Most of the time we are looking for white sand beaches for a weekend getaway. But did you know that there are also pink sand beaches in different parts of the world? The sand might not be heavily pink in color as you see in Instagram photos. The pink hue is because of the pink corals and seashells mixed in the sand. So here are the beautiful pink sand beaches around the world that you should include in your bucket list!
10 World’s Most Beautiful Pink Sand Beaches
Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga
Year 2017, Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga was included in NatGeo’s list as one of the best beaches in the world. Aside from this recognition, the island is popularly known in the Zamboanga City as Pink Beach. To get here, you need to ride a boat from Paseo del Mar for about 15 minutes. The round trip boat fee cost 1,000 PHP (20 USD) that is good for 20 persons.
To preserve its beauty, there is a limited number of tourists allowed per day and staying overnight is prohibited. You should also keep in mind that walk-ins are not recommended. Reservation at City Tourism Office is a must. The entrance fee is 20 PHP (0.5 USD) and a small cottage cost 100 PHP (2 USD).
You may bring your own food or just buy seafood from locals selling around the area. They can also cook for you with an additional cost which I recommend so you can fully enjoy swimming at the beach. Once you get back to the town, you should also visit and eat at Alavar Seafood Restaurant and Bay Tal Mal Restaurant. – Riza from Rizanoia
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STA. CRUZ ISLAND, ZAMBOANGA, PHILIPPINES
Entrance Fee: 20 PHP (0.5 USD)
Small Cottage: 100 PHP (2 USD)
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Comiran Island, Palawan
Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara
Lombok Island in Indonesia has plenty of gorgeous beaches, but one of them really stands out. On the south-eastern corner of the island, you can find a small and unique Pink Beach. It is a secluded place away from towns or hotels. In fact, the closest beach town Kuta is 55 km away.
There are regular boat trips from Kuta to Pink Beach but we’ve visited by scooter. It is the best mode of transport on Lombok and a great way to meet locals and observe the local life. Even though the last part of the road leading to Pink Beach is quite bumpy, the journey was definitely worth it. The locals welcomed us and waved along the way and circled curiously around whenever we stopped to take photos.
When you arrive at the beach, you will instantly soak up the easy-going and lazy vibes. It’s like the time has stopped. You only hear waves on the shore, monkeys in the forest, and occasional breaking open the coconuts from local restaurants called warungs.
If you bring snorkeling gear, local fishermen can take you to nearby snorkeling spots or rent a kayak and venture out on your own.
The same case with many islands, Lombok also struggles with washed-up garbage. Remember to keep the place better than you found it. – Maya from Travel With The Smile
Pantai Merah Beach, Komodo
While Komodo National Park is mainly known for attracting visitors to the region as a result of their unique komodo dragons, their impressive landscapes and amazing diving are other good reasons to check out this area of Indonesia. Komodo’s pale pink beach perfectly contrasts with Komodo Island’s yellowy-green hills and sparkling blue water, making it one iconic location and a must-see while in Indonesia.
Pink Beach of Pantai Merah in Komodo Island is a popular spot for snorkeling and diving. The impressive marine life is two-fold – offering amazing underwater scenes as well as contributing red pigment from the corals to combine with the white sand to create the beautiful pink beach. From their boat, visitors can slowly snorkel their way towards the beach before strolling the shore in amazement of its color.
The best way to reach Pink Beach in Komodo National Park is to fly into Flores Island in Indonesia, just an hour flight from Bali. Using the town of Labuan Bajo as your launching spot, join a boat tour departing for the nearby islands. Most tour companies hit all the hot spots including Pink Beach, Komodo Island for dragon spotting and the infamous Padar lookout. – Roxy and Luke from The Coastal Campaign
Padar Island, Komodo
Ever since I saw a photo of Padar Island on Instagram, I knew I had to go there. Padar Island is situated within the Komodo archipelago in Indonesia and can be easily found between Komodo Island and Rinca Island. Padar is an extraordinary island, surrounded by bays and hills and with a view on crystal clear turquoise water. However, what makes Padar a special place, is the panoramic view of 3 beaches.
Once you arrive at Padar Island you need to climb it to the top, where you can see 3 beaches with differently colored sand: pink, white and black. Ask your tour guide to drive you to the pink beach as well. We did an incredible boat tour which included Rinca Island, where you can see Komodo dragons, the famous pink beach and Padar Island.
