Few geographical features on Earth are more fascinating than coast. The history of how they have developed – over the course of thousands, and even millions, of years – is always captivating. The clash of land and water, as well as the surrounding plants, are mesmerizing.
The sunny days of having fun on the sand may be numbered, but this doesn’t mean the shores are going to be any less attractive. In fact, many coasts are better known for their magnificent views, history, and unique geography than for their sunbathing potential.
Accessing some of the stunning coastlines can be as easy as parking nearby, or as challenging as hiking and climbing down a very steep cliff.
From odd and astonishing natural formations to spectacular manmade embellishments, the coasts on the following list —secluded as well as popular with tourists — will make you want to get out there and see them for yourself.
And if that’s not a good enough reason, take what science says into account. A new study has found that residential exposure to visible blue space, like the sea or the ocean, is associated with lower psychological distress in a capital city, even if you don't realize it.