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The 10 Best Beach Cities In The World

Published 2 years ago on April 24, 2018
By Hugo

Living in a big city has many plus points, the main one being that business and commerce surround you. However, there are only a few cities in the world that boast miles upon miles of tawny sanded beaches and dazzling, azure waters.

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Yes, not all cities in the world are suffocating, sun-starved metropolises. While they are few and far between, some cities offer residents and tourists the best of both worlds. Here are 10 of the best beach cities in the world.

1. Sydney 

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Sydney is often compared to Melbourne when it comes to debating Australia's best city, and it usually comes out trumps for the simple reason that it has better beaches. Its urban buzz may not be as youthful and febrile as it's rival, but make no mistake; Sydney is a city that knows how to have fun.

The famous five-mile walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach is a must for beach lovers wishing to soak in Sydney's expansive coastline. There, you will find many charming beach bars, restaurants, and cute walkways.

2. Los Angeles

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America's second city is the entertainment capital of the world and employs people in various facets of the business, from set runners and agents to actors and hotshot producers. There's also a thriving education sector and a strong gig economy, making Los Angeles a relatively easy place to find work.

Of course, the Hollywood glamor of Los Angeles is a tad fabricated from the image it likes to project. But while you may not be sipping cocktails with the stars at the Chateau Marmont anytime soon, you can still bask in a glittering array of sun-soaked beaches once your day at work is over. 

From Venice Beach to the lesser known spots of Hermosa Beach and Cabrillo Beach, Los Angeles' multifaceted qualities make it one of the most-loved cities in the world. Just be prepared to drive everywhere. Public transport in L.A. is notoriously bad. 

3. Barcelona 

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Barcelona's sprawling coastline, rocky mountains, world-class culture and mouth-drooling tapas make it a go-to destination for many Europeans.

On top of this, its coastal location sees it regularly heralded as one of the world's best beach cities, with the premier W Hotel sitting adjacent to the popular San Sebastian beach. There, you will find many of the city's most exclusive clubs and restaurants frequented by a plethora of celebrities and soccer players. For those wanting a quieter day at the beach, a short train journey will take you to Costa Brava, a pristine area of Catalonia characterized by swaying trees, white sands, and stunning cliff tops.

4. Rio De Janeiro

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Rio De Janeiro is the crown jewel of South America not only for its world-famous carnival and non-stop party atmosphere but because of its stunning choice of beaches, which includes the famous Copacabana Beach. 

While the city is also synonymous with crime-riddled favelas and drive-by shootings. Despite this, high-end lifestyle is also well enmeshed in the city with stunning real estate dotted along the beaches. The residential areas are also a hotbed of glorious parties and carnivals with high-end shopping and fashion to boot.

5. Nice

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Enjoying the French Riveria needn't be something you do yearly. Unbeknownst to many, the charming city of Nice has a booming tourism industry and is always in need of people with experience in the hospitality sector.

Set among the azure waters of the Mediterranean and offering gorgeous, mountainous scenery and ample other vistas, Nice is one of the best places to live in France and is placed a stone throw's from Italy, which is accessible through the Mont Blanc Tunnell. 

6. New York

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While New York's beaches may not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of the Big Apple, the world's greatest city has many miles of glorious coastline that go far beyond the quirky charms of Coney Island.

Take Rockaway Beach and Long Beach. Only a short distance from Queens and Brooklyn, both serve as a refuge in the summer months for surfers and beach bums wishing to escape the stresses and strains of the clammy urban jungle.

7. Athens

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Greek beaches are among some of the most beautiful in the world, but Athens also has many beaches along the Apollo Coast that tourists often dismiss.

Most of these beaches are accessible via a short tram ride from the city center, though the further out you go, the more beautiful and untarnished they typically tend to be. 

8. Cape Town

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South Africa has done a lot in recent years to rid itself of its violent past and this has been helped by the legacy of the country's late social and political icon, Nelson Mandella. 

While certain parts of the country are still a no-go, South Africa's premier draw is undoubtedly Cape Town, a beachside city that attracts the rich and famous for its pretty beach resorts. Owing to the aquatic wonders that lie below the pristine waters, scuba diving opportunities are also plentiful. Boulders and Cliffton are among the city's most beautiful beaches, both of which are only a 10-minute drive from the city center.

9. Dubai

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What was once a small fishing port in the Arabian Desert has been transformed into an ostentatious destination for the rich and famous.

As well as indoor ski slopes, six and seven-star hotels and a profusion of Michelin star restaurants, Dubai also has an impressive coastline. While many choose to soak up the scorching rays in a private stretch of sand exclusive to their hotels, a favorite beach with expats is Umm Seqeim beach, which is set amidst a stunning backdrop of height-defying skyscrapers.

10. Tel Aviv

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Israel may not be top of most people's list when choosing a city getaway, but Tel Aviv is perfect for sun lovers. And with ample joggers, cool surfers and countless dog walkers decorating the sands and promenades, the Israeli city can often feel more like a Californian coastal town than a significant Middle Eastern City.

Gordon-Frishman is arguably the most popular beach with tourists, but there is also the less spoiled Tel Baruch and Hof Hadatiyim, the latter of which has separate bathing spots for men and women. 

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