I have visited many islands in Southeast Asia, but the view from Padar is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. It’s a place which you don’t see often and I am not even sure if such a place as Padar Island exists. And of course, there are many lookouts and photo opportunities along the way to the top. – Gigi and Nico from Beach Addicted
Elafonisi Beach, Crete
Elafonisi Beach is one of Europe’s most stunning pink sand shores. It is located about 70 kilometers from the city of Chania, on the rather isolated southwest coast of the Greek island of Crete – closer to Africa than to Greece’s capital, Athens.
Bathed by the warm waters of the Libyan Sea, the shallow coast features a spectacular palette of turquoise waters that during some hours of the day produce a striking contrast with the soft pinkish sand of Elafonisi Beach.
The originally white powdery sand combines with millions of small pink crushed shells and microscopic shellfish that give a unique shade of rosé according to the tides and the atmospheric conditions, usually more visible the closer to the sea you get.
Elafonisi is an ideal spot for a romantic escape, with perfect weather from April through October and home to a unique colony of sea daffodil, sand dunes, and hidden caves. Elafonisi is one of the most famous beaches in Crete and is the perfect place to soak in the Mediterranean sun surrounded by its exotic atmosphere. – Gabi from The Tiny Book
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera
Playa de Ses Illetes is known as one of the best beaches in Europe. Besides the shades of turquoise blue and the fine white sand, the beach is known for having a slight shade of pink due to the residue of coral dust from the sea reacting with the fine grains of sand.
The beach is located on the northern side of Formentera island, which can be reached by boat for a day trip or an extended visit from the infamous and beautiful party-island, Ibiza. Literally translated as the “beach of the small islands”, Playa de Ses Illetes is the most famous of the seven smaller beaches that surround it and a darling with tourists. As expected, the beach gets really busy throughout the day, so it’s best to wake up early and enjoy it as an almost-private beach if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and the line-ups that form.
There is a small fee to access Playa de Ses Illetes, though they vary depending on the season you go and the mode of transportation you take. You’ll have to pay a few euros if you’re going by car or scooter, but it’s free if you’re walking or taking a bike. You can rent a bike as soon as you get off the ferry and use it for the day to explore the rest of Formentera.
The shallow water is so clear and beautiful, you can easily spend a whole day swimming. You can also partake in a number of adventure water sports, like kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling or paddle boarding. If you stay for sunset, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best sunsets in Spain. – Ioana from The World Is My Playground
Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
Bermuda is one of the few places in the world with pink sand beaches. While it can be one of the busier beaches, Horseshoe Bay Beach is one of the best beaches in Bermuda. However, if you aren’t visiting during high season (July and August), you’ll likely find Horseshoe Bay Beach to be free from crowds.
The sand in Bermuda is pink from the microscopic remains of tiny invertebrate sea creatures that wash up over the shore. They give off a red pigment, which mixes with the white debris from coral fragments and shells. When you visit Horseshoe Bay Beach, you can participate in a variety of activities like swimming and surfing. I recommend venturing towards the huge rock formations along the edge of the ocean. You can climb up to the top of them for an incredible view overlooking the entire landscape. – Lauren from Justin Plus Lauren
Harbour Island, Bahamas
Harbour Island may not be nearly as well-known as Bahamian tourism hotspots like Grand Bahama, Nassau, and Paradise Island. But in our eyes, that’s just one of many things that make them rank among the best Caribbean islands to visit (Travel & Leisure named Harbor Island “The Best Island in the Caribbean” in 2005, and again in 2015). The fourth-most populated island of the Bahamas, Eleuthera & Harbor Island were originally settled by British loyalists in the 1700s, and you can see their influence in the colonial architecture there today.
You’ll also see plenty of pineapple plantations, quaint (but colorful) fishing communities, lush tropical landscapes, and miles and miles of picturesque coastline. Of course, the can’t-miss attraction here is Harbor Island’s Pink Sand Beach, which is often listed among the world’s most beautiful beaches.
You can also find other less well-known pink sand beaches on Eleuthera as well, including the Atlantic and Exuma Sound sides. Any of them makes a great place to kick band, relax with a tropical beverage in hand, and marvel at the stunning scenery that surrounds you. If you get a chance, don’t miss the Friday night fish fry at Anchor Bay in Governor’s Harbour, proceeds from which benefit various community development projects. – Bret from Green Global Travel