Beaches always have an irresistible attraction to visitors who seek panoramic views and exciting adventures. Yet, some of the most gorgeous beaches have hidden dangers that can threaten our lives. Take a look at these 20 beaches and try to cross them off your bucket list!
1. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Even though New Smyrna Beach is ranked as the top of all surf towns in the world, its bull sharks may scare you off. There have been 8 shark attacks that have ended in death in the past 5 years, and in 2008 alone, it was witness to a record of 24 shark bites.
2. Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii
Hanakapiai Beach seems the perfect place for a summertime break. However, it has one of the strongest currents in Hawaii and has taken more than 30 swimmers in the past 30 years. It is not recommended to swim there, especially during winter, when waves and tides cover the shore.
3. Beaches of the Amazon, Brazil
We're all impressed by the spectacular beauty of Amazon, but it is not human-friendly. If you don't want to be a meal for the piranhas, electric eels and anacondas we suggest you do not even get close to the beaches.
4. Heard Island Beach, Australia
The Heard Island Beach in Australia lies close to Antarctica and is one of the most remote places in the world. Even though you can find spectacular views, such as wetland sites and lagoons, it is not a place for humans. Here you may even occasionally come across the odd dead scientist.
5. Bikini Atoll Beach, Marshall Islands
Who would believe that this beautiful beach was bombed by the U.S. to test their nuclear bombs? To visit Bikini Atoll Beach, full of nuclear waste and radiation, you have to get official approval and hire a diver and two local government staff to accompany you.
6. Playa Zipolite, Mexico
Playa Zipolite is famous for being the only nudist beach in Mexico, and that alone would normally attract numerous visitors. However, the local people call it the "Beach of the Dead" because of its strong currents. Each year, the currents kill nearly 50 swimmers.
7. Chowpatty Beach, India
Chowpatty Beach is adored by the locals in India, but it is one of the world's most polluted beaches. Visitors and companies treat the beach as a dump, throwing rubbish and even pooping in it. In 2013 alone, the fecal bacteria in the water was at levels of 1,455 per 100 mL.
8. Manaus Beach, Brazil
Located in the Amazonas in Brazil's northern region, the seemingly beautiful Manaus Beach is a habitat for alligators, piranhas, and anacondas. Other than that, it is the people you should be scared of. Manaus has the highest number of homicides and robberies in Brazil.
9. Lamu Island Beach, Kenya
In Kenya, Lamu Island used to be a luxurious island escape before the Somalian pirates took over the island and destroyed its economy. The pirates have captured visitors in recent years, and now Lamu Island Beach has nothing but polluted waters and dangerous animals.
10. West End Beach, Bahamas
The West End beach in the Bahamas looks inviting, but it's actually home to tiger sharks. It is one of the top 10 most popular beaches for sharks going by the number of reported shark attacks each year. If you really want to go there, be careful of other sharks too, like hammerheads and blacktips.
11. Staithes Beach, United Kingdom
Staithes Beach is an ideal place for surfers, but it is actually not a safe spot for any water sports. The trash on the beach is not even the biggest problem, instead it is the toxic waste. From time to time, the nearby industrial complex dumps poisonous waste into the ocean.
12. Utakleiv Beach, Norway
Utakleiv Beach has a great panoramic view and is a perfect place for aurora hunting. So why is it dangerous then? The answer is the weather. It is the arctic climate itself that is the killer, and many people have died because of the extreme weather.
13. Schitovaya Bukhta Beach, Russia
Much like Bikini Atoll Beach, Schitovaya Bukhta is another beach that requires permission to surf. It is very close to Russian top-secret military facilities and is littered with abandoned old nuclear submarines.
14. Skeleton Coast Beach, Namibia
As the name suggests, the Skeleton Coast beach is filled with shipwrecks and skeletons from whales and other big animals mauled to death by sharks. However, it can be an ideal place to watch untamed nature, for there are wild animals like elephants, leopards, and giraffes.
15. Clifton Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Clifton Beach lies next to the noblest area in South Africa and is listed on a list of the world's top 10 beaches. However, while you may be amazed by its panoramic views, do remember not to cross the nets in the water; otherwise, you could end up as a meal for the crocodiles and sharks.
16. Copacabana Beach, Brazil
Copacabana Beach in Brazil is such a popular destination with its buzzing social scene, including nightclubs, bars, and hotels. However, this social buzz is also notorious for shark attacks and crime. You can even be robbed by a group of kids in the middle of the night.
17. Alappuzha Beach, India
Finally, an unpolluted beach! Located in India, Alappuzha Beach is perfectly clean. Yet there are loads of toxic sea creatures, and now and then, people notice dead poisonous Pufferfish and man-of-war. So it may not be a good idea to go underwater afterall.
18. Bolsa Chica State Beach, California
Bolsa Chica State Beach in California is a hotspot for surf fishing. However, do be careful when you're enjoying the activity since snakes are often found on the beach. It is not fun to be bitten by one of these animals.
19. Costa Del Sol, Spain
The Costa del Sol in southern Spain is relatively safe compared to the other beaches listed here. The main problem for the beach is the abundance of jellyfish. Last summer, to clean the water and make it safe for visitors, the government disposed of a tonne of jellyfish.
20. Horry County, South Carolina
Horry County is also threatened by shark attacks. Although the beach has remained peaceful for 200 years, it was attacked again in 2015. The reason is rather simple: humans took away these hungry sharks' fish, and so humans started to become appetizing to them.