Typically, beaches come in white, gold, and shades of brown. But travelers seeking more unusual shorelines can find sands in a range of hues, including blushing pink, glittering olivine, and even dark red.
Red sand typically indicates that there is a significant quantity of iron nearby, either in the earth or deposited over years of volcanic activity. Some red beaches (like Kokkini Beach, in Greece) are even flanked by dramatic carmine cliffs.
Visiting one of these seven gorgeous red sand beaches — which are found in diverse destinations ranging from Hawaii to Italy, and even eastern Canada — is like traveling to a Martian landscape. Only you never even have to leave Earth's atmosphere.