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15 Best Artificial Beaches In The World (PHOTOS, POLL)

First Posted: 08/09/10 09:01 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:15 PM ET

Unfortunately, not everyone can have the luxury of experiencing a day at the beach. But for those bound in some remote, landlocked location there's hope! If you can't go to the beach, then you'll just have to have the beach brought to you. These man-made coasts are some of the most expensive beach get-aways you'll find. So here they are, our top 15, an admittedly synthetic alternative to the real thing, but better than no beach at all. (Add your choices to the slideshow!)

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  • Odaiba, Tokyo

    People enjoy the beach at the Odaiba shoreline on May 31, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Odaiba is a large artificial island on Tokyo Bay. During the 1990's the island was developed into a major commercial, leisure and tourist hub. The island has the closest seashore accessible from the metropolitan area of Tokyo, attracting many visitors looking to enjoy the beachside atmosphere. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • Paris Plage 2013

    (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

  • Hamburg, Germany

    Local residents relax at the beach club "Strandpauli", an artificial beach in a former parking lot on the banks of the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany, Tuesday, July 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer)

  • Shanghai

    People enjoy themselves in a pool at a man-made beach at South Bund on July 27, 2011 in Shanghai, China.

  • Spree River, Berlin

    People swim in the pool and lay out on the beach setup on the River Spree in the German capital.

  • South Bank Parklands, Brisbane, Australia

    Streets Beach sits on the Brisbane River and is topped with 70 tons of sand every year to maintain its condition.

  • Artificial Beach, Mexico City

    This beach in the Mexican capital smack in the middle of the country was created by authorities for relief from sweltering temperatures.

  • Larvotto Beach, Monaco

    As the only public beach in Monaco, Larvotto Beach maintains its tranquil surf with massive boulders and concrete jetties placed in front of the preexisting sea-front.

  • Artificial Beach, Male, Maldives

    While the beautiful beaches in the Maldives thrive in abundance, there is no such luck for people in the capital city of Male. But the creation of Artificial Beach provides an opportunity for Maldivians to enjoy a good swim during summers. As its popularity continues to increase, carnivals, parades and music shows have begun to be conducted here.

  • Rome

    Tourist sunbathe on an artificial beach on the banks of the Tiber river in Rome, back dropped by St. Peter's Basilica, in Rome, Monday June 20 , 2005. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Sun City, South Africa

    The Sun City Resort near Johannesburg is the South African answer to Las Vegas. The glitzy establishment offers a variety of gambling amenities as well as wave pool where guests can enjoy a day at the beach.

  • Simon Bolivar Park, Bogota

    Children play at an artificial beach in the massive Simon Bolivar park.

  • Antofagasta, Chile

    People enjoy an artificial beach at night--perhaps to avoid UV rays?--in Antofagasta, some 830 miles north of Santiago.

  • Tropical Sands Resort, Germany

    (PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images)


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