6 Stunning Black Sand Beaches You Have to Visit
White sand beaches? So basic you might as well be taking pics of them with your iPhone. Take your ocean vacation and Instagram account up a notch by visiting one of these 10 beaches made of black sand.
#1 Vik Beach, Iceland
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Iceland's home to around 130 volcanos (18 of which have erupted since the island was settled in the 9th century) and black beaches have risen from the ashes. Vik Beach, or Reynisfjara as it's known to locals, is the island's most famous and boasts insane basalt columns, lava formations, towering cliffs, and caves.
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Yes, the icebergs should be a dead giveaway that this is not a tanning kind of beach. More look than touch, this glacial lagoon has been featured in a slew of blockbuster films including Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Batman Begins, and A View to a Kill.
#3 Punalu'u Beach, Big Island, Hawaii
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Home to bright green sea turtles lazing in the sun, this onyx beach was formed from the lava of the still-active Mauna Loa. Its black sand is so popular that signs ask visitors to please stop pocketing it as a souvenir.
#4 Anse Céron, Martinique, Caribbean
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The charcoal-colored sand sits in beautiful contrast to the lush green tropical jungle and coconut-laden palm trees that serve as the backdrop to this secluded beach. Renowned for its snorkeling, dive shops dot the beach's rocky shores.
#5 Playa Negrita, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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Black sand be damned, all you need to know about this remote beach in Puerto Rico is that it recently hosted a swimsuit shoot for Victoria’s Secret.
#6 Stokksnes Beach, Stokksnes, Iceland
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The rocky shore (and dramatic Vestrahorn mountain that towers over it) at Iceland's Stokksnes Beach is the perfect spot to soak in the sunset.