Most dangerous beaches in the world

Beaches are often seen as the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the clear water, soft sand and sun. It is a place where all your worries can fade away, at least for a short time. That is of course, unless you go to one of the most dangerous beaches in the world where you will need to be on your guard.

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Even though this is the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island in Australia is not a beach that you want to leisurely swim around in. With myriad jellyfish and sharks nearby, it is best to avoid dipping your toes in. If that isn't enough to deter you from swimming, there is also an extremely strong rip current at this unpatrolled beach that can catch out even the most experienced swimmers.

Gansbaai in South Africa is widely known as ”Shark Alley” and it is definitely for a good reason. Nearby is a colony of around 60,000 fur seals which naturally attracts large amounts of white sharks looking to catch themselves some dinner. Those of you who enjoy an adrenaline rush can go cage diving here and see sharks up close and personal.

US Marshall Islands consist of over 1000 small islands and is a UNESCO World Heritage. One of the areas, Bikini Atoll was used as a US nuclear testing site in the 1950’s and is still seen as being unsafe due to residual radiation. Unfortunately many residents nearby had to be evacuated and haven’t been able to return since.

Playa Zipolite in Oaxaca, Mexico, literally translates to “Beach of the Dead”. Unlike many other dangerous beaches that have sharks this beach has extremely dangerous undercurrents that will quickly pull you away. Thankfully, there is a volunteer lifeguard team stationed at the beach which has saved many lives over the years.

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