Think all beaches are the same? You know, sandy or pebbly and close to the sea? Well, it turns out they come in loads of shapes, sizes and colours. Here are 6 of the weirdest ones we’ve stumbled across…
A beach where you can dig your own hot tub
When the tide goes out at Hot Water Beach in New Zealand, locals come armed with spades to dig their own personal hot tub. Natural springs run under the sands, so bath-warm water will bubble up into any hole you carve. Make sure you get there early to bag a good spot.
A beach with purple sand
Sand comes in white, gold or black, right? Wrong. You can actually find beaches where the sand is green, red or even purple. Pfeiffer Beach, in California, is our fave. The sands here are tinted violet by minerals in the surrounding cliffs.
A beach in a meadow
Playa De Gulpiyuri in Asturias, Spain, is a miniature beach in the middle of a meadow. Confused? An underground stream pumps through seawater from a nearby bay so it comes complete with waves and a tide. It’s surrounded by grassy hills, which makes it quite hard to find. But with fine golden sand, it’s well worth tracking down.
A beach inside a cave
This picture-perfect beach, near Benagil, in the Algarve, hides away in a huge dome-shaped cave, which you can only get to by boat. It has 2 openings looking out onto the turquoise sea, and 1 in the roof so you can still top up your tan when inside. It’s one of many quirky beaches that line Portugal’s southern coast.
A beach that will sing you a tune
Despite being dubbed the Singing Beach, you won’t get a rendition of I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside at this one. Instead, you’ll hear a weird creaky sound, caused by sand grains rubbing together. Found in Manchester-By-The-Sea, in Boston, crowds flock from around the world to hear it.
A beach on a glacial lagoon
Swap your bikini for some thermal undies if you visit this beach – it’s freezing. That’s because it’s on the edge of a glacial river lagoon in Jökulsárlón, Iceland. With jet black sand and huge ice crystals dotting the shore, it’s a brrr-illiant sight. Sorry. Boat tours can show you the beach, giant icebergs and seals.