Slideshow: Most Colorful Beaches
Slideshow: Most Colorful Beaches
Red Beach
Rainbow Beach
Waianapanapa State Park
Darnley Beach
Harbour Island
Ramla Bay
Glass Beach
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For many of us, a day on the beach is enough to melt away the stresses of our hectic lifestyles. But these sandy strips go above and beyond with bright and unusual colors imbued in their already dramatic scenery. Here are seven of the most colorful beaches in the world. Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Red Beach
Santorini, Greece
The Greek isle of Santorini is known for its sunbathing spots, but Red Beach is certainly the most colorful. The rust-colored cliffs rising around the grainy sand make this beach difficult to reach, but well worth the trek. Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in Santorini
The Best Things to Do in Santorini Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Rainbow Beach
Australia
The sandy cliffs on eastern Australia's Rainbow Beach contain more than 70 distinct shades of sand. When you're not admiring the spectacular color show (which dates back to the ice age), spend your time fishing, sailing or engaging in other local watersports. Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Waianapanapa State Park
Maui, Hawaii
There's plenty to see along the famous Hana Highway, but you're going to want to make a pit stop at Waianapanapa State Park. Its black-sand beach — formed from cooled lava rocks — sits next to a verdant jungle and azure waves, creating gorgeous contrasts in color. Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in Maui
The Best Things to Do in Maui Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Darnley Beach
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Prince Edward Island, which sits off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is best known for rolling green pastures and quaint country homes. However, it also has some seriously rugged coastline — that just happens to be a rusty red hue due to the amount of iron oxide in the rock. Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Harbour Island
Bahamas
It's the warm, pink sand and cool vibes that makes the Bahamas' Harbour Island special. And its protective reef means that its calm, blue waters are safe for swimming all year. Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in the Bahamas
The Best Things to Do in the Bahamas Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Ramla Bay
Gozo, Malta
In Homer's "The Odyssey," the hero Odysseus spent seven years in a cave on Gozo with the nymph Calypso. We're willing to bet that this Maltese island's stunning orange dunes will make you want to spend seven years here, too. Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Glass Beach
Fort Bragg, Calif.
Glass Beach is a true trash-to-treasure story. In the early 20th century the beach was a garbage dump, but today its shores are blanketed in old bits of surf-smoothed glass, making the coastline a beachcomber's dream. Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Red Beach
Rainbow Beach
Waianapanapa State Park
Darnley Beach
Harbour Island
Ramla Bay
Glass Beach

For many of us, a day on the beach is enough to melt away the stresses of our hectic lifestyles. But these sandy strips go above and beyond with bright and unusual colors imbued in their already dramatic scenery. Here are seven of the most colorful beaches in the world. Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Red Beach
Santorini, Greece
The Greek isle of Santorini is known for its sunbathing spots, but Red Beach is certainly the most colorful. The rust-colored cliffs rising around the grainy sand make this beach difficult to reach, but well worth the trek. Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in Santorini
The Best Things to Do in Santorini Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Rainbow Beach
Australia
The sandy cliffs on eastern Australia's Rainbow Beach contain more than 70 distinct shades of sand. When you're not admiring the spectacular color show (which dates back to the ice age), spend your time fishing, sailing or engaging in other local watersports. Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Waianapanapa State Park
Maui, Hawaii
There's plenty to see along the famous Hana Highway, but you're going to want to make a pit stop at Waianapanapa State Park. Its black-sand beach — formed from cooled lava rocks — sits next to a verdant jungle and azure waves, creating gorgeous contrasts in color. Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in Maui
The Best Things to Do in Maui Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Darnley Beach
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Prince Edward Island, which sits off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is best known for rolling green pastures and quaint country homes. However, it also has some seriously rugged coastline — that just happens to be a rusty red hue due to the amount of iron oxide in the rock. Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Harbour Island
Bahamas
It's the warm, pink sand and cool vibes that makes the Bahamas' Harbour Island special. And its protective reef means that its calm, blue waters are safe for swimming all year. Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in the Bahamas
The Best Things to Do in the Bahamas Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Ramla Bay
Gozo, Malta
In Homer's "The Odyssey," the hero Odysseus spent seven years in a cave on Gozo with the nymph Calypso. We're willing to bet that this Maltese island's stunning orange dunes will make you want to spend seven years here, too. Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

Glass Beach
Fort Bragg, Calif.
Glass Beach is a true trash-to-treasure story. In the early 20th century the beach was a garbage dump, but today its shores are blanketed in old bits of surf-smoothed glass, making the coastline a beachcomber's dream. Read More:
Most Colorful Beaches

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By Risa Seidman | Contributor June 25, 2013, at 1:27 p.m.


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