Brighton beach is "better than Dubai, Miami and Barcelona"

British city beach features in the top five in the world

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Brighton beach has beaten those in Barcelona, Dubai, Miami, and Vancouver to secure the position of fourth best city beach in the world.

According to CNN, Ipanema beach in Rio De Janeiro is the best city beach in the world, followed by, Bondi beach in Sydney and Waikiki beach in Honolulu.

CNN said: "Brighton's proximity to the British capital has earned it a reputation as a kind of "London-on-Sea."

"Yet while some apply the soubriquet derisively, the town's fusion of hip urban energy and fresh sea air acts as a tonic to any traveler and commuter ills.

"The beach, which is mostly shingle down to the low tide mark, is a far cry from the paradise cliches -- this is England after all -- but it resonates charm and pulses with energy, especially on rare sunny days.

"Arcane British seaside traditions such as stripy deckchairs, sticks of rock candy and fairground rides abound, but Brighton Lanes -- a maze of quaint streets and alleyways crammed with independent shops -- are a stone's throw away."

CNN gave a lowdown of the pros and cons of the popular seaside town.

Brighton was granted 5/5 for food/drink and the party factor.

CNN said: "London of the sea" is blessed with a superb eating and drinking scene"

"Great nightclubs and music venues and frequent appearances on the beach by big names make Brighton popular with music fans."

The beach received 4/5 for visual stimulus.

"Brits aren't slow to strip off at the first glimpse of sun, so there's plenty of flesh on parade during summer. Brighton's (stony) naturist strand was the first official clothes-optional beach in Britain."

And it received 3/5 for both cleanliness and safe swimming.

"Although considered clean by British standards, Brighton doesn't have a Blue Flag -- official recognition by the international Foundation for Environmental Education of "super clean" status."

"The beach slopes sharply into the sea at high tide."

9 of the world's best city beaches

  1. Clifton Beaches (Cape Town)
  2. Ipanema Beach (Rio De Janeiro)
  3. Bondi Beach (Sydney)
  4. Waikiki Beach (Honolulu)
  5. Brighton Beach (UK)
  6. Barceloneta Beach (Barcelona)
  7. Jumeirah Beach (Dubai)
  8. Miami Beach (Miami)
  9. Kitsilano Beach (Vancouver, B.C.)


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