Volusia County – Florida
Florida has the well earned nickname of the Sunshine State, due to its endless days of year round sunshine. So its beaches must be places of paradise, right? Well, most of them are. Two famous bays in this area include Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach but all of Volusia County Beaches are somewhat different to the chilled Florida vibe you might expect.
These beaches are visually stunning, but they harbour a dark secret – they happen to be known as the shark attach capital of the world. In 2017 alone, there were nine reported cases of shark bites in these beautiful waters.
Not only do visitors to Volusia County Beaches have to be hyper vigilant of nearby hungry sharks, they also need to be aware of two other dangers. Jellyfish stings (even for beachgoers staying in the dry, as they often get washed up, beach side) and lightning strikes are also relatively common here.
Popular with sun worshippers and surfers (the surf is exceptionally good, as long as it doesn’t have sharks looking for dinner in it), Volusia County Beaches come with an avid warning – enter the water at your own risk. (But it is comforting to know that nearby hospitals have plenty of shark bite specialists on hand.)