the sea.
6. The vanishing sea
In Chandipur, India, twice a day, the sea completely disappears with the ebb. Due to the unusually flat seabed the sea leaves at a distance of up to 5 km. The vast expanse of sand is used by locals and tourists for walks and even car rides. The main thing – to remember about the time of the tide, so as not to suddenly be at sea.
7. Seashell Beach
The name of this Australian beach speaks for itself. The coast, 70 km long, is covered with a thick layer of white shells up to 10 m deep, and they have accumulated here for centuries. Over time, the tide eventually razotret them in the sand, but while they are still intact. In the past, local people used them as a building material, but the beach is now a World Heritage Site and is used for tourism.
8. Glass Beach
Usually the last thing you want to see on the beach is broken glass. Some places owe their uniqueness to uncleanliness of people. Fort Bragg (California) has a beach covered in sparkling polished glass pebbles. If the ejected organic garbage decayed, and the metal rusted, the broken glass was “processed” by the waves. Another such example is the Ussuri Bay in Siberia, where glass factories dumped their marriage into the sea.
9. The beach from the faeces of parrot fish
The dazzling white sand, it turns out, is fish feces. Parrot fish live in reefs and feed on gnawing corals. Calcium carbonate is not digested, and when it passes the digestive tract, it comes out in the form of white sand, which is taken ashore and forms excellent beaches. One parrot fish can produce up to 360 kg of sand each year. Multiply this by thousands of fish and thousands of years, and you will get those most popular white beaches.
10. Dragon Eggs Beach
The amazing natural landscape of New Zealand has become a favorite place for shooting science fiction films. There is Koekohe beach, the site of which is littered with large spherical boulders. These boulders of Moeraki were formed 60 million years ago from mud, clay and calcite. They even have cracks, as if someone is about to hatch from them. A local Maori legend says that one of their canoes broke here: the canoe hull became a reef, and the transported baskets and pumpkins turned into Moaraki boulders.