Today once again with us is David with another one of his fantastic top tens. This time David is taking us on a trip around several of the most unique and unusual beaches of the world...
Sun loungers, beach balls and sandcastles aren't everyone's idea of fun and even if you enjoy spending some time lounging on the stereotypical beach, you're likely to find at least one of these unusual beaches intriguing.
Giant's Causeway - Bushmills, Northern Ireland - This UNESCO World Heritage site is said to have been created by a giant, Finn McCool, in order to allow him to walk across the sea and face his Scottish rival. Mythology aside, the huge interlocking basalt columns that have formed along Northern Ireland's coast in a stepping-stone formation make for a very unique experience and can be explored via the coastal paths or the purpose-built visitor centre.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the area, stop for lunch at the local caff and spot dolphins and basking sharks from the nearby cliffs. The beach attracts over 750,000 people annually and temperatures range from -6 to 27°C.
Every thirty minutes, jets that are taking off or landing create winds of up to 100mph, adding a very unique twist to sunbathing in the Caribbean. The island has a number of other beaches to explore, a zip line adventure park, hiking trails and a popular shopping area, Front Street. Just over half a million people visit the area each year and average temperatures range from 24-27°C.
Visitors enjoy discussing the meaning behind the carvings and taking photographs, but are urged to tread carefully and with respect. Other attractions include wildlife tours, sea kayaking, fishing and Chief Shakes Tribal House. Average temperatures range from -2 to 18°C.
This beach can get busy at the weekends, but you can have the place almost to yourself during the week. Annual visitor numbers are thought to be around 700,000 and nearby attractions include several wineries, galleries, guided walks and fishing charters. Temperatures vary between 8 and 24°C.
Boat tours are available and there are several other attractions nearby including a historic mining town and native Aleut villages. Around 100,000 visit the area each year and temperatures range between -5 to 16°C.
2013 you should be sure to make time for a visit while on holiday.
As usual, a big thanks to David and also a big thanks to Wikimedia Commons for the photos!