Summer is the beach season and if you are like most of us, you want to hit up the beach to cool down, but beware danger lurks beneath the surface of many of our favorite destinations.
Check out this list of the most dangerous beaches and keep your family safe this summer vacation. From cobras slithering between beach chairs, lions roaming the dunes, and alligators swimming in the waves, we discover some truly terrifying beaches.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLORIDA
If you have a fear of sharks, then you won’t want to go to New Smyrna Beach. This beach has seen eight shark attacks culminating in death over the last five years. Most common here are the bull sharks, who are able to swim and hunt in freshwater. New Smyrna Beach which is in Volusia County saw more confirmed shark bites than any other region in the world in 2007. In 2008, they once again took first place, beating their own previous record of shark bites with a staggering 24 bites.
If you can look past that, then you might also appreciate the many recreational opportunities offered at the beach like fishing, sailing, motorboating, golfing and hiking. It has also been rated as one of the best surf towns by National Geographic. It’s up to you if you want to do all that alongside a 290 pound animal with a bite force up to 5,914 newtons.