7 Disgusting Beaches to Never Ever Visit

You’d think any place with sun and sand would be worth visiting, right? Wrong. Here are 7 beaches you probably should avoid at all costs.

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Doheny Beach, California

Orange County has a lot of beautiful locales to offer, but Doheny Beach isn’t one of them. This beach is a site for “urban runoff,” seagull poop, and sewer leaks, and has been found to have high levels of bacteria in the water for years. Recent efforts to clean it up have managed to improve the water quality so locals remain hopeful that the beach can be rehabilitated. If the lack of swimming facilities isn’t a problem, you can still visit for the kayaking – whatever you do, don’t fall in.

Haina, Dominican Republic

Known as the “Dominican Chernobyl,” Bajos De Haina in the Dominican Republic was once home to a battery factory and its gorgeous beaches are now polluted with lead. Sadly, many residents have been found to be suffering from a number of related illnesses, including seizures, learning disabilities and brain damage. The site was declared a “hotpot” by the Dominican government and is thought to be home to the highest concentration of lead contamination in the world.

Dameisha Beach Park, China

If crowds aren’t your thing, you should probably avoid Dameisha Beach Park on a sunny day. It can get up to 130,000 visitors in a single day from all around the Guandong Province, leaving no patch of sand unclaimed. Not only is this beach packed, it ends up being filthy too, with the visitors leaving hundreds of pounds of garbage behind. A team of 100 sanitation workers is responsible for cleaning the beach after the crowds have gone home.

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Extravagant Hotel Pools You Need to See

For a lot of us, the pool is the holiday and the holiday is the pool. The success or failure of a getaway in the sun is determined by just how good the pool is. Knowing this, many hotels have some truly absurd swimming pools. Absurd for their grandeur and extravagance, these pools alone would make an unforgettable holiday.

Total Relaxation: 10 Best Wellness Retreats

Depending on what kind of relaxation you are looking for, a wellness retreat can offer an extraordinary vacay away from daily distractions of life, while enjoying incredible cuisine, along with fun activities to keep your body moving. Whether you love the idea of some hiking, yoga, meditation, or massages, there are a variety of wellness retreats all across the globe that help you relax, find your inner self, and feel rejuvenated.

Mini Guide to Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world and has a population of nearly 150 million, though around 77 percent live in the western part of the country. It’s best known for being the first constitutionally socialist state and its role in World War II and the ensuing Cold War. The country has also many technological accomplishments, including sending the first human to space. Nowadays, it’s the world’s 12th largest economy by GDP, the biggest producers of natural gas and oil, and also a permanent member of the UN Council.