Are you a city dweller looking for a coastal vacation? Look no further. These oceanside towns offer the best of both worlds— bustling city centers and picturesque beaches. Grab your passport and pack your bags, because these seaside towns will give you a serious case of wanderlust.

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Catalina Island, California

Located off the coast of southern California, Catalina Island is home to botanical gardens, warm beaches, and some of California’s best seafood. Just an hour away from Los Angeles by ferry, the island makes for a great day trip, or a fun weekend getaway. Before you leave be sure to visit Casino Point Underwater Park for diving and snorkeling. The clear water and magnificent sea life offer some of the best underwater views on the West Coast.

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Positano, Italy

This historical cliffside village is one of the most enticing destinations on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Ancient roman ruins and mediterranean style houses dot the streets, while crystal clear water and seaside restaurants attract visitors to its pebble beaches. You may even spot a celebrity during your visit— Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Jordan, and Vanessa Hudgens are just a few of the stars that have taken a holiday to this dreamy destination.  

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Hvar, Croatia

Visit Croatia’s most popular island to see stunning waterfront promenades, classic croatian architecture, and a centuries old seaside fortress. The city’s nightlife attracts visitors across the world— beach parties, terrace bars, and dance clubs make for the ultimate night out in Hvar, and provide a perfect opportunity to meet other young travelers from around the globe.

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Robin Hoods Bay, United Kingdom

This beachside town may not be the best for swimming or tanning, but it’s charming neighborhoods and rich history make it worth the trip. Located on the United Kingdom’s Dinosaur Coast, ancient fossils hide within beach cliffs, while local folklore haunt the cobblestone streets. Feeling brave? Take a stroll through the victorian neighborhoods to hear tales of local legends and mysteries on one of the city’s ghost walks.

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Reine, Norway

With a population of 329, this small fishing village resembles a scandinavian fairytale. Located in Norway’s Lofoten archipelago, snowy mountains and dramatic fjords surround the seaside town. Kayak the Reinefjorden in the summer, or watch the Northern Lights during the frigid winter— despite the arctic forecasts, the spectacle attracts photographers and tourists from around the world.  

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Cádiz, Spain

Developed as a port city in southwestern Spain, Cádiz’s affluent culture creates the perfect destination for any travel enthusiast. Castles, museums, and cathedrals attract locals and tourists alike, while surfers and swimmers roam the beach. The seafood and wine from this region are phenomenal, so be sure to arrive with an appetite. Nothing says vacation like shrimp fritters and garlic fried prawns.

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Bonifacio, France

Wander Bonifacio’s harbor to find fishing boats, castle views, and oceanside bistros. The sleepy beach town sits on a cliff overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, and offers the best that the mediterranean has to offer. Snorkeling, yacht rides, and wine tasting? Bonifacio’s got it all.  

 

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