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Brighton beach in top ten alongside Rio

The Argus: Brighton seafront in the summer Brighton seafront in the summer

With its lumpy pebbles and variable weather Brighton and Hove is not what most holidaymakers would imagine for their ideal beach paradise.

But according to travel experts our stony shoreline is the match of Rio, Miami and Sydney.

Lonely Planet has named Brighton and Hove among the top ten cities with brilliant beaches in the world, alongside some of the most exotic and sun-baked of destinations.

The guide described the beach as perfect for “midday sunbathing or midnight partying” – even though it has pebbles and not sand.

Figures from the city’s tourism body Visit Brighton show the beach is a big draw for the city, with nearly three-quarters of visitors going there as part of their trip.

Businesses along the city’s seafront were quick to agree even on days like yesterday, when beachgoers were huddled together for warmth in temperatures hovering at 4C – while in Cape Town sunseekers basked in 26C sun.

Laurence Hill, the manager of the Fortune of War pub in Kings Road, said the seafront had improved a lot in recent years and was now cleaner and had better facilities.

He added: “Obviously the weather is a bit better in Rio but there’s a great atmosphere on the beach even during the winter. It would be fantastic if they could take some of the stones away and put in some sand instead.”

Ruth Lewis, the artistic director at Daniel Laurence Home and Garden in Kings Road Arches, said: “Is it as good as Rio or Sydney? It depends on what you like.

"I love the changes of the seasons here, which you wouldn’t get in those other places. It’s just a really nice beach. It is used every day of the year.”

Geoffrey Bowden, the chair of the city’s economic development and culture committee, said credit for the accolade should go to Visit Brighton and the beach’s seafront team.

He added: “For the city’s beaches to be placed alongside those of Rio, Barcelona and Sydney shows the unique positioning and branding we have achieved globally as a tourist destination.”

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11:00am Fri 18 Jan 13

Fairfax Sakes says...

Its true Brighton might not have the weather, or the Brazilian babes...or the sand....or the crystal seas...but on a good day in summer it does have great party atmosphere that nowhere else in Britain can rival. There ha sot be SOME reason we put up with all the other cr*p!
Its true Brighton might not have the weather, or the Brazilian babes...or the sand....or the crystal seas...but on a good day in summer it does have great party atmosphere that nowhere else in Britain can rival. There ha sot be SOME reason we put up with all the other cr*p! Fairfax Sakes
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11:28am Fri 18 Jan 13

Number Six says...

No weather, no Brazilian Babes, no sand, no crystal seas but it can have a party atmospher but only on a good day. What did Shakespeare say about damned with faint praise?
No weather, no Brazilian Babes, no sand, no crystal seas but it can have a party atmospher but only on a good day. What did Shakespeare say about damned with faint praise? Number Six
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11:37am Fri 18 Jan 13

derekhunt says...

When it says it compares favourably to Sydney – I can believe it if it’s talking about Bondi. Bondi beach is actually a horrible overcrowded mess.

I love Brighton but top 10 in the world? I’m not so sure
When it says it compares favourably to Sydney – I can believe it if it’s talking about Bondi. Bondi beach is actually a horrible overcrowded mess. I love Brighton but top 10 in the world? I’m not so sure derekhunt
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11:45am Fri 18 Jan 13

Mark63 says...

Really? Even when its overcrowded with chavs and beer swilling louts? I've always thought that B&H has the ability to be more like Monte Carlo, but instead the vision is chips, hen nights and extortionate parking costs... Top 10 in the World.... hmmmm
Really? Even when its overcrowded with chavs and beer swilling louts? I've always thought that B&H has the ability to be more like Monte Carlo, but instead the vision is chips, hen nights and extortionate parking costs... Top 10 in the World.... hmmmm Mark63
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12:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13

lordenglandofsussex says...

It can't match Miami and Rio for crime - but it is getting there!
It can't match Miami and Rio for crime - but it is getting there! lordenglandofsussex
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1:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Bubs says...

Ummmm, a little bit of wishful thinking and a large dose of over active imagination in this reporting - but why let the facts get in the way of a good story?
As far as I can see Lonely Planet hasn't rated Brighton one of the top 10 beaches in the world. It has just witten a piece on 10 cities by the beach that you could visit! Please correct me if I am wrong.

Here is what it actually says:

"10 cities with brilliant beaches:
If you’re thinking about your next getaway but aren’t sure whether to take a city break or a beach holiday, then we may have the answer. These sunny cities sit conveniently on the coastline, meaning you can take your city break with some sunbathing on the side."

Read more: http://www.lonelypla
net.com/spain/barcel
ona/travel-tips-and-
articles/76442#ixzz2
IKqR0ZQl
Ummmm, a little bit of wishful thinking and a large dose of over active imagination in this reporting - but why let the facts get in the way of a good story? As far as I can see Lonely Planet hasn't rated Brighton one of the top 10 beaches in the world. It has just witten a piece on 10 cities by the beach that you could visit! Please correct me if I am wrong. Here is what it actually says: "10 cities with brilliant beaches: If you’re thinking about your next getaway but aren’t sure whether to take a city break or a beach holiday, then we may have the answer. These sunny cities sit conveniently on the coastline, meaning you can take your city break with some sunbathing on the side." Read more: http://www.lonelypla net.com/spain/barcel ona/travel-tips-and- articles/76442#ixzz2 IKqR0ZQl Bubs
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4:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

larsjohansson says...

Brighton is a great beach, stones a disadvantage except easy for a quick sunbath (no sand to wash off.

Chavs - only in August and some weekends (just avoid town center beach and the one next to Pier).

Brazilian babes - if very sunny, Brighton has many walking around in thong bikinis AND many Spanish, Italian and Eastern European babes in thongs topless- that beats Rio anyday
Brighton is a great beach, stones a disadvantage except easy for a quick sunbath (no sand to wash off. Chavs - only in August and some weekends (just avoid town center beach and the one next to Pier). Brazilian babes - if very sunny, Brighton has many walking around in thong bikinis AND many Spanish, Italian and Eastern European babes in thongs topless- that beats Rio anyday larsjohansson
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6:51pm Fri 18 Jan 13

larsjohansson says...

But not as good as Copenhagen beaches with beautiful sand
But not as good as Copenhagen beaches with beautiful sand larsjohansson
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7:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

And on the beaches in Brighton its only the 'males' that have had a 'brazilian' for prancing around in their disgusting speedo's hahahahahahahahahaha
And on the beaches in Brighton its only the 'males' that have had a 'brazilian' for prancing around in their disgusting speedo's hahahahahahahahahaha imnotpc
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8:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13

jc897 says...

Wow, took a long time for this to get to the Argus. The lonely planet article was published two years ago!
Wow, took a long time for this to get to the Argus. The lonely planet article was published two years ago! jc897
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8:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Nosfaratu says...

jc897 wrote:
Wow, took a long time for this to get to the Argus. The lonely planet article was published two years ago!
Thats because it's total rubbish. I could name 20 beaches in the UK that are better.
[quote][p][bold]jc897[/bold] wrote: Wow, took a long time for this to get to the Argus. The lonely planet article was published two years ago![/p][/quote]Thats because it's total rubbish. I could name 20 beaches in the UK that are better. Nosfaratu
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9:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Seagulls2 says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
jc897 wrote:
Wow, took a long time for this to get to the Argus. The lonely planet article was published two years ago!
Thats because it's total rubbish. I could name 20 beaches in the UK that are better.
...but this is about beach cities - not seaside resorts and beaches...
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jc897[/bold] wrote: Wow, took a long time for this to get to the Argus. The lonely planet article was published two years ago![/p][/quote]Thats because it's total rubbish. I could name 20 beaches in the UK that are better.[/p][/quote]...but this is about beach cities - not seaside resorts and beaches... Seagulls2
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5:37pm Sat 19 Jan 13

DCCCCCC says...

Ha ha ha ha ha, Ha ha ha ha ha, thats funny. Brighton Uk? What a joke.
Ha ha ha ha ha, Ha ha ha ha ha, thats funny. Brighton Uk? What a joke. DCCCCCC
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8:32pm Sat 19 Jan 13

timmys1981 says...

derekhunt wrote:
When it says it compares favourably to Sydney – I can believe it if it’s talking about Bondi. Bondi beach is actually a horrible overcrowded mess.

I love Brighton but top 10 in the world? I’m not so sure
Would be great if we had chav eating great whites too
[quote][p][bold]derekhunt[/bold] wrote: When it says it compares favourably to Sydney – I can believe it if it’s talking about Bondi. Bondi beach is actually a horrible overcrowded mess. I love Brighton but top 10 in the world? I’m not so sure[/p][/quote]Would be great if we had chav eating great whites too timmys1981
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5:58pm Sun 20 Jan 13

aBloke says...

well that completely discredits Lonely Planet - anyone that thinks that Brighton beach is in the top 10 city beaches in the world has got something wrong with them (or has only been to 9 rubbish beaches)
well that completely discredits Lonely Planet - anyone that thinks that Brighton beach is in the top 10 city beaches in the world has got something wrong with them (or has only been to 9 rubbish beaches) aBloke
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