The Atlantic Ocean, along with its Caribbean arm, is home to many of the world’s most spectacular beaches. Of the very long list, however, the tiny island of Bermuda off the east coast of the U.S. (but a British Overseas Territory) hosts the most intriguing ones. The island has long stretches of pink-sand beaches hugged by azure waters. Only a few islands in the world have Camellia-colored coasts and Bermuda has plenty of them.
Many have not yet heard of a pink sand beach and a common misconception is that the coloration is only due to the warm glow of the setting sun. However, there is a scientific explanation to this natural phenomenon. Bermuda’s pink beaches are caused by marine organisms known as “foraminifera.” These are invertebrate species with shells, called “tests,” that are made of calcium carbonate—the same material found in the shells of other marine organisms such as corals, lobsters, and mussels. The shell is bright red or pink. For millions of years, natural forces such as waves and wind have pulverized these shells and mixed with Bermuda’s white sands. The result is the stunning coast the island is currently famous for.
The most popular pink beach in Bermuda is Horseshoe Bay. A famous holiday destination, it is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is ideal for people watching but may not be the perfect place for relaxation and quiet time. Other pink sand beaches in the island are Church Bay, Jobson’s Cove, Snorkel Park Beach, Warwick Long Bay, and Somerset Long Bay.
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