Oceanside Cities that Offer More than a Beach

When most people think of vacation, they think of ocean waves, warm sand, and lots of sunshine. The beach has an amazing effect of calming our nerves, relieving anxiety and tension, and making us forget our worries. But if you’re traveling on your honeymoon or with kids, you may want to be able to step away from the beach and have some fun. We’ve assembled a list of destinations throughout the world that offer the best of both worlds.

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Miami, FL

Miami is known for its nightlife. Eat dinner on the waterfront and then go for drinks on one of their many rooftop bars! Learn how to dance salsa in one of the nightclubs in Little Havana. Visit the Everglades, Sea-quarium, Alligator Farm, and many museums around town!

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is known for its architectural opera house, but it also has some pretty amazing beaches! Stop by Bogni Beach to see their white sands and take in the views on the Bogni to Cognee trail along the coast. Then visit downtown to see a performance at the Opera House and the wildlife at the zoo!

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Los Angeles, CA

You can’t visit Los Angeles without seeing the Hollywood sign, Walk of Fame, and Malibu and Venice beaches! Go shopping on Rodeo Drive and catch a taping of your favorite show. Visit Disney and the Griffith Observatory and be sure to stop by the Santa Monica Pier!

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

See the famous Christ the Redeemer by helicopter or visit it in person. Take a tour through the rainforest. Live out famous songs like The Girl from Ipanema and Copacabana by visiting the respective beaches! Walk through the colorful and eccentric neighborhood of Santa Teresa.

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town offers dozens of gorgeous beaches and scenic views. It’s best known for Table Mountain – one of the 7 wonders of the world! Explore caves, natural pools, and nature reserves and be sure to visit Muizenberg beach, whose colorful changing rooms are often seen in movies!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Relax on Kite Beach or get the best view of the city on the Burj Khalifa observation deck! To get away from the city scene, visit the historic district of Al Fahidi or ride a camel through the desert! Then, grab a bite on Palm Jumeirah – the manmade island shaped like a palm tree.

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Barcelona, Spain

Parc Guell has one of the best displays of Antonio Guadi’s architecture and is a must-see! For more art, stop by the Picasso museum, then do some shopping in the La Rambla district. Visit the Gothic Quarter for dinner and drinks and dig your feet in the sand at Barceloneta or Nova Icaria beaches.

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Charleston, SC

A bit closer to home is the coast-side city of Charleston! Known for its southern charm, you can visit multiple plantations or Fort Sumter! Get some sun on Folly Beach, do some shopping in the city market, or get lost down scenic side alleys to see gorgeous, old-world architecture!

Istanbul • Image by Şinasi Müldür from Pixabay

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul has a lot of history yet is exploding with excitement! It has a lot to offer, from shopping, dining, and nightlife in Taksim square to the ancient ruins of Constantinople. Visit the many incredible mosques, catch a concert at True Blue beach, or go for a boat ride in Golden Beach!

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong has one of the most vibrant cultures in the world! Visit the bustling city to see the view from Victoria Peak, shop the street markets, and taste authentic Chinese food. Be mindful at the Big Buddha statue or relax at Shek O beach. You can even stop by Hong Kong Disneyland!

We don’t doubt that the ocean is one of the most relaxing, peaceful, and tranquil places to visit on vacation. But if you want to experience a variety of views, activities, and atmospheres, check out one of these Oceanside cities on your next trip! We’ll help you figure out exactly which one is right for you.

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