White sand beaches are beautiful but simple. Expand your horizons and visit one of the spectacular black sand beaches on this list.
Black sand is usually composed of volcanic minerals and lava fragments. In many cases the black sand is produced by lava flows that come in contact with the cold water. As the water flows out onto the beach, the lava hardens, creating black sand.
Each of these beaches is different in its own way. Some are more accessible than others, some are more secluded, and some are popular tourist destinations.
Enjoy the beauty of the black sand from the ocean. Take up a new water sport; try surfing or snorkeling; or lay right on the sand and catch some rays. Either way, the experience of exploring one of these black sand beaches is like no other.
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Located on the volcanic island of Basse-Terre. The ocean is incredible; this beach is the ideal surfing destination for beginner, intermediate to advanced surfers.
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Shelter Cove is only accessible by boat or plane. It’s a small fishing community designed for a peaceful getaway. The secluded beach features approximately 3.5 miles of black sand and offshore reefs.
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of this black sand beach as it meshes into the turquoise sea of Dominica. View the volcanic peaks as they rise up in the background. It is located at the intersection of the Rosalie Bay River.
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This black sand beach is created from the cooled lava of Mt. Agung. Visitors describe this beach as very relaxing. It’s a low-key beach with calm waves. One of the most magnificent places in Bali to watch the sunrise and sunset.
The black sand on Playa Negrita was formed due to the lifting of tectonic plates and some volcanic activity. Oh, and was also a recent destination for a Victoria Secret swimsuit photoshoot.
Anse Chastanet Beach is a luxurious beach located right in front of the Anse Chastanet resort. The resort has been rated 4.5 according to Expedia.com guest rating. It has a beach bar, 24-hour front desk, free breakfast, free WiFi and all-inclusive room options.