Weather plays a vital role in the resiliency of beaches. Typhoons, thunderstorms, and erosion are some of the factors that could make these beautiful bodies of water disappear, despite the efforts of the government.
Plan your trip to any of these 10 stunning, must-visit beaches around the world before they completely disappear.
Location: California, United States
Big Sur is California’s most mountainous section. Usually praised for its breathtaking sceneries, this rugged section in the state boasts of extraordinary beaches that attract tourists.
In recent years, huge mudslides have been happening the area, forcing sections of the Pacific Coast Highway to close.
Location: Kiribati Islands
Also known as Christmas Island, Kiritimati is a raised coral atoll in the Pacific. Thousands of coral species are visible underneath the surface of the ocean. Scuba diving and fishing are two of the most popular activities in the area.
A few years ago, the reefs in the island were severely harmed by the abnormal temperature of seawater. According to the experts, about four-fifths of the corals have since faded.
The small island is home to a wide variety of sea creatures, manta rays and leopard sharks included. Koh Tachai is also well known for its white sand and rich coral reefs.
However, due to a large number of visitors, the beach’s coastline has begun to degrade. The local government decided to close the pristine beach to tourists to allow the rehabilitation of the island and the sea.
Location: Indian Ocean
In the last decade alone, tourism in the Maldives has greatly increased. The archipelago continuously attracts tourists because of its beaches with powdery sand and sky-blue waters.
But did you know that the islands of Maldives are only about 1.3 meters above sea level? If the ocean continues to rise, it’s possible that the entire country will not be suitable to live in.
Location: Florida, United States
Based on studies, the sea level in South Florida has significantly increased over the last 10 years. This event has led to multiple floods in the area leading to millions of dollars in damage to private, public property, and infrastructure.
While tourists continue to flock to the coastal resort city, the state hasn’t stopped in coming up with ways to somehow control the weather damage. Pumps have been installed and the level of roads have been raised to provide temporary solutions.
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The second most populous municipality in Brazil, Rio continues to attract tourists from around the world. Visitors keep coming back primarily because of the vibrant festivals and the marvelous beaches, such as Copacabana, Ipanema, and Barra da Tijuca.
According to reports, climate change has led to warm ocean temperatures and to the sea level to rise. These factors can put the residents and tourists at risk.
Location: West Indies, Caribbean Sea
The Caribbean has been directly affected by tremendous issues on erosion for more than two decades. Saint Lucia, an island nation in the region, is trying to rebuild the beaches damaged by the gradual destruction of soil.
Apart from its must-visit beaches, Saint Lucia is home to scenic reef-diving sites and fishing villages.
Location: Nordfriesland, Germany
Sylt is composed of 12 villages that offer tourists a wide range of activities, from exploring beaches to visiting lighthouses. Sightseers often ride a bike to go around the island.
The island is also not immune to natural havoc. It may have installed protective concrete barriers, but strong storms continue to destroy its beaches and flatten its dunes.
Location: Leyte, Philippines
Prone to strong typhoons, Tacloban is massively damaged by heavy rains and nonstop flooding. The angry weather also affects the city’s most beautiful beaches, resulting in wrecked commercial establishments, fallen trees, and messed up shorelines.
According to the 2015 Global Climate Risk Index, Tacloban is the most affected city by climate change.
Location: Queensland, Australia
Torres Strait Islands is an archipelago consisting of 274 magnificent islets, making it an ideal choice for travelers who are into island-hopping.
Because of its location on the map, this group of islands has been a target of extreme weather and erosion issues. Protective barriers are absent, causing the soil to wear faster.
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