Three City Beaches: combine a city break with sun and sea
Combine two experiences in one summer holiday with these three city-side beach destinations
Published 12 June 2012 in Travel Articles
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
If the city’s beach seemed a little busier than usual recently it was probably because Madonna was in town with her entourage of 70 people to kick off her world tour. They would probably have headed for Gordon beach because this is the place to be and to be seen for young Israelis. Six miles of white sand runs from Old Jaffa to the northern part of the city and the locals love it. One of the landmarks of the beach is the Gordon swimming pool by the marina overlooking the Mediterranean. And for those of more modest aspirations there are two options: The Hilton beach has a closed off section and the Separated Beach to the left of Metzitzim is popular among the religious.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Dubbed Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) this Brazilian icon is famed for its samba sounds that reverberate throughout its cafes to a backdrop of green forests and its enchanting mountain formations. And perhaps most importantly for some, it is home to the Maracana, the largest football stadium in the world. But, anyone who has seen Rio’s beaches will tell you that they are indeed exquisite. The most popular and frenetic are Copacabana, Leblon and its adjacent twin, Ipanema (bet you are tapping your toe right now to the tune of the Girl from Ipanema). For a relaxing moment you can sit back, preferably with a coconut juice to hand, and watch the sun-worshipers top up their tans or frolic in the turquoise waves.
You can’t ignore the beach at Miami. It is one of the most popular spring break destinations in the world for the affluent young in search of a spot of hedonism. Expect lots of boozing on the beach in March. But otherwise you can get rid of jet-lag by joining the early risers as they exercise on the boardwalk. It skirts the seven miles of sand down to South Beach (nicknamed SoBe) where you can see pastel facades in the Art Deco District as seen in Charlie’s Angels. By the way, Miami beach is not actually part of Miami — it is its own municipality located east of Miami and Biscayne Bay, a barrier island connected to the city of Miami by a series of bridges.
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