4. Sydney, Australia.
Most visitors flock to join the burnt backpackers and territorial surfers on world-famous Bondi, but the surrounding Eastern Suburbs beaches of Bronte, Tamarama, Clovelly and Coogee exude a more relaxed, local vibe – on weekdays, at least. On the north side of Harbour Bridge, Manly is the party hub, while keen surfers should check out Freshwater, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Narrabeen and Warriewood. Discover more about Sydney in the GuidePal city guide.