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Central Florida Beach named SECOND most deadly in the nation!

In a recent analysis looking at surf fatalities, hurricane frequency, and shark attacks, Central Floda's very own Cocoa Beach came in at number two in the U.S.

Florida featured heavily in the Travel Lens America’s 10 Deadliest Beaches to visit list, with seven Florida beaches named in the Top 10.

The beach given the dubious title of America's deadliest beach was Florida’s New Smyrna Beach, probably well deserved considering that since 2010, New Smyrna Beach has faced 10 surf zone fatalities and more shark attacks than any other beach at 32. This was more than twice as many as any other US beach.

The coastal town has also been hit with 120 hurricanes between 1851 and 2020.

Our very own local beach, Cocoa Beach has been named second most deadly beach, which has had as many surf zone fatalities as shark attacks, with a total of seven.

Ass for the amount of hurricanes, Cocoa has had the same as nearby New Smyma, 120 hurricanes.

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Where are America's most dangerous beaches?

Here're the 10 most dangerous beaches from Travel Lens' list:

1 New Smyrna Beach, Florida - 8.14/10 danger score

2 Cocoa Beach, Florida - 7.57/10 danger score

3 Ormond Beach, Florida - 7.48/10 danger score

4 Panama City beach, Florida - 7.16/10 danger score

5 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - 6.61/10 danger score

6 Melbourne Beach, Florida - 6.35/10 danger score

7 Jacksonville Beach, Florida - 6.02/10 danger score

8 Oak Island, North Carolina - 5.54/10 danger score

9 Gulf Shores, Alabama - 5.38/10 danger score

10 . Fort Lauderdale, Florida - 5.37/10 danger score

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How to stay safe at the beach

To stay safe, you need to stay aware of the local weather and ocean conditions, such as tide forecasts, dangerous currents or other beach hazards, according to the National Weather Service.

Before leaving for the beach, check the official surf zone forecast and beach advisories and closings.

Know how to swim and swim near a lifeguard.

Bring flotation devices or a United States Coast Guard approved life jacket.

Know the beach's address should you need to call for help.

Know the location of life stations on the beach equipped with life rings that could be thrown to someone in trouble.


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