Grab your sunscreen and bikinis and head to the sunny shores of the following 10 best cities for swimming in the world that offers plenty of spots for taking a dip and shaking off the heat with the locals:
10. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
From Rio’s first in a string of Atlantic Ocean-facing beaches – Copacabana and Ipanema, to more secluded and slightly lesser-known stretches of sand, like Prainha Beach – Rio de Janeiro in Brazil offers some of the best beaches in the world that are great for anyone looking to shake off a night on the caipirinhas (Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar and lime).
9. New York, United States
The New York City is blessed with some superb beaches, outdoor pools, essential for anyone during the sweltering summer months. In other words, New York City has all the characteristics that make up a perfect city beach and then there are more than 50 from which to choose.
The city’s most popular beaches include the Rockaway Beach (Queens), Coney Island (Brooklyn), Jacob Riis Park Beach (Queens) and Brighton Beach (Brooklyn) offers up fun for all ages, between a large stretch of sand, a lively boardwalk, rides and games and the world’s best hot dogs around at Nathan’s.
8. Berlin, Germany
Berlin might be a long way from the sea but it offers more than 100 beautiful lakes for you to chill out. Shaded by trees or with sand underfoot, the lakes are preferred summer hang out for city-dwellers.
Some of the best-known lakes in the city include – Lake Wannsee which is located on the southwest of Berlin and is the most popular beachfront in the city. Other famous lakes include Liepnitzsee, Müggelsee, Krumme Lanke and Strandbad Orankesee.
7. Biarritz, France
In France’s Atlantic coast, the beautiful sandy beaches of Biarritz, along the Bay of Biscay (about 800 km from Paris and near the border of Basque Country, Spain) are hugely popular with surfers thanks to their mellow, safe-for-beginners waves.
But even for those who want a less strenuous time at the seaside, Biarritz’s six beaches offer plenty of variety for those looking for a great place to relax, take a dip or simply soak up the rays.
Other famous beach location includes Deauville Beach in Normandy, Antibes, and Les Calanques de Cassis that offer Majestic cliffs, warm, sandy, easy-to-walk-on beachfront and exceptional flora and fauna that allows nature lovers to make the most of a wide range of activities.
6. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is surrounded by a stunning coastline that offers a variety of beautiful sandy beaches. These beaches extend along four very different coastlines, which range from unspoiled surfing beaches and packed with great tourist facilities.
Sintra beaches located in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is the best beach around Lisbon. It is never as crowded as its neighbors two popular beaches – Praia das Maçãs (Apple Beach) and Praia Grande and it is decorated with huge rocks and caves that only add to its natural beauty.
5. Sydney, Australia
Around 100 beaches are speckled around the Sydney harbor and along the coast, both north and south of the Harbour Bridge. Among the best is the Manly Beach – a pleasing place to catch a wave or simply to people-watch.
Other famous beach locations around Sydney include Australia’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach, Tamarama Beach, and Bronte Beach – that offers a protected ocean swim and is regarded as one of the best in Sydney.
4. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver’s beaches are some of the best in the world; boasting golden sand, incredible mountain and city backdrops, plus plenty of opportunities for outdoor sports from running and biking routes to kayaking. It also has the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path known as Stanley Park Seawall, that extends from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks Park.
English Bay Beach, also called First Beach is located in the West End on the edge of the Seawall. It is the epitome of an urban beach: luscious sand and sunbathers on one side of the street, restaurants, and shops on the other. It’s also one of the best beaches for swimmers. Other great beaches in Vancouver include Kitsilano Beach, Spanish Banks Beach, Jericho Beach and Wreck Beach.
3. Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong isn’t all banks and skyscrapers. There are plenty of great beaches to swim, sunbathe, surf and windsurf on. This includes Cheung Sha and Pui O beaches that have the longest stretches of sand in Hong Kong, ringed by peaks, located on Lantau Island. There are also Thai-Chinese and African eateries nearby, where most of the ingredients are grown in its garden.
Other great beaches include Tai Long Wan beach that offers pristine sands, decent waves and fresh currents – perfect for experienced swimmers. Turtle Beach and Cheung Chau Windsurf Beach and Centre are also worth visiting.
2. Copenhagen, Denmark
In Copenhagen, you are never far from a beach and during summer you can also go for a swim in the many centrally located harbor baths. Amager Beach Park offers 4.6 kilometers of white sand beach and is one of the best spots to spend the long Copenhagen summer days and bright evenings.
Harbour bath Islands Brygge offers sand, sweaty beats and drinks. With open-air swimming right in the center of the city – you’ll get a chance to meet local families with children, beach boys and regular swimmers alike.
Bellevue beach – is located 10 kilometers from downtown Copenhagen and is very popular with locals during the summer months. Other great beaches around Copenhagen include Kastrup Sea Bath (Kastrup Søbad), Hellerup beach and Harbour bath Sluseholmen – that offers a small but beautifully designed area with swimming facilities in the southern part of Copenhagen’s harbor.
1. Zurich, Switzerland
Whether you’re looking to swim yourself fit or simply escape the summer heat, nothing beats a refreshing dip in the open air of Zurich. Dive into some of the amazing rivers, lake and outdoor swimming pools that has loads of options for front-crawlers and pool-posers alike, many of which are located in the middle of the city, making it easy to beat the heat in minutes.
Seebad Enge located on Lake Zurich offers more than swimming. With an Alpine panorama experience in every season, you’ll also get swim coaches, yoga classes, a beautician, sauna and music concerts too!
Flussbad Oberer Letten is a hang-out for Zurich hipsters and offers wooden panels of the right bank, among numerous other outdoor activities and bars.
In summer, the Dolder’s public pool and mini golf course are a top spot to enjoy the great outdoors and are a popular attraction for families. Freibad Allenmoos and Strandbad Mythenquai is a popular summer spot with sparkling, clear water of the Lake Zurich.