Summer is fast approaching which means you're probably trying to plan a vacation to get away and unwind from the monotony of your job or just the general chaos of every day. You may have a favorite Beach or a family traditional location. Maybe this is the year you switch it up and give into the wanderlust within you and go somewhere as unique as you. This article will give you some options, with the world's most unusual beaches that you should visit on your next vacation.

Punalu'u Beach in Hawaii

Punalu'u Beach is on the Big Island of Hawaii between Pahala and Na'alehu.

Punalu'u Beach is also referred to its nickname as the Black Beach. That's right, compared to your normal white sand vacation destination, Punalu'u Beach has black sand to contrast the beautiful turquoise water of the Pacific Ocean. So what makes the sand black? The sand is made of basalt and lava that flowed into the ocean that cooled and exploded once it hit the water. Another thing that makes Punalu'u Beach a fascinating place to visit is because it is also home to the endangered Hawksbill turtles.

Harbour Island in the Bahamas

Harbour Island is located just northwest of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. Harbour Island is unique in that its west and east coast are completely different. The west coast is home to several marinas. On the east coast of Harbour Island, the sand is pink. Yes, you read that right. Famously home to the Pink Sands Beach, it is also the home of the Devil's Backbone coral reef, home to stingrays and turtles. The explanation behind the pink sandy beaches is a microscopic coral insect called Foraminifera.

Foraminifera have a bright pink or red shell, and when they die, it is crushed by the waves and brought up to coast -- mixing with the sand. The pink can be better seen toward the wet part of the coast closer to the water. The best part of Pink Sands Beach? The sand is usually cool to the touch so you can walk around barefoot.

Maho Beach in the Caribbean

Maho Beach is located on the Dutch side of the Caribbean Island Saint Martin. You may recognize the name -- Maho Beach was sadly hit by Hurricane Omar back in 2008, causing damage to its most famous restaurants -- Sunset Bar and Grill and Bamboo Bernies and Bliss -- which have both reopened.

The hurricane is also the reason behind the giant boulders that scatter the beach. But these aren't the reasons that Maho Beach is famous. It's adjacent to the Princess Juliana International Airport, where you can watch as planes approach for landing, flying only inches over your head!

Vaadhoo in the Maldives

One of the Raa Atoll islands in the Maldives, Vaadhoo is definitely a destination to be captured in photographs. The Shining Beach, as it's called, at night has seemingly glittering, neon blue water.

This shimmering magical-like water is the outcome of bioluminescent micro-organisms in the water being disturbed by oxygen. During the day, islands in the Maldives can also have a Red Tide, where blooming red algae cause the water to appear scarlet in color.

Playa del Amor in Mexico

Translated as "Love Beach," Playa del Amor is also known as the Hidden Beach. At the mouth of Banderas Bay, Hidden Beach is on one of the Marieta Islands located west of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. On the surface of a lush, green island, the sandy cavern opens up to a secret beach with crystal blue waters from the Pacific rushing in.

The cavern-like shape of the rocks around Hidden Beach are said to be caused by underwater volcanic eruptions, as well as military testing in the early 1900s. But don't worry; Playa del Amor as well as the other Marieta Islands made the "Parque Nacional Islas Marietas" (Marieta Islands National Park) in 2005, returning it to its former glory.

Which beach do you see yourself visiting? Check out the photo album above to check them out. Happy traveling, Beach Bums!

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