City beaches: 9 of the best urban shores around the world

Story highlights

  • Crystal waters, awesome local food and great views set these city beaches apart from others
  • The turquoise waters of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu are good for snorkeling
  • Ipanema Beach offers great restaurants and a party vibe

(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 nine of the best city beaches in the world:

    1. Ipanema Beach (Rio De Janeiro)