9 of The Most Incredible Must-Visit Beaches
This post originally appeared on PureWow.com.
Remind yourself how magical our planet is by feasting your eyes on these nine supremely beautiful beaches.
1. Scala dei Turchi, Sicily, Italy
This stunning beach trades sand for a smooth, white, erosion-terraced cliff face.
2. Starfish Beach, South Island, New Zealand
Formally known as Motukiekie Beach, at low tide this rocky spot boasts dramatic tidal pools and starfish as far as the eye can see.
3. Musha Cay, Bahamas
This pristine two-mile-long sand bar offers warm, shallow waters and endless electric-blue views. (P.S. It's near David Copperfield's private island.)
4. Trá an Dóilín, Galway, Ireland
Aptly translating to "Coral Strand" in English, this fascinating stretch of Irish coast is comprised of fine--and extremely rare--coralline algae.
5. Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Australia
Vibrant rainbow-colored sand dunes hug the beaches of this gorgeous coastal town.
6. Glass Beach, California
Years of pounding surf and many clean-up efforts have turned this former dumping ground into a magical seaglass mecca.
7. Star Sand Beach, Okinawa, Japan
The "sand" at this beach looks like tiny, beautiful stars. But those stars are actually exoskeletons of marine protozoans dating back 550 million years.
8. Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas
The dreamy, powder pink beaches of Harbour Island are the result of microscopic rose-hued animals that wash ashore from the surrounding reefs and ocean floor.
9. Punalu'u Beach, Hawaii
This striking, ink-black beach is the product of lava flowing into the ocean and then exploding as it cools. Terrifying? Yes. But also insanely awesome.