Remind yourself how magical our planet is by feasting your eyes on these nine supremely beautiful beaches. 

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Scala Dei Turchi, Sicily, Italy

This stunning beach trades sand for a smooth, white, erosion-terraced cliff face. 

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Starfish Beach, South Island, New Zealand

Formally known as Motukiekie Beach, at low tide this rocky spot boasts dramatic tidal pools and starfish as far as the eye can see. 

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Musha Cay, Bahamas

This pristine two-mile-long sand bar offers warm, shallow waters and endless electric-blue views. (P.S. It's near David Copperfield's private island.)

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Trá an Dóilín, Galway, Ireland

Aptly translating to "Coral Strand" in English, this fascinating stretch of Irish coast is comprised of fine--and extremely rare--coralline algae. 

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Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Australia

Vibrant rainbow-colored sand dunes hug the beaches of this gorgeous coastal town. 

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Glass Beach, California, United States

Years of pounding surf and many clean-up efforts have turned this former dumping ground into a magical seaglass mecca.

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Star Sand Beach, Okinawa, Japan

The "sand" at this beach looks like tiny, beautiful stars. But those stars are actually exoskeletons of marine protozoans dating back 550 million years. 

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Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas

The dreamy, powder pink beaches of Harbour Island are the result of microscopic rose-hued animals that wash ashore from the surrounding reefs and ocean floor. 

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Punalu'u Beach, Hawaii, United States

This striking, ink-black beach is the product of lava flowing into the ocean and then exploding as it cools. Terrifying? Yes. But also insanely awesome. 

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