World’s Best Black Sand Beaches

By Ricky
Last Updated: 2022-11-17

There’s something special about black sand beaches. Maybe it’s the dramatic contrast of the dark sand against the bright blue ocean. Or maybe it’s the way the sand feels warm and soft under your feet. Whatever the reason, these beaches are definitely worth a visit.

Here are five of the world’s best black sand beaches to explore on affordable luxury holidays.

Playa Jardin, Canary Islands

Situated in northern Tenerife, Playa Jardin offers a quiet retreat from the normal touristy hustle and bustle of Puerto de la Cruz. The dark sands here are a loved and exceptionally well-planned piece of paradise on one of the best Spanish Islands.

Designed in the early 20th century, this black beach bursts with charm alongside Verdant gardens which burst with bright blooms, while trickling waterfalls and waving palms guide tourists past stone walls to the coal-black sand. It’s easy to spend an entire day beachside when visiting.

Kamari Beach, Santorini


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The black sands of Kamari Beach flow into the white-washed resort town of the same name on Santorini’s southeast coast, a picturesque spot for those looking for that special moment. Known as one of the largest black sand beaches on this volcanic island, Kamari Beach offers views of the Mesa Vouno.  While here you can enjoy the beach with perks in the form of water sports, restaurants, cafés, and shops. During the summer, lifeguards protect swimmers in relatively calm waters.

Spiaggia di Ficogrande, Italy

Having a volcano on your island comes with one upside, that being in the form of inky black beaches. The photogenic Aeolian Island is full of ebony sand, the most popular of which is Spiaggia di Ficogrande, one of the world’s best black sand beaches. Like Kamari Beach in Santorini, this Italian beach’s fame comes with a few advantages, namely, water sports equipment rentals, lounge chairs, and umbrellas (for a fee). Between the blue Tyrrhenian Sea and lush volcanic rock, Strombolicchio beach is a dream. Ficogrande is extremely clean with crystal clear water so be warned you will lose track of the time on this beach.

Number One Beach, Dominica

Expect to get muddy on your way to northern Dominica’s Number One Beach. You have to hike about 15 minutes through a dense jungle to get here, but once you catch sight of this delicate spot, you’ll be glad you made the trek. Unfortunately, you won’t find amenities at this black sand beach. So make sure you bring yourself some goodies to enjoy on this soft, dark sand. If you decide to travel between April and June, you will catch sight of turtles coming ashore to lay eggs.

Lafayette Beach, Tahiti

If you head to the islands of the South Pacific, you will be able to leave your mark with black footprints in the sand. You’ll find black sand galore here in Tahiti, which is home to Lafayette Beach. An extraordinary beach, known for its ink-coloured base and lush cliffs, this is a lovely spot to lounge the day away. The coal-black sand is an astounding backdrop for photos and is so soft, your feet will sink right in. The raven sand makes the ocean seem much darker than turquoise colour you would expect. The water here is warm enough for you to splash about in for hours.

Wherever you decide to go on luxury holidays 2023, as always ensure you check the FCO website for regular destination updates.

Safe Travels 😊