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12 Creepy Stories About Haunted Beaches

Updated July 2, 2019 808 votes 160 voters 5.7k views12 items

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Beaches are home to surf, sand, and sunshine, but many are also the sites of spooky events, mysterious tales, and unexplained phenomena. Not quite the sea and not truly inland locations, beaches worldwide exist as a link between water and land - a middle ground in their own right. Perhaps this is why so many beaches are associated with paranormal activities, odd sounds and feelings, and a sense of unease - the beaches themselves provide the perfect settings for spirits and ghosts who just aren't sure where they belong. 

If you're up for an adventure, you may want to seek out one of these sandy locales. But keep in mind, they're definitely not for the faint of heart.

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    The Ocean Beach Area Of San Francisco May Be Cursed

    Home to the Cliff House and the Sutro Baths, Ocean Beach in San Francisco offers curses, ghosts, and tales of tragedy. The Cliff House opened in 1863 and went from a bawdy hangout to a family resort by the end of the 19th century. 

    Purchased by Adolph Sutro in 1881, the Cliff House was razed by a fire in 1894 and again in 1906 and 1907. Stories about the curse of the Cliff House and Sutro Baths - the large swimming facility built along the oceanfront in 1894 - began as early as 1887 when a ship named the Parallel crashed into the cliffs. 

    During the early 20th century, there were sightings of women wandering the beach. The ghost of Natalie Salina Harrison, for example, was seen waiting for her fiance to return from WWI, while women with parasols, a remnant of the Victorian era, have been seen strolling through the area. Spirits of men like Frank Denvin, who perished tragically after falling off a ladder in 1896, have been seen, as well. 

    The Sutro Baths closed in 1966, after which the facility mysteriously burned down. The ruins of the Sutro Baths - and the tunnel that once brought water into the seven-pool facility - are the rumored sites of human sacrifice and unexplained occurrences. 

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    Spirits Walk The Black Sands Of Dumas At Night

    Dumas Beach, located in the state of Gujarat in India, is home to black sands and stories of spirits. As a site where Hindus were once said to bring the ashes of their loved ones, Dumas Beach's unique sand is supposedly the result of that practice - the dark hue allegedly brought on by the ever-present mixture of ash and sand. It's also the site of unexplained noises, missing tourists and residents from nearby Surat, and at least one unexplained passing.

    Visitors claim to have heard laughter and crying - even when no one else is around - and dogs reportedly howl, cry, and panic as if they sense something odd. A body found on the beach had a protruding tongue, something no one could explain, and some individuals have reported mysterious ghost-like sightings.

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  • At Playa Grande Beach near Montezuma, Costa Rica, visitors have reported a multitude of unexplained events.

    Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Grande Beach is believed to have been the site of a native burial ground. Visitors to Playa Grande Beach, none of whom are allowed to stay overnight, have reported seeing spirits that allegedly try to chase them away.

    Nearby Cabuya Island is still home to a cemetery and is plagued by equally odd occurrences. According to fisherman Wilber Mendez, "In the night, there are times when I hear voices coming from there... The sounds are not birds; they are something else.” 

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    Kaupoa Beach In Hawaii Brings On A Sense Of Unease

    The name of Kaupoa Beach, located on the island of Moloka'i in Hawaii, translates to "the place of thieves," but it's better known for the spooky feelings it evokes in visitors. The presence of religious shrines and rumors of Night Marchers contribute to the eerie feel of the island. Night Marchers are the spirits of Hawaiian warriors who reportedly wander around the islands, crying out as they go. They need to be shown deference in order to protect those that cross their paths.

    Another contributing factor to the sense of unease on the island?  What was once a thriving resort and vacation destination is now a "ghost town" according to locals.  Maybe it's the emptiness. Or perhaps it's because the island's kukui trees, thought to ward off rascal spirits, have all been cut down.

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