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The Best Beach Cities in the World

Updated June 14, 2019 3.2k votes 561 voters 55.1k views44 items

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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  • Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
    Photo: Anthony Quintano / Flickr
    • Located In: Hawaii, USA
    • Area (km sq): 177.2
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  • Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beach Cities in the World
    Photo: Moyan Brenn / Flickr
    • Located In: Catalonia, Spain
    • Area (km sq): 101.9
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    • Located In: Africa
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    • Located In: Western Cape, South Africa
    • Area (km sq): 2454.72
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