It would appear that even Mother Nature got the memo about millennial pink. While we appreciate a beachy getaway in any form, something about a pink sand beach seems even more luxurious. Here are 11 of the world’ most beautiful pink beaches to add to your summer bucket list —or, if you’re office-bound for the summer, to add to your Pinterest board. Your time will come.
Pink Beach, Komodo, Indonesia
The Komodo Islands are home to more than just dragons; they also house Pantai Merah, or the “Pink Beach.”
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Pink Sands Beach, Harbor Island, Bahamas
Harbor Island has one of the most famous groups of pink sand beaches in the world, with some spanning over three miles long. The pale pink color of the beach comes from Foraminifera, microscopic shelled animals with bright pink and red shells.
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Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece
Crete has a few pink-hued beaches, but Elafonisi is arguably the best-known. As with the rest of the beaches on this list, the pink is less vibrant in person (though it’s nothing a few Instagram filters can’t fix) however, it doesn’t make the unusual color of the sand any less impressive.
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
You’ll need a boat to get to this island off the coast of Ibiza, but the pale pink shade of sand and clear water makes the trip worth it.
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Elbow Beach, Bermuda
Bermuda has a number of gorgeous pink sand beaches, but if you’re looking for a slightly less touristy spot to spend a day then head to Elbow Beach. Between the palm trees, bright blue water, and pink sand, you couldn’t ask for a more picturesque beach.
Crane Beach, Barbados
Situated right next to the luxury Crane resort (which happens to be the oldest continuously operating hotel in the Caribbean, having opened in 1887), Crane Beach is a must-see for anyone visiting Barbados.
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Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia
Another beautiful Indonesian beach, Tangsi Beach in Lombok boasts peachy pink sand that comes from coral particles lining the shore. There aren’t any water sports or tourist attractions on this beach since it’s a little off the beaten path, making it perfect for visitors looking for a relaxing getaway.
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Pink Beach of Barbuda, Caribbean Sea
Officially called “Low Bay”, the pink beach of Barbuda got its name from the rosey colored sand. Besides the pretty color, another reason to go is the size. It’s nearly eight miles long with plenty of open space, making it ideal for tourists hoping to avoid the crowds.
Spiaggia Rosa, Sardinia, Italy
This beach is so pretty that people aren’t even allowed on it anymore. Due to visitors continuously stealing handfuls of the coveted pink sand, the Italian government banned people from stepping foot on or swimming to Spiaggia Rosa, located on the island of Budelli in Sardinia. While the only person allowed on it is a 78-year-old caretaker, visitors can still see (and photograph) the beach by boat.
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Balos Bay, Crete, Greece
Balos Bay is another one of Crete’s famous pink beaches. One of the most photogenic spots on the island, Balos is a stunning lagoon with turquoise waters and pinkish white sands that come from tiny crushed shells. If you do go, try to avoid July and August as those are the busiest times and Balos tends to get crowded.
Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
The most famous pink beach on Bermuda, Horseshoe Bay is a large and heavily-frequented seaside spot ideal for families or bigger groups. Located on the South Shore, Horseshoe Bay has distinctly pink sand thanks to its close proximity to a number of coral reefs.