They are cities that pull double duty for sun-thirsty lovers of culture: Beach cities in destinations that offer surf and sand but also have compelling stories to tell.
If you're the type of restless vacationer looking for a destination that can reconcile world class entertainment with beach life, check out Hong Kong's Repulse Bay Beach.
It's a waterfront respite from the frantic pace of Hong Kong life that simulates the illusion of a tropical getaway with blue waters lapping up onto pale soft sand beaches.In pics: Miami Beach: picture postcard of American urban beach escape
The cove is walled by 1,300-foot mountains (396 meters), luxury residential apartments and draws huge crowds for offering a safe and clean beach destination.Meanwhile, a pair of 15-feet statues (5 meters) of Taoist gods Tin Hau (the Queen of Heaven) and Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy) stand guard over the beach as permanent residents and remind visitors that they're still in Hong Kong.
When they've had their fill of vitamin D, sunbathers will also head over to The Repulse Bay, a colonial-style shopping arcade, where they'll sip on tea at the Pacific Coffee Company.