After you see the following 15 beaches, your definition of the word “beach” might change from white sand, rolling waves and a delectable cocktail. You will be way too sophisticated to settle just for that!
1. Glass Beach
Near Fort Bragg, California there is a very unique glass beach. For years, local residents dumped their trash here and Mother Nature was like, “Nah, that ain’t me!” She pounded waves onto it until it turned into this beautifully unusual glass beach. While dumping of garbage has now been prohibited here, the glass beach remains.

2. Hidden Beach
Off the coast of Nayarit, Mexico is where you’ll find the Marieta Islands. Back in the 1900s, these islands were uninhabited and the Mexican military used them for target practice. This beach was supposedly formed by that. This hidden beach is a great reason to visit the Marieta Islands, which also offer an abundance of marine wildlife you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the world.

3. Glowing Beach
You’ll have to head to the Maldives for this wondrous beach that glows in the dark like the starry night sky. It was previously believed that the glowing came from bioluminescent phytoplankton, but it’s actually from ostracod crustaceans that are able to glow longer than phytoplankton!

4. Beach of the Cathedrals
A few miles away from the town of Ribadeo, Spain on the Cantabric coast lies this awe-inspiring beach that has been declared a Natural Monument. The natural arches and caves created by crashing waves over time can only be viewed during low tide, but wandering over the top of cliffs during high tide is also an experience not to be missed!

5. Pink Sand Beaches
You can find these in the Bahamas, where pretty pink coral remnants are washed onto beaches to turn them pink! The surf breaks down the coral into tiny pieces and allows for the pink pigmentation of the beach.

6. Insane Plane Landings
At Maho Beach, Saint Martin you can witness some wildly close plane landings headed for the airport right next to it!

7. Volcanic Beach Covered In Ice
Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland. Here you can see black volcanic sand covered in white, glassy chunks of ice. The contrast is gorgeous.

8. Dragon Eggs
These massive boulders at Koekohe Beach in New Zealand are called dragon eggs. They are made from extremely hard sedimentary rock and the waves have washed away the earth around them. Now the pounding waves continue to smooth them out. While they’re really called Moeraki Boulders, we’re gonna stick with DRAGON EGGS!

9. Green Sand Beach
In Papakōlea, Hawaii there is a green beach. As lava cooled in the sea here, a mineral called olivine was formed and turned the beach green!

10. Giants Causeway Beach
Located in Ireland, the cooling of basalt lava 50-60 million years ago here formed these weird-looking columns. They’re massive!

11. Black Sand Beach
Punaluu Black Sand Beach in Hawaii features black sand that was formed by basalt lava that exploded and rapidly cooled in the ocean.

12. Red Sand Beach
On Rábida Island (part of the Galápagos Islands), you can find this fiery red sand beach.

13. Shell Beach
In Shark Bay, Australia the water is so salty that the cockle clam has been the only creature to really be able to adapt to it. Without predators being able to enter the water here, the clams thrive beyond belief and have flooded the beach with shells as a result!

14. Vik Beach
Another black volcanic beach in Iceland that will blow you away. Hopefully “Vik” stands for Vikings!

15. Cave Beach
The Algarve coast in Portugal is mostly made up of limestone, which can easily be eroded away by ocean waves. This results in magnificent cave formations like the one in the picture below!

I really hope you enjoyed the pictures of these beaches that are a little more unique than white sand beaches you’ll usually see posted. If you can think of some other boss beaches that are a little unusual, please post them in the comments. I’d love to see them!