21 Beaches with the Warmest Water in the World
On a beach getaway, ice-cold waves are the last thing you want to worry about. Thankfully, you can expect bathtub-warm water at these destinations any time of year.
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Come on in—the water’s fine!
Everyone loves a fabulous seaside getaway, especially if it’s an affordable beach vacation. And if you’re looking for the best beaches, you probably have a few things in mind, like picture-perfect surroundings, sunshine, and a major dose of vitamin sea. But you know what puts a damper on a trip to the shore faster than just about anything else? Freezing-cold water. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic spots that have pleasantly swimmable tides all year round, so you’ll want to bookmark this list when planning your next trip.
From family-friendly vacation destinations like Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica to romantic escapes like Pemba Island, paradise awaits at these beaches with the warmest water in the world. All that’s left to do is pack a bathing suit and some sunscreen—no doubt your beach house rental, luxury hotel, or all-inclusive resort will provide the rest!
One important note: Before you book, make sure to double-check that everything you’d like to visit will be open once you arrive. Some attractions and events may still be closed or restricted due to the pandemic. Also check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for safety guidelines, restrictions, or other considerations while traveling, as well as specific requirements for individual hotels.
Jimbaran Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Jimbaran Beach is a lovely sandy stretch with tons of tasty seafood eateries. What’s more, you never need to worry about water temperatures dropping below 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Best for: Couples seeking a low-key sort of romance as well as surfers, jet-setters, and digital nomads (but that’s true of pretty much everywhere in Bali).
What to do: Travelers can frolic in the ocean, dive into delicious seafood, sign up for a surf lesson, or explore the nearby Kedonganan Fish Market.
Where to stay: Splurge on a stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. It’s an exceptional property that seamlessly blends Balinese traditions and posh, contemporary comforts.
Panga ya Watoro Beach, Pemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Part of Tanzania’s Zanzibar archipelago, Pemba Island is home to Panga ya Watoro Beach, where relaxation, jaw-dropping sunsets, and warm surf (79 to 84 degrees) go hand in hand.
Best for: Relaxation seekers and lovebirds
What to do: Sprawl out on your towel with one of the best beach reads and indulge in a few hours of sun-splashed R&R.
Where to stay: Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Aiyana Resort and Spa, the top-rated lodging on Pemba Island, is defined by exemplary service and candlelit dinners on the sand. It’s also right by Panga ya Watoro Beach.
Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Tamarindo exemplifies the spirit of Pura Vida with its laid-back vibe and gorgeous beach, Playa Tamarindo. The water temperature? Glad you asked. It rests right around 82 degrees year-round.
Best for: Jet-setters, Instagram influencers, surfers, backpackers, digital nomads, and couples
What to do: You could easily spend all day just chilling. Feeling adventurous? Book a surf lesson.
Where to stay: An eco-oriented seaside idyll beloved for its lush gardens and prime position right on the sand, Capitan Suizo Beachfront Boutique Hotel wows guests from all walks of life. If you can’t make it overseas right now, get a similarly intimate hotel vibe at one of these stateside boutique hotels.
Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
Negril has some of the warmest waters in the Caribbean, hovering between 80 and 84 degrees all year. As you make your way from the sprawling white sands to the turquoise sea, the calm tides will gently lap at your feet.
Best for: Anyone, whether you’re looking for R&R, adult nightlife, or family-friendly activities at an all-inclusive resort
What to do: Obviously, strolling on the pristine sand and swimming in the calm water is a must. Don’t forget to savor authentic Jamaican cuisine at the local restaurants that dot the shore.
Where to stay: Beaches Negril Resort and Spa is a great all-inclusive option in the Caribbean. With everything included—from food and drinks to activities—you can kick back and fully enjoy the chill island vibes.
Palolem, Goa, India
Many people refer to Goa as India’s coastal capital. It’s a well-earned moniker for a state with so many pretty beaches. Palolem’s exuberant atmosphere and warm water, averaging 82 degrees, draw millions of travelers each year. Plus, in contrast to pricier beach destinations, it’s a bona fide bargain.
Best for: Budget-minded travelers with a flair for the exotic
What to do: Enjoy an Ayurvedic massage, practice your downward dog right on the sand, listen to live music, or book a dolphin-spotting excursion.
Where to stay: You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy an ocean-view room at Art Resort Goa, known for its colorful, youthful spirit and beachfront setting. Here are more beautiful beachfront hotels you can actually afford.
Playa Juanillo, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The ocean off the Dominican coast is always warm—even at its coldest, it’s about 79 degrees. Hailed as Punta Cana’s most picturesque beach, Playa Juanillo looks like a postcard with miles of white sand, palm trees, and turquoise tides.
Best for: Lovers of all-inclusive resorts
What to do: Laze on a sun lounger, go for a dip, join a game of volleyball, grab some grub at a local beachfront restaurant, or try kiteboarding. It’s equally amazing for couples and families, depending on where you stay.
