Defined simply, a beach is the shore of a body of water. That doesn’t necessarily mean that a beach has to have sand, umbrellas, and sunburned vacationers in order to quality as a beach. With a planet covered in so much water, we’re lucky to live in a world where beaches are plentiful and varied. Some of my favorite shoreline experiences challenge the notion of what a beach vacation should be.
Take this beach in Iceland, for example, where the sands are jet black:
At this next beach in Michigan, the grass makes its way almost to the waterline: