Man-made beaches show that you really can beat mother nature at her own game. Locations around the world have managed to replicate the soothing qualities of the coastline, providing people with luxurious remote getaways. We spoke previously about man-made islands, but now we’re about to bring you some of the world’s most picturesque artificial beaches.
Larvotto Beach, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo’s Larvotto Beach is one of the world’s most glamorous beaches. Crowds of people flock to the pebbly sand to experience life on Larvotto beach, which stretches over 400 metres below a promenade. It was constructed after WWII and has calm, shallow waters. The beach was created to an offer first-class experience for visitors and to match the high standard of urban development planned for the area at the time. It is the only public beach in Monaco, attracting international visitors all over the world, including the rich and famous.
Sunny Beach, Shanghai, China
During the warmer months, Sunny Beach along Shanghai’s South Bund-side strand is open to the public. The beach offers glorious views of the city’s Pudong district, a sprawling area of skyscrapers and family attractions. Sunny Beach is part of the government’s masterplan to attract more people to the South Bund. This area of the city has undergone renovations, with the bund section getting a £280 million restoration back in 2010. Sunny beach may not be as impressive as other man-made beaches around the world, but it’s a great attraction in Shanghai.
Paris-Plages, Paris, France
The Paris-Plages was created in 2002 to enable people to lounge in the sun right in the heart of the city centre. Every summer, artificial beaches are laid along the banks of Seine, and along the Bassin de la Villette. Roadways on the banks are closed off to accommodate the sandy beaches and the various activities. 3,500 tons of sand, 50 palm trees, 550 deck chairs, and 450 parasols are used every year to create this waterfront retreat.
Odaiba Beach, Tokyo
Odaiba Beach is a part of the large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, which sits across the spectacular Rainbow bridge. Visitors can take the monorail from the Yamanote Shinbashi station to get to Odaiba beach. Although swimming is prohibited, there are plenty of attractions in the surrounding area, such as the Tosa Museum and Ryoma Statue. Odaiba itself was built in the 1850s for defensive purposes but expanded in the 20th century to become a major commercial and leisure centre. Alongside Odaiba Beach, there are three other artificial beaches in the bay, including two in the Kasai Rinkai Park area, which overlooks Tokyo Disneyland. Odaiba will also be one of the venue locations in the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics.
Artificial Beach, Male, Maldives
The island nation of Male has an artificial beach named “Artificial Beach”. The name may not leave you reeling with excitement, but the beach’s not-so-natural beauty most certainly will. The beach is a haven for the local people as well as travellers. It has become popular for its wide range of entertainment activities, which include live shows and different kinds of water sports. There is also plans to develop a second artificial beach in Male’s western waterfront. It is to be developed as a recreational area, with cafes, a waterfront promenade, as well as a beachfront park.
These stunning man-made beaches are unique in their own way, but they all offer a tranquil escape for people in bustling cities and urban locations. Having been created with astonishing attention to detail, these man-made beaches.
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