Bermuda conjures up images of pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and fruity cocktails complete with a little umbrella. Maybe you even hear a few strains of that Beach Boys' song (if you like a little throwback flavor on your playlist). Some of Bermuda's beaches have a unique twist that makes them even more breathtaking that your average tropical paradise.
Bermuda is well known for its pink sand beaches, all found along the island's south shore. You can find of some of the best pretty in pink beaches between Horseshoe Bay Beach and Warwick Long Bay Beach. But what gives the sand its rosy hue?
The south shore of Bermuda is lined with coral reefs, which are home to red foraminifera: the miniscule marine organisms behind the stunningly blush beaches. The foraminifera are neither plants nor animals. Instead, these little creatures are classified as protists, single-celled organisms that basically don't fit into any other category. The single-celled foraminifera live in shells made of calcium carbonate with a red color.
When the foraminifera die, their shells collect on the ocean floor and get washed to shore by the continuous tide. The red hue gets exposed to the sun and mixes with the sand, thus Bermuda's beaches take on their famous pink shade.
If you love the pink look, Bermuda's beaches aren't the only place in the world you can go. There's a Pink Lagoon in Mexico, though it gets its rosy shade from micro-algae instead of foraminifera, and there's Pink Lake in Australia.
If you think it's a little weird that the sand between your toes is pink courtesy of tiny, deceased sea creatures, just remember there are stranger things. Those beautiful white sand beaches perfect for lounging on in Hawaii get their look thanks to parrotfish poop. Maybe everything does look better in pink...