A beach is a beach, right? Not really! Depending on where you live (or visit) the climate, type of sand and accessibility can all be completely different. Today we take a tour of 9 unique beaches from Corsica to California. Have you had the opportunity to visit any of these amazing places?
Playa de Gulpiyuri is a flooded sinkhole with an inland beach located near Llanes, Spain around 100 m (330ft) from the Cantabrian Sea. Roughly 40 meters in length, it is fully tidal due to a series of underground tunnels carved by the salt water of the Cantabrian Sea which allows water from the Bay of Biscay to create small waves
Maho Beach is a beach on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, in the country of Sint Maarten. It is famous for the Princess Juliana International Airport adjacent to the beach. Arriving aircraft must touch down as close as possible to the beginning of Runway 10 due to the short runway length of 2,180 metres (7,150 ft), resulting in aircraft on their final approach flying over the beach at minimal altitude.
Bermuda has some magnificent large and small beaches. Beach sand is not volcanic but from finely pulverized remains of calcium carbonate shells and skeletons of invertebrates such as corals, clams, forams and other shells. The main reason that Bermuda sand is pink is because of what grows on the coral. Bermuda's pink sand beaches and clear, cerulean blue ocean waters are popular with tourists.
8. Hidden Beach on Marieta Islands, Mexico
Protected from the intrusion of the world outside, the hidden beach of Marieta Islands, Puerto Vallarta is a world of its own. Located just a few miles off the coast of Mexico, close to Bandera bay, Marieta Islands are archipelagos that were formed as a result of volcanic activity. The islands have remained almost secluded ever since. It was only recently that recreational aspect of the place was discovered following development of an extremely exclusive marine ecosystem that makes this place just as unique as thrilling.
Shell Beach is a beach in the Shark Bay region of Western Australia. It is one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells. The beach was named "Shell Beach" because of the great abundance of the shells of the cockle species Fragum erugatum. The shells typically reach a depth of 22 to 32 feet deep.