Beaches are among the most popular destinations for tourists around the world, and you can enjoy most beaches in relative safety. However, some beaches in 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,
Who doesn’t love a beach vacation? The sun, the sand, the radiation hang on, what was that last part again? Yes, seems like there are some beaches out there that are less than idyllic. Whether your particular phobia is shark bites, jellyfish or being kidnapped, don’t worry – we can find a beach that’s just wrong for you.
The Most Dangerous Beaches In The World
10. Gansbaai, South Africa
Not far off the coast of this popular vacation destination lies a stretch of ocean called Shark Alley. Shark cage diving, which puts tourists in shark-proof cages to get them up-close-and-personal with the creatures, puts a somewhat safe spin on the area. However, the publication Digital Nomad points out that there’s an ‘inordinate amount of blood and chum being dumped along the South African shoreline every day’ to lure the sharks close to the boats.
9. Cape Tribulation, Australia
If you want to swim the waters of the aptly named Cape Tribulation, Cape-Trib suggests you wear a ‘stinger suit’ as the area is home to a lot of stinging jellyfish. Saltwater crocodiles are also prevalent; the locals advise visitors to stay away from swimming in the mouths of rivers. If that’s not enough to keep you out of the water, consider these obstacles: Cassowaries big flightless birds whose dagger-like claws ‘can disembowel you,’ and stinging trees which, yes, can actually sting you quite painfully with their jagged-edged leaves.
8. Playa Zipolite, Mexico
When a place’s nickname is the ‘Beach of Death,’ you’ll want to think twice about visiting. Playa Zipolite looks like a stunning oasis, but its waters boast strong and potentially fatal undercurrents. Thanks to the beach’s growing popularity a special lifeguard team has been put in place; still, you may want to choose a different destination.
7. Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, UK
Described by The Guardian as ‘a treacherous place,’ Morecambe Bay is dangerous because of all the freaky obstacles, such as quicksand, shifting channels, and river drainages. The locals have actually used horse-drawn carts and tractors with trailers to peruse the area, with the result that the machinery sinks into the quicksand never to be seen again.
6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
It may not have the same shark-infested waters or pollutants of other destinations on this list, but in 2017 Myrtle Beach was named the third most dangerous city in America, according to a SafeWise study based on crimes per capita. Residents refuted the ranking, however. ‘If you’ve visited Myrtle Beach if you live here, it absolutely doesn’t make sense,’ city spokesman Mark Kruea told ABC 15 News after the report was released.
5. Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai
Overwhelming pollution puts Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai on this list: Waste and debris cloud the waters and shoreline. To add insult to injury, a ship sank in the area in 2011 spilling 60,000 metric tons of coal. Not exactly the type of waters for beach fun.
4. Fraser Island, Australia
Famous for its eco-tourism, Fraser Island attracts adventure-seekers from all over the world. But the beach conditions are unpredictable, and attacks by the island’s dingo population have resulted in deaths. Visitors are instructed to avoid running down sand dunes and diving into lakes.
3. Amazon Beaches, South America
You’ll find plenty of animals that pose an issue for swimmers here, such as anacondas, electric eels, piranhas, and vampire fish (candiru). Unfortunately, the area is also home to quite a bit of gang-related crime, like drug trafficking and robberies. Hundreds of small rivers make it easier for criminals to make their escape, like modern-day pirates.
2. Northern Territory, Australia
Australia’s poisonous wildlife isn’t limited to land species. In this far-flung corner of the continent, you’ll share the water with ravenous saltwater crocs, stonefish, jellyfish, and so much more. And the area is so isolated (most beaches don’t have names; the area is known as Arnhem Land) that any call for help may go unanswered for a long time.
1. Staithes Beach, UK
Surfers might be attracted to the giant waves at Yorkshire’s Staithes Beach, but they’ll be less keen on the contents of its water. The beach repeatedly makes the EU’s ‘swimming prohibited’ list because of all the pollutants in the area. According to the BBC, the main reason for the high pollution levels is farm sewage draining into the harbor. ‘Breakwaters compound the issue by keeping the water within the harbor and limiting dilution from the sea,’ said Dominic Shepherd, an environmental agency water quality manager.