A few years ago I holidayed in Zipolite, Mexico. This a beautiful beachside town (fortunately far south of Hurricane Patricia’s wrath this evening) that is famous for its forceful, unpredictable undertow that has claimed the lives of many locals and tourists. Some say the name actually translates to “beach of the dead” in the local dialect. There is a small, protected cove at one end of the beach where you can wade into the water or have a little float, but all along the main stretch of sand it’s imperative that you be careful and avoid going in the sea. What to do instead? Sunbathe in the nude, visit Shambala resort for yoga or healthy foods, or take a shared van to one of the nearby villages where the beaches are much safer.