11 Stunning Pink-sand Beaches Around the World

Pink Sand Beach Harbour Island The Bahamas
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Forget sugar-white or golden stretches of sand. Travelers seeking rare, unusual destinations can't get enough of pink-sand beaches.

Often formed by crushed coral or fragments of shell, the world's blushing pink shores merit a trip. Thankfully, many of these colorful coastlines are located in some incredible destinations worth visiting in their own right. From Greece to Tahiti, add these pink-sand beaches to your travel bucket list.

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Elafonisi Beach, Elafonisi, Greece

Pink Sand Elafonisi Beach Greece
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Just off the coast of Crete lies Elafonisi, a small island known for pink sands created by colorful microorganisms and pieces of coral. When the tide is low, it’s even possible to wade here by foot from the island of Crete. Elafonisi is a protected nature reserve, so be sure to leave nothing behind.

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Pantai Merah, Komodo Island, Indonesia

Pantai Merah Komodo Island Indonesia
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Aside from being home to the world’s largest lizard (the Komodo dragon), Komodo Island in Indonesia is also home to Pantai Merah, a stunning pink-sand beach. The vast stretch of sand shows a gradient of pink hues, which are essentially a mixture of white and red sands teeming with microscopic rose-colored marine animals.

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Spiaggia Rosa, Isola Budelli, Italy

Spiaggia Rosa Isola Budelli Italy
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The sands on Spiaggia Rosa, a pink-sand beach in Italy, are known to range in color from fuchsia to salmon. This idyllic stretch of beach is located on Isola Budelli, a small atoll off the northern coast of Sardinia. Fossils, crushed coral, and colored stones are responsible for the pink-sand beach, which is now off-limits because of a history of sand theft.

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Harbour Island, Bahamas

Pink Sand Beach Harbour Island The Bahamas
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On the east side of Harbour Island, located in the Bahamas, the beaches are famous for their pinkish tint. Foraminifera (a small sea creature with reddish shells) is responsible for the hue. Visitors will also find incredibly clear waters, making the beaches on Harbour Island ideal for snorkeling and diving.

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Pfeiffer Beach, Los Padres National Forest, California

Pfeiffer Beach Los Padres National Forest California
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While driving California’s Big Sur, you will discover both breathtaking mountain views as well as expansive blue seas — and the pink sands at Pfeiffer Beach. Thousands of years of quartz and manganese from nearby rock formations have given this beach an almost purple color.

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Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

Playa de Ses Illetes Spain
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On the Mediterranean island of Formentera, there is a strip of peninsula called Es Trucadors. In addition to attracting a chic, upbeat crowd, this area also draws visitors who want to see white sands laced with pink pieces of coral.

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Tikehau, French Polynesia

A kayak sits on the pink sand beach in Tahiti
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This small atoll is known for its tranquil pink- and white-sand beaches, located a 55-minute flight from Tahiti. Less than 600 people call this atoll home, but what it lacks in people, it makes up for in abundant marine life.

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Pink Beach, Bonaire

Dutch Antilles, Bonaire, Pink flamingos.
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This tiny island in the southern Caribbean is known for its incredible diving and snorkeling, as well as its pretty pink-sand beach. Like several of the other picks on this list, Pink Beach gets its color from the crushed shells of foraminifera.

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Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Waves rolling in at Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
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With sparkling turquoise waters and a pink shore, Horseshoe Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful spots in Bermuda. Visit a nearby beach bar and take in the view with a classic Rum Swizzle cocktail.

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Grande Santa Cruz Island, Philippines

Visitors on the pink-tinged coralline sand of Great Santa Cruz Island. The pink color of the sand comes from the erosion of red organ pipe coral off its coast.
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The Philippines has tons of fantastic beaches with different colors of sand ranging from bright white to volcanic black. This small island in the southern Philippines is known for its unique pink coralline sand.

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Crane Beach, Barbados

Aerial view of Crane Beach in Barbados.
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Our final colorful coastline is Crane Beach on the island of Barbados. The Crane Resort, originally built in 1887, overlooks the beach and its crystal-blue waters.

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