Sydney Australia City By Sea

How many of you dream about living by the sea one day?

Waking up to an endless blue landscape has been scientifically proven to be good for your health, but for many of us, we live in cities far away from the sea.

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Luckily, there are plenty of amazing cities by the sea - guaranteed to keep the beach bum and the city girl in you satisfied.

Which one should you live in? Read on and find out...


We’d be surprised if you were ever short of things to do in Barcelona.

There are loads of cultural attractions, delicious tapas and sangria, and the nightlife is capable of putting most European cities to shame. The beaches are just a nice, sandy bonus.

The calm Mediterranean sea might not deliver the surfable waves of the Spanish north-west coast, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had - windsurfing, kayaking, beach volleyball…

Plus, the azure waters of the Costa Brava is just an hour away, if you fancy going scuba diving.

Vancouver City Beach

Imagine this – sun is shining, it’s lunch time and you’re on your way out of the office for your lunch break. Where do you go?

If you were a Vancouverite, the answer would be the beach.

English Bay lies right by the high-rise buildings in the west end of the city, so you would actually have to stop yourself from gazing at the ocean all day and posting too many #blessed pics on Instagram.

Close by, there's also Kits Beach, named one of the top 10 city beaches in the world by National Geographic.

It’s also the sportiest in town with 10 tennis courts and two basketball courts that can be used for free, two city parks and the largest saltwater swimming pool in the country.

Bikinis at the ready... Go!

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Quite possibly the most glamorous beach city in the world, Nice is the perfect European location if you want sea and sun with a side of French sophistication.

In the Promenade des Anglais, which fringes the beautiful Bay of Angels, you can walk, cycle or rollerblade up and down for miles, all while taking in the revitalising scent of fresh maritime breeze.

Out of the 35 beaches in Nice, 15 are private so we recommend you find yourself some important friends (or just go to the other 20 that are just as lovely - yeah, that's probably easier).

Extra bonus: you won’t be more than an hour away from snow in the winter.

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Home to one of our favourite Brazilian surfers Maya Gabeira, Rio is a colourful and vibrant city.

There are street vendors selling fresh coconut water, delicious caipirinhas in every bar and 25 miles of shoreline.

From busy Copacabana to the more glamorous Ipanema beach, get your bikini on and enjoy the carioca lifestyle.

If you're feeling adventurous, hang gliding is guaranteed to give you bragging rights for at least a year.

Copenhagen Water

There’s a reason why Copenhagen is called the capital of happiness. Although we can’t scientifically prove it, their proximity to the sea has to be involved.

The water is usually too cold for a dip but you can still cycle by the shore, and get some rays come summer.

Bonus points – everyone is obsessed with pastries. Join the locals and queue for a fresh cup of coffee and delicious wienerbrød.

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Maybe not one for the sandy beaches lovers, but we think Brighton's cosmopolitan vibe more than makes up for the rocky walk to the sea.

Beach goers have a great time here, day and night. When the sun is shining, go kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.

Come night time, enjoy a pint under the moonlight or explore the buzzing nightlife.

Brighton is only an hour away from London, so you can always pop back if you're missing big city life.

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Los Angeles’s beachside city, Santa Monica, has nearly 300 days of sun a year – not bad, eh?

Everyone is obsessed with wellbeing and staying active here. Try beach yoga, cycle the South Bay Bicycle Trail that fringes the Pacific coastline, or skate down towards Venice Beach.

The surf spots around here are legendary. Wave riders have been enjoying Santa Monica’s waves since the beginning of the 20th century.

Plus, we hear the sunsets are especially Instagram-worthy.


In Cape Town, there's a beach where you can hang out with penguins. We’re sold.

But sunbathing in the company of cute animals isn’t the only thing to keep you occupied around here.

Cape Town is actually one of the world’s top watersports destinations, offering you the chance to go windsurfing, kiteboarding, surfing and stand up paddleboarding.

Heaven is complete with a visit to Cape Town’s winelands. Get ready for a mouth-watering selections of wines, cheeses, chocolates and olives.

Honolulu Hawaii

If you've ever picked up a surf magazine, then you'll have dreamt about one day visiting Hawaii.

Honolulu, the capital of this Pacific island, has everything you could want - turquoise waters, mountains, waterfalls and palm trees – without leaving the cosmopolitan buzz behind.

Hanauma Bay is especially good for snorkelling, but you can practically do anything here that's related to water.

It's also worth hiking around the Koʻolau Range for a non-aquatic adventure and great views of the city.

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We could move to Sydney just for the cool, laid back vibe of Bondi beach.

The world-famous beach is just 20 minutes away from the centre of the city, so a dip in the Pacific after work could be real life. Imagine carrying your surfboard around instead of an umbrella…

From May to early October, whales usually stop by on their migration route, so this is your chance to catch a first-hand viewing.

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Hong Kong might be best known for its frantic city life, but there’s much more to it than just tall skyscrapers.

Not far from the downtown business areas, there are golden sand beaches where city slickers relax during the weekend.

Go for a jog or stroll with a seaside view at the Seaview Promenade, which runs for nearly a mile.

Love seafood? There are plenty of open-air restaurants by the beach to chose from. Just follow the smell of delicious barbecued fresh prawns, squid and fish.