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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