Best Beaches Near International Business Hubs

Who says you can’t mix business with fun? From the sunny beaches of Miami to the non-stop party town of Rio, if you find yourself in one of these international cities on business, don’t forget to take some time for yourself to work on your tan.


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Miami, Florida

Miami-Dade County is now home to over 1,200 multi-national corporations with dozens of foreign consulates. The city attracts business people from Europe, South America, Asia and particularly Central America yet hasn’t sacrificed its reputation for the best beaches in the United States. Miami is considered the banking capital of the U.S., with international banks offering everything from fixed rate bonds to foreign exchanges and currency.

South Beach offers the true Miami experience where topless sunbathing is allowed  and the beach itself is broken up into many areas with a number of paved pathways, volleyball nets and never-ending sun. Haulover Beach is another good choice if you want to try your hand at water sports during your trip, enjoy a barbeque or just lounge by the water.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio is growing more every year as a major hub for international business with the business district sitting right on the mouth of beautiful Guanabara Bay. A number of state-owned companies like Petrobras made Rio their home and it began attracting even more business after the capital was moved to Basilia in 1960.

Almost 3 million visitors from around the world travel to Rio each year to enjoy their world-famous parties and beaches and you can join them, even if you are just in town for a few days on business.

Seoul, Korea

Seoul is quickly growing as a major business hub, contributing 21% of the country’s GDP with only 0.6% of their total land area and a huge concentration of international corporations, including Citigroup, Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse.

While the city itself is landlocked, the best beaches along Korea’s West Sea are nearby. The closest beach to enjoy is Eurwangni Beach, near Seoul and the International Airport with boat rentals and fishing. You can also visit Muchangpo Beach, which is famous for its Miracle of Moses, which occurs two times a month as the tides create a part in the sea, allowing you to walk to an island just off shore.

Dubai, United Arab Nations

Dubai has emerged as the leading business hub in the region and transformed from an oil-dependent state to a focus of international trade, tourism, manufacturing and banking. This global city and cultural hub has attracted the world’s attention with its innovative construction, including the world’s tallest building, but it also has some of the region’s most magnificent beaches to check out during your trip.

Consider staying at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, with a long beach, luxury accommodations and a world-class restaurant. Most of the beaches in Dubai belong to the hotels and resorts, although there are a few public beaches, too, like Jumeirah Beach Park. This is one of the most popular public spots right on Beach Road with brilliant golden sand and gently swaying palm trees — the perfect little getaway from a day filled with work.

1 Comment

  1. Great list! I love going to conferences in Miami. I always try to stay a couple extra days to enjoy the beach there.

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