Beaches have long been our ‘Get-away’ destinations. A place to relax and escape from the world for a little bit.

They come in a whole range of shapes, sizes and forms; stony, sandy etc. But there are some beaches located across the world, that are completely unique.

Whether it’s down to how they’re formed, natural occurrences that have shaped or coloured them different to how we have seen any other beach, they are a stark contrast to what we usually see and people flock from far to see them.

Here are the 10 most unique beaches in the world. Start making your plans to go and see them all!

1) Hidden beach in Marieta, Mexico

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Image credits: dailymail.co.uk

Playa Del Amor, more commonly known as the Hidden Beach, is located on the Marieta Islands, Mexico. It is rumored that the hole revealing the Hidden Beach was a result of deliberate bombings.

2) Dragon Eggs (Moeraki Boulders) Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

Image credits: Farkul J

Image credits: Farkul J

These boulders are actually concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs that back the beach. The Boulders are one of the most fascinating and popular attractions on the South Island of New Zealand.

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3) Giants Causeway, Ireland

Image credits: Michael

Image credits: Michael

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption where lava reached the surface and cooled to form these large and unique columns.

4) Glass Beach, California

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Image credits: unknown

“Glass Beach” is on the Mendocino Coast in Fort Bragg, California and is believed to have the highest concentration of sea glass in the world. Glass Beach is one of the most unique beaches in the world, not only because nature’s beauty, but because it proves that time can correct mans mistakes (illegal dumping), this time through the means of pounding surf.

5) The Light Show, Maldives

Image credits: Will Ho

Image credits: Will Ho

This beach in the Maldives comes alive at night with the glow of millions small blue lights. The lights are a result of bioluminescent phytoplankton and look spectacularly like a starry sky somewhere deep in the universe.

6) Jokulsarlon, Iceland

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Image credits: D-P Photography

Jokulsarlon is a large glacial lake with large chucks of crystal like glaciers, resting on top of the black surroundings of the lake. It looks spectacular.

7) Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii

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Image credits: hawaiitopten.com

The beach has black sand, which is made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools. Punaluʻu is often visited by endangered hawksbill and green turtles, which back on the black sand.

8) Cave Beach – Algarve, Portugal

Image credits: Bruno Carlos

Image credits: Bruno Carlos

The Algarve coast is mainly made of limestone which easily erodes. This leads to many cave like structures, such as the one above, being created naturally.

9) Red Sand Beach, Galapagos Islands

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Image credits: unknown

The Red Sand beaches located in Rabid, Galapagos are thought to have been formed by the oxidization of iron-rich lava deposits. However some experts argue that it is a result of washed up coral sediment.

10) Shell Beach – Shark Bay, Australia

Because of the water in sharks bay is so saline, molluscs are protected by the fact predators can’t approach, so they flock in massive numbers here to safety.

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