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National Geographic lists Zamboanga’s Pink beach as one of the best beaches in the world

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Pink Beach in Sta Cruz Island
Pink Beach in Sta Cruz Island

NatGeo lists the Pink Beach of Zamboanga as one of the best beaches in the world

One of the beautiful beaches in the southern island of Zamboanga has just been acknowledged and now included in the list of one of the 21 best beaches in the world by the National Geographic. NatGeo released their online article on Jan.18, 2017 and listed the pink beach of Zamboanga as a one of the top beach destinations in the world. This pink sand beach has gotten the attention of not only locals and Filipinos, but it has now also made its name internationally.

Entrance to the Burial Grounds at Sta Cruz Island
Entrance to the Burial Grounds at Sta Cruz Island

When the world thought that the Philippines has showed all its magnificent sites, they have just now discovered yet another place to travel to here in the Philippines.

The Great Santa Cruz Island, just found in the south coast of Zamboanga, is where this beautiful colored sand beach can be found. Even from a far, the color of the sand of this beach is easily seen. Powdered corals dispersed on the white sand are the reason why this beach has its pinkish color.


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Kimberley Lovato, the writer of the online article in National Geographic wrote “Hardly lacking in gorgeous beaches, the Philippines claims a pink-sand variety, too,”

Pink Sand Beach of Sta Cruz Island
Pink Sand Beach of Sta Cruz Island

Lovato also explained where its pinkish hue or “blush color” of the sand comes from, “comes from billions of pieces of crushed red organ-pipe coral, seen in every handful of sand,”

She also mentioned and suggested that if you are now planning to travel to this pink beach, you must start planning ahead of time and already start fixing the arrangements because the number of visitors in this beach are monitored and regulated. The Zamboanga tourist office can help you with the arrangements.

Even with the limited number of visitors and the curfew time rule the local government has imposed on the island, it will not hinder any visitor from truly enjoying and experiencing the beauty of this pink beach. The beautiful island also offers various fun activities that any traveler would love. The Zamboanga City government has made sure to preserve its natural beauty by not letting any commercial establishments on or near the island.

Pink Beach in Sta Cruz Island
Pink Beach in Sta Cruz Island

In previous years, in other magazines, there were also other beaches found in the Philippines that have also been recognized such as Boracay, being included in the list of best islands in 2016, and also Palawan and Cebu.

The other islands that were on National Geographic’s best beaches in the world list include:

  1. Playa del Amor in Marieta Islands, Mexico
  2. Cathedrals Beach, Ribadeo, Spain
  3. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
  4. One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
  5. Sunset Beach, Brunswick Islands, North Carolina
  6. Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Island, Cambodia
  7. Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, Florida
  8. Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia
  9. Lyme Regis, England
  10. Cannon Beach, Oregon
  11. Carmel City Beach, Carme-by-the-Sea, California
  12. Noordwjk Beach, The Netherlands
  13. Papakolea Beach, Hawaii
  14. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
  15. Pink Beach, Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga, Philippines
  16. Pelican Beach, South Water Caye, Belize
  17. Blue Bay, Mauritius
  18. Cas Abao Beach, Curacao
  19. Sleeping Bear Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
  20. Piscinas Beach, Arbus, Sardinia
  21. Corniche Beach, La Teste-De-Buch, France

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