A new study ranks the nation's top 10 most dangerous beaches and seven of them are in Florida. New Smyrna Beach topped the list compiled by researchers at Travel Lens. The ranking considered the number of surf zone fatalities since 2010, the number of shark attacks since 2010 and the number of hurricanes between 1851 and 2020. Cocoa Beach came in second, Ormond Beach third and Panama City Beach was fourth.
New Smyrna Beach compiled a 'danger score' of 8.14, Cocoa Beach's danger score was 7.57, Ormond Beach was 7.48 and Panama City Beach had a danger score of 7.16.
The other Florida beaches in the top 10 were Melbourne Beach at sixth, Jacksonville Beach at seventh and Fort Lauderdale was tenth.
The three non-Florida beaches making the top ten were Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Oak Island, North Carolina and Gulf Shores, Alabama.
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