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Rio, Miami, Barcelona Best-of Urban Beaches in the World

Miami Beach

itineraries-miami-for-first-timers-452x406The fair of Art Basel (December) and the visit of MoCA, one of the most dynamic in the US contemporary art museums are a noble excuse to take the kids on the marshes of Florida and offer a UV shoot in Miami Beach. Populated by Cuban and Caribbean, but also Jewish retirees (it has a Holocaust memorial), rappers (the Weasel resides), actors (De Niro, Mickey Rourke …) and jet-setters (Julio Iglesias …), the city of Miami Vice Experts and remains a tropical paradise for vacationers, despite a recent outbreak of skyscrapers. Coconut palms, turquoise lagoons where the warm sea lapping winters to over 20 degrees recall that Miami is the first milestone in the archipelago of the Key Islands, vacationer Eldorado United States. To the point that its beaches form a separate city, bringing together under the name of former Miami Beach islands and marshes dried up.

After the walk on Ocean Drive, the waterfront bling and trendy further south, rich in beautiful art deco villas (including one where Gianni Versace lived), you must walk the endless beaches of Miami Beach, backed by an avenue of shops and lively restaurants. Often equipped with volleyball, they are closely monitored by a colony of lifeguards scattered fun booths. Most idyllic beaches of these took the name of Crandon Park. 5 miles long, it is located on an island, Key Biscayne (De Palma turned to Scarface), connected to the mainland by a bridge and has enough play areas to be tasted family.

Rio de Janeiro

beach-vacationsThe black and white curves of Roberto Burle Marx mosaic sidewalks beachfront Copacabana draw an invisible boundary between Rio. Two cities coexist, one is busy as any millionaire megalopolis residents, the other seething shirt and face an ocean with icy currents. The sea is deep and cold in Rio, these climatic shocks -a tropical heat breakthrough by more d- ocean currents that create intense lights rocks of Arpoador is observed. This ancient stronghold which only a few ruins mark the border between Copacabana and Ipanema.

Sociology beaches of Rio reflects the contradictions of contemporary Brazil beaches are public, but the sand remains divided society. We mark with numbering aid stations. This is from Posto 9 at Ipanema and Leblon beaches up, beautiful neighborhoods rendezvous, while Copacabana displays a decidedly popular pride. However, poor and rich remain equal in the simplicity of beach activities. Point champagne bar tropézien for millionaires. Any traditional social life is reproduced on the beach, including Masses and concerts. The combination of two major events -the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the Olympics in 2016- pushed the municipality to launch a plan to clean up the waters of all the lagoons of Rio. This is a major challenge for the city, maintaining healthy beaches in the environment of a region approaching 12 million.


barceloneta-beach-9763A small crawl in downtown? In terms of antics, Barcelona broad-minded, she has seen grow Gaudi and Miro … And who would visit the first Mediterranean port ignoring its base -the sea? The coastline juxtaposed vast avenues of sand where the water (hot in summer) and iodine based air pollution, haunting here. Populated by 1.5 million people who are all followers of the bath hot days, Barcelona is not the Seychelles paradise (almost) virgins are an hour’s train. Urban parenthesis on a hill dedicated to mass tourism, beaches, all accessible by subway, extend the spirit of the city in a stunning natural setting, and nightclubs (well-attended) never close. Swimmers, sunbathers, voyeurs nested within each other, around which humming merchants donuts, fortune tellers, living statues, institutional investors of tam-tam, future hopes of the song: the beach, here, brings everything that can result a country where one person in four is unemployed. In the same spirit, it is better not to forget his or her watch Hermes square diamond. But it is a pleasure to be in a group to watch the animation, to compete in volleyball (many devices) to take a dip (despite some jellyfish in summer, the water is pretty clean) to suck a mojito in countless “huts” (here called “beach bars”, they also serve grilled fish) and to offer a midnight swim out of box.

There are seven beaches in Barcelona, ​​and many styles. Naturists opt for Mar Bella, green gardens and sand very soft, also gay cruising spot and raves every Sunday. Very young prefer to show off their new iPad to Nova Icaria, near the Olympic Port, family beach fairly quiet and with excellent restaurants. Compressed plunge in San Sebastian, near the center, and where the view of the mountains is beautiful. Restless meet in Barceloneta, where the crowd is dense (many nightclubs), and fans Robinsons Nova Mar Bella, more eccentric.

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