World's Most Colorful Beaches

Jorge Planas

Everyone loves fine white sand, but sometimes throwing a bit of color into the mix works wonders for the holiday spirit. Our friends at Beach Tomato searched all corners of the globe to provide the ultimate guide to the kaleidoscopic beaches. Everyone loves fine white sand, but sometimes throwing a bit of color into the mix works wonders for the holiday spirit. Our friends at Beach Tomato searched all corners of the globe to provide the ultimate guide to the kaleidoscopic beaches.

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Most Colorful Beaches
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When To Go: June – Aug
A stone’s throw from the mainland, little Hayling Island off the English south coast is like stepping back in time. A haven of British seaside charm, the beach at Bound Lane is the quietest on the island and our choice for a low-key beach hop. Backed by colorful beach huts, grab yourself an ice-cream and take a stroll along the pretty shingle beach. When the weather inevitably changes (trust us it will) swap the cornetto for a cuppa.

When To Go: Apr – Oct
Another tinted Hawaiian treat is Kaihalulu Beach just off Maui’s oh-so-scenic Hana Highway. The result of a crumbling volcanic cone at one end of the cove, Kaihalulu’s deep red sand is one of the island’s most secluded spots so bathing in the buff isn’t unheard of. Mix together red sand, blue ocean, a tropical green backdrop and surrounding black lava - you’ve got the kaleidoscope of colors at Kaihalulu.

When To Go: Nov – Apr
Stunning sands might not spring to mind when you think of Sierra Leone but we can’t get enough of these West African seafront stretches. Just south of the capital Freetown are a handful of bustling beaches with the first - lively Lakka - being our pick. Head here with the locals and be a part of the vibrant beach vibe – it’s not just multi-colored sand that brightens up a beach.

When To Go: Feb - Apr, Nov – Dec
The stunning Pink Sands Beach runs the entire eastern coast of Harbour Island in The Bahamas and is our rosy pick of tan topping sands. Quieter than other Bahaman beaches, Pink Sands is perfect if you want to get away from it all, just make sure your tan doesn’t end up matching the sand.

When To Go: May-September
Easy to miss south of the Italian boot, Malta but more specifically its little sister island Gozo, breaks the European beach mold. The curving fiery orange beach of Ramla Bay on Gozo’s north shore is virtually undeveloped and according to Homer’s epic, Ulysses spent 7 years being entertained by a nymph here…

When To Go: Dec – May
The Philippines is an Asian archipelago jam-packed with sublime beaches. Rumor has it Leo’s “Beach” was inspired by these islands and not their Thai counterparts - Sabang on the island of Palawan certainly fits the bill. Flanked by verdant green jungle and lapped by clear blue water, here the sand is heavenly. Sabang’s X factor though is the underground river Puerto Princesa – UNESCO has given it a nod and paddling in a canoe through the cave really is awe-inspiring.

When To Go: July – Aug

From white to black - Iceland’s volcanic beaches are famed for their dark sands. Up near the Arctic Circle, Vik Beach on Iceland’s south coast may not be typical tanning territory but the bracing Icelandic breeze and clear blue sky certainly blew away the cobwebs and refreshed our minds. That’s what it’s all about right?

When To Go: Apr – Oct

Papakolea, or Green Sands Beach to you and me, is down near the Big Island’s southern tip. The olive-hued beach here is unique – if the grains were any bigger they’d be classed as gem stones. One for the spritely – swap your flip flops for hiking boots and tackle the 4-mile trek through the (now cooled) lava fields. By the way, sunset here is breathtaking.

When To Go: Dec – Mar

You guessed it, Fraser Island’s Rainbow Beach is a swathe of colors. 70+ hues can be seen here, all depending on the mood of Mother Nature. The cliffs backing the beach look just like rainbow sherbet so watch the waves crash, winds blow and get snap happy on one of the world’s most colorful beaches.

When To Go: Nov – May
We love the BVI’s main island Tortola for its arty flair. Trellis Bay, not only a blissful Caribbean beach, boasts a hot hub of creativity. Aragorn’s Studio - a workshop and general hangout for local artists, coconut carvers and batik craft makers - adds an authentic West Indies feel to the Caribbean beach hop. Fear not, the bay’s monthly full moon party couldn’t be further from a Thai bucket fest – don’t miss the beach illuminating steel sculptures set ablaze on the water’s edge after sunset.


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