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8 spectacular beaches with unusually colored sand

Colorful beaches

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Psychedelic shores

Everyone has a different definition of the “perfect beach.” For some people, having a cocktail waiter with a tray full of rum-based drinks only a few feet away is a must, while others would prefer if there were no other beachgoers within 5 miles of their sandy spot. 

One thing that draws everyone's attention, though, is a beach that features uniquely colored sand – like the purple-tinged sand of Pfeiffer Beach, pictured here. Yes, throwing your towel down on standard sand is certainly an attractive idea if the sun is shining and the breeze is warm, but there’s something more alluring about finding beaches that don't fit this standard image. 

Here are eight beaches where you can find exceptionally beautiful, unusually colored sand. (Text: Josh Lew)