The city had a tropical, [...] feeling to it.

I thought of the word beachy but I worry people will confuse it with the other similar-sounding word.

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    What attributes of the beach are you looking for? There are many. I'm afraid any word meaning simply *beach-like" is going to miss your point. A desert island beach evokes different images compared to a beach resort. Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 4:10
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    Canis seems to have the fundamental point down here: context matters. Are you trying to connote relaxed, airy, aloof, humid, etc feeling... which brings one to the analysis of "feeling" -- are you telling the feeling or showing? In non-fiction, telling will work, sometimes in fiction telling will work, oftentimes, though, showing is the more effective means of expression. Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 5:25
  • what about relaxed, resort-like, holiday, ... or similar adjectives you would indeed use for "beach"
    – Fattie
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 8:22
  • First, it is important to know if it has a beach-like feel to it (because it really has beach) or (although it has no beach). Which is the present case?
    – Kris
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 18:07

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The city had a tropical, beach-like feel to it


"Littoral" describes something of the part of the sea close to the shore and has a more professional sound.


Perhaps you might go with "seaside" which carries many of the connotations, but might be too broad for your needs.

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