Where to stay: One of the top-rated Secrets Resorts in the world, Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa is quite literally Eden for adults. (That means no guests under 18 years old are allowed.) If you’re traveling with kiddos, we’d suggest reserving a room at the Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, a family-friendly all-inclusive that also appeals to couples and is just a five-minute walk from Juanillo Beach.
Isla Tierra Bomba, Cartagena, Colombia
If your dream getaway involves more culture than just lazing by the beach, jet off to Cartagena, where the ocean tides stay above 80 degrees all year long. After exploring the city’s UNESCO-protected colonial neighborhoods, hop on a boat and cruise to Isla Tierra Bomba, a lovely island with a stunning coastline and splendid views.
Best for: Couples looking for romance
What to do: You’ll need to take a boat to Isla Tierra Bomba, but it’s also lovely to embark on a scenic sail from the beach during sunset.
Where to stay: There are tons of fantastic accommodations in the city center, but if you want a proper beach getaway, it’s better to stay on Isla Tierra Bomba. We’re big fans of the beautiful and affordable Hotel Fenix Beach Cartagena.
Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
It’s no secret that Hawaii is a tropical paradise with countless sandy stretches. But few compare to Lanikai (which translates to “Heavenly Ocean”) Beach on the windward coast of Oahu. It’s ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States and has some of the warmest water, ranging from 77 to 82 degrees.
Best for: A relaxing family beach vacation
What to do: The calm, clear waters are ideal for snorkeling.
Where to stay: While there aren’t any hotels right on Lanikai Beach, Prince Waikiki is a terrific option that’s just 10 miles away in Honolulu. For other options in paradise, check out this list of all-inclusive Hawaiian resorts.
Surfside Beach, Aruba
No matter what time of year you visit Aruba, you can expect water temperatures around 80 degrees. Surfside Beach is a favorite among Oranjestad locals and travelers alike since it offers exciting views of the airport less than two miles away.
Best for: Families, groups of pals, and cruise passengers on shore excursions
What to do: The warm, flat, shallow Caribbean Sea provides perfect conditions for snorkeling. Surfside Beach also has plenty of space to sprawl out with friends or family and have a picnic under the shade of palm trees.
Where to stay: Playa Linda Beach Resort Aruba overlooks miles of Caribbean coastline, has a giant pool, and is just down the road from Surfside Beach. Or, you can check out one of these all-inclusive resorts in Aruba for bonus fun.
Unawatuna Beach, Sri Lanka
Unawatuna Beach is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. In this South Asian paradise, the warm water stays around 81 degrees in any season!
Best for: Bird-watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, and honeymooners
What to do: Bird-watchers can glimpse about 60 different species, and boat tours will bring you out for whale watching. Like peeping sea creatures? Consider visiting these beaches that have the clearest water.
Where to stay: CoCoBay Unawatuna is a secluded gem with romantic rooms featuring jacuzzis and ocean views.
White Beach, Philippines
True to its name, White Beach is covered in sugary sand. It’s also dotted with palm trees, so you can get some relief from the scorching sun without getting wet. That said, we seriously doubt you’ll be able to resist the allure of its warm water (79 to 84 degrees). You’ll definitely want to add these beautiful beaches without sand to your bucket list.
Best for: Budget-minded travelers who want to live it up on vacation
What to do: Be sure to kick back at the beach in the evening to see a jaw-droppingly beautiful sunset.
Where to stay: Henann Crystal Sands Resort rings in at under $100 a night—but you wouldn’t know that judging by its modern rooms, excellent dining, and spellbinding vistas.
Ponta Negra, Brazil
Near the city of Natal, the tranquil tides of Ponta Negra rarely, if ever, dip below 79 degrees. That’s good news for travelers keen to jump right into the water in the nearest place to Africa of anywhere in Latin America.
Best for: Anyone looking for a relaxing getaway … with a touch of nightlife
What to do: Laze on the beach all day and soak up the rays. When the sun goes down, hit up a few of the lively bars in the area.
Where to stay: Ocean Palace Beach Resort and Bungalows is a sprawling property with tons to do, great service, and reasonable rates. What more do you need?
Smathers Beach, Key West, Florida
There’s a reason that snowbirds descend upon Florida in the winter. In Key West, you can expect 69-degree water even in January, and in the height of summer, it soars to 82 degrees.
Best for: Adults
What to do: Smathers Beach is the largest (and arguably nicest) stretch of sand in Key West. Swim, go for a leisurely walk, and grab a snack from one of the food trucks.
Where to stay: Orchid Key Inn exudes the laid-back ambiance and charm that makes Key West such a desirable destination. Just be aware that this amazing little island is geared toward adults, so leave the kids with their grandparents and enjoy a few days of grown-up fun. While you’re in the Sunshine State, you’ll also want to check out the best Florida beaches locals want to keep secret.
Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE
Jumeirah Beach runs along the coastal area of the city and is one of the most visited beaches in Dubai for good reason. The waters of the Persian Gulf reach a steamy 93 degrees. Even in the winter, the thermometer doesn’t drop below 74 degrees.
Best for: Fans of glitz, glamour, white sand, and top-notch resorts
What to do: Build sandcastles, bring the kids to the playground, soak in the sea views, and savor world-class dining at the many restaurants along Jumeirah Beach.
Where to stay: With six pools, a world-class spa, and excellent restaurants, you’ll never want (or need) to leave the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Set on the west coast of Phuket—Thailand’s most popular tourist island—crescent-shaped Patong Beach lures millions of travelers with its golden sands and water that’s consistently between 82 and 86 degrees.
Best for: Partying!
What to do: Patong Beach is lined with restaurants and bars, nightclubs, and massage parlors. In short, the town is synonymous with nightlife. Booze-fueled revelry lasts from sundown to sunrise.
Where to stay: Situated just steps from the Andaman Sea, the 600-key Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort offers a great location, affordable rates, and contemporary comforts.
Makunufushi Island, Maldives
The Maldives doesn’t have a swimming season because the water is always warm enough (82 to 86 degrees) to dive right in and splash around. There are tons of gorgeous beaches, but we’re partial to the private island of Makunufushi.
Best for: Couples, especially honeymooners and those celebrating anniversaries
What to do: Soak in the luxury of staying on a private island. Kick back in a lounge chair with a tropical drink in hand.
Where to stay: Shack up at the only resort on this private island. COMO Cocoa Island is a bastion of pure bliss, where the delightful and doting staff cater to your every whim as you stare out at the gorgeous scenery from an overwater bungalow. Or for something a little different, you can book a stay in one of the most breathtaking underwater hotels in the world.
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Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
The crown jewel of Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay boasts powder-soft white sand and some of the clearest water in the entire world. Adding to the appeal of the turquoise tides? The temperature, which consistently hits the 83-degree mark!
Best for: Couples and families
What to do: With water this crystal-clear, snorkeling is a must! It’s also a great spot to go parasailing.
Where to stay: We love Grace Bay Club for its perfect blend of breezy island vibes and stellar service. Of course, the plush rooms with a view of Grace Bay certainly don’t hurt either.
Tulum—one of the most popular destinations in Mexico—has a magnificent palm-fringed, white sand beach that’s dotted with open-air hotels and restaurants. And the oh-so-blue water of the Caribbean Sea hovers around 82 degrees throughout the year.
Best for: Adults
What to do: After you’ve had your fill of salty ocean waves, seek out a freshwater cenote or rent a bike and ride over to the Tulum ruins. FYI, while you can bring the kids, there’s something distinctly adult about this Yucatán Peninsula gem, so maybe leave the little ones at home.
Where to stay: Barefoot luxury is the name of the game in Tulum. No place does that better (or looks more Instagram-perfect) than Ahau Tulum.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Often described as the most beautiful beach in the world, Matira Beach captivates all who step foot on its white sand. The shade-giving palm trees and warm, turquoise water (it rarely dips below 79 degrees) round out the dreaminess of it all.
Best for: Travelers who don’t mind splurging
What to do: Besides going for a swim, hiking the scenic trails, shopping, and hitting the snack bar, snap some photos to make friends and family back home jealous.
Where to stay: Perched on the east side of Matira Beach, the luxurious InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora boasts irresistible overwater bungalows. If heaven exists, we’re pretty sure this is what it looks like.
Turquoise Bay, Australia
Western Australia is blessed with an abundance of incredible beaches. Turquoise Bay in Cape Range National Park shines just a bit brighter than the rest. Its glimmering turquoise waters are the primary selling point. And they’re not just beautiful to look at—the tides reach 79 degrees during peak season, so they’re a delight to swim in too.
Best for: Everyone, whether you’re traveling solo, with your significant other, or with the whole family
What to do: Swimming and snorkeling are popular pastimes at Turquoise Bay. There’s also a spectacular scenic viewpoint.
Where to stay: Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Safari Camp channels that rugged spirit of adventure that’s so much a part of Australia while mixing in plenty of nice-to-have comforts that push it into the category of clamping.
Orient Bay Beach, Saint Martin, Caribbean
The Caribbean island of Saint Martin contains 37 square miles of sandy beaches with clear blue water that stays a balmy 80 degrees year-round, peaking at 88 degrees as August turns into September. Each beach has its own vibe, but glamorous Orient Bay Beach, known as the Saint-Tropez of the Caribbean, offers French flair, people watching, and fabulous hotels and dining spots in addition to the delightfully warm sea waters.
Best for: Vacationers who are all about the beach
What to do: If you tire of lazing in the warm water, try kitesurfing, a popular local activity.
Where to stay: With a premier location as the only hotel directly on the sugar sands of Orient Beach, the Orient Beach Hotel is one of our favorite spots to stay for its mix of barefoot luxury, sea views, and spacious suite accommodations.