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Old Yesterday, 07:38 PM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Originally Posted by Bradpaisley94 View Post
Yes, Honolulu. I have not been but I’ve heard that it has good beaches, some rain forest and volcano close by. But, what do I know. What does Hobart have to offer?
Virtually all the birdlife in Hoholulu is invasive non-native species, with the native Hawaiian species nearly extirpated. So, in fact, may be the worst city in the world to see natural populations of native birds.

Generally speaking, American cities are just about the best in the world for the abundance, variety and observeability of birds. Standing out among them are Miami, Tucson and Duluth.

In a first visit to most American cities it would be easy for an experienced birder to see 20 species in a day, most of the year. But in over a year in Cebu, Philippines, I haven't seen 20 yet, all year.

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Old Yesterday, 08:54 PM
Location: London, UK
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Super Gringo's report on Santa Marta; Aus/Canada/US mix.

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Old Yesterday, 09:10 PM
Location: London, UK
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TY + Felipe from Colombia's report on Playa Cristal, Santa Marta. Frequently a top 10 rated beach in the world.

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Old Today, 04:18 AM
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Santa Marta has to be pretty close to if not at the top. Just amazing.

In terms of GAWC rated places, I went through to the ones that I felt really could be "elite" out of that group. Latin America in general does VERY well.

N/A (though with that said, London and New York are VERY underappreciated and underrated here IMO

Hong Kong (The immediate setting's splendor is just unreal, maybe unmatched almost.)
Sydney (Just a really, really photogenic and nature friendly place, for being such an important global center)
Tokyo* (Close to Pacific, relative proximity to Japanese Alps/Fuji puts it here)
(Hong Kong, Sydney were surefire. Tokyo makes it barely, based on region and great city parks/gardens. Dubai could potentially make it too, based on tastes, Beijing would be a strong candidate with better AQI.)

Milan (nothing much right around it, but regionally, VERY VERY strong.)
Los Angeles (I'd call this a slam dunk. Impressive climate and variety of stuff)
Mexico City (Very biodiverse, very mountainous surroundings, some GREAT city parks/boulevards)
Taipei (Not gonna do bios for each one, but this one is a standout I think)
(Jakarta and Melbourne have a lot of potential here, too)

Shenzhen (I just assume Guangzhou and Shenzhen have at least somewhat similar settings to HK, based on pictures)
Bogota (another Colombian powerhouse)
Dublin (very underrated I think)
Santiago (outstanding mountain surrounds)
San Francisco
Other Wildcards: Johannesburg, Vienna, Lisbon, Manila, Rome

I think these are all pretty good places to visit a city and experience nature though honestly, I think that can be said for almost anywhere. If I had to narrow this list down to 5 major cities?

1. Hong Kong
2. Los Angeles
3. Taipei
4. Santiago
5. Barcelona
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