Northern Territory, Australia
Australia’s poisonous wildlife isn’t limited to land species. In this far-flung corner of the continent, you’ll share the water with ravenous saltwater crocs, stonefish, jellyfish, and so much more. And the area is so isolated (most beaches don’t have names; the area is known as Arnhem Land) that any call for help may go unanswered for a long time. For more family-friendly options, these are the 20 best family beaches.
Staithes Beach, UK
Surfers might be attracted to the giant waves at Yorkshire’s Staithes Beach, but they’ll be less keen on the contents of its water. The beach repeatedly makes the EU’s “swimming prohibited” list because of all the pollutants in the area. According to the BBC, the main reason for the high pollution levels is farm sewage draining into the harbor. “Breakwaters compound the issue by keeping the water within the harbor and limiting dilution from the sea,” said Dominic Shepherd, an environmental agency water quality manager.
The black sand beaches of Kilauea look pretty cool, but the nearby active volcano has been erupting continuously for 35 years and spewing lava in the surrounding area. This means the water temperature here can rise to a whopping 110 degrees. Hot! Beyond beaches, learn which places landed on the world’s most dangerous tourist destinations.