Troubled Waters: 10 of the World’s Most Polluted Beaches

Are you getting ready for a beach vacation this summer? Nothing beats finding that pristine shoreline to enjoy some downtime. However, be careful where you book your trip and make sure you do some research. If not, you could end up on one of these awful beaches, as people in a recent online discussion recommend. Here are some of the worst beaches in the world.

1. Freedom Island, Manila, Philippines

To get an idea of how polluted the shores of Manila Bay are, in 2019, it took more than 400 truck-fulls of removal to clear the garbage lining the beach. The culprit is a mixture of disposable plastic waste and a terrible attitude to ecology.

2. Blackpool Beach, Lancashire, United Kingdom

“I found out the Blackpool is a beach in northwest England that has repeatedly failed to meet standards of cleanliness,” says a beach lover. A strange celebratory decadence juxtaposes the grimness in Blackpool — a city popular with bachelor and bachelorette parties.

3. Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Roughly 16 million residents contribute to Guanabara Bay’s fetid pollution, so much so that before 2016’s Olympic Games, experts warned athletes not to go near the sea and to use hand sanitizer at all times. Nevertheless, one unlucky Belgian sailor fell to dysentery when the Games arrived.

4. Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Any beach in Australia’s tropical Northern Territory presents the brave swimmer with many risks. Box jellyfish, sharks, and Australia’s answer to a modern-day dinosaur: the saltwater crocodile. Unlike other regions, Darwin doesn’t install protective nets on its beaches.

5. Kamilo Beach, Naalehu, Hawai’i

Who would have thought America’s slice of paradise would make this list? However, Kamilo Beach on Hawai’i’s southernmost point once yielded 15,000 pieces of ocean garbage in a single day. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch sits between the archipelago and California; sadly, Kamilo Beach is in a perfect spot to accumulate this detritus.

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