While black sand beaches are generally less known then white sand beaches, if you are looking to change things up from the typical tropical vacation, they are an amazing alternative. ShortTermHousing.com has listed a few of our favorite black sand beaches for you to check out and enjoy.


Vik Beach, Iceland

Vik beach is located in a small village in the southern part of iceland. This beach has been nominated one of the most beautiful beaches on earth several times.


Black Sand Beach, Prince William Sound Alaska

This beach can be found just 60 miles away from Anchorage. When visiting this beach visitors will find tidewater glaciers, waterfalls, green hillsides, and wildlife that couldn’t be seen elsewhere.


Punaluu Beach, Hawaii

Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, Punaluu Beach is home to both Hawksbill turtles and Green Sea turtles that can be seen lounging around on the sand.


Lost Coast, California

On this beach you will find a dramatic landscape with sparkling waters, soft sand, and peaks all around it.


Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, Maui

At this beach you can explore sea caves, natural stone bridges, and look at old King Highway. This beach is perfect for kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving.

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