Those who think all beaches are the same (water, sand, waves) can think again.
Welcome to Zlatni Rat, a spectacular beach on an island off the coast of Croatia that is moody and volatile, often changing direction of its tip &mdash known as the Golden Horn ó daily based on wind patterns.
How does this tip of beach ďmove"?Ē
The Golden Horn is a spit, a narrow coastal land formation tied to the coast at one end.
The end of the spit can often become hooked when the wind direction changes, sometimes leading to daily changes with short-term wind movements, says Dr. Nenad Domijan at the Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia.
This aerial view of Zlatni Rat shows the tail changing direction with the gusty winds. Sometimes it curves left, sometimes it curves right and sometimes it is straight.
Even during winter (pictured), snow is rare. On average it snows only 1.5 days a year.
Hikes up the islandís largest peak, Vidova Gora, reveal the lush forests on the coastline.
Zlatni Ratís sandbar, which stretches over a quarter of a mile into the sea, is made up of the same smooth pebbles as the beach.
On a still day, stones that are 30 feet or more below the surface appear much closer because of the oceanís crystal-clear waters.
Offbeat Traveler: The moving beach -- Zlatni Rat in Croatia - latimes.com