Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Australians love their beaches, and for backpackers and billionaires, swimsuit models and surfers, Bondi Beach is the go-to stretch of sand. In the 'burbs four miles from downtown, this is where the party starts before it spills into the surrounding hole-in-the-wall bars and fancy seaside restaurants. It's also a popular place to learn to surf. Check out the live surf cam to see surfers at the beach's south end and swimmers in the calmer waters of the north end. Bondi's lifeguards, who make about 5,000 rescues each summer on this busy beach, are the stars of the Bondi Rescue Australian TV series.
What to Do: Wander the stalls of bohemian clothing and artwork at the Saturday Bondi Markets or shop for swimwear in shops along Campbell Parade. The Bondi to Bronte Coast Walk (two-and-a-half miles) leads to great views and coffee shops.