32 Most Dangerous Beaches in the World
Edited by Kathy McGraw, Maria Quinney
Beaches are among the most popular destinations for tourists around the world, and you can enjoy most beaches in relative safety. However, some beaches of the world are not as safe as others, and some are downright deadly. Whether the dangers come from sharks, deadly oceanic conditions, or other humans, here are the beaches in the world you don't want to visit (or do you).
- 1Gansbaai, South Africa. The waters off Gansbaai Beach in South Africa are so popular with great white sharks that savvy entrepreneurs have made businesses out of taking tourists out in shark-proof cages to see these magnificent and deadly predators of the deep. But, you don't want to go out swimming unprotected, because these sharks can and do mistake humans for their preferred prey, fur seals, which are abundant in the area.Advertisement
- 4Cape Tribulation, Australia. The waters along the sandy of beaches of this northern Queensland Australia coastline are plagued with box jellyfish, the venom of which is strong enough to put a human in cardiac arrest and deadly crocodiles looking for a tasty human snack. And if you think you're safe if you stick to the beach, think again, because roaming the area are cassowaries, large flightless birds that are related to the emu, which are aggressive and more than capable of ruining your day.
- 5Praia de Boa Viegem, Brazil. Sand and surf aren't the only things you'll find at this beautiful beach in Recife, Brazil. Starting in 1992, there have been 50 shark attacks here, 19 of which were deadly, but sharks aren't the only predators stalking unsuspecting beach-goers: human thieves and other miscreants prowl the sands, looking for a mark or two.
- 6Volusia County, Florida. While the beaches in this Florida country may look beautiful and inviting, their waters are much less so, having been the site of 267 shark attacks since 1882. While none were fatal, having a shark take a nibble out of you is definitely something to be avoided. Also, you're more apt to be struck by lightning there, too.
- 9New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The waters off this beautiful Floridian beach are home to baby bull sharks that like to take a nibble out of the unsuspecting feet of beachgoers who wade in the warm shallow waters there. Although there have been 238 attacks over the years, none have been deadly. Still, it's best to watch your toes!
- 11Staithes Beach, United Kingdom. Popular with surfers, Staithes Beach has a major pollution problem caused by run-off from farmers' fields as well as sewage. It is one of 31 British beaches that fail to meet European standards. Taking a dip here can earn you a nasty case of diarrhea on the minor end or meningitis, typhoid fever, or hepatitis A in the worst cases.
- 12Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii. Although this beach on the island of Kauai is stunningly beautiful with its yellow sand, verdant hills, and wave-splashed rocks, its waters are quite deadly, especially for weak or inexperienced swimmers. The area has a strong riptide that has been known to pull even experienced swimmers out into the deep ocean, miles from the safety of shore. These dangerous waters have claimed the lives of 30 swimmers since 1970.
- 13Dumas Beach, India. Situated along the Arabian Sea, Dumas Beach has a dark history. Here, the bodies of the dead were cremated and sent into the afterlife, and it is said that their spirits haunt this stretch of the coast. While you might not fear ghosts, several people have gone missing while visiting here, without any apparent cause.
- 14Kilauea Beach, Hawaii. Kilauea Beach is one of the few black sand beaches in the world, but the cause of all that black sand is the active volcano nearby, which has been erupting constantly since 1983 and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. This hotspot brings up rivers of lava from the hot mantle beneath the crust, and lava is not good for feet, or any other human body part, for that matter. Also, watch out for the sharks: there have been 102 shark attacks here since 1828.
- 15Bikini Atoll Beach, Marshall Islands. The site of over 20 nuclear weapon tests from 1946 to 1968, this beach is still experiencing their effects. While declared safe as of 1997, local fruit and vegetables remain unsafe to eat, and because of the lack of fishing, the waters have experienced a sharp increase in the number of sharks roaming the surrounding seas.
- 16North Sentinel Island, India. Humans are the dangerous animals to beware of on this remote island that belongs to the Andaman chain off the coast of India. While it features amazingly beautiful beaches with white sand surrounded by lush greenery and bright blue waters, the locals are hostile to outsiders and will kill you if they catch you on their territory, which, by the way, is the entire island.
- 17Chowpatty Beach,India. The dangers of Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai, India have nothing to do with the weather or the animal life in the area. You don't have to worry that a shark will take a bite out of you while you're splashing through the waters, no, nor will have to worry about jellyfish stinging you, either. The source of the danger here is entirely human in nature: the waters here are a cesspit of pollution, including chemicals and sewage. Yuck.
- 20Utakleiv Beach, Norway. Close to the Arctic, while this beach is beyond lovely, the harsh climate can be deadly to anyone who chooses to stay out in the elements for a prolonged period of time. And if you decide to take a dip in the freezing waters, you can quickly succumb to hypothermia if you're not careful.
- 23Martin County, Florida. With over 34 recorded attacks, the beaches of Martin County have one of the highest shark attack rates in the state of Florida. In 2010, a 38-year-old surfer found out that the waters were not safe the hard way when he was attacked and killed by a deadly school of sharks lurking just 500 yards off the beach!
- 27Skeleton Coast Beach, Namibia. Named for the many whale and seal skeletons discarded on its sandy shores by the whaling industry, Skeleton Coast Beach is pristine and beautiful, yet deadly for its harsh climate and rough seas. The rusting hulks of shipwrecks also litter the coast, foundered by the howling winds and churning surf.
- 32Horry County, South Carolina. The beaches of Horry County, including the popular Myrtle Beach, have seen a rise in the number of shark attacks in recent years. Although the total number of attacks since the 1830's is 29, two of them occurred in the summer of 2015. Increased fishing activity and drier than expected conditions have contributed to the rise in shark attacks, experts say.
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