New Smyrna beach, Florida
Listed as one of the top 10 Florida beaches by the Florida International University, this Florida beach’s reputation isn’t all good. Out of the 112 shark attacks worldwide in 2007, New Smyrna beach homed 17 of them. Blacktip, spinner, and bull sharks lurk in the waters, mistaking the splashing of surfers for food. While there have been 238 attacks over the years, none has been fatal yet. According to the ‘Guinness book of world records’, it’s the shark attack capital of the world. It’s not just the sharks in the water you have to worry about either; make sure to keep your eye on your bag as thieves are common on the shores.
Cape Tribulation, Australia
Home to multiple dangerous creatures, this northern Queensland beach’s own name serves as a warning to be wary. While crocodile sightings are surprisingly rare, they are not the only danger. Cassowaries, which are related to emus, and venomous snakes also make their home here. During the rainy season, from October to early June, the biggest dangers are in the water. Thousands of box jellyfish, which are translucent, swarm the waters near the beach. Known as one of the most venomous jellyfish in the world, they can kill a swimmer in minutes if stung. Their venom attacks the cardiovascular system, causing swimmers to drown; they have caused at least 70 deaths since 1883.