Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities with Beaches | Best Beach Towns in the World

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I believe, there can be hardly any person who is not interested enough to take a dip in the ocean right after work. People just love to spend some time near the sea beaches. But the fact is, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are not at our next door. And yet, some are. If you cannot afford to move out for the beach ride and just get away from your work, here is our little effort to find you the most beautiful cities with beaches.

Probably it’s our luck that this beautiful world also features some beach towns, which definitely comforts your both requirement. These city beaches will serve you both city sophistication and great beaches. Actually, there are much more city beaches in the world than these ten. And maybe some you will still find some exceptions here to make such a list.

Cities with Beaches | Best Beach Towns

Let’s check out, which one is the best city beach in the world?

10. Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Top 10 Best City Beaches in the World, Jumeirah Beach
Jumeirah Beach; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

This is in fact, one of the most popular beaches in the world, especially for Arab countries. The Jumeirah Beach, Dubai is probably best known for the Burj Al Arab, which is an unbelievable 7 Star Hotel that rises high above the hot sand. There is another famous hotel here. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel along with the warm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf attracts so many people each year, not only local citizens but also a lot from the outside world.

As a result of rapid expansion and poor planning, there has been a claim of Dubai’s beaches contaminated with raw sewage in recent time. Some doctors were also found to even warn for health risk. But positively this will prompt Dubai to use the international ‘blue flag’ system and signify to bathers that their swimming spot is eco-friendly.

Major attractions:

  • Burj Khalifa
  • Madinat Jumeirah, interpretation of a traditional Arab village
  • Dubai Museum at Al-Fahidi Fort
  • Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House
  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Heritage and Diving Village
  • Don’t miss the amazing Dubai Aquarium

09. Barceloneta, Barcelona

Top 10 Best City Beaches in the World, Barceloneta
Barceloneta; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

I think the name clear’s out the destination in this case. Because of so many issues related to the city, Barcelona is a very famous city in Europe. And Barceloneta is the main city Beach in Barcelona. As it is close to the center, people can easily access the wonderful beach.

The 1,100-meter sandy beach runs a walkway. Mostly joggers and cyclist consider the place most popular. Of course, this place can get crowded during the summer months. There is a famous beach bar named Chiringuitos in the beach, which is opened up at summers, that defines the crowd this time. Don’t forget to note, Barceloneta beach has the best fish restaurants in town.

Major attractions:

  • La Sagrada Familia cathedral
  • Magic Fountain show
  • Picasso Museum
  • FC Barcelona museum & Camp Nou stadium

08. Clifton Beach, Cape Town

Top 10 Best City Beaches in the World, Clifton Beach
Clifton Beach; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

There are a number of beaches in Cape Town. Clifton Beach is definitely the trendiest of them all. It is situated on the West Atlantic side and only ten minutes from the main city. Moreover, the beach is actually a series of four beaches, which is separated by a stretch of granite boulders.

Like all other beautiful beaches in the world, this also comprises pure white sand, offering beautiful views of sunsets. One interesting phenomenon here, the water is always very chilly averaging around 12 to 16c. So you can only feel it bearable on a hot summer day.

Major attractions:

  • Beautiful sand-cays
  • Saxton Reef
  • Helicopter ride to Green Island
  • Agincourt Ribbon Reef
  • Rainforest village of Kuranda
  • Water rafting, sky dives

07. Bondi Beach, Sydney

Top 10 Best City Beaches in the World, Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

This is one of my favorite in the list. The closest ocean beach to the center of Sydney, Bondi Beach has become synonymous with Sydney’s beach lifestyle and is very popular with Australians as well as international tourists. The beach is nearly a kilometer long and features many surf shops, cafés, and restaurants along its promenade.

You can also find underwater shark net for safety reasons. Although, there has been a news about shark attack at Bondi Beach recent year. But to be noted, that this was the first occurrence in 80 years history of Bondi beach.

Major attractions:

  • Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
  • Explore Sydney Harbour
  • Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
  • Splendour Tailored Tours

06. Repulse Bay Beach, Hong Kong

Top 10 Best City Beaches in the World, Repulse Bay Beach
Repulse Bay Beach; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

Repulse Bay has a very beautiful beach, resided in the famous Hong Kong city. This popular beach town is probably recommendable as an iconic figure for best city beaches in the world. It is located on the south side of Hong Kong Island.

