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6 Most Dangerous Beaches in the World (Slideshow)


5. Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii.

Located on the remote Napali coast of Kauai, this beach is unsafe even for the most casual swimming — rip currents and strong waves have claimed the lives of several dozen visitors. If you do get swept out to sea, there’s little hope of ever getting back on land, because the closest stretch of safe shoreline is over six miles away. Despite the hazardous conditions, the beach itself remains a popular tourist destination.

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6. Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands.

It may look picturesque, but this South Pacific island was famously the site of over 20 nuclear weapons tests in the 1940s and 1950s. Though technically safe to visit for short periods, the island has not been permanently resettled because food grown on the island would be hazardous. And it’s not just radiation that makes this beach dangerous — the water is also teeming with sharks. No thanks!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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11:05PM PDT on May 7, 2014

Thanks for this information.

12:51PM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

good to know

8:21AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

what a waste

9:34AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

ty, nice pictures

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8:58PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

Beaches are often colourful and delightful and there are sadly the ones endangered by pollution. Some of these beaches would be a wonderful place to be during the winter when it hits -30-to -40.

1:45AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

10:27PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

That's just wrong

7:22PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

The beach in India breaks my heart. We have to clean up our mess! Thank you for the informative article. The rest of the beaches may be dangerous, but they are beautiful.

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