Ah, rainy weather, the bane of our existence. At Sporteluxe HQ in Sydney, we’re all too familiar with the wet and soggy conditions (and frizzy hair!), with rain falling on 16 days so far this month. So, obviously, we’re dreaming of a sunny holiday at the beach. Well, a pink sand beach to be more specific.
We’ve spotted rosy-hued dresses, sneakers, and even sportswear on the street and runways, and now, this inherently sweet shade has taken over our beaches. And, despite what you may think, these surreal colours aren’t an optical illusion.
On Harbour Island in the Bahamas, the sand is a mix of coral, shells, and calcium carbonate, and the soft pink hue comes from foraminifera, a microscopic organism that has a reddish-pink shell. They live on the underside of reefs, on the seafloor and beneath rocks, and are washed up onto shores by large waves or fish who knock them loose.
But, Harbour Island isn’t the only photogenic pink sand beach. Ahead, you’ll find five other drop-dead-gorgeous spots.
1. Balos Bay, Crete
Greece’s largest island, Crete attracts travellers with its turquoise waters, pink sand, and world-class cuisine.
2. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Bermuda’s shoreline is known for its soft pink sand that ranges in colour from blush to coral.
3. Komodo Island, Indonesia
With pastel pink sand, crystal clear waves, and amazing diving spots, Indonesia’s Komodo Island is a must-visit.
4. Elafonisi Lagoon, Crete
Elafonisi, which sits on a point on the south-west coast of Crete, is known as one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean.
5. Great Santa Cruz Island, Philippines
In case you needed another reason to visit the Philippines, Great Santa Cruz Island is famous for its pretty pink coastline.
If you’re on the hunt for a beach-ready swimsuit, we may have finally found it for you! We put six chic-as-hell swimsuits to the watersport test, here’s the verdict.