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View Poll Results: Best major waterfront city in Latin America
Havana, Cuba 5 17.86%
Panama City, Panama 3 10.71%
Caratagena, Colombia 1 3.57%
Salvador De Bahia, Brazil 1 3.57%
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 11 39.29%
Balneario Camboriu, Brazil 1 3.57%
Montevideo, Uruguay 2 7.14%
Buenos Aires, Argentina 4 14.29%
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Old 04-04-2019, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I've only been to two cities on the list - Rio & Salvador. All of Brazilian city beaches are great.

But, RIO...is world-class. The best three city beaches in the entire world are Rio, Tel Aviv, and Sydney.

The above list, I've never even heard them considered as one of the best city beaches, but Rio is up at the top of every list with the other two I just mentioned.
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Old 04-14-2019, 07:40 AM
 
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Well a water front does not necessarily entail a beach!

Not at all!

That is why I chose Buenos Aires. Someone in the thread previously said that Buenos Aires has turned it's back on the river.

Historically that was true. But since the revelopment of the Puerto Madero ( the old dock lands), it has become one of the most successful examples of a rejuvenated water front. This success is reflected in the high cost of real estate in Puerto Madero.

I have only been to Rio and Buenos Aires, and Rio made me realize I am not a tropical beach person.

The layout of Puerto Madero (with the diques flanked by high rises on side and the old city on the other) really impressed me and I felt safe walking there alone day and night.

I didn't feel safe in Rio alone.
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:23 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Cancun, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Nassau, Bahamas
Miami, Florida
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:57 AM
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Forgot San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

While it is true in Santo Domingo itself its not very beachy, near the city to the west and east are some nice beaches (within an hour or so). Some very touristy, but most have only a few people. Also the city is open to Caribbean Sea with multiple shades of blue, except in rainy season when a good chunk is brown. Also other beaches on the Spanish side of the island are easy to get to and have few people or are deserted. Some parts of the city are visible in Google Street View.

San Juan has many beaches along city and surrounding suburbs. Some are touristy and some have few people. All open to different shades in Atlantic Ocean. Many beaches on the main island and nearby islands are easy to get to too. All parts of the city are visible on Google Street View.
All photos are from Google Street View.

Here is a sample of Santo Domingo´s waterfront. It doesn´t look like it in the photos, but in real life the Caribbean Sea it´s multicolored. You will also notice the streets are devoid of cars because the person taking the photos decided to go out when traffic is light, but most times traffic is very active in those roads. The traffic lights are mostly bent, like in Spain. In the late afternoon and evening it fills up with people walking, jogging, riding bicycles, friends enjoying a night out, and families enjoying the sea breeze and strolling along.














And San Juan´s waterfront. Most of SJ´s is hotels and apartment buildings, but in some areas you can see the Atlantic Ocean. Passes through the richest areas in SJ. You can feel Spain and the US along the waterfront of SJ.












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Old 04-24-2019, 08:18 PM
 
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Above too devoid of people to be of any interest to me. Where's the vibe ?
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Old 04-25-2019, 11:12 AM
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I think the explanations are very clear.

Its obvious by how the sun is hitting everything that Santo Domingo’s shots were mostly in the early morning and probably on a Sunday to boot. That’s the Caribbean Sea and looking towards the south (Venezuela is reached going southwest and Colombia southeast from SD). Even through out the day it looks like that, just a lot more traffic. The people come out walking and such in the late afternoon and evenings, even on weekends. It gets very lively in the evenings.

In SJ the people spend most of the day in the beach near the Atlantic Ocean, as it can be clearly seen in the photos. Most of the coast is a beach lined with apartment buildings and hotels. You don’t really see the main roadway in the photos (ave Ashford), but its much more alived than SD during the day. In the evenings it gets more lively.

The rest of the costal cities on both islands are too small or don’t have all the bars and restaurants to make the malecón more livelier than SD or SJ, the exception being Puerto Plata on DR’s Atlantic coast where it gets lively, but not line SD. Santiago would had been a nice coastal city, but that its inland. It takes 2 hours to reach the nearest beach from there. You have to cross the Northern Mountains to reach the beach from there.
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Old 04-29-2019, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Formerly NYC by week; ATL by weekend...now Rio bi annually and ATL bi annually
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Voted my current home of Rio but Cabo Frio and Buzios are right there...
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Old 04-29-2019, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Formerly NYC by week; ATL by weekend...now Rio bi annually and ATL bi annually
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I've only been to two cities on the list - Rio & Salvador. All of Brazilian city beaches are great.

But, RIO...is world-class. The best three city beaches in the entire world are Rio, Tel Aviv, and Sydney.

The above list, I've never even heard them considered as one of the best city beaches, but Rio is up at the top of every list with the other two I just mentioned.
The only beach I dont care for in Rio is Red Beach...Cariocas like it for obvious local reasons....but most Cariocas like to go to Buzios...
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