A beach is a landform alongside a body of water which consists of loose particles. The particles composing a beach are typically made from rock, such as sand , gravel , shingle, pebbles, or cobblestones. The particles can also be biological in origin, such as mollusc shells or coralline algae .
Some beaches have man -made infrastructure , such as lifeguard posts, changing rooms, and showers. They may also have hospitality venues (such as resorts, camps, hotels, and restaurants) nearby. Wild beaches, also known as undeveloped or undiscovered beaches, are not developed in this manner. Wild beaches can be valued for their untouched beauty and preserved nature .
Beaches typically occur in areas along the coast where wave or current action deposits and reworks sediments.