Yes, it’s always a good idea to get on Google and type ‘beaches near me’ for a short vacation by the sea. However, if you want to take your beach vacation to the next level with more new experiences, these beaches below should be on your bucket list. Have you ever heard about a beach that barks like a dog, a beach that transforms itself, or a beach that features prehistoric fossils and footprints? Let’s follow The Broad Life to explore the best beaches around the world in our weird defines!

Zlatni Rat – Croatia

view from above Zlatni Rat one of the best beaches around the world
Zlatni Rat is a truly beautiful beach with the ability to change its shape.

The beach is located near the city of Bol in the south of the island of Brac. It has a narrow part with a beach of yellow sand and white pebbles and is surrounded by green pine forests. The erratic tides bring with them the currents of the sea and wind, creating different shapes for this beach. Depending on the wind direction changes, Zlatni Rat can bend into the shape of a hook, sometimes like a nose, sometimes into a very unique tongue.

Jurassic Coast – England

durdle door at jurassic coast england
In fact, Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No doubt, it’s one of the most beautiful regions in England.

The cliffs along the Dorset and East Devon coasts of England, stretch over 95 miles almost continuously. These cliffs formed during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous and lasted until the Mesozoic period, believed to have existed for 185 million years. As you walk along the coast, you will encounter prehistoric footprints and fossils. On top of that, there are so many things to do at Jurassic Coast that you can enjoy.

Plage de Saleccia – France

two cows with smiling faces on the beach of Plage de Saleccia
It’s not hard meeting these cows with smiling faces in Plage de Saleccia.

Don’t be surprised to see cows lounging on the beach sunbathing. Yes, the real cows that you can even touch make Plage de Saleccia one of the world’s best beaches. The beach has a 12km stretch of white sand with clear water.

Scala dei Turchi – Italy

people at Scala dei Turchi, one of the best beaches around the world
Scala dei Turchi is actually one of the top travel destinations in Italy.

This beach in Italian means “Stairs of the Turks” or “Turkish Steps”. To illustrate, the beach is a white limestone cliff, sculpted by nature like a staircase along the Realmonte coast, near Porto Empedocle, south of Sicily, Italy. The Turkish Steps have become a famous tourist destination, attracting a lot of tourists because of the beautiful white color of the natural “stairs”.

Playa de Gulpiyuri – Spain

Playa de Gulpiyuri with some visitors
Do you know that Gulpiyuri means “water circle”?

This beach is a depression located inland, about 100m from the Cantabrian coast. The beach is 40m long with a system of small caves leading to the sea creating rolling waves. In fact, Playa de Gulpiyuri is fully tidal and has waves.

Traigh Mhor Beach – UK

a plane lands on Traigh Mhor beach
Traigh Mhor means ‘Big Beach’ in English.

Barra Airport is probably the only airport in the world where planes land on the beach. To experience this, you can book flights on British Airways, flying to Barra from Glasgow and Benbecula.

Barking Sands – Hawaii, USA

Barking Sands is one of the best beaches around the world for visitors.

Hawaii is one of the most remote destinations in the world, and this beach is actually a part of one of Hawaii’s longest beaches. In fact, what makes this beach a weird name is the movement of the masses of sand. When dry grains of sand rub together, microscopic holes in the grains generate reverberations. Therefore, due to the special structure of the sand, every time you step on this beach, it will make a sound like… a dog barking. Besides that, Barking Sands beach is also a test launch site for defense missiles.

Papakōlea Beach – Hawaii, USA

the very special jade green sand of Papakōlea Beach
Papakōlea Beach has a very special jade green sand.

It is also known as Green Sand beach, or Mahana beach due to its characteristic jade green sand. Indeed, this is one of only four jade green beaches in the world. To elaborate, the others are Punta Cormorant on Galapagos Island, Talofofo Beach on Guam, and Hornindalsvatnet in Norway.

The mysterious green color of this place lies in the crystals of the mineral olivine, broken from the surrounding lava rocks, formed by the eruptions of the world’s largest volcano Mauna Loa more than 49,000 years ago.

Maho Beach – Saint Martin, Caribbean

a plane is landing just above the beach with many people
It will be a special experience when enjoying the beach with a plane right above your head.

Maho beach is special because it is right next to Princess Juliana International Airport. By the time the plane lands, it had almost reached the beach.

Hot Water – New Zeland

People are making their baths on the sand to enjoy the hot springs of Hot Water beach
People are making their baths on the sand to enjoy the hot springs of the Hot Water.

This “Hot Water” beach is formed by an underground source of hot springs. The beach is located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, 175 km from Auckland.


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12 COMMENTS

  1. Everyone has been to or heard of the world famous beaches, but the best are often ones like you describe: Unique beaches that offer something you don’t normally get elsewhere. Of the ones you list, I have been to Maho Beach in St. Maarten and yes, you feel like you can touch the plane!

    • That must be one of the greatest experiences on the beach you ever had. Did you take any photos or videos at that moment?

  2. Hhhhmmm…these are new names! I haven’t been to any of them. I would love to start with the Jurassic Coast in England.

  3. Awesome place to visit. I will keep them in my note because I would like to visit them. Thank you for the suggestions!

  4. Indeed such an interesting read. I haven’t actually heard of this beaches and I might try to visit these too! Glad I came over this post.

  5. I learned something new today. thanks for your share. i really love beaches and want to visit Hawaii beaches someday

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