There is nothing quite like hitting the beach to relax. Most people think the only way to have an enjoyable day at the beach is to run away from the closest city and hit a small rural town because that is where all the good beaches are. Well, that is not always the case. Actually, some of our big cities are home to some of the best beaches in the world, you just have to know the right beach in the right city. We talked to our colleagues and put together a list of our favorite beaches which just so happen to lie in some of the biggest cities in the country. So zinc up that nose, pull out the boogie board and prepare to do some deep-wave dancing.

 

Miami Beach, Miami
This is an obvious first choice for the list because Miami is one of the few cities where you think about the beach before you think of the buildings. No matter what you’re looking for you can find it at the beautiful Miami Beach. You can either party amongst your peers or enjoy a beach that is buzzing with energy, or you can head up to the north side where you can really stretch your legs out and have some more space to yourself. Miami Beach is iconic and once you see it you’ll understand why. Miami is definitely a special city and a big reason is because of the breathtaking Miami Beach.

 

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
Honolulu is a big city, but this city happens to be in Hawaii so it makes sense that it has a very popular beach within the urban area. That beach is known as Waikiki and it brings in tourists all around the world. You can surf, paddle board or just relax on the sand all up and down this marvelous beach. Hanging out around here can tend to get a bit crowded since this beach is so popular but it is so beautiful you will hardly notice all the people. Honolulu is a super fun city to explore but don’t forget to stop by Waikiki.

 

Santa Monica State Beach, Los Angeles
Everyone knows this beach because of the remarkable Santa Monica Pier. The giant Ferris wheel is iconic and you probably have seen it in television and movies. Nothing compares, however, to see it in real life. Tourists and locals alike flock to Santa Monica State Beach to enjoy the waves and all the fun family games located on the pier. If you get bored on the beach then you’re only a short walk away from awesome shopping at the 3rd Street Promenade.

 

Revere Beach, Boston
Named after Paul Revere, the Revere Beach has a history to match this great American icon. This sandy spot is the oldest public beach in the country, so maybe this is where Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, and friends would go to hang-ten. This beach is not usually over-crowded so you can really enjoy the Atlantic here as well as exploring the history. Bring a metal detector and who knows, you might find one of Benjamin Franklin’s beer steins. You probably won’t, but it never hurts to try!