So Beautiful, so Horrible
When you think of an island, you probably envision white, sandy beaches, tropical breezes in your hair, a healthy dose of sunshine mixed with short, refreshing rains, and crystal blue waters that are so gorgeous they don’t even seem real. But not all islands are paradise; some are downright deadly. These particular islands, hopefully, won’t be a part of your next international vacation.
Even though there’s a very beloved piece of swimwear named after it, this island is no place to wear one. The Bikini Atoll was a populated island, a part of the Marshall Islands, until just after World War II when the population was relocated and 23 nuclear bombs were set off on it or around it.
There was so much anthrax on this Scottish island that it was deemed unsafe for people for almost 50 years. It was once used for biological weapons testing, but has since been decontaminated and bought back by the family who originally sold it.
Ilha da Queimada Grande
Located in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Brazil, this island has thick jungle as well as rocky hills. It’s also the only home of Bothrops insularis (golden lancehead pit vipers) which became stuck on the island when the sea rose and cut the island off completely from the mainland. They feed on birds.
The island has more than 2,000 of the snakes, so it’s illegal for people to travel there.