World’s 5 Strangest Beaches via GeoBeats

Here are 5 of the world’s strangest beaches. Want to venture beyond your local, typical beach?Here are 5 of the world’s strangest beaches according to Travel & Leisure.Number 5 – Punalu’u Beach in Hawaii is home to black sands with contrasting vibrant blue water. Giant, endangered green sea turtles are common sights along the shore and swimming directly off the coast.Number 4 – Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay, Australia is a Guinness World Record holder for having the whitest sand. The turquoise waters and blue skyline make it a serene and perfectly beautiful spot. The north end of the beach contains a rock platform.http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/jervis-bay-and-shoalhaven/jervis-bay/attractions/hyams-beachNumber 3 – Along the coast near Cape Town, South Africa is a popular beach with large boulders that protrude from the sand. Essentially a cove, the area is appropriately named Boulders Beach. Visitors not only enjoy the unique landscape, but also delight in watching the cute penguins that make this beach their home.Number 2 – Another Hawaii winner is Papakolea Beach. Located in thesouthernmost tip of the state, anyone who wishes to visit must hike a grueling 3 miles along sea cliffs. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by a massive rock formation which stretches out into the water and unusual olive green sands.Number 1 – Jumping into the cold ocean may not appeal to everyone. Coromandel, New Zealand is home to Hot Water Beach. Underneath the sands, mineral water reaches temperatures up to 150 degrees. For several hours in the beginning and end of low tide, beach goers can create makeshift holes in the sand and relax in an all-natural Jacuzzi.