1. Sunset Beach, Brunswick Islands, North Carolina :
At the west end of this remote beach, a solitary mailbox stands, planted by local Frank Nesmith in the ’70s, and continually replenished with notebooks, inviting visitors to jot thoughts, dreams, wishes, and whatever else moves the spirit.
2. Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, Florida :
Shell hunters hunch in a stance dubbed the “Sanibel stoop” in search of conchs, coquinas, sand dollars, and dozens of other varieties that hitch a ride on Gulf of Mexico currents. Stock up on hats, buckets, and sunscreen at Bailey’s General Store, an island favourite.
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3. Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia :
At the edge of this continent and part of the Shark Bay UNESCO World Heritage site, countless white cockleshells, up to 30 feet deep in some parts, spread for miles. For someone who wants only travel photos, this is the place to be. Do not forget to stop at Old Pearler Restaurant, built entirely of shells from this beach.
4. Papakōlea Beach, Hawaii:
This small cove gets its verdant good looks from tiny crystals called olivine, found in the rocks of the surrounding 49,000-year-old Puu Mahana cinder cone. Getting there requires a strenuous two-mile trek, but it is worth it.
While these are simply a few handpicked beaches, there are many others that deserve one visit for memories that will last forever.