You can forget about most beaches in the current geopolitical situation because there is simply no way to get there. But someday the situation will improve, and we will be able to travel again. Then thousands of beautiful beaches will be available for your choice, which look like a place where you can live your whole life, as if in paradise.
Among these beaches, some great places are dangerous. The thing is that behind their external beauty, there is a danger to health or even to life.
Most dangerous beaches
1. Playa Zipolite, Mexico
Playa Zipolite, located in the South of Mexico, is the country’s first and only legal public nudist beach. Thanks to the well-preserved hippie culture here, this beach has become famous, and a relaxed atmosphere reigns here.
The views on the beach are beautiful and are unlikely to leave anyone indifferent, given that you can get aesthetic pleasure from the beautiful naked bodies of Mexican women. Spoils everything is the fact that treacherous currents are raging off the coast, creating peculiar funnels that can carry you away from the shore and drag you deep under the water. Moreover, such currents are observed even in calm weather. For this danger, Playa Zipolite got its name because Zipolite translates from Zapotec as “beach of the dead”.
2. Cape Tribulation, Australia
Cape Tribulation looks like a piece of paradise on earth with its dense tropical forests, flat coastline, and pleasant sandy beach. There are many hotels, hostels, and other infrastructure facilities in the surrounding area.
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The problem is that this is Australia with all the attendant threats. The beach is inhabited by cassowaries, poisonous snakes, and spiders, and the water is full of jellyfish from October to June, that is, all summer in the Southern hemisphere.
3. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
The state of Florida is a traditional place for tourists to go on vacation in the USA. There are many beaches in Florida, and one of the most popular is New Smyrna Beach, located in Volusia County in the central part of the state’s eastern coast.
This place attracts not only the beauty of white sand but also extreme sports because the local waters are among the top twenty for surfing. If everything is so great, why is this beach on this list? It’s all about the sharks. This beach is considered one of the most dangerous for swimming, and it is here that the largest number of confirmed shark bites in the world has been recorded. For example, on September 18, 2016, an attack on three different surfers was registered in just one day.
4. Maho Beach, Netherlands
The island of Saint Martin, located in the Caribbean Sea and half-owned by the Netherlands and France, is famous for its Maho Beach. And although the coastal strip with sand is quite narrow, this does not negate the picturesqueness of this place—everything you need for relaxation, from a typical lying on the sand to extreme sports like windsurfing.
Planes spoil the whole idyll. The fact is that the airport runway is adjacent to the beach, which is why the aircraft is coming in for landing fly at an altitude of only 10-20 meters above the beach. It’s not even about the psychological effect of such a close fight but in strong air currents from airplanes, which can even capture a person and drag him with severe injuries up to a fatal outcome.
5. Hanakapiai, Hawaii
Hanakapiai Beach is located in Hawaii on the island of Kauai. If you look at the photos taken on this beach, you have a desire to lie on the soft sand here and watch the waves roll one by one onto the shore.
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However, this beach is only suitable for beautiful photos and walking away from the water. The thing is that dangerous, powerful waves are raging here. The combination of strong rip currents with high surf and coastal cliffs make this beach one of the most dangerous in the world. If a person is washed into the water, it is almost impossible to get to land. According to official data, about 30 people drowned here, and according to unofficial data, their number is approaching 100. Even if a person is not dragged to the bottom by strong currents, he will be carried far from the coastline.
6. Gansbaai, South Africa
Externally, Gansbai beach looks very picturesque because it is surrounded by rocks and mountains. The pleasant subtropical Mediterranean climate makes you want to bask in the sun’s warm rays and enjoy the sound of waves. This is probably all you can afford here because the beach does not have the typical infrastructure for such places. If you go into the water, the danger will be not so many rocks as white sharks, of which there are a lot. The locals even arrange cage diving excursions to watch the huge creatures calmly swimming around.
7. Praia de Boa Viagem, Brazil
Brazilians know a lot about beaches and can benefit from the beauty of these places. Like many famous Brazilian beaches, Praia de Boa Viagem, located in Recife, is built up with infrastructure for every taste. The beach is 8 kilometers long and consists of beautiful soft sand, and the coastal reefs restrain the waves and maintain the local microclimate at a very comfortable level. In summer, the water temperature on the beach is about 25 degrees, making you want to swim.
But there is a problem, as in the case of the previous paragraph – sharks. And before, until the 90s, they were not here. At least they didn’t interfere with the vacationers. However, due to uncontrolled fishing, there was so little food for sharks that they began to attack people more and more often. At the moment, fish populations have partially recovered, but vacationers are not recommended to go into the water, as sharks are just waiting for this.