Here, the beautiful bay offers a long and broad sandy beach with a calm tide and almost gentle wave. This can give a sharp contrast with the frantic intensity of the city’s downtown business places.

Traditional Chinese Style Park can be found near the beach that includes huge statues of the Kwun Yum and Tin Hau goddesses. These are more than ten meters high in size. Repulse Bay is one of the most expensive residential areas in Hong Kong.

Major attractions:

  • You can explore the high-end residential area
  • The original Repulse Bay Hotel
  • Beach volleyball courts
  • Repulse Bay Visual Art Museum
  • Tin Hau Temple

05. Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Top 10 Best City Beaches in the World, Venice Beach
Venice Beach; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

What do you think? This name was must to come in line for the amazing city beaches list. Venice Beach is just one of those places you must visit at least once in your lifetime, especially when you come to Los Angeles. Most definitely this three-mile sandy beach is one of the most visited tourist attractions here.

During the summer season and on weekends, the Ocean Front Walk fills up with street performers. Travelers are found doing their thing like biking, swimming, roller-skating and sunbathing. Muscle Beach is a special area where fanatic bodybuilders pump iron. California’s governor, our all favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger used to be one of the regulars here during the 70s.

Major attractions:

  • Take the boardwalk
  • beach recreation center
  • Abbot Kinney BLVD
  • Venice Beach Canals
  • Explore the Mosaic Tile House

04. Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Top 10 Best City Beaches in the World, Ipanema
Ipanema; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

There is a famous bossa nova song named, “The Girl from Ipanema”. Probably that made the city beach a bit more popular. Ipanema is a beautiful city beach in Rio de Janeiro with miles and miles of pure white sand. There are two spectacular mountains called the Dois Irmãos to the west side. In the local language, it means actually two brothers.

The place can become crowded especially on the weekends and of course during the holidays. Many locals flock to Ipanema Beach from the suburb of Ipanema.

Major attractions:

  • Dois Irmaos (Two Brothers) mountains
  • Go To The Hippie Market
  • Join Surfing
  • Try the restaurants and bars

03. South Beach, Miami

Top 10 Best City Beaches in the World, South Beach
South Beach; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

There was time before Miami Vice, the South Beach was a place where crime kept residents indoors at night and hotels left mostly vacant. But very soon, in the late 1980s, a TV show helped to begin a renaissance in this beautiful city beach. Today South Beach is the most popular and richest area of Miami Beach.

Travelers can enjoy here, hip clubs and wild nightlife as well as its famous art deco design anytime.

Major attractions:

  • Art Deco Historic District
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Everglades National Park
  • Bayfront Park
  • Explore the Jungle Island
  • don’t miss the Coral Castle

02. Waikiki Beach, Honolulu

Top 10 Best City Beaches in the World, Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach; image credit en.wikipedia.org

If you are trying to think about something in Hawaii, then it must be Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach that comes at first sight. The magnificent views of the volcano Diamond Head and cloud-free climate, the beach is one of the most popular vacation destinations for almost all the world.

Also to be noted, it is also by far the most crowded with high-rise resort hotels all along the beachside. Waikiki is a good place for learning how to surf as the waves are quite gentle here.

Major attractions:

  • Pearl Harbor
  • USS Arizona Memorial
  • Diamond Head State Monument
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
  • Koko Crater Railway Trail
  • Bishop Museum and Planetarium

01. Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Top 10 Best City Beaches in the World, Copacabana
Copacabana; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

Located right in the center of Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana is probably the most famous and best city beach in the world. You can count it as the best tourist destination in Brazil. This particular beach area is surrounded with the wonderfully rich setting of monolith mountains and sea. The spectacular Sugarloaf Mountain are seen cascading right down into the Atlantic Ocean.

Copacabana beach is about 4 kilometers long with plenty of hotels, shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs along its sidewalk. You can definitely find something always going on during the day and night. Probably the beach offers the best of the non-stop party atmosphere.

Major attractions:

  • Climb the Morro do Leme
  • Explore the Arpoador
  • Take an early morning walk along the beach

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