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Top 10 Beach Cities

Santa Monica, California
With 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) of broad, sandy beaches, a fresh ocean breeze, and progressive vibe, Santa Monica has long been a magnet for the Hollywood set. In the 1920s, movie moguls and starlets partied at Club Casa Del Mar; today, celebrities dodge the paparazzi at the Shutters on the Beach hotel. Join a volleyball game, look for sea lions, or just watch the Pacific rollers crash on the beach.

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.