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Notorious Bikini Atoll, Micronesia
"Given the radiation risks, the Bikini Atoll's Micronesian inhabitants still haven’t resettled after all this time."
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Beaches usually conjure up images of idyllic hot sun, white sand, the bluest of waters and plenty of relaxation. But there are a few beaches around the world that are more scary than serene:



Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro is as renowned for its petty crime, as it is for its party scene. Locals say that Rio by day is the most exciting city in the world (and Rio by night is a close second apparently), but crime is a major problem for local residents and visitors alike. Homicide rates are actually quite high — there were nearly 30 people killed every week in 2007 — and most were victims of mugging, stray bullets or narcoterrorism. So if you’re thinking about visiting this city's famous stretch of beach, make an effort not to stand out; put that expensive camera away and keep your cash close by and hidden.

Northern Territory, Australia

Beaches off Australia's northern coastline — particularly those in the Northern Territory — can be a dangerous place to relax. Marine life that can kill or injure hapless visitors includes sharks, rays, fish and jellyfish. Tourists to NT beaches are told not to swim because of the box jellyfish, which has caused 60 deaths in 100 years as well as countless hospitalisations. Salt and freshwater crocodiles are also seen on some remote beaches in the area, which has to be enough of a reason not to let your guard down.

Kilauea, Hawaii, USA

It’s not the wildlife you have to watch out for on the east side of Hawaii's Big Island, but lava from an active volcano. Hot lava flows from Kilauea Volcano into the ocean every day and has been doing so for 25 years. The US Geological Survey publishes daily reports of activity and because the lava flow is slow, residents have plenty of time to evacuate. But it's the tourists who are regularly warned. Millions flock to Hawaii each year to witness lava meeting water, which results in the growth of new land. But those who dare to walk too close are only asking for trouble, as large areas of the new land often collapse into the sea.

Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, Micronesia

During the past 12 years, Bikini Atoll — the area evacuated and used by the US to test nuclear weapons between 1946 and 1958 — has gained notoriety as a tourism destination. The island has offered diving, fishing and sun baking, as well as an important history lesson. But the atoll's local council recently decided to suspend tourism, except approved diving expeditions, due to problems with the local airline and soaring energy costs. Regardless, Bikini Atoll will always be a questionable destination. There was widespread radioactive contamination following the 1954 detonation codenamed Castle Bravo, which was much more powerful than predicted by the US. Given the radiation risks, the atoll's Micronesian inhabitants still haven't resettled after all this time.

Brevard County, Florida, USA

Rip currents are another danger at beaches, but it's those in Brevard Country in the United States that have proven to be most scary. Last year 10 swimmers drowned in that county, which includes Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island. Rips, rip currents, or rip tides are strong surface flows of water which can carry a swimmer offshore. And the United States Lifesaving Association has found that 80 per cent of rescues at lifeguard beaches in that country are caused by these water flows.

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the correct spelling and word is Indonesia not Indon..
beaches on the gold coast are just as dangerious due to rips & sharks. Darwin beaches arnt that bad, i grew up swimming in the water so did everyone else here. The crocs stay away from most of the beach area just dont go swimming in any lakes or creeks.
when i went to Spooky beach we decided to walk up on some rocks and then a wave about 20 meters tall crached down on us we were so wet and scared but mainly me because i was only 6 or 7 and i said that i would never forget that beach.
Beautiful place for all types of out there sports including, sandboarding, surfing, fishing, swimming etc. However, it isnt named wreak beach for nothing. Serious rips run along the beach strong enough to pull in even the strongest swimmer. And the fishing is great however, where there are small fish bigger fish follow. and being open water sharks are a constant visitor. Becareful wherever you swim, the ocean is not ours and we never no what the ocean might throw at us....
be careful of local beliefs .. do not disobey them. don't wear certain colors, don't do things locals warn u not to do. don't behave inappropriately - against local customs.
I visited Rio earlier on this year with two girlfriends, and we didn't experience any problems at all. Just be smart and dont draw attention to yourself. Copa is a beautiful beach! And everyone should go to Carnival once in their lifetime!!!
This beach has to be the most dangerous in the world, you have to walk over 'Death Adder Hill' to get there, named after a pretty deadly snake found in the area, and over to an airforce owned beach which has lots of signs for 'unexploded mines' due to world war 2 bombing practice, which is illegal to go onto and you can incur a $5000 fine for being on. There's been a shark attack or two in the area and plenty of sharks including great whites caught in the area. Not to mention the odd Eastern Brown snake and the usual rips and jagged rocks you get with a large exposed surf break. But its a really beautiful place and the surf is good, with very low crowd factor.
Hahahahahaha...very interesting, I lived on Copacabana Beach for 2 months, never once had a problem or any indication of trouble there. Rio is the most beautiful city I have ever visited, everyone needs to stop being so sceptic...
I live at suttons beach in Redcliffe, very big waves and i got stung by a jelly fish when i was younger. but in saying that clontarf beach has also been known to be quite dangerous with stings and sea shells. on the northern side of the city due to the exposure to the open seas many dugongs and or sea walruses have been reported to be harrassing fishermen.
Phi Phi island - idyllic and serene and a beautiful place to relax. Well was dangerous when the tsunami hit years ago. Was there with my brother in June of last year and stayed in the middle of the island at Phi Phi Island Village resort. We walked all around the back of this resort past a small shanty village and went to a beach where the destruction of the tsunami is still very there and evident. The water was beautiful except for the scattered rubbish that was never cleaned up - clothes, medical supplies, reading material-books, magazines etc all around the beach and in the water. Very dangerous was seeing black water left from the tsunami all around the back of this resort. Cant imagine what ilnesses would befall the person-s that would fall in. Its very scary as it was murky and black and the island sees temperatures soaring past 40 degrees. Plus it was close to a walk pathway which made it extra scary. Still, a beautiful island and tourists need to support their economy.

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