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Driftwood Beach at dusk. Logala (Atlas Obscura User)
It looks like a tree graveyard.
It’s a popular spot for local weddings.
The quiet and picturesque beach is on the north end of Jekyll Island. Logala (Atlas Obscura User)

Jekyll Island is Georgia state’s smallest barrier island—a narrow sediment deposit that runs along the coastline. The unique geography of…

The World’s Trashiest Beach Is on a Remote Island in the South Pacific

Plastic trash on Henderson Island.
Plastic trash on Henderson Island.

Imagine the most perfect square meter of white sandy beach you can. It is powdery and warm in the sun, but cooler once you burrow a hand into the wetter sand beneath. Now take 671 separate bits of plastic—buoys, scraps of fishing nets, water bottles, every manner of unidentifiable junk—and cram it into the sand before you lay down your towel.

That’s what researchers from the University of Tasmania and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds recently found on Henderson Island, at 14-square-mile fleck of sand, jagged coral, and palm trees in the middle of the South Pacific. They estimate the entire island’s current total at 38,000 pounds of plastic, all in a place that, according to Henderson’s Wikipedia page at the time of this writing, “is one of the world’s last two raised coral atolls whose ecosystems remain relatively unaffected by human contact.” This is what relatively unaffected looks like now. And this is why we can’t have nice things.

Irish Beach Washed Away 33 Years Ago Has Just Returned Overnight

The tourism in this tiny Irish town has suffered since their beautiful swath of beach was washed away 33 years ago.

But just as suddenly as it disappeared, it has returned.

Storms hit the sands of Dooagh on Achill Island in Ireland back in 1984, leaving nothing but harsh rock and puddles in the place of the beach.

Since the island’s towns largely depended on the beach as a tourism…

After a 33-Year Absence, a Lost Beach Returns to Ireland

Locals amazed as lost beach in Ireland reappears 33 years after vanishing https://t.co/8JKwlr3Gsi pic.twitter.com/xlqdzURcDv

— Country Living (@countrylivinguk) May 8, 2017

Why go to the beach when you can wait for the beach to come to you? For the people of Dooagh, Ireland—an island village off the country’s western coast—this patience has finally paid off. After 33 years, a beach stolen from them by a freak storm has returned, transforming a rough, rocky coastline back into a summer destination.

As the Irish Times reports, in the summer of 1984, a storm swept over Dooagh, stayed put for a few days, and then retreated. Before it left, it exacted a heavy payment—about 900 feet of pristine beach. Practically…

After a 33-Year Absence, a Lost Beach Returns to Ireland

Locals amazed as lost beach in Ireland reappears 33 years after vanishing https://t.co/8JKwlr3Gsi pic.twitter.com/xlqdzURcDv

— Country Living (@countrylivinguk) May 8, 2017

Why go to the beach when you can wait for the beach to come to you? For the people of Dooagh, Ireland—an island village off the country’s western coast—this patience has finally paid off. After 33 years, a beach stolen from them by a freak storm has returned, transforming a rough, rocky coastline back into a summer destination.

As the Irish Times reports, in the summer of 1984, a storm swept over Dooagh, stayed put for a few days, and then retreated. Before it left, it exacted a heavy payment—about 900 feet of pristine beach. Practically…

Turtles Landing on Hotel Beach Are Given Their Very Own Concierge

This hotel cares for all of its guests – even if they’re tiny reptiles emerging from the sea.

The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in the small country of Oman plays host to one of the five nesting sites for sea turtles in the nation. Every year, up to 100 different turtles return to the hotel’s beaches to lay their eggs.

Wanting to give mindful care to their oceanside acquaintances and ensure the turtles’ growth, the resort has hired a full-time turtle ranger to watch over the endangered sea-dwelling critters.

