The Most Romantic Beaches You've Ever Seen.

From purple sands to rose-hued sunsets, these beaches are made for lovers.

Beaches have a way of speaking to our amorous imaginations. "Long walks on the beach" may be a widely joked-about romantic trope, but the fact is, the shoreline and the strand are as permanently embedded in our minds as scenes for companionship as roses are tokens of affection.

From a symbolic point of view, it makes more sense than you might initially think. Beaches are often scenes of immeasurable beauty, but that beauty has come through thousands of years of the restless sea grinding and crushing bits of matter--stone, glass, shell, minerals--into powder.

Love can often feel that way. It begins in tumult and longing and then, if we're lucky, it is refined, smoothed, and brought to calmness on someone else's shore.

Meditate on that as you imagine yourself on these sublime shores.

1) The Maldives.

2) Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, Hawai'i.

3) Pfeiffer Beach/Big Sur, California. DeeAshley/Flickr

4) The Blue Grotto, Malta.

5) Elafonisi. Greece, Crete

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5) Hidden Beach. Marieta Islands, Mexico.

6) Kaihalulu Bay, Maui.

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"Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in."
--From "Dover Beach," by Matthew Arnold.

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