Yes, you read it right: pink beaches – exotic, picturesque pink beaches that look like they are straight out of a Barbie movie. It might be hard to imagine, but all over the world, there are some exceptional pink beaches, just like there are beaches of various other stunning colours. Among the most stunning ones are the pink beaches. Tiny red organisms live on pieces of shells and dead coral reefs. These fall to the floor of the ocean and are washed onto the shore. Sometimes, the natural formulations of calcium carbonate from the corals or shells of marine invertebrates, like the hermit crabs, mix with the sands. Some beaches have a stronger shade of pink, while others are have patches of pink. Let us take a look at 10 wonderful pink beaches in the world.
10. Elafonisi Beach, Crete – Greece
Elafonisi is a Greek island in the south of the Mediterranean island of Crete. It is a part of Crete administratively, and is one of the hidden gems of the world in terms of beauty. In some parts of the year, it is possible to walk to Elafonisi through the shallow water, which is lined by a gorgeous beach covered in pink sand, which makes a great playground for children. Some parts of the beach are rocky.
9. Spiaggia Rosa of Budelli, Sardinia – Italy
The Italian island of Budelli is in the Maddalena archipelago in northern Sardinia. The most famous of its beaches is the remarkable Spiaggia Rosa, which literally means Pink Beach. It is one of the most picturesque pink beaches in the world. Foraminifera and other marine micro-organisms that are ground by waves are spread over the beach. The fine sand of pink tint matches the surrounding granite rocks.
8. Pink Beach of Komodo – Indonesia
Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands which together comprise Indonesia, and is a part of the famous Komodo National Park. Besides being famous around the world as the habitat of the world’s largest lizard, i.e. the Komodo dragon, it demands equal celebration for another thing: the stretch of soft sand of a magical pink tint. It is interspersed with rocky cliffs, and the water has corals beneath the surface.
7. Horseshoe Bay Beach – Bermuda
Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of North America. It has several stunning islands, and the most celebrated of them is the Horseshoe Bay Beach. It is a long crescent of baby-pink sand, because of the bits and pieces of corals and shells washed ashore by the waves. The beach sweeps along the turquoise waters of the ocean, and is an excellent place for a walk.
6. Pink Beach of Great Santa Cruz Island – Philippines
Great Santa Cruz Island is a small island in Zamboanga City in Philippines. It is famous for its pink beach with coralline sand. One of the rarest pink beaches in the world, Great Santa Cruz Island boasts the only pink beach in entire of the Philippines which is full of many beautiful beaches. This pink beach attains its colour from the crushed red organ pipe coral that got mixed with the sand during eons of surf erosion.
5. Pink Beaches of Barbuda – Caribbean Sea
Barbuda is one of the twin islands, i.e. Barbuda and Antigua, lying in between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The western shore of Barbuda is one continuous stretch of beach with occasional belts of beautiful pink sand, with the Pink Beach in the southwest being the most remarkable one. It is a rarely wide beach, covered with bursts of a subtle conch-shell hue, woven in with white sand patches.
4. Balos Lagoon Beach of Crete – Greece
In the uninhabited Greek islands of Gramvousa which is off the coast of Crete, lies the Balos lagoon, between the island and the coast of Crete. This lagoon is lined with a beach along the shallow and warm waters, which offers the most ethereal experience. Parts of the beach are an exquisite pinkish in colour, which is formed due to millions of crushed shells. The beach has rocks and cliffs that bound the lagoon.
3. Tangsi Beach of Lombok – Indonesia
Lombok is an Indonesian island in West Nusa Tenggara, and is a part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Its Tangsi Beach, or Pink Beach, distinguishes it from most other beaches in the world, and, in fact, Indonesia. It derives its colour from the fractions of coral reefs. It is a remote location and is less crowded than most of the other pink beaches in the world and offers a mind-blowing panorama.
2. Bonaire Pink Beach – Dutch Caribbean Island
Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea is an island in the Leeward Antilles, which, together with Aruba and Curaçao, forms the ABC islands of South America. One of the most scenic islands in the world, Bonaire’s pink sand beach is part of its vistas. The Pink Beach, covered in beautifully tinted sand, gets its shade from the pulverized shells of millions of bright pink foraminifera. It is a great place for water sports.
1. Pink Beach of Harbor Island – Bahamas
Harbour Island is an administrative district of the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean. It is noted for its three miles of pink sand beach – perhaps the most famous of all the pink beaches in the world. The beach is covered with sands of a perfectly pink colour, owing to the shells of foraminifera, present here in abundance. One gram of its sediment can contain hundreds of living individuals, and more dead shells.
Imagine a beach… A beautiful beach, stretching along the turquoise waters of a vast expanse of ocean… A stunning piece of land arching off into the distant horizon… If the picture of a wonderful sea beach has been formed in front of your eyes, we reckon it has a lot of golden tints, or perhaps white sands. But, can you imagine a beach filled with pink sand? Well, now you can, because these pink beaches are just the imagination being materialized, and forming a land of fairy-tales amidst this big bad world.