I was recently asked where I believe the absolute best place to go on vacation in the United States is, and before I could answer, a person near me said, “Florida, no question.”
After rattling off all of the beaches and theme parks that are available, this person gave us the the “palms-up, shoulder-shrug, eye-brow raise” to indicate that this really was a no brainer answer.
When I said that I thought Hawaii was a better spot, this person responded with a shocked, “And get eaten by a shark?!”
It sounded true.
Hawaii has a lot of sharks; according to the International Shark Attack Files at the University of Florida, Hawaii has had 101 unprovoked shark attacks since 1670. Eight of these were fatal. That’s one fatal shark attack every 42 years.
As a well documented shark avoider, I decided to look into the number of shark attacks in Florida. The numbers were astounding: 637 attacks since 1882. This made me wonder if anybody knew how dangerous a place Florida is?
Which brings me to these not-quite-middle-school-level research findings on the dangers of traveling to America’s “most dangerous tourist location.”