Where Are The Dirtiest Beaches In The World?


There’s nothing worse than to travel to a new beach destination that you found online only to realize when you arrive that the beach is dirty, and looks nothing like the pictures that you saw online.

Sadly, it’s not uncommon for many of the beach destinations in the world to be dirty or polluted at any given time, thankfully you can avoid the hassle of choosing a dirty beach for your next vacation by avoiding these dirty beaches.

1) Avalon Beach, California

According to the Los Angeles Times, “for most of the last decade, Avalon Harbor Beach has ranked among the most polluted in the state, tainted with human sewage that puts swimmers at risk,” and “a report last month by the [NRDC] listed Avalon as one of the 10 most chronically polluted beaches in the nation for failing state health tests as much as 73% of the time.” Researchers explain the pollution is due to the city’s sewer system, which is made of metal pipes and extremely old clay.

2) North Point Marina North Beach, Illinois

Although it is said to be making improvements, North Point Marina is still the largest marina on the Great Lakes and a marina this size ultimately results in a large amount of pollution.

3) Ropes Park, Texas

The caller Times explains, “Texas was ranked 18th in beach water quality nationally with 6 percent of its water samples exceeding state daily bacteria standards, according to a report by the [NRDC].” Ropes Park is among the six beaches in the area with the worst water quality. Others include Cole Park and Emerald Beach.

4) Malibu Pier, California

Malibu Pier is a Grade C beach in Los Angeles County. It has been reported that the beach quality has been inconsistent, the water has encountered persistent contamination problems, and pollution has become a great concern.