We’re all familiar with the undesirable qualities of City Life so thank the gods of urban planning for the occasional sandy edge. Below are few cities where one can strip of into shorts or a bikini and enjoy a day with their toes in the sand.
1. Miami Beach – Miami, Florida
More than 14kms of the east coast of the barrier island that holds the Florida city is taken up by palm-backed white sand and this beach plays an important role in civic life. With a reputation of hedonism and truly said and heard that its nightclubs – especially in the South Beach area – are magnets for the rich, famous and beautiful. The neighborhood of the South Beach rewards exploration with major arts events such as the annual Art Basel Miami Beach .
2. Clifton Beaches – Cape Town, South Africa
Despite the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, practically year round, beaches of Clifton remain a magnet for the visitors due to their spectacular natural beauty and unbeatable African sunsets. The beaches are divided into four small but interlinked coves by massive boulders, they cater to different demographics. First for the local moneyed set, second for the sizable gay contingent, third being family oriented and fourth being the liveliest among all as this is where the Cape Town’s hip set come to top up their tans.
3. Bondi Beach – Sydney
Though most of Australia’s beaches lie in close proximity of cities, but sydneysiders are justifiably bullish about the one’s on their doorstep. Coogee, Manly and gorgeous and often practically deserted northern beaches such as Palm Beach all have their advocates but for an iconic all-rounder you can’t miss with Bondi. Bondi happens to be one of the World’s most famous strips of sand, lying in the heart of the city, it ensures its popularity with tourists and locals alike.
4. Waikiki Beach – Honolulu
Hula girls and twangy guitars may mostly be confined to Honolulu’s hotel lobbies these days, but Waikiki Beach retains a widescreen aura fostered in countless movies. This city happens to be as one of the top holiday destinations in the United States, but the turquoise waters and views of the Diamond head crater make up for the surfeit of concrete and garish short-sleeve shirts.
5. Barceloneta Beach – Barcelona, Spain
Not the most beautiful but yes the hardest to beat when it comes to atmosphere. Lying in the heart of the city and lined with Palm trees and backed with buzzing bars and cafes, it is a 60m long abstract golden fish. Not to mention the superb seafood tapas creates a value of its own.
6. Brighton Beach – UK
Brighton has earned its reputation as “London on Sea”. The towns fusion of hip urban energy and fresh sea air acts as a tonic to travelers and commuter ills. Marked with low tides, this beach is a far cry from the paradise clinches but it resonates charm and pulses with energy.
7. Ipanema Beach – Rio De Janeiro
This 1,600m long and 90m deep stretch of white sand is famous for the “tall and tanned and young and lovely” females that throng the beach. Majestic granite peaks create a spectacular backdrop while the Cagarras Islands in the distance offer a counterpart to the brilliant blue of the Atlantic. This is where dental-floss bikini and the crocheted G-string for men made the debut.
Courtesy : CNN Travel