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10 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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Playa Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

The ocean off the Dominican coast is always warm—even at its coldest, it’s about 79°F. The beach is protected by a coral reef, keeping its waters shallow and calm as a swimming pool. Come on in; the water’s fine! Check out these other 11 beaches you’ll want on your bucket list.

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Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica

Negril, Jamaica has some of the warmest waters in the Caribbean, hovering between 80°F and 84°F all year. As you make your way from the sprawling white sands to the turquoise sea, the waves will gently lap at your feet as you wade into the calm waters.

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Kuta Beach, Indonesia

In Bali, you never need to worry about water temperatures dipping anywhere below 80°F. In the resort destination of Kuta Beach, tourists can take a dip in the ocean, grab a drink on a rooftop bar, or explore outdoor markets. Continue the wanderlust with the 50 absolute best beaches in the world.

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Kalapaki Beach, Hawaii

Any Hawaiian beaches are an American paradise, but head to Kauai island for some of the highest water temperatures, ranging from 77°F to 82°F by Nawiliwili Harbor. At neighboring Kalapaki Beach, take a break from swimming to sign up for some year-round surf lessons. Check out some more of the best beaches in America.

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Surfside Beach, Aruba

No matter what time of year you visit Aruba, you can expect water temperatures around 80°F. Surfside Beach is a favorite among Oranjestad locals, offering exciting views of the airport less than two miles away (if at