We’ve all been to those beautiful ivory shorelines. If you are fortunate enough, to some black ones too. But, there is a lot more to nature’s palette than just black and white. Pink being one of it. As mystic as it may seem, there are many rosy pink beaches that you can take a stroll on to satiate the traveler inside you. Thanks to the countless broken coral pieces left behind by microscopic marine animals called Foraminifera, with red and pink shells, that live in the coral reefs in the vicinity of the beach, giving the sand this shade of blush.
Here are the top ten ‘candy-floss’ pink beaches for you to feast your eyes on:
10) Beach of Komodo, Indonesia
This beach gets its name from the largest species of lizard, Komodo Dragon. It is a part of the Komodo National Park and is the natural habitat of this creature. The Pantai Merah or pink beach is located immediately west of Flores island in East Nusatenggara and is easily approachable via Bali. Apart from the breath-taking views, this beach is a popular spot for snorkeling, kayaking, etc. Adding to the thrill, are the freely roaming Komodo Dragons.
9) Spiaggia Rosa of Budelli, Italy
Being one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, the Spiaggia Rosa, is a treat for the eyes. Due to its scenic beauty and mesmerizing views, this beach was once a booming tourist destination. The drawback of this was that people started stealing and exporting the sand or keeping it as a souvenir. As a result, the beach began to lose its pink color and consequently the Italian Government had to prohibit any further human intervention since 1994 in order to preserve it. Now, the beach is no longer accessible to tourists.
8) Balos Lagoon Beach, Greece
Another gem of the Mediterranean is the Balos Lagoon Beach of Greece. Owing to the salmon-colored sand, this beach is one of the most photographed beaches of Crete Island. This beach sure makes it to the itinerary of every tourist visiting Greece. As it is crowded in the summers, it is best to avoid going here during July to August. There are multiple modes of transport to the beach such as boats, cars or motorbikes. However, the best way to reach there would be to trek there, while soaking in every ounce of beauty Balos Lagoon has to offer.
7) Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece
Greece is sure a paradise for beach babies. Another feather in its cap is the Elafonisi Beach. Parts of the beach have white sand while some parts have pink. Yet, this beach managed to make it to the list due to the plethora of things it has to offer. Being an oblong, it often “breaks” in two parts, thus creating an impression of being a separate island. One can wade through the shallow waters onto the other side to this island. The beach also offers you a magnificent sight of sand dunes, junipers and sand lilies.
6) Great Santa Cruz Island, Philippines
Located in southern Philippines, this is a small inhabited island of Great Santa Cruz. It is part of the Zamboanga City. One can reach there in about 20 minutes by boat from the Paseo Del Mar. The government of Philippines has managed to preserve this pristine site by not allowing any sort of accommodation or eateries to be installed. Although, the tourists are permitted to carry their own eatables. This beach is a paradise for the those who love water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, boat trips, etc. however, the illegal mining of the coral reefs has posed a grave threat to the marine ecosystem of Great Santa Cruz Island as well as damaged the reef as well.
5) Tangsi Beach of Lombok, Indonesia
Another entrant in this list from Indonesia is the Tangsi beach of Lambok. This beach was initially a humble fishing village with not many tourists visiting it. The roads to Tangsi were not well developed either. But off late, it has gained much popularity owing to its distinct peach-pink color. Apart from the usual aqua sports in its calm waters, one can have a bird’s eye view of the beach from the nearby cliff. The climb is of elementary level and takes about 30 minutes to reach to the top.
4) The Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, the Bahamas
Bahamas is on the list of every tourist. This 3 mile stretch of soft pink sand is one of the many wonders that nature has to offer. The waters are calm and tranquil, providing ideal conditions for those who love snorkeling. There is a variety of resorts for tourists. In the evenings, one can visit the local markets.
3) Bonaire Pink Beach, Dutch Caribbean Island
When one speaks of beaches, the list is incomplete without mentioning those from the Caribbean. Bonaire is the second-largest island in the Dutch Caribbean. Most of the beaches here are small narrow patches of sand. The serenity and calmness is what attracts many tourists to Bonaire. The wind is not harsh and the waters are restful, making it ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. If you are looking some time to relax and work on your tan, Bonaire is the place for you. Bonaire is for the recluse in you.
2) Pink Beaches of Barbuda, Caribbean Sea
A sister island of the famous island of Antigua is Barbuda. It is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands. However, this island is almost untouched by tourism. There are vast stretches of pink sand for as long as the human eye can see. For animal lovers, one can find a variety of marine fauna like sharks, barracuda, sea turtles, rays, etc. with a good probability to spot them. The USP of Barbuda is the undisputed and undisturbed way of life. Apart from beautiful and non-commercialized beaches, the island also has a rather intriguing history. If you are a person who loves to imbibe the local culture of a place, Barbuda is the place for you.
1) Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
One has to top this list with an excerpt from the land of Bermuda. Being one of the most famous beaches of Bermuda, the Horseshoe beach is a popular tourist attraction. As the name suggests, the shape of the beach resembles a horseshoe. The peripheries are lined with limestone rocks, making it a great spot for a variety of marine fauna like parrot fish, snappers, etc. Being very popular among tourists, this beach is often found to be too crowded. To escape the crowd, one can go to the nearby coves which are at a walking distance from the main beach.
The picturesque blend of the tranquil turquoise waters and the blush-pink shorelines is the perfect call to plan a vacation to one of these beaches. So grab that book that you’ve been keeping aside to read while travelling and get yourself those gorgeous tan lines.