Stuck between whether to take a beach vacation and an urban escape? You don’t have to because these 10 cities from across the world will get you the best from both which means you will discover wonderful sand stretches along with excellent dine & cuisine as well as chirpy culture and nightlife. After a morning filled with museum and gallery browsing, make your way to these beaches for sun and sand before heading out in the cities again. Here, you can have it all in one place.
CLIFTON BEACHES, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
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Cape Town is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, because of its beaches surrounded by mountains. It has around 20 beaches on a striking distance which divides the Atlantic from Indian Ocean. Clifton beaches are known for luxurious homes having sunset viewing and are sheltered with strong winds from mountainous ridge. There are much more to do apart from these. This city is Africa’s capital and a trip to Robben Island sound well.
WAIKIKI BEACH, HONOLULU, HAWAII
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Once an idyllic retreat for Hawaiian royalty, this beach is facilitates with historic resorts and hotels. With turquoise blue pacific and killer views, Honolulu offers one stop vacation for the visitors. You can also visit Bishop Mueseum, Iolani Palace, a royal palace which consists of multiple beaches. Duke Kahanamoku is the widest of them all. Diamond Head Beach Park is located at the foothills and is a top surfing spot.
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA
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It is a barrier island, a city itself fringed with 14 kms of sandy Beaches. It is famous for hedonistic nightlife, but you can also enjoy it for its culture and museums. Also catch up a performance at Miami City Ballet, 8th largest ballet in US.
BARCELONETA BEACH, SPAIN
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Barcelona is a class city with 8 white sand beaches within its rim in Mediterranean coastline. It also has architectural wonders, buzzing nightlife, stylish shops and mouth watering cuisines. Hit this beach which is closest to the city and most popular to revitalize into the massive waterfront or to rent a beach umbrella or bicycle.
COPACABANA & BARRA DA TIJUCA BEACH, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
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The city has a beach scene of around 25 miles of shoreline from Copacabana to Ipanema framed by Rio skyline and rocky peaks. The beach is a crucial part of carioca life so get ready to surf, play volleyball. In Brazil, when it comes to bikinis, less is more. Barra da Tijuca is the longest beach and is going to be home for several in Olympics venue in 2016.
BONDI, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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People of Sydney are spoiled when it comes to beaches. Bondi is the closest to the city and has 0.6 mile stretch of golden sand and is said to be the best surfing spot. Try out the less crowded Balmoral and Bronte beach of Sydney.
SHEK O BEACH HONG KONG
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Hongkong beaches are a break from its hectic schedule though they are largely overlooked. Lantau Island have the largest stretch of beaches in the city. Sandy beach options involve Shek O beach and Chung Hom Kok beach. Lamma Island has various solitude beaches.
SURFINDER BEACH, LOS ANGELES
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It is possible for you to grab a quick swim before going to work if you live in L.A, as well as end your day in the same manner. There are plenty of beaches to choose from. Explore Venice beach and hit the waves at Malibu’s Surfinder Beach. Enjoy Tide pools at Leo Carrillo State Beach while Hermosa Beach allows a paved path for cycling, running and playing volleyball.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
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It is Canada’s most adventurous metropolis and is home to 10 beaches, many of which offer splendid view of Vancouver skyline and majestic mountains of North Shore.
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35 beaches are there with few private and few public but uninterrupted stretch along Nice’s coastline. Catch up with your flip flops in la plage covered with small pebbles. The Beau monde is one of the private beaches where you can sunbath and a day there costs around 16 euros and includes food, towel, chilled rose, etc.