When people talk about getting bombed at the beach it normally entails margaritas and cheap beer. But a secluded strip of sand in Mexico is taking the saying literally.
Located just a few miles off the coast of Mexico, the uninhabited Marieta Islands were used by the Mexican government for testing bombs up until the early 1990s, leaving them pockmarked with large craters that clear blue waters of the Pacific have begun to reclaim.
Tourists are now flocking to these islands to enjoy the idyllic setting inside of what has been labeled “the world's most picturesque bomb site.”
One of the islands –known as Hidden Beach or La Playa de Amor (Beach of Love in Spanish)- has gained a huge following on social media thanks to its secluded and pristine nature.
Visitors to Hidden Beach have to take a boat to the islands and then swim through a short tunnel in the ocean to reach the secluded spot filled with perfect sand and rare wildlife.
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“The beach itself was most likely formed prior to the World War I since the Mexican government had been using the islands as target practice. These controlled bombings have been said to have formed numerous caves and other unique rock formations on the Marieta Islands,” Ventura Osorio, who provides tours to the Hidden Beach, told the Daily Mail.
“It is believed that the Hidden Beach was created as a result of these factors combined with the erosion of the rocks surrounding it due to the local weather conditions.”
Ventura told The Daily Mail that he credits social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter for bumping up the profile of the secluded beach.
“Without social media, the Hidden Beach would just be another beach waiting to be discovered by the world. This beach became famous around the world through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, you name it,” he said. “The amount of visitors the Hidden Beach receives had gown astronomically.”
While there are concerns that the beach’s popularity could damage the fragile ecosystem in the Marieta Islands, the Mexican government designated the islands as a natural reserve and limited the number of visitors by issuing permits.