The World's Most Unusual Beaches Don't Even Look Real... But They Are

1. This Glass Beach in Fort Bragg California was formed by the surf pounding away at glass dumped into the ocean.  The glass sand smoothed away the edges of the glass into gorgeous pebbles.

2. Marieta, Mexico's Hidden Beach was formed from Mexican government weapons practicing in the 1900s.

Miguel Naranjo

3. The Maldives Beach on the Republic of the Maldives island in the Indian Ocean glows blue from bioluminescent phytoplankton on the shoreline.

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4. The Beach of the Cathedrals in Ribadeo, Spain, was formed from waves eroding the rocky shore line over the course of centuries.

5. Pink Sand Beach in the Bahamas gets its namesake hue from finely crushed coral remains washed up to shore.

6. Saint Martin's Maho Beach is known for its plane landings at the airport right off the beach, giving travelers a thrilling "close call" feeling.

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7. Jokulsarlon, Iceland's black volcanic sand is beautiful against the natural ice chunks that wash into shore.

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8. The Moeraki Boulders of Koekohe Beach in New Zealand really do live up to their nickname: Dragon Eggs.

9. Kourou, French Giana's green sandy beaches have to be seen to be believed.

Arria Belli

10. Papakolea's Green Sand Beach in Hawaii is the result of natural olivine mineral deposits from its oceanic lava.

Mark Ritter

11. Ireland's Giants Causeway Beach looks like a cobblestone shore, thanks to a basalt lava eruption 50 million years ago.
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12. The black sand of Punaluu Beach in Hawaii is thanks to basalt lava cooled by the ocean.

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13. The Red Sand Beach in Rabida, Galapagos is from the oxidization of iron in its lava deposits mixed with washed up coral pieces turning into sand.
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14. Shell Beach in Shark Bay, Australia is lined with the shells of cockle clams.  Because of the saline content of the water, they have no natural predators in that region and populate among the safe waters.

15. Pfieffer Purple Sand Beach, California gets its patches of purple sand from manganese garnet deposits erode from the surrounding hills and wash down to the beach.
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16. Iceland's Vik Beach has seen a lot of volcanic activity and its beach is a rich, black color from it.

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17. Cave Beach in Algarve, Portugal formed its stunning caves from limestone eroded by the pounding surf.

Bruno Carlos

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