I do get a lot of questions about which places I would recommend for certain types of activities. We recently started a series for Digital Nomads, but I soon felt we needed to expand on that to:
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Coffee
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Food
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for City Beaches
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Sightseeing
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Temples & Pyramids
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Honeymoon
- My TOP 10 Places to Travel for Nature
My TOP 10 Places to Travel for City Beaches
Cities and beaches rarely go together. The sheer amount of people often leads to pollution and degradation of beaches, but that is not always necessarily so. Some cities offer both a wonderful urban environment and a clean beach.
Where else in the world do you have a major, first world city right behind some of the world’s best waters? People make fun of Waikiki, but it is one of the best city beaches (if not the best) on the planet.
Not my favorite city for a longer stay and also the beaches are polluted. But still, it is so scenic and the beaches are an integral part of Rio culture – it’s amazing!
In Tel Aviv it’s all about the beach during the summer; it is where the social life is. Tel Aviv isn’t cheap, but its beach and the many original restaurants around Jaffa are great places.
While the water is usually too cold, Cape Town is so scenic that it makes up for that shortcoming. The beaches are also clean and safe in most areas (although watch out for sharks).
Perth is a fantastic, underrated city by the beach. It is usually hot in the city but the ocean waters stay cool year round. The water and air are incredibly clear and the many city waterways encourage you to hit the beaches.
Santa Monica is world-famous for a reason – the beach is awesome! However, the water is usually not clear and cold water makes swimming a test of strength.
Not exactly a major city, but the Zanzibar capital has beaches that are so close to picture-perfect that it belongs in this list.
Mombasa has flawless beaches just outside the city. However, it is so dangerous at the public beaches that I wouldn’t go back without an armed security guard. Welcome to Kenya, everyone!
I know what you’re gonna say – there is no real beach in Singapore. Sure, but Sentosa Island has been developed in such a magnificent way that it’s almost like a real one. The water is still too muddy to swim in and it can be crowded, but Singapore has come a long way!
This is a BIG maybe… There is a wonderful, long stretch of beach along the tropical Atlantic. However the locals have managed it so badly that it’s now beset by sharks. Instead of adding shark nets, people have just stopped going into the water. That is just silly and will hopefully change soon.