OK, maybe the Windy City isn’t best known for its beaches. But if it’s hot out and you have the afternoon free and clear, you can’t beat spending time on Lake Michigan. The most central beach is Oak Street Beach … It’s just a few minutes’ walk from the Magnificent Mile. My advice: use lots of sunblock and think about how cold the very same spot will be 6 months from now.
Australia’s most famous beach, Bondi, is also the closest to the city center of Sydney. Bondi is great, but my favorite is Manly Beach. The best way to get to Manly is via a 30-minute ferry from the city center. That’s the main bonus — you get to enjoy being on a boat in beautiful Sydney Harbour on your way there. Once there, you find yourself in an oceanfront resort town with restaurants, bars and hotels.
Tip: If you want to burn off some energy, do the walk from the Spit Bridge into Manly. It is a stunning trail that takes you along the spectacular rugged coastline of Sydney Harbour. Bring good walking shoes and water with you!
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