31 Fun & Fantastic Facts about the beach you probably didn’t know!
For those of us who love it, the beach is a way of life.
And sure you love to go there and have a great time sunbathing, surfing, swimming and doing lots of other great activities.
But how much do you actually know about the beach?
Do you know where the longest beach in the world is? Or maybe which country has the most beaches in the world?
Do you know which country in the world has the most blue flag certified beaches? Or even how many different types of beaches there are?
If you don’t then you’d better read on.
31 Fun & Fantastic Facts
Outlined below are 31 fun and fantastic facts about the beach you probably didn’t know!
These facts about the beach have been sourced from surfing the web and to the best of our knowledge they are all absolutely true.
So prepare to learn something cool!
1. Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a different beach every day for 27 years and you still would not have seen them all!
2. Some 408 million people visited a beach in the USA in 2019.
3. Beaches first became popular destinations around the mid-18th century in Europe.
4. When standing on the beach and looking out toward the horizon you are only able to see about 3 miles of the ocean due to the curve of the Earth.
5. According to National Geographic there are 4 types of beaches – mainland, barrier, spit and pocket beaches.
6. The tallest sandcastle ever was unveiled on June 5, 2019 in Binz, Germany. It measured an incredible 57 feet and 11 inches tall!
7. Running for some 212km, the longest beach in the world is the Praia Do Cassino Beach in Rio Grande in Brazil. Also known as Casino Beach it stretches down the southernmost coastline of Brazil just before reaching Uruguay.
8. Cornwall boasts over 640 km of coastline. So it could be argued that their beach is even longer!
9. Black sand, like the type that can be found in beaches in Santorini and Iceland, comes from eroded volcanic materials. This includes basalt rocks and lava.
10. Located in the Seychelles, Anse Source d’Argent is said to be the most photographed beach in the world. It is sprawled across the island of La Digue, which itself is only about 3-miles long.
11. Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island.
12. About 27% of beach goers don’t set foot in the water.
13. Revere Beach in Massachusetts was the first public beach in the United States.
14. Back in 1997, a shipping container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall. Instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on the beaches of Cornwall today.
15. The chance of a person fatally drowning while swimming at a beach protected by United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) lifeguards is around 1 in 18 million.
16. In 2008, an entire beach was stolen in Jamaica. Over 500 truckloads of sand was taken from the shore, which remain missing to this very day.
17. Shell Beach is a beach in Australia that is made up of trillions of tiny shells.
18. If you dig up a seashell from an inch or more under the surface of the sand it could be the first time it has seen the sun in millions of years!
19. Beaches that are Blue Flag Certified Beaches are considered to be the best. Operating out of Copenhagen in Denmark, The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) grades beaches around the world on a series of strict environmental, educational and safety-related criteria. They award Blue Flags to the ones they consider to be very clean, have good water quality and be in safe, secure environments.
20. Spain is the country that has been recognized as having the most Blue Flag Certified Beaches in the world.
21. There is an uninhabited Caribbean Island in the Bahamas known as Pig Beach, which is populated entirely by swimming pigs!
22. During the battle of D-Day, the gunfire was so intense that 4% of the sand on Normandy beach is now made up of shrapnel that has broken down.
23. Facing a surge in unprovoked shark attacks, Australia is now deploying shark detecting drones above its most popular beaches. Apparently, detection rates for drones are as high as 90%, as opposed to 25% human accuracy when viewing aerial images.
24. There is a beach in the Maldives that has a remarkable glowing blue tide at night.
25. The filming of ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio permanently damaged the ecosystem of the island where it was filmed. This prompted Thailand’s Supreme Court to get involved in a legal case against 20th Century Fox.
26. No matter where you are in the UK, you are always within 80 miles of the beach. This translates to a 2 hour maximum (traffic permitting).
27. There is a stunning beach near Vladivostok in Russia that is covered entirely in ‘sea glass’. Small, smooth, colorful pieces of glass have formed as a consequence of many tons of glass bottles and other rubbish being dumped into the ocean. The beach is now so beautiful, especially in winter, it has become a major tourist destination.
28. There was once a hotel made completely of sand. In 2008, four sculptors in Dorset, England, used 1,000 tons of sand to build the world’s only sand hotel on Weymouth Beach. The one-room sand hotel was constructed after they worked 14-hours a day for seven days. However its existence was short-lived. Lasting only until the next heavy rainstorm, when all the sand got washed away.
29. The first paved road in the USA which connected the city to the beach opened in Jacksonville way back in 1910.
30. The area of beach above the water is called a ‘Berm’. A berm is a long, narrow wedge of sand that stands above the sea or ocean, with a steep slope facing toward it. Berms are formed as sand moves in from offshore. Often they appear after strong storms and their presence is a sign that the beach has been gaining sand.
31. There are 4 beaches in the world with ‘green sand’. Papakolea Beach in Hawaii is one. Talofofo Beach in Guam is another. While Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island in the Galapagos Islands and Hornindalsvatnet in Norway complete the list. These beaches get their distinctive colour from olivine sand which has eroded out of an enclosing volcanic cone (tuff ring).
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