Thousands of holidays are sold on the promise of a bright blue sea, lapping gently against a pristine white sandy beach - the stereotype of the ideal summer break. But if you’re looking for a beach holiday with a difference, there are many black sand beaches across the world that are absolutely stunning!
Black sand is similar to its golden or white counterpart in texture and usually denotes areas with significant iron and valuable heavy metal deposits or ones which are a result of volcanic activity, with the grains being tiny fragments of lava. The black sand absorbs more of the sun’s heat and in warmer climes may be significantly hotter than expected.
The Flexicover Team take a look at a variety of black sandy beaches on offer around the world!
The southern part of Iceland’s coastline includes some fabulous stretches of black sand beaches. Vik Beach is the most famous one and although the sand is jet black from its volcanic origins, it’s otherwise pristine and a spectacular place to visit. It offers breathtaking views and amazing rock formations and the habitat has a wide range of seabirds, including puffins. The tiny village of Vik is Iceland’s most southerly village and offers some basic accommodation and a few friendly restaurants, making this an unusual beach destination if ever there was one!
Prince William Sound, Alaska
This channel on the Gulf of Alaska is home to Black Sand Beach, about 96km from Anchorage, and is a stunning combination of tidewater glaciers, waterfalls, green hillsides and wildlife. Prince William Sound attracts campers and kayakers to its beautiful, icy blue waters and with peaks all around it’s no surprise that many refer to this as the most spectacular beach in Alaska! Explore the massive rocks, kayak to your heart’s content and when the tide is low, walk the coastline for the length of the beach. Remember, though, this is not a beach for tanners so bring warm clothes!
Ajuy, Fuerteventura, the Canaries
Ajuy Beach, located on the west coast of the island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, is a popular beach with fine black sand. Regarded as one of the prettiest sights on the island, it’s a romantic and idyllic destination too. Whilst the strong sea currents make swimming here a bit tricky, you can enjoy exploring the nearby private caves or a scenic walk along the cliffs. Due to its strategic location, it’s no surprise that legends tell of pirates that are said to have hidden their treasures here!
Muriwai, New Zealand
Gorgeous Muriwai, on Auckland Region’s west coast, has around 50km of unbroken shoreline and one of the most beautiful black sand beaches in New Zealand – making it a great spot for surfers amongst its stunning scenery. The place is perfect for a simple stroll or even a spot of fishing or horse riding. Muriwai Regional Park located at the southern end of the beach, is home to a gannet colony and is ideal for bird-watching. Being just 45km from the centre of Auckland makes it the first choice for a great day out for the weary urban crowd!
Lost Coast, California, USA
The Lost Coast is a stretch of coastline in northern California and whilst the black sand beaches of Humboldt County may not be the most popular for tourists, they’re great to visit for some adventure and dramatic scenery. From these sandy shores, formed from fine grey-black sandstone, you can see the majesty of the King Range with its multitude of moderate peaks rising to 1246m at King Peak. The area is ideal for hiking and taking fantastic photos plus swimming is also possible in the Pacific waters!
Wherever your travels take you this summer, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away. Safe travels!