Yes!!! Durban has done it again!
We are so proud of our beautiful city of Durban, as it makes another International Top 10 List. Durban has been named a Top 10 Oceanfront City by National Geographic.
The Top 10 Oceanfront Cities is a feature which is part of National Geographic’s “World’s Best Cities”.
Recently Durban has racked up the following awards:
– Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel in Durban uMhlanga Rocks Drive, won the coveted award for the Best Luxury Boutique Hotel in the World, in the “country” category at the recent World Luxury Hotel Awards held in Cape Town.
– Earlier this year, Durban made it to number seven of the prestigious New York Times “52 Places to Visit in 2015” list – an annual poll that names the world’s top destinations.
– Durban also ranked the highest in South Africa in the Mercer 2015 “Quality of Living” survey.
We are thrilled that Durban is finally getting the international recognition that it deserves.
Here is the full Top 10 Oceanfront Cities List:
1. Tel Aviv – There’s plenty of room for beach bathing in this modern Israeli city on the Mediterranean. The historic port of Jaffa has found new life in recent years with a vibrant gallery, café, and restaurant scene.
2. Tallinn, Estonia – From its picturesque perch on the Baltic, this is one of the most intact medieval towns in Europe. Visitors love to wander Old Town and explore Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, an interactive maritime museum with ships and a submarine to explore.
3. St. John’s, Canada – With Irish folk music floating from seafront bars, Newfoundland’s largest city feels more like Dublin. But when icebergs float into the harbor and whales spout offshore, the city struts its own frontier personality.
4. San Diego, California – While surfers hit Pacific Beach for some of the best wave riding this side of Maui, others wander the boardwalk, stopping at shacks for fresh fish tacos. A bit south, cruise ship visitors wander a strikingly clean downtown and tour the 1945 World War II U.S.S. Midway, the country’s longest-serving aircraft carrier.
5.Marseille, France – This historic port city has long served as a crossroads between continents, a case made by its stunning new Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, a giant box covered with latticework. Rooftop seating offers views of the passing parade of yachts heading out to sea.
6. Perth, Australia – Western Australia’s largest city sits on the edge of the continent, taking full advantage of its Indian Ocean roost. From Marmion Marine Park, it’s easy to spot Australian sea lions, bottlenose dolphins, and migrating humpback whales.
7. Brisbane, Australia – Laid-back Brizzie offers the best of both worlds: a sophisticated global city with easy access to beaches, rain forests, and even the world’s first koala preserve. Visitors cruise the Brisbane River, explore the South Bank parklands, and take in the cosmopolitan panorama on the towering Story Bridge climb.
8. Durban, South Africa – The continent’s busiest seaport blends African and Indian cultures and influences in its beaches, restaurants, and spectacular seaside promenades.
9.Vladivostok, Russia – Russia’s remote window to the Far East is home to the country’s Pacific Fleet, which visitors can see while walking along Golden Horn Bay. It’s also the terminus for the famed Trans-Siberia Railway, which links it to distant Moscow, more than 5,000 miles (8,047 km) away.
10.Portland, Maine – This lively but laid-back city boasts both top-end galleries and waterfront lobster shacks. But perhaps nothing speaks to its nautical heritage more than the postcard-ready Portland Head Light, authorized by George Washington.