cities / towns The Best Beach Cities in the World

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Located in various countries around the world, the best beach cities each have something special that makes them a favorite for residents and visitors alike. Be it the beach lifestyle enjoyed by residents or the relaxed vibe in the air loved by visitors, these beach cities are the best of the bunch. These are the worldwide cities that are home to the best beaches in the world, and are known for their great beachy atmosphere and laid back style.

These attractions could easily be among the Frommer's top destinations or someone's top 10 places to visit in the summer, because who doesn't want to lie by the beach all day long? The weather is nice in these areas and the water is always blue. There's also plenty to do around the beaches--it is a city after all.

The top beach cities in the world stretch from the United States with choices in Florida, California, and Hawaii to locations in Australia, Canada, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and South America.

Regardless of the country, these beach locations are adored by all who have the pleasure of visiting and as long as they maintain their special characteristics, they will remain among the top beach cities in the world.
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3 people just voted on San Diego


San Diego is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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Located In: California, USA

Area (km sq): 964.51

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#3 on The Best Beaches in the US

#69 on The Best Tourist Attractions in America

#10 on Where to Find the Best Pizza in America

#10 on Cities That Should Have a Basketball Team

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Honolulu


Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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Located In: Hawaii, USA

Area (km sq): 177.2

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#2 on The Best Beaches in the US

#13 on Cities That Should Have a Basketball Team

#13 on Cities That Should Have a Baseball Team

#4 on The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

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4 people just voted on Rio de Janeiro


Rio de Janeiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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Located In: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Area (km sq): 1260.03

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#87 on Cities with the Best Sports Teams

#36 on The World's Best Cities To Eat Well

#19 on World's Best Cities To Eat Well

#8 on The Top Party Cities of the World

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Monterey


Monterey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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Located In: California, USA

Area (km sq): 30.47

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#97 on The Best Tourist Attractions in America

#20 on The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

#77 on The World's Best Cities To Eat Well

#44 on America's Coolest Cities

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Boracay


Boracay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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Located In: Aklan

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2 people just voted on Barcelona


Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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Located In: Catalonia, Spain

Area (km sq): 101.9

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#7 on The Best European Cities to Visit

#13 on Cities with the Best Sports Teams

#6 on The Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

#9 on The Best Cruise Destinations

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Cancún


Cancún is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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Located In: Quintana Roo, Mexico

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#19 on The Best Cruise Destinations

#23 on The Best Cities to Celebrate an Anniversary

#78 on The Best Destinations for a Beach Wedding

#52 on The Top Party Cities of the World

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Cannes


Cannes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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Located In: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Area (km sq): 19.62

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#44 on The Best European Cities to Visit

#16 on The Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

#19 on The Top Must-See Attractions in France

#5 on The Best Mediterranean Cruise Destinations

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