We all love a tropical, sun-kissed beach, but there’s something special about visiting a rare black sand beach! Around the world, you can find different examples of this unique natural phenomenon. Whilst your average beach is probably home to caramel-coloured sand, black sand beaches tend to result from a high concentration of volcanic minerals. Therefore, you’ll likely find more of these rare black sand beaches in destinations that have a lot of volcanic activity! From rugged, windswept coastlines to tropical paradises, what will you choose? Read on to know where to find the best black sand beach in the world!
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Due to its volcanic origin, French Polynesia boasts a number of black sand beaches. Furthermore, many of these can be found in Tahiti. The capital and largest island in the archipelago, Tahiti is a favourite honeymoon destination, famed for its over-water villas and tropical landscapes. If you’re in search of the best black sand beach in Tahiti, head to Lafayette Beach. Situated close to the capital city of Papeete, this incredible stretch of coastline is covered in dark, black sand. This contrasts with the lush emerald trees of the surrounding rainforests. Although the most popular, Lafayette is not the only place to see black sand in Tahiti. Point Venus is another favourite black sand beach, famed for its historic lighthouse, as well as Page de Taharuu on the south coast.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Caused by thousands of years of volcanic erosion, Tenerife’s black sand beaches are simply incredible! Home to more than 250 miles of coastline, this Atlantic island is a favourite destination for winter sun. Some of the most popular black sand beaches in Tenerife include Playa Jardin, Playa de las Arenas and Playa de Troya. Surrounded by the dramatic cliffs of the Tenerife coastline, these unique black sand beaches are well worth a visit, whether you’re a budding photographer or simply want to spend an afternoon relaxing in the Canarian sunshine!
The origin of Santorini’s black sand beaches can be traced back to the eruption of the Santorini Volcano around 1600 BC! Today, Santorini is famed for its upmarket resorts and romantic atmosphere. It also plays host to an array of unique black sand beaches. The highest concentration of black sand can be found along the southeast coast, on beaches such as Perissa and Perivolos. Contrasting with the deep blue of the Aegean Sea, this natural spectacle makes for some seriously impressive vacation photos! Furthermore, Kamari Beach is another favourite black sand beach on the island. You’ll find plenty of sun loungers and beach bars here making it the ideal destination for a fun-filled beach day!
Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
Perhaps the most famous black sand beach in the world, Reynisfjara is located on Iceland’s south coast. Next to the fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisfjara is one of the must-see natural sights in the country. As well as striking black sand, the beach is also home to basalt stacks and the fierce waves of the Atlantic Ocean. A testament to the power of nature, Reynisfjara was used as a setting for the ‘Game of Thrones’ television series. One of the most inspiring black sand beaches on earth, a visit to Reynisfjara is often included on tours of Iceland’s South Coast.
Playa Negra, Costa Rica
On Costa Rica’s laid-back Pacific Coast is Playa Negra, situated in the region of Guanacaste. Best known as a surf destination, Playa Negra’s black sand gives it a unique appearance! Whether or not you’re here to catch a wave, Playa Negra offers a tranquil reprieve away from the tourist trail. Spend the day snapping photos of the black sand against the backdrop of the Costa Rican rainforest or watch the local surfers as the near-constant waves roll in. A hidden treasure of Costa Rica, Playa Negra is a tropical paradise where you can lose yourself in the beauty of nature!
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