Cape Town - We all know about the spectacular stark white sandy shores of most of the popular holiday destinations around the globe. Names like Seychelles, the Maldives and Zanzibar immediately spring to mind. There are, however, a wide range of extraordinary shores sure to be on any beach-lover's bucket list.
Check out these rainbow coloured shores, sure to brighten up any beach day.
Red Beach, Santorini, Greece
Papakolea Beach, Big Island, Hawaii
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California, USA
Pink Sand Beach, Lombok, Indonesia
Plage De L Étang Salé, Black Beach, Reunion
Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach, California, USA
Then there are some breathtaking natural stone and rock formations dramatically protruding from the sand and waves. One of the most spectacular can be seen in South Africa's Wild Coast.
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Hole in the wall, Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Hidden beach in Marieta, Mexico
The Beach of the Cathedrals, Ribadeo, Spain
Cave Beach in Algarve, Portugal
Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
The last few beaches that are just, well, different to anything we know. These hot-spots are loved not necessarily for their great waves or sunny shores, but rather for their uniqueness.
Maho Beach with it's low flying airplanes, St Maarten, Caribbean
Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Australia
Beach with ice rocks, Jokulsarlon, Iceland