When we think about beaches, relaxation, fun, and beautiful scenery usually come to mind. But that's not always the case - whether due to pollution or dangerous animals, several of the world's beaches are not the vacation destinations they seem like. Click through to check out some of the worst.
1. Monument Beach, Florida.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Florida's Monument Beach is one of the most polluted in the United States. Nearly three-fourths of water samples showed pollutants that exceeded national standards. Located in Florida's Gulf County, the beach is only monitored twice a month.
2. Volusia & Brevard County Beaches, Florida
How's this for a not-so-great claim to fame: Brevard County and Volusia County, both on Florida's central coast, are home to more unprovoked shark attacks than any stretch of beaches in the world. Out of the 80 shark attacks that took place worldwide in 2012, for instance, nearly one-fifth were in one of these counties.
3. Marina Beach, Chennai, India.
Though trash has amassed all over this beach and its waters, it remains a popular weekend destination for locals - and fisherman do their jobs, too.
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