August 3, 2010, Updated September 24, 2012

National Geographic Magazine ranked Tel Aviv ninth on its list of “Top 10 Beach Cities,” describing it as “the Miami Beach of the Mediterranean.”

The magazine that has been “inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888,” writes: “Call it Miami Beach on the Med. Tel Aviv is the Dionysian counterpart to religious Jerusalem. In the ‘bubble,’ as Tel Aviv is known for its inhabitants’ tendency to tune out regional skirmishes, some restaurants, discos, and clubs are open until dawn.

“By day, the scene shifts to the city’s promenade and eight miles of beach literally steps from town.”

The magazine recommends that its readers travel to Tel Aviv, visit the “wide and sandy” Gordon Beach and have a drink at one of the seaside cafes there, or take a dip in the nearby saltwater swimming pool.

Barcelona was ranked the world’s best beach city. Cape Town, South Africa came in second, and Hawaii’s Honolulu was rated third. Vancouver, Canada was ranked the world’s 10th best beach city, coming in right after Tel Aviv.

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