(CNN) -- Stressed colleagues, traffic jams, pollution.
We're all familiar with the undesirable qualities of city life.
So thank the gods of urban planning for the occasional sandy edge.
There are some cities where worker drones can strip off the suit and tie, jump into shorts or a bikini and enjoy a day with their toes in the sand without having to leave the urban perimeter.
By talking with our well-traveled friends and colleagues, collating data from tourism authorities and using our own experiences, we've put together a list of what we think make up 9 of the best city beaches in the world.
No doubt you've got your own.
We'd love to hear about them in the comments.
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1. Ipanema Beach (Rio De Janeiro)
Ipanema was famed long before Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim composed their 1962 ode to one of the "tall and tanned and young and lovely" females that still throng the beach.
"The Girl From Ipanema," however, perfectly encapsulates the eternal allure of the 1,600-meter-long, 90-meter deep stretch of white sand.
Majestic granite peaks create a spectacular backdrop while the Cagarras Islands in the distance offer a counterpoint to the brillian