35 Incredible Beach Sculptures You Won’t Believe Are Made of Sand


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Bringing your shovel and pail to the beach this summer? The competition has gotten mighty stiff.

01. World’s Tallest Sand Castle – New Jersey

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On October 29, 2013, Ed Jarrett broke the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle for the fourth time. The sculpture stood 38 feet, 2 inches tall on Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant.

02. Humpty Dumpty – Australia

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03. Hotel

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04. Geometric Sand Castles

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These castles by Calvin Seibert look simpler than others on the list, but I love that they’re made in a natural setting, and without all the fancy equipment and special sand.

05. Rapunzel’s Tower

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Can you spot her ‘letting her hair down’?

06. Here Is the Church…

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Bonus points if you can finish the nursery rhyme this sculpture represents!

07. Valencia, Spain

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08. Fairy Tale Castle – Zandsculpturen Festival, Belgium

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09. Palace of the Queen of Hearts – Zandsculpturen Festival, Belgium

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10. Palace and Grounds – Netherlands

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11. Atlantis

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12. Stubborn Turnip – Bulgaria

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13. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

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Can you spot Maleficent standing guard?

14. Illuminated Castle

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15. Princess and Her Castle

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16. Castle with Many Roofs

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17. Nativity Scene – Venice

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18. Castle with Arches

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Love the detail of the “boulders” out front, and how the archways seem to defy gravity!

19. Unearthed Man – Harrison Hot Springs, BC

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Sculptures don’t have to be tall to be mind-blowing.

20. Castle in a Forest

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Something about those trees is too adorable!

21. Dragon Eats Castle Builder

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Sweet revenge.

22. Dragon Dwellers – Harrison Hot Springs, BC

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Built by Walter McDonald and William Lloyd for the 2008 Tournament of Champions in British Columbia, Canada.

23. Praying Monk – Texas

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Another masterpiece by Walter McDonald and William Lloyd, built for the Sandfest Competition at Port Aransas, Texas.

24. Mechanical Mind – Federal Way, Washington

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This epic sand being was built for the International Sand Sculpture championships in Federal Way, Washington.

25. Winnie the Pooh & Friends

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26. Castle on a Mountaintop

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The waterfalls are what make this one epic.

27. Tall Castle with Road

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An entry into the 2010 International Sand Sculpture Competition in Portugal.

28. Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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29. Brick Castle – St. Helier, New Jersey

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I can’t imagine how long it took to carve each individual stone.

30. Giant Sand Castle – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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31. Sand City – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Another example of impressive archways.

32. On the Road to Oz – Portugal

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33. Simpson Family – Fiesa Sand Sculpture Festival, Portugal

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34. Ganesha

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Created by renowned sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik, this sculpture of Lord Ganesh encourages attendees of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival to care about the environment.

35. Fairy Palace – NYC

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Not every sand castle lives at the beach! Professional sand castle modeler Matt Long earns up to $70k for his magnificent creations.

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