Any shoreline is a good one if you happen to be resting upon it, but that doesn’t mean all are created equal.
Some sandy spots are composed of unique elements that cause them to appear in shades other than, well, sand. They come in a spectrum of pigments, including, you guessed it, Millennial pink. The color comes from shattered pieces of coral and shells in sunrise hues scattered along the coast. This effect makes them both visually stimulating and (more importantly?) Instagram-friendly.
Stock up on seaweed sunscreen and scroll down to see 6 perfectly pastel beaches.
Playa de Ses Illetes: Formentera, Spain
Formentera is “the new Ibiza” for many, a more mellow option favored by the likes of Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd back in the seventies. Its Playa de Ses Illetes is pale pink in color and its hippy vibe draws nudists of all stripes (e.g. families, singles, and others).
Pink Beach: Komodo Island, Indonesia
This pink-sand beach is composed of broken-down bits of red coral mixed in with traditional sand, though like many such beaches it’s becoming less pink over time as tourists steal sand away. It’s only reachable by boat and can be a good spot for dolphin and manta ray spotting. Komodo Island is so named for a reason—2,500 over the namesake dragons call it their home.
Crane Beach: Barbados
This beach has a light-pink hue. Crane Resort, one of the oldest accommodations on the island, offers a glass elevator down to the sand, though the more fitness-friendly option involves 98 steps.
Balos Bay: Crete, Greece
This beach is only lightly tinted, but it’s picturesque (and quite popular) nonetheless. Balos Bay can be accessed via boat tours from Kissamos or by the road if you’re looking for less of a crowd situation. The best times to visit for serenity are in the early morning or off season (e.g. winter).
Spiaggia Rosa: Budelli, Italy
So many tourists stole sand from this beach that it can no longer be visited; however, during the summer tourists are allowed one day on the deserted island, where they can hang out near the pink beach.
Pink Sand Beach: Harbour Island, Bahamas
This relatively quiet (when compared to other Bahamian beaches) stretch of sand lines warm waters ideal for swimming. Expect a color that is more so almost pink these days as opposed to properly rosy.
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