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4 Black Sand Beaches in The United States You Have to Visit

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There is nothing quite like a relaxing beach vacation to recharge, help reduce stress and spend time with loved ones. But if you are looking for a different experience and you want to up your instagram game, just visit a black sand beach.The black sand comes from eroded volcanic material such as lava, basalt rocks, some other dark-colored rocks and minerals, and is typically found on beaches near volcanic activity.

Black Sand Beach (Alaska)

The Black Sand Beach is a popular place where kayakers go camping. The beach is surrounded with enormous glaciers that will protect you from the winds. With water cascading down from the hanging glaciers, sea life playing among the ice bergs and a commanding view of Barry Arm, Black Sand Beach is one of the most spectacular beaches in Alaska.

Tip: Rent a kayak and enjoy the beach that way!
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Punalu’u Beach (Big Island, Hawaii)

Punaluʻu beach is the most famous black sand beach of Hawaii. Two reasons for the popularity of this beach are the gorgeous black sand beach and the fact that you can often see endangered Hawksbill turtles and green turtles basking in the sun on the beach.

Tip: Bring water shoes if you have them because the black sand on the beach gets hot quickly in the sun and there are many rocks in the water that can be painful when stepped on.
A sea turtle sleeping on the black sand beach of Punalu'u.Chloe Leis/Unsplash

Pa’iloa Beach (Maui, Hawaii)

With flowing streams and sparkling pools, it only makes sense that Wai’anapanapa state park means “glistening fresh water” in Hawaiian. Nestled between lush tropical greenery and black lava cliffs, the gorgeous Pa’iloa Beach has the legendary black pebble-sand combination that’s simply unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

Tip: If you decide to go, make sure to visit the Bamboo Forest, explore the trails, waterfalls and its unique beauty.
Pa’iloa Beach.Vee Dunford/Pinterest

Shelter Cove Black Sand Beach (Calefornia)

Shelter Cove Black Sand Beach is a large black sand beach with offshore reefs just north of the town of Shelter Cove. This entire area is protected by the Bureau of Land Management in the King Range National Conservation Area.

Tip: Since there are serious waves, you can't swim. Bring a picnic and enjoy your lunch with a view.
Shelter Cove.Lifefoc Travel/Pinterest

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