The Best of Both Worlds: Coastal Cities With Beautiful Beaches

Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida. Photo by aurora.kreativ on Unsplash

When it comes to travel, some locations are great for urban exploration, while others serve as ideal settings to relax. Those that can offer both are few and far between, but for times when we want to keep our options open, coastal cities make for an excellent solution. With all of the excitement and convenience of the city and the type of tranquil charm only the beach can provide, these cities have something for everyone, whether you’re planning a solo trip or struggling to agree on a destination with your travel companions. Here are a few especially worth the trip. 

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is one of the largest cities along the Mediterranean Sea and a prime example of urban life integrated seamlessly with a relaxed beach culture. With a rich cultural heritage and over 300 days of sunshine each year, the Catalonian capital is ideal for tourists looking to unwind, sightsee, and have fun in one place. Spend a few hours on Barceloneta Beach, check out the famous works of Antoni Gaudí, then end your day with some tapas and a pitcher of sangria around 10 p.m.—just as the locals do. 

Miami, Florida

Miami is well-known for its vibrant nightlife, but the city is also a hub of world-class food, distinctive architecture and postcard-worthy beaches. South Beach, recognizable by its iconic pastel buildings and crystal blue waters, is the perfect place to spend the day soaking up some sun before heading out to party at clubs like LIV, E11EVEN, and Story.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Another Mediterranean gem, Tel Aviv is home to a unique combination of beautiful beaches, contemporary art, and buzzing nightlife that sets it apart from other metropolitan areas in the region. The city has a diverse, yet laid-back culture that’s easy to enjoy against a backdrop of palm trees and Bauhaus architecture. Take a stroll along the Tayelet by Gordon Beach, sign up for a surf lesson if you’re feeling adventurous, then head to HaKosem to fill up on falafel.