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Beach destinations for people who don't like the beach

By: Josh Lew on June 15, 2014, 12:08 p.m.
A crowded day at Bondi Beach in Australia, with houses in the distance

Photo: John [CC by SA-2.0]/Flickr

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More than sand

For many people, the ideal vacation involves the beach. These warm-weather tourists think sunshine, white sand, cocktails in coconut shells and clear water make a perfect holiday. But what if you don’t see it that way? What if you're one of those people who thinks of the beach as a place for sunburn, toe-searing sands and skin-drying salt water? Or maybe you’re not so negative. Perhaps you think an afternoon on the beach is fine. But a weekend or a full week? Boring. If you like your beach-going in smaller doses, there's hope for you. Here are eight beach destinations that are ideal for people who don't like the beach. The other attractions in these places will make your seaside holiday not only palatable, but downright enjoyable.