If you’re in the market to travel somewhere tropical and unique… we’re jealous. But also, we feel inclined to tell you about Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s Playa del Amor. This exotic “Hidden Beach” is invisible from the outside since its sandy cavern sits inside one of Mexico’s lush and uninhabited Marieta Islands.
As for how the crater got there… we’re not quite sure. The Marieta Islands themselves are an archipelago, which Atlas Obscura explains as “a chain of land formations formed by underwater volcano eruptions.” However, it is believed that the crater was caused by a very different explosion — bombings. Beginning in the early 1900s, the uninhabited islands were used for military testing by the Mexican government. These test bombs are likely the cause of much of the archipelago’s rocky topography, including the Hidden Beach.