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Top 10 Beach Cities

Tel Aviv, Israel
Call it Miami Beach on the Med. Tel Aviv is the Dionysian counterpart to religious Jerusalem. In the “bubble,” as it’s known for its inhabitants’ tendency to tune out regional skirmishes, some restaurants, discos, and clubs are open until dawn. By day, the scene shifts to the city’s promenade and eight miles (13 kilometers) of beach literally steps from town. Head to wide and sandy Gordon Beach to sit in a seaside café or take a dip in the saltwater pool.

World's 10 best beach cities

The sybaritic sun-worshipers at National Geographic have combed the globe, searching for the cities most defined by their beach lifestyle. Tough work, but someone's got to do it.