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Top 10 Beach Cities

Honolulu, Hawaii
Once an idyllic retreat for 19th-century Hawaiian royalty, Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach is now chockablock with resorts, some of them historic like the 1901 Moana Surfrider Hotel. The long, rolling breaks are ideal for novice surfers, but most beachgoers here are happy basking in the temperate, turquoise blue Pacific and killer views of the Diamond Head crater.

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.