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When you think of tropical places, often you think of clear blue ocean water, swaying palm trees, and the white sand between your toes. Sounds nice, right? Then again, most people are unaware of some that offer pink sand beaches. These beaches are absolutely stunning!

There are quite a few areas with pink sand beaches, but here are some that stand out to us!

How pink beaches get their color

Pink sand gets its color from broken coral pieces, calcium carbonate materials from marine creatures, and seashells.  Sometimes, the sand has the slightest highlight of pink, but the shoreline and the water’s edge are where the pink will be most vivid.

1.  Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

bermuda pink sand beach

This beautiful beach is located on Bermuda’s South Shore and is a great place to visit if you’re looking for some relaxation.  Since the beach resembles a horseshoe (hence its name), it’s sheltered from large waves.  Also, this beach is family-friendly, with many snorkeling, boogie boarding, and paddleboarding activities.

Beachside bars offer burgers and fish sandwiches, ice cream, and Bermuda’s national drink, the Rum Swizzle.

2.  Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas

swim with the pigs in Bahamas

Harbour Island is a small island in the Bahamas (it is so small that you can walk around it on foot).  In addition to the beautiful beach, there are several great activities.  One of the coolest activities to do at Pink Sands Beach is taking a boat tour to swim with pigs!  Yes, pigs!  You’ll boat over to a smaller island where you can swim alongside these porkers and even feed them.

Next, head over to another island for a Bahamian food tasting!  If you’re not into swimming with pigs, that’s okay; you can always set up a towel on the beach, enjoy the views, and play in the crystal clear, blue waters!

beach in bahamas

3.  Pink Beach of Barbuda, Caribbean Sea

Photo courtesy:  Antigua Barbuda Tourism Board

 

This island is found in the northeastern Caribbean, consists of small village communities, and is known for its natural beaches.

On one side of the island is the Atlantic Ocean, with its dark blue color and beaches strewn with driftwood. And on the other is the Caribbean sea, with its pink sand beaches and sparkling blue water.

Take in natural beauty, relax and interact with locals. Barbuda isn’t known for its tourism, so you won’t see organized events and activities that you would in larger resort towns, nor will you find tourist attractions or nightlife on this island. Instead, expect blissful peace.

4.  Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece

pink sand beach in Crete

The island lies off the southwest coast of the Greek island of CreteIf you’re hanging out in Crete, you can wade out to the island, but don’t expect to see any beach chairs!

Elafonisi Beach is more of a sandbar. Sometimes it can be submerged under the water at certain times.  You may see rare plants and sea creatures, such as the loggerhead sea turtle, as a reward for your effort.  Take note, don’t remove any plants or animals, you could receive a big fine!

Most of the time, you’ll see the stunning pink sand on the island, and when the sand is pink, it is very pink.  However, there can be times when you don’t see the pink sand due to wind conditions, the season, and even the tide motions.  But even if you don’t see the sand in its pink beauty, you’ll always be able to feel the softness of the sand here.  It’s been described as “soft as dust.” The waters surrounding are warm and calm, so it’s a great spot to bring young ones to play.

Pro Tip:  This island can get busy, so we recommend going during the late spring and early summer if you’re looking for a relaxed environment.

Ready to relax on one of these pink sand beaches?  Let’s get you there!