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20 of the World’s Strangest Beaches

If there’s one thing that any person wants to do when the weather is warm and the sun is shining it’s this: you want to go to the beach! And no matter where you are on this great big world of ours, there’s always a beach somewhere nearby that’s worth checking out.

However, you’ve seen the average beach. Sure enough, they’re all great. What’s to hate about white sand, undulating waves and warm sun? But, there are some beaches on this planet that rise head and shoulders above the rest. There are some beaches, in fact, that look like they belong on a planet not named Earth!

On the list below, we’re going to share some of these incredible beaches with you. From ones with crazy rock formations to others with sands that come in all kinds of different colors, these are some of the world’s strangest beaches!

So, if you’re looking to have a fun-in-the-sun experience that’s unlike any other, make sure you check out each of the 20 beaches on the list below. Any one of them can give you a beach-going experience that you won’t soon forget! And with that in mind, let’s check them out…

1. Boulders Beach, South Africa

While the landscape here is plenty beautiful, the real draw here are the African penguins who call this beach home.

2. Glass Beach, California

Located in Fort Bragg, this beach is a must-see destination if you’ve got a thing for beautiful sea glass.

3. Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia

What makes this little beach so incredible is that changes in the tide and current completely remake the beach’s shape and size almost hourly.

4. Bay of Fires, Tasmania

What makes the 30 miles of beach so beautiful here are the orange-tinted granite rocks that line the shoreline.

5. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

If you’re looking for a beach on this planet that has a natural level of romance to it, then look no further than the gorgeous pink sands of this one.

6. Thunder Cove, Prince Edward Island

High iron content in the sand here gives this incredible beach of sweeping dunes its beautiful red look.

7. Red Sand Beach, Galapagos

High levels of iron in the sand are what give this Galapagos beach its unique deep-red look.

8. Pfieffer Beach, California

In a state known for its incredible beaches, this might be the best. You’ll find it amid the absolutely gorgeous landscape of Big Sur.

9. Playa del Amor, Mexico

Also known as Playa Escondido, this is literally a beach that’s hidden inside of a cave.

10. Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii

Surprise! Volcanic activity created this incredible jet-black beach in Hawaii, which is home to endangered turtles.

11. Hot Water Beach, New Zealand

Ever wish that the beach could have a Jacuzzi? Well, you’ll basically find that here thanks to the hot springs that bubble up along the shore.

12. Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

This remote Hawaiian beach is known for its incredible green sand, which was caused by – you guessed it – volcanic activity.

13. Siesta Beach, Florida

Because the sand at this beach is so fine and powder-soft, the beach actually squeaks beneath your feet as you walk along it.

14. Mudhdhoo Island, The Maldives

Once the sun sets, this beach comes alive in brilliant lights thanks to countless bioluminescent phytoplankton in the water.

15. Genipabu Beach, Brazil

The large, sweeping dunes of this incredible Brazillian beach will have you convinced you’re in the middle of a desert and not along the Atlantic.

16. The Beach of the Cathedrals, Spain

Flying buttresses of rock are what define the incredible landscape of this Spanish treasure of a beach.

17. Teewah Beach, Australia

This Australian beach, which is located in Queensland, is known for its incredible sand that features a mix of over 40 different colors.

18. Chandipur Beach, India

High tide and low tide make a big difference here. When the tide is out, the beach grows up to three miles in depth.

19. Gulpiyuri Beach, Spain

There aren’t many inland beaches on the planet, and this is one of them. It was created long ago by a sinkhole, of all things.

20. 75-Mile Beach, Australia

While it’s not actually 75-miles long, this incredible stretch of beach in Australia has much and more to offer, including the beautiful and fun Champagne Pools.

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This $800 Robot Suitcase Will Follow You Around Airports

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Wheeling clunky luggage before a flight can be stressful. Thankfully, ForwardX Robotics, an autonomous-focused company, developed a better travel companion: A robot suitcase that follows you around airports.

On Monday, ForwardX Robotics announced in a press release that it will showcase the Ovis Suitcase, an autonomous piece of luggage that’s powered by AI and self-navigates through terminals, at  CES 2019. ForwardX Robotics said the Ovis Suitcase, which will cost $799, will be available to customers by the first half of 2019.

After debuting the CX-1, a suitcase prototype model, at CES 2018, ForwardX Robotics upgraded the Ovis Suitcase with cool high-tech features, including side-follow movement, a GPS tracking module, and a manual mode for escalators and stairs.

Unlike standard luggage, the Ovis Suitcase uses self-driving technology and algorithms to side-follow users anywhere, including airports, city streets, and hotels. Computer vision technology enables the Ovis Suitcase to spot obstacles and move around them, so users won’t have to worry about it bumping into objects.

On escalators and stairs, users can place their hand on the Ovis Suitcase handle to switch it to manual mode. Users can wear a smart band that notifies them when the Ovis Suitcase is more than 6.5 feet away, and a GPS tracking module allows users to find their Ovis Suitcase if they leave it behind in a car or hotel.

Ovis Suitcase (Photo Credit: ForwardX)

Following CES 2018, ForwardX Robotics raised more than $1.4 million for the Ovis Suitcase through its Indiegogo campaign. ForwardX Robotics, which previously raised $10 million in series A funding, just closed its series B funding round with another $20 million. With the Ovis Suitcase, ForwardX Robotics aims to provide customers with high-tech, hassle-free travel experiences, so they don’t have to worry about luggage issues on the go.

“Most robots today are programmed to do a single task. Our AI-enabled robots can perform several different functions with very limited help from humans, similar to self-driving vehicles,” Nicholas Chee, the CEO of ForwardX Robotics, said in the press release. “We see that as the next true breakthrough in robotic technology.”

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Watch: Is This Robotic Hotel Room on Wheels the Future of Travel?

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It’s a personal taxi and luxury hotel room in one — and it might just be the future of travel.

Toronto-based design firm Aprilli Design Studio designed the “Autonomous Travel Suite,” a hotel suite housed within a self-driving vehicle, which lets travelers visit multiple destinations anytime, day or night.

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Conceptual renderings show a battery-powered, mobile hotel room on wheels, equipped with sleeping, working, and washroom facilities. It features a double bed, desk area and workspace, shower, panoramic windows, and a retractable roof where room service can be dropped off via drones.

The travel suite will allow “guests to use their travel time more efficiently and productively,” according to Aprilli.

There will also be an indoor temperature control system, which responds to climates and environments automatically.

The Autonomous Travel Suite is equipped with sleeping, working, and washroom facilities. It also has a retractable roof where room service can be dropped off via drones.(Photo Credit: Aprilli Design Studio)

Aprilli says the Autonomous Travel Suite communicates through a central platform for “intelligent hospitality service” called Autonomous Interface that controls the various operations and services between the travel suites and hotel facilities using advanced technology.

Travelers would simply specify the destinations they want to visit via an online app, and the interface will analyze the best routes to take. Any necessary services can also be requested through the app.

And since many travelers would still prefer the perks of stationary hotels, Aprilli says it will install hotel facilities across road networks. The stationary “parent units,” which the Autonomous Travel Suites can dock into, will provide public amenities, such as a meeting room, spa, pol, and gym, along with housekeeping and charging services for the mobile suites.

Stationary “parent units,” which the Autonomous Travel Suites can dock into, will provide public amenities, such as a meeting room, spa, pol, and gym, along with housekeeping and charging services for the mobile suites. (Photo Credit: Aprilli Design Studio)

“As a new way of traveling, the Autonomous Travel Suite will become a strong competitive form of inter-city travel option, impacting the conventional transportation and hospitality industry,” the design firm says on their website. “Along with future technologies including Artificial Intelligence, robotics, drones, among others, the Autonomous Travel Suite will become your companion, changing your journey into a destination.”

Aprilli’s concept for the Autonomous Travel Suite was awarded the top prize at this year’s Radical Innovation Award, which recognizes innovative ideas relating to hospitality.

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