The Most Stunning Rainbow Beaches in the World

We all love walking along a beautiful sandy beach, but there’s something about technicolor sand that amps up the experience. From the red beaches of Greece to the jet-black sands of Hawaii, here are the best rainbow beaches around the world!

Greece's Red Beach
Greece's Red Beach

The scarlet sands of Greece's Red Beach.  (Photo: Flickr/Jeremy Vandal)

Red Sand: Red Beach in Santorini, Greece

Located near the ancient village of Akrotiri, Santorini's Red Beach is a major tourist attraction. The beach’s unique color is a result of the volcanic activity on the island. 

Life is peachy at Ramla Bay Beach. (Photo: Flickr/Jennifer Morrow)

Orange Sand: Ramla Bay, Malta

What a beautiful way to start your day. Ramla Bay, on the Maltese island of Gozo, gets its breathtaking golden-orange hue from the high levels of iron in the sand.

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Papakolea Beach, Hawaii
Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

Going green: Papakolea Beach, Hawaii. (Photo: Flickr/David J Laporte)

Green Sand: Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

The beautiful stretch of beach is located on Hawaii’s Big Island. The emerald color is thanks to the presence of Olivine crystal, a volcanic mineral.  

Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii
Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii

The midnight sands of Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii. (Photo: Flickr/Rachel Savage)

Black Sand: Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii

In addition to green sand, Hawaii’s Big Island also boasts a startling black beach at Punalu’u. The jet-black sand was created by lava flowing into the ocean, exploding, and then cooling.

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Pfieffer Beach, California
Pfieffer Beach, California

50 shades of purple on California's Pfieffer Beach. (Photo: Flickr/ Steve Jurvetson)

Purple Sand: Pfieffer Beach, California

Big Sur, California is known for its amazing weather, great surfing and the majestic purple sands of Pfieffer Beach. 

The best beach down under: Hyams Beach. (Photo: Flickr/Jonas Smith)

White Sand: Hyams Beach, Australia

The bleached sand in New South Wales, Australia is often referred to as the whitest beach in the world. Next to the crystal-clear water and perfectly blue sky, this locale is definitely postcard worthy. 

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Harbour Island, Bahamas
Harbour Island, Bahamas

Pretty in pink: Harbour Island, Bahamas. (Photo: Flickr/Solarnu)

Pink Sand: Harbour Island, Bahamas

If you’re looking for a picturesque vacation, try the three-mile-plus stretch of pink beach in Harbour Island, Bahamas. The rose colored grains get their color from the shells of a tiny microscopic animal called foraminifera.

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