Danita Delimont/Getty Images Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii, U.S. Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, Punalu’u Beach is often visited by beachgoers– and endangered turtles and seals. Understood to residents simply as “Black Sand Beach,” Punalu’u Beach gets its deep black color from years of volcanic activity that has laced its sand with lava fragments.
Walter Bibikow/Getty Images Playa Jardín, Canary Islands, Spain On Tenerife, the largest island in the Canary islands, is the touristy Playa Jardín. Thought about a real urban beach, the beach was landscaped by artist César Manrique to develop a juxtaposition in between dark volcanic sands and rich plant on the neighboring shore.