19 Most Dangerous Beaches in the World

Coastal spots worldwide are renowned as beautiful destinations for relaxing, unwinding, and recreation, but not all beaches are so chilled. In fact, some are simply terrifying–just take a look at these 19 most dangerous beaches in the world, and you’ll see what we mean!

Monastery Beach, US

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Part of California’s infamous Red Triangle, Monastery Beach is considered the most dangerous beach in the region. Nicknamed ‘mortuary beach,’ it has strong waves and riptides that result in multiple drownings every year. Although it is a beautiful place to relax in the sun, the waters should be avoided at all costs.

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

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You’ve probably never heard of Skeleton Coast, but this Namibian beach is to be avoided! CNN Travel writes a terrifying piece on it, where the skeletons of over 500 ships and many sailors have been discovered. To top it off, 11 species of sharks infest the waters while hyenas and lions roam the sands!

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Port Moresby is one of the deadliest beaches in the world due to its shark attacks. The mortality rate of those shark attacks is 50%, with unprovoked attacks leading to many fatalities. Medical facilities in Papua New Guinea are also extremely basic, so many victims need to be airlifted to Australia, heavily delaying treatment.

Gulf of Eilat, Israel

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The waters of the Red Sea lap the shore of this resort town, but while the Gulf of Eilat is postcard-perfect, tourists are advised to stay on dry land. The area is victim to strong wind, so naive swimmers frequently find themselves in a spot of trouble when suddenly swept out to sea.

Gansbaai, South Africa

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Boasting a chilling reputation as Shark Alley, South Africa’s Gansbaai is a haven for sharks. Between April and September, 60,000 sea lions migrate to the area, attracting sharks in search of their next meal. So, it’s probably best to stay clear of the waters unless you have an iron cage handy!

Cape Tribulation, Australia

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Anyone visiting Cape Tribulation should exercise caution, but sharks aren’t the problem this time. You have a far higher chance of being stung, not only by jellyfish but also by the stinging trees that surround the shoreline. Saltwater crocodiles and cassowaries, flightless birds with dagger-like nails, also inhabit the area.

K’gari, Australia

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Officially renamed in 2023, Fraser Island, or K’gari, is famous for its glistening white sands, turquoise waters, and rainforest backdrop. However, in recent years, it has been invaded by Irukandji, the most venomous species of jellyfish. A single sting from this jellyfish can cause hallucinations, vomiting, and even cardiac arrest!

Boa Viagem Beach, Brazil

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If you have a phobia of sharks, World Nature News recommends giving Brazil’s Boa Viagem Beach a miss, as it has the highest shark attack rate in the world. There have been 56 shark attacks in the last 20 years, and the death rate is a terrifying 37%. We’ll stick to the swimming pool!

Playa Zipolite, Mexico

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Nicknamed ‘Playa de Los Muertos’ or ‘Beach of the Dead’, Playa Zipolite’s golden sands may be perfect for bathing and admiring the view, but it’s important to avoid the waters. Zipolite has some of the world’s strongest riptides, and unaware swimmers need to be rescued on a daily basis.

Chowpatty Beach, India

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Renowned as one of the most toxic beaches in the world, Chowpatty Beach is one to avoid in Mumbai. Dangerously contaminated with garbage and sewage, the pollution is enough to leave you bedridden for days. The sands are also littered with trash, and the waters have an astonishingly high fecal content… gross!

Cable Beach, Australia

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Inhabited by some of the world’s most deadly species, Australia’s Cable Beach is one to be wary of. Poisonous snakes, venomous jellyfish, and deadly spiders live here, while sharks and saltwater crocodiles also call Cable Beach home. The likelihood of encountering a dangerous species here is extremely high, so need we say more?

Bikini Atoll, US Marshall Islands

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Bikini Atoll is heavily contaminated with radiation due to being a nuclear weapon testing site for the US Army from 1946 to 1958. The beaches are open to tourists, but the National Library of Medicine points out that locals have shown a 75% increase in bodily ailments in recent years due to obvious reasons.

Dumas Beach, India

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Home to deadly king cobras, Dumas Beach is one of the world’s most dangerous beaches. If that wasn’t enough to scare you away, it’s also considered to be one of the most haunted beaches on the planet. Spirits are said to roam the beach, and the number of disappearances each year is shocking.

Lamu Island Beach, Kenya

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The shores of Kenya’s Lamu Island Beach are home to Somalian pirates, making it an extremely threatening destination. Connected to the al-Shabaab terror group, these pirates are known to kidnap tourists and have a high rate of killing civilians. That certainly does not sound like a relaxing vacation!

Kilauea Beach, Hawaii

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The Big Island’s Kilauea Volcano is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, with an eruption on average every 2-3 years. Spilling lava directly into the waters of Kilauea Beach, USGS found that this can raise the water temperature by up to 100 degrees, making the waters deadly.

Praia do Norte, Portugal

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With multiple world records for its crashing waves, Praia do Norte has one of the largest tidal ranges on Earth. While this is a strong appeal for thrill-seeking surfers, it makes it easy for boats to capsize and humans to drown. Whoever enters the waters here does so at their own risk!

Acapulco, Mexico

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Once one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, in recent years, Acapulco has become one of the deadliest coastal locations. Now regarded as the ‘murder capital of Mexico’, the area is sadly the stage for cartel wars, with armed gangs taking to the beach, spreading violence, and regularly killing innocent people.

Morecambe Bay, UK

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At first glance, Morecambe Bay may seem like an idyllic British seaside destination, but it hosts hidden dangers. The coastguard rescue team saves people from quicksand daily, even with a siren warning tourists to stay off the sands. Famously, 23 fishermen lost their lives to this sand in a single day in 2004.

North Sentinel Island Beach, India

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We saved the most dangerous for last! The North Sentinel Island Beach of India may appear to be an idyllic tropical hideaway, but it’s incredibly threatening. The island is home to an indigenous tribe that is extremely inhospitable to strangers, going as far as to kill any invaders of its shores.

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