The 25 best waterfront cities to visit in your lifetime


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Perth, Australia, came in at eighth place.

Many of the world's most interesting cities are located right on the water.


Chicago Line Cruises recently compiled a list of the top 25 waterfront cities in the world, using Mercer's Quality of Living survey and Euromonitor's measures of international tourist arrivals. They also used Numbeo's "Basket of Goods and Services" tool, which allows you to compare total prices across cities. The total number they compared represents what it would cost to buy a new pair of jeans, a bottle of water, a movie ticket, and a one-kilometer taxi ride in each city.

Finally, they included a "wild card" factor for cities that offer a truly one-of-a-kind experience for travelers.

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