The perfect beach is tough to come by, what with factors like rockiness, bathhouse availability and wave size coming into play. Finding the best New England beaches is kind of a cat-and-mouse game (this one’s great but only at low tide, that one gets too crowded in July, an ice cold current likes to sweep through that other one…), but we get by, and meanwhile the Outer Banks in North Carolina and Florida coastline are doing just fine.
Stumbling onto a beach like none you’ve seen before is always exciting, though. It could be a little cove tucked into some rocks that the crowds leave alone or even a section of lakeside that your kayak decides to float onto, but it always feels like a whole new world -- and that’s what hanging out on a black sand beach feels like. Really only found around where some kind of volcanic activity at one point took place, you may have to look around a little for a dark coastline, but the locales are usually pretty picturesque, anyway.
Which of these 10 black sand beaches can you see yourself laying out on?