Forget crystalline powdery white and golden sandy shores, the most dazzling beaches in the world feature a beguiling palette of rainbow hues. On your next yachting getaway check out some of these striking stretches of coastline where the sand glistens in sublime shades of pink, green, or even purple.
Pink Sands Beach is one of the Bahama’s prettiest beaches. It gets its spellbinding rose-toned hue from foraminifera, single-celled marine animals whose red shells mix with the beach’s white sand.
Papakolea Beach, Hawaii
Papakolea Beach, more commonly known as Green Sand Beach, on Hawaii’s Big Island, has sand composed of olivine, a green mineral from Puu Mahana, an ancient volcanic cone that sits above the beach.
Red Sand Beach, Maui, Hawaii
Surrounded by steep cliffs and verdant ironwood trees, Red Sand Beach is breathtaking. The sand gets it distinct crimson coloring from the nearby Ka’uiki Head cinder cone volcano.
While there are several black sand beaches in Polynesia, Tahiti’s Point Venus , named after Captain Cook’s observation of the planet Venus in 1769, and its striking jet-black sand is one of its most stunning.
Pfeiffer Beach, California
Located along California’s Big Sur, Pfeiffer Beach astounds with its vibrant violet sand colored by manganese garnet washed down from the surrounding hills.