The world is huge

Don't miss any of it

Travel news, itineraries, and inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.

By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.


The World’s Best Coastal Cities, Ranked

Discover what makes these waterside cities better than most. While their pristine waterfront location sets them apart from other urban areas, their cultural, economic, and recreational characteristics also contribute to their popularity.

These rankings are from Chicago Line Cruises’ world rankings which are based on a city’s Mercer Quality of Life Ranking (rankings based on political, economic, environmental, health, education, and transportation factors), Euromonitor Ranking (rankings based on tourist traffic), Numbeo Basket of Goods (the total amount for a pair of jeans, bottle of water, movie ticket, and a kilometer taxi ride), as well as cultural elements like arts and architecture, music, nature, sports, and dining.

More from SmarterTravel:

Don't Miss a Trip, Tip, or Deal!

Let us do the legwork! Sign up for our free newsletter now.

By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

We hand-pick everything we recommend and select items through testing and reviews. Some products are sent to us free of charge with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions and do not accept compensation to review products. All items are in stock and prices are accurate at the time of publication. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

Top Fares From