Best Pink Sand Beach
Harbour Island, most renowned for its pale pink sand beaches some 3 plus miles long and 50 to 100 feet wide. The beach is considered one of the very best pink sand beaches in the world. The sand is a composition of bits of coral, broken shells, minute rocks and calcium carbonate from tiny marine invertebrates.
Why Is The Sand Pink?
The pink color comes from tiny microscopic shelled animals known as Benthic Foraminifera. This animal has a bright pink or red shell full of holes through which it extends a footing, called “pseudopodia” which it uses to attach itself and feed.
Pseudopodia, also known as “Pseudopods”, is a temporary footing used by the foraminifera for movement. The word actually means “false foot”.
Where Does the Foraminifera Come From?
These single-celled animals, also known as “protozoa”, live on the underside of the reefs, on the sea floors, beneath rocks and in caves. They are washed up on shore as a result of waves or fish who knock them loose as they feed on them.
Foraminifera are among the most abundant organisms in the ocean and play a significant role in the environment.
Foraminifera serve as useful indicators for the environment past and present. The shells can be tested and provide a “fossil record”.
What Makes Harbour Island's Pink Sand Beach So Unique?
Snorkeling and swimming are made safe and easy by the outlying reefs. These reefs provide large areas of relatively calm and shallow waters where the pink sand can accumulate in abundance.
The sand is silky smooth to the touch and nicely packed making walking and running along the shoreline a memorable experience. It is Harbour Island's Beach that makes you want to come back again and again.