RELATED: Police Rescue Over 6,000 Turtles in Largest Wildlife Bust in the…

Hackaday Prize: An Autonomous Beach Art Robot

Some people find it hard to look at a huge, flat expanse of floor or ground and not see a canvas. From the outfield grass of a baseball park to some poor farmer’s wheat field, trampling, trimming or painting patterns can present an irresistible temptation. But the larger the canvas the more challenging the composition will be, which is where this autonomous beach-combing art robot comes into play.

Very much still a work in progress, [pablo.odysseus]’ beach bot was built to take advantage of the kilometers-wide beaches left by the receding tides near his home. That immense canvas is begging to be groomed, and…

Caribbean Island Vacations Anyone Can Afford

Dreaming of a Caribbean getaway? Don’t let costs deter you. Certain Caribbean islands offer optimum bang for your buck with cheap flight options, inexpensive accommodations, and free activities to boot.

Start with a great travel rewards credit card to help you earn free flights or hotel stays. Then check out this quick guide on the cheapest Caribbean hot spots nearly any time of the year. (See also: How to Use Travel Rewards Credit Cards to Earn Free Flights)

Jamaica

Just a short flight from any southern U.S. city, Jamaica is an island steeped in history and culture. Budget travelers will find plenty of affordable all-inclusive options here, along with bargain hotels. Adventure-seekers can zip line through the jungle, glide down the Martha Brae River on a raft with friends, ride a reggae bus to see Bob Marley’s childhood home, or climb the rocks at Dunn’s River Falls.

Where to stay

Both Montego Bay and Negril host an array of all-inclusive resorts that include meals, drinks, and activities, with affordable pricing for families. One to check out is the IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach. This mega-resort packs in the guests thanks to its ideal beachfront, pools galore, and plenty of activities for kids. Or stay at the Holiday Inn Montego Bay All-Inclusive Resort, where two kids under the age of 12 stay free and rates start at just $188 per night.

How to get there

Plenty of American airlines offer stellar rates to Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. You can get direct flights on all the major carriers. (See also: 6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations)

The Bahamas

Choosing the Bahamas over any other Caribbean island will save you both time and money. After a 55 minute flight from Miami to Nassau, you land in a multi-island paradise with plenty to do and see. You can shop in Nassau’s famous cruise port, partake in a snorkeling excursion, or nosh on popular Bahamian cuisine like shellfish, lobster, and pigeon peas with rice. Bask in the area’s crystal clear waters until you’re truly relaxed.

Where to stay

The Bahamas can be expensive if you don’t know where to go, with the average price for an all-inclusive ringing in at several hundred dollars per night during high season. One great exception is Breezes Bahamas in Nassau, a “super-inclusive” experience with pricing as low as $129 per person, per night. Off-the-beach hotels in Nassau cost as little as $80 a night. Meanwhile, rental condos nearby are both affordable and plentiful.

How to get there

Nearly every major airline flies to Nassau. Discount flights from Miami are often less than $300 per person, round-trip all year long. (See also: 7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free)

St. Thomas

Since St. Thomas sits squarely in the U.S. Virgin Islands, you don’t need to worry about a passport. Once you’re there, an array of free and low-cost (pay for parking…

From Hazard to Tourist Attraction: Russia’s Glass Beach

Ever seen a beach covered in glass?

Are you going to be in or near Siberia at any point in time?

Either way, you should check this out:

This glass beach in Russia’s Ussuri Bay used to be considered unique for its black volcanic sand.

But, decades of local glass and ceramics factories dumping trucks full of waste on the beach turned it into a hazard.

Then nature had her say, turning the glass over in the waves, crashing it back into the beach, rinsing, repeating…

And now the beach, with it’s smoothed-over, glass pebbles, is a hot tourist attraction.

People pay to play in what was once a dump.

But, it really is beautiful.

Of course, this is in Siberia:

So, if you’re trying to catch vistas like this:

Photo Credit: Siberia Times

You’re going to have to do a fair amount of traveling to reach the Peter the Great Gulf. Don’t forget to veer right at Russky Island: