Monday, July 9, 2012

3 Beaches You'll Remember Forever

The prediction for the rest of the summer: Hot. Now, many of you have already spent a lot of time at the beach, trying to cool off. If the same old tan sand is starting to bore you, give some thought to escaping to some remarkablely different beaches.

Enjoy this Bahamas vacation rental, just a short
walk from the Pink Sands Beach.
Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

Besides being one of the best beaches in the Bahamas, Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island is one of the top dive sites in the world. While Harbour Island is small, you'll find restaurants, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, shopping and more. The Pink sand beach is about 3 miles long and 50 to 100 feet wide.

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

Located near South Point on the Big Island, this rare and unusual beach gets its coloring from the "olivine" sand. When you wiggle your toes on Papakolea Beach, you'll actually be feeling granules of the semi-precious stone peridot. The beach sits in an ancient volcanic cinder cone. Getting there's a bit tough. You can either make a 3-mile rock across rocky lava fields, or you can take a 4-wheel drive vehicle. If you drive a rental car, be sure to read your rental agreement. Papakolea Beach makes a great day trip from Big Island vacation rentals in either Kona or Hilo.

Panalu'u Beach, Hawaii

Also called Black Sand Beach, this is one of the more famous tourist attractions on the Big Island. The beach is frequented by sea turtles, which sun themselves on the black sand. They're protected, so you can't touch them or interact with them beyond taking photographs. The beach is on the Hilo side of the Big Island and is much more accessible than Papakolea Beach. While you can swim and snorkel, the Black Sand Beach is rockier, and swimming can be hazardous.