For a beach lover, simply feeling the fine sand between the toes and listening to gentle roar of ocean waves is enough to feel like you’re in paradise. But a beach paradise can come in different shapes, forms, and even colors. You can find countless stretches of white and golden sand lined along the shore, but there are a few beaches in the world that have pink sand. This rare natural phenomenon comes from fine fragments of crushed coral and shells, washed ashore from the reefs nearby. They are so rare that sand theft becomes a real problem: plenty of tourists grab the pink sand as a keepsake and for bragging rights, unaware that their actions rob the beach of its natural wealth. But there are still a few spots where you can find rose pink sand beneath your feet. Here are some incredible pink beaches around the world. ALSO READ: Top 4 secret beaches in India that only locals know of
Elafonisi Beach, Greece
Pink sand beach of famous Elafonisi
Greece will show up twice in this list, and this one is dedicated to Elafonisi Beach, located in an islet of the southwest coast of Crete. This is a protected island, untouched by humans for the most part. The warm, shallow water is welcoming to children as well, and there are small caves and little sandy beaches off the sides. Explore the rock formations here and the raw natural beauty of the islet that you can walk to from the mainland.
Balos Lagoon Beach, Greece
Amazing view of Balos Lagoon with magical turquoise waters
Our next Greek entry is the Balos Lagoon Beach, once again in the west of Crete. This one is a little more crowded than Elafonisi, especially during the summer. The beaches in Balos are mostly white, but there are places that are pink from the seashells that have been crushed into fine sand. Plus, the water here is clear and the scenery beautiful. The beach can be reached via ferry or a short dirt road from the mainland.
Great Santa Cruz Island, Philippines
Located in the southern end of Philippines, Great Santa Cruz Island is small, and the distinctive reddish-pink color of its sand comes from the red organ pipe coral that washes ashore from the nearby reefs. Here, you can enjoy the feeling of pink sand between your toes or go swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving in the waters. There are local lagoons to explore and boating services too, but no hotels or restaurants. You can get here through a short boat ride from Paseo Del Mar.
Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
A scenic view of Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda
One of the most famous pink sand beaches in the world, Horseshoe Bay Beach also gets its fame for its distinct horseshoe shape, which is naturally where it gets its name from. A crescent of gorgeous light pink sand awaits you here, with inviting clear blue waters caressing the shore. The clear waters are perfect for snorkeling, though the rough waters means that you need to have some skill in swimming to enjoy the experience. It is famous, so it is also quiet crowded during peak seasons. Head here during off-seasons for a more quiet experience. CHECK OUT: Best Bikini Beaches in India Where You Can Safely Flaunt Your Beach Body
Bonaire Pink Beach, Dutch Caribbean Island
The crushed coral that makes the beach gives it a pink hue at sunset. Bonaire, Dutch Antilles
The short, narrow stretch of Bonaire Pink Beach lies on the west shore of Bonaire, a Dutch Caribbean island. The water is clear and calm, perfect to go scuba diving and snorkeling and swimming for as long as you like. With precious few distractions and other travelers around you, this is a great place to just relax under a palm tree and soak in the mild ocean breeze.
Komodo Island, Indonesia
Landscape view from the top of Padar island in Komodo islands, Flores, Indonesia
Another popular destination and arguably more accessible to Indian travelers, Komodo Island in Indonesia forms part of the protected Komodo National Park. Its stunning pink sand is a definite eye-grabber, but travelers with a thirst for adventure will also find plenty of snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities in the clear blue waters. The water is shallow and teeming with life, thanks to the untouched coral reefs. As its name suggests, there are also Komodo Dragons here, so be a bit careful.
Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas
The pink sand beach on Harbour Island, Bahamas
The beaches of Bahamas are famous all over the world, none more than the Pink Sand Beach, stretching three miles. This is, in many ways, the postcard-perfect version of a pink sand beach. The water is warm no matter what time of the year, and the sea is almost always gentle. The sand is a shade of pale pink, and the clear, calm and shallow waters are ideal for snorkeling and fishing.
Spiaggia Rosa of Budelli, Italy
Aerial view of Razzoli island, Santa Maria island and Budelli island
Located off the coast of northeast Sardinia in Italy, Budelli is a small uninhabited island that is home to the Spiaggia Rosa beach. Its pink sand comes from red coral and is a frequent victim of sand theft. Because of this, and its location in the protected La Maddalena National Park, it is off limits to travelers. You can, however, still see the beach from a boat, with the added advantage of seeing the dolphins near the beach. You can also see it from the Spiaggia del Cavaliere or Beach of the Knights, which is open to tourists. NOW READ: India vs Sri Lanka: Which country has the best beaches?
Red Sand Beach, Maui
Kaihalulu red sand beach in east Maui island, Hawaii
The Hawaiian island of Maui has its secrets, one of the being the red sand beach that is called, well, the Red Sand Beach. The sand here has a more prominent red color because it doesn’t come from seashells or corals; it comes from the red lava cinder cliffs nearby that erode and mix with the sand on the shore. The red color is a stark contrast to the deep blue waters off the shore. The beach is popular for bird-watching, but getting there involves a trek that takes you through a slippery trail along the edge of a cliff.