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Remember back in the day when your favorite beach activity was grabbing a pail and a plastic shovel and getting to work on your best rendition of an ultimate sandcastle? We’ve noticed a serious lack of sandcastles cropping up on beaches these days and we’d like to share some inspiration to help bring ’em back. Below you will find just that. Some of the coolest, craziest, and most creative sandcastles and sand sculptures from around the globe… let’s hope they built a moat for when the tides come in!

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Wonder what THAT electric bill looks like! 

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How do those arches stay up?! Mind = blown.

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Can you count how many windows this sandcastle has? Can you spot Waldo?

 A Temple of Sand-Doom.

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All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could NEVER put this Humpty together again.

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Is that a snowman on the sandman? 

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A lesson in depth perception.

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OK, we’d live there. For reals.

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Or there… (World’s Tallest Sandcastle – 2011)

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The accent lighting really brings it together, wouldn’t you say? 

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We hope this castle’s got an elevator. 

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Wondering who made all those sand bricks…

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Apparently, even Picasso was fond of sandcastles. 

So, now that you’re good and inspired, we’d like to present you with a playful challenge… to get out there and build the best sandcastle or piece of sand art that you possibly can! Share it with us at [email protected] and try not to get too much sand in your shoes.