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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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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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Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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21 people just voted on Honolulu


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Located In: Hawaii, USA

Area (km sq): 177.2

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#13 on Cities That Should Have a Basketball Team

#6 on US Cities That Should Have an NFL Team

#2 on The Best Beaches in the US

#13 on Cities That Should Have a Baseball Team

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Monterey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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Monterey


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Located In: California, USA

Area (km sq): 30.47

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#99 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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Rio de Janeiro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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18 people just voted on Rio de Janeiro


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Located In: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Area (km sq): 1260.03

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#88 on Cities with the Best Sports Teams

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

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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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Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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51 people just voted on Barcelona


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Located In: Catalonia, Spain

Area (km sq): 101.9

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#13 on Cities with the Best Sports Teams

#11 on The Best Cruise Destinations

#10 on The Best European Cities to Visit

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

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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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Santa Barbara


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Located In: California, USA

Area (km sq): 108.7

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#10 on The Best Beaches in the US

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

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

#18 on America's Coolest Cities

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San Sebastián is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
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San Sebastián


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Located In: Asturias, Spain

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