Staithes Beach in Yorkshire, UK, may be extremely picturesque for a good Instagram caption, but it’s not recommended for a swim. You can visit the place and enjoy the fishing village cafes, but if you want to swim or surf – it’s not the right place for you.
Why, you wonder? Staithes beach suffers from dangerously high levels of pollution. I was described by the movement Surfers against Sewage as the most polluted beach in Europe, and thus one of the worst surfing destinations.