Beachy shores can come in a rainbow of colors, but there's something especially stark (and breathtaking) about jet black sand. While Hawaii is probably the most famous destination when it comes to dark-colored coasts, countries around the world also feature black waterfronts.
Nearby volcanoes are usually the reason for black beaches. The "sand" itself is actually made up of tiny pebbles instead of fine grains. For example, the Mediterranean island of is actually just the tip-top of an enormous underwater volcano.
With coconut groves and nesting sea turtles, has earned a reputation as one of the Big Island's best beaches. It's also the beach you're most likely to think of when you hear the words "black sand."
Venture to this (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) for its sulfuric hot springs and unspoiled natural beauty.
Don't be surprised to see a band of black macaque monkeys roaming down the shore at this tropical .
While the aurora borealis may be a stunning backdrop, the look especially eerie when covered with fog rolling off the Atlantic. And tourists, be warned – the waves are known for being unpredictable.
European vacationers love to frequent Spain's Tenerife, but the remote is still largely ignored by tourists.
It's hard to ignore Mount Fuji towering in the background, but this Japanese coastline is actually more famous for its ancient pine groves, the setting of a still performed today.
The towering sandstone cliffs figuratively (and literally) overshadow the dark sand of this .
If the landscape looks familiar, that's because set the scene for Oscar-winner The Piano.
The beach isn't the only star of this state park. The also boasts a seabird colony, a natural stone arch, and a heiau (a traditional Hawaiian temple).
If relaxing in the sun is your kind of thing, this is strewn with dozens of comfy lounge chairs for rent.
After braving a windy and narrow road, beach-goers are rewarded with an and a nearby abandoned rum plantation.
Surfers love the Pacific Coast waves in this , but there's also tide pools and designated swimming areas for those without a board.
Walk down to the for the best vantage point of the awe-inspiring Vestrahorn mountain.
Beyond providing a pretty panorama, Point Venus marks navigator James Cook's notable . The explorer and his crew recorded the transit of Venus across the sun (which occurs every 120 years!) and revealed information about the size of the solar system.
While the old beach featured fine sand and palm trees, a volcanic eruption in 1990 covered the entire with 50 feet of lava. The "new" beach is actually the hardened flow, but locals are working to restore the spot to its former glory.
This Korean island is home to multiple natural wonders. Tourists can also wander down eerie cave-like passageways formed from cooled magma.
On the glacial lagoon , icebergs calmly drift ashore and look just like —you guessed it — diamonds. The scenic lake also appears in popular movies like Die Another Day and Batman Begins.
On California's , surfers migrate to the rocky shores in search of the perfect wave.
Motivated hikers can trek to a atop the Big Island valley, but the steep hills promise some pretty memorable views.