Seven of the Best and Most Unique Beaches in the World

There’s nothing like a beautiful beach stretching into the distance, with bright blue waves lapping up against the shore. Whether you want a secluded, romantic beach or a bustling hotspot full of activity, this guide of the ten most unique beaches in the world will give you the right directions to get to your sandy destination.

1. Clifton Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

Clifton is an outstanding and unique beach that’s a continual crowd pleaser located at Camp Bay with the backgrounds of Cape Town setting the seen. Clifton has incredible views of the ocean and is also very well maintained and perfect for picnics, relaxing, swimming and all the other kind of beach activities you can imagine. Clifton is certainly highly recommended.¹

2.  Puna’lu’u Black Sand Beach, Hawaii

If golden and white sand beaches are starting to bore you ab it then Puna’lu’u Black Sand Beach in the Puna’lu’u National Park has you covered. The sand is dark black and the beach is beautiful. Give it a try.²

3. Komodo Island Pink Beach, Indonesia

Pink Beach is an amazing place near Flores Island and is located in Indonesia’s Komodo National Park. With turquoise water lapping up to the pink shores is quite a sight to behold. To get to this beach you have to go about an hour and a half by boat from the town of Labuan Bajo on Flores island which is in eastern Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara region. The beach is a wonderful place to chill out and you can also do some top-notch snorkeling or enjoy an incredible sunrise. There are many boat trips that visit the pink beach as part of multi-day island trips. Note that the Komodo Island Pink Beach is also called Labuan Bajo Pink Beach and Pink Beach Flores. There is also an entry fee to the national park which is about $10 USD.³

4. Rai Leh Beach, Thailand

Rai Leh beach is an exquisitely beautiful beach located between Ao Nang and Krabi in Thailand. You can only get to it by boat because it is surrounded by massive cliffs that make it inaccessible from the land. The beach is full of great activities like snorkeling, kayaking and there are many rock climbers who have fun on the cliffs surrounding it. This beach also has a magical hidden lagoon you can hike too with stunning turquoise-green water.⁴

5. Vaadhoo Island Bioluminescent Beach, Maldives

This beach is truly a marvel of nature and glows with bioluminescent phytoplankton at night. They light up as the waves wash over them and glisten and shine like little stars all over the shore. The beach is located on Vaadhoo island in the Maldives and is definitely worth your time to visit.²

6. Pipa Beach, Brazil

Pipa is a small town located north of Recife, Brazil and south of Natal. It usually has mainly Brazilian tourists and has a number of beautiful beaches including the main beach, Love Beach (Praia do Amor) and Dolphin Bay (Baie dos Golfinhos) where you can see dolphins come out to swim at certain times of the day. There are also nearby sand dunes you can explore and you can surf and windsurf. The town also has a lot of fun bars and delicious restaurants and nearby Tibau do Sol is also a charming town with a great beach as well as Madeiros Beach and others in the area that are well worth checking out.⁵

7. Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

The Moeraki Boulders – often called the Dinosaur Eggs or Dragon’s Eggs – are an eye-popping attraction located in New Zealand. These massive round rocks were made over millennia by the crashing waves and are a one-of-a-kind spectacle to see for yourself.¹