Gansbaai, South Africa
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Not far off the coast of this popular vacation destination lies a stretch of ocean called Shark Alley. Shark cage diving, which puts tourists in shark-proof cages to get them up-close-and-personal with the creatures, puts a somewhat safe spin on the area. However, the publication Digital Nomad points out that there’s an “inordinate amount of blood and chum being dumped along the South African shoreline every day” to lure the sharks close to the boats. For a more pleasant getaway, check out these gorgeous pink sand beaches around the world.
Cape Tribulation, Australia
If you want to swim the waters of the aptly named Cape Tribulation, Cape-Trib.com suggests you wear a “stinger suit” as the area is home to a lot of stinging jellyfish. Saltwater crocodiles are also prevalent; the locals advise visitors stay away from swimming in the mouths of rivers. If that’s not enough to keep you out of the water, consider these obstacles: Cassowaries—big flightless birds—whose dagger-like claws “can disembowel you,” and stinging trees which, yes, can actually sting you quite painfully with their jagged-edged leaves.
Playa Zipolite, Mexico
When a place’s nickname is the “Beach of Death,” you’ll want to think twice about visiting. Playa Zipolite looks like a stunning oasis, but its waters boast strong and potentially fatal undercurrents. Thanks to the beach’s growing popularity a special lifeguard team has been put in place; still, you may want to choose a different destination. Check out these 10 beaches with the clearest water in the world.