An activity-lover's idyll, Jericho is great if you just want to putter along the beach, clamber over driftwood and catch stunning views of downtown. It's popular with locals on summer evenings, so expect impromptu but civilized beach gatherings where discreet coolers of beer may appear. Talk nicely to folk with your novel foreign accent and they'll likely invite you over.

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