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For beachgoers these days, black is the new white, when it comes to beaches, anyway. Let’s face it -- sunning yourself on sugary white sand has become a bit of a vacay cliche. Basking on black sand? Now that’s beyond the pale! You can thank volcanoes for the decidedly gothic color of these often remote shorelines -- they are the result of chunks of lava that have been churned by the ocean into fine grains of obsidian sand. Here are a few beaches that might convince you to consider turning to the dark side on your next beach holiday.

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1. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

You don’t have to suit up to enjoy black sand beaches, and Reynisfjara Beach is proof of that. With a series of striking basalt columns standing tall in the waters and a collection of craggy caves to explore, this incredible Icelandic shoreline is beautiful regardless of the weather. If you’re lucky, the Northern Lights might even give you a show. With all the natural beauty surrounding you, it’s tempting to become one with nature here, but just be wary of the waves crashing up against this beautiful beach -- the strong Atlantic currents that swirl around this Nordic nation is infamously fatal.

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