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For many people, heading to the beach to soak up the sun is the perfect way to unwind and relax. The warm sand and clear water create the optimal oasis for beach-goers. There are incredible beaches from all over the world, but some are more beautiful and unique than others. From white sand to crystal clear water, these are beaches with the most unique features:


The Beach of Cathedrals, Spain

Along the Galician coast in the north of Spain, locals and tourists will find a beach with features that resemble the architecture of a beautiful cathedral. Its name does not overcompensate, the visitors will find rocks along the coast with arches more than 90 feet high. When the tide is low, visitors are able to walk beneath the arches and explore caves in the depths of the rock face. Although a reservation is required and visitors must pay a fee due to the beach’s popularity, it is worth the visit.


Khao Phing Kan, Thailand

Another unique beach that is well worth the visit lie along the shores of Thailand. The Khao Phing Kan beach features exotic rock formations and the famous limestone structure that rises from the waters. This beach has become the most recognizable dues to its picture-worthy architecture. Visitors will recognize it from the James Bond movie and from the many pictures tourists have taken. Although the beach is small and remote, it everything but camera shy.


The Baths, Virgin Islands

For white sand, crystal blue water, and volcanic activity, head to Virgin Gordo on the eastern edge of the Bahamas. With a name such as this, the stunning beach has unique granite boulders, that reach up to 40 feet high and create small hidden grottoes that look like bathtubs in the ocean. Beach-goers will enjoy snorkeling, relaxing in the light blue water of the small pools, and exploring the small cave systems.


Reynisfjara, Iceland

Although the name is difficult to pronounce, it’s easy to see why this beach is one of the most unique in the world. On the shores of the southern tip of Iceland, there is a beach with jet black sand and unique rock formations. With sands blackened from lava, this beach is not meant for swimming. Known as one of the most beautiful non-tropic beaches, this is certainly worth the visit. The rock formations reach nearly 100 feet high and feature eerie caves for visitors to explore.

All around the world, even in the most unexpected places, there are beautiful beaches waiting to be explored.