7 of the World’s Most Beautiful and Threatened Beaches

Editorís note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on†June 22, 2014.

It’s summer — and for most of us, that means at least one trip to the nearest beach. Splashing in the ocean, soaking up the sun, sinking my toes into the sand: These are sensations only the beach can provide.

Sadly, our pollution and exploitation of all the ocean has to offer has put the world’s most beautiful beaches in jeopardy.†In 100 years, a beachside vacation may only be something people read about in books.

Here are just seven of the world’s most beautiful and threatened beaches:

1. Rhossili, Wales

Rhossili, Wales

Rhossili, a world-famous five-mile sweeping bay located on the tip of the Gower peninsula in southwest Wales, is†in danger because of erosion caused by climate change.

2. Goa, India

Goa, India

“People around the world picture Goa as the ultimate beach destination and what adds to the charm is the lush green environs of the state. But locals and conservationists fear that iron ore mining companies in India are not only spoiling the natural beauty of the region, but threatening the lives of many wild animals stricken out of their forest homes,”†reports IndiasEndangered.com.

3. Railay, Thailand

Railay, Thailand

“I genuinely fear for Railay,” writes travel blogger Adventurous Kate.†”I’m afraid that it will become the next Koh Phi Phi, the entire island smelling like sewage because the infrastructure can’t handle the number of visitors.”

4. Koh Rong Island, Cambodia

Koh Rong Island, Cambodia

“Koh Rong Island is an inexpensive, unspoiled island getaway with turquoise-green waters, miles of powder-white beaches, endless palm trees, untouched fishing villages and only a handful of beachfront bungalows,” reports†BBC Travel. But don’t wait too long if you want to see it that way. “In 2006, Kithr Meng, a Cambodian tycoon, purchased a 99-year lease on the island from the Cambodian government. His 20-year plan includes building an airport for small aircrafts, a marina, a golf course,†casinos and several five-star resorts.”

5. Seychelles, Indian Ocean

Seychelles, Indian Ocean

In the past decade, the rising sea level has taken a bite out of this spectacular strip of shore in the Indian Ocean†northeast of Madagascar. “Rising temperatures and the melting of polar ice caps are blamed for raising ocean levels and threatening to destroy the nation’s pristine coastline – the country’s No 1 tourist attraction. Some of the archipelago’s low-lying islands could be fully submerged if the rise continues,” reports†the National.

6. Magdalen Islands, Quebec

Magdalen Islands, Quebec

The approximately 13,000 residents of Magdalen Islands have watched intensifying natural forces threaten the boundaries of their home in recent years. “Warmer winters and fiercer storms, rising seawaters and the slow sinking of the islands are responsible for an alarming loss of coastline, and the erosion appears to be accelerating,” reports Canadian Geographic.

7. Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

In May 2014, a new scientific report on†global warming — the†National Climate Assessment†–†named Miami as one of the cities most vulnerable to severe damage as a result of rising sea levels.

Photo Credit: Michael Haslim/Unsplash


Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

Thanks for sharing

Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson7 months ago

Thank you.

KimJ M
KimJ M8 months ago


KimJ M
KimJ M8 months ago

terrible :((

Demy L
Demy L9 months ago


Beryl L
Beryl L10 months ago

Thank you. Oh my God this is so sad

Elisabeth T
Elisabeth T10 months ago

Thank you for sharing

Shirley S
Shirley S10 months ago

Noted with sadness

Lorraine Andersen
Lorraine Andersen10 months ago

I am down in Florida at one of my favorite beaches. We just had Alberto and now there is another storm brewing in the gulf. I see our beach changing which is so very sad.....

Jessica K
Jessica K10 months ago

My regional beaches are being affected by climate change and king tides. Happy world ocean's day and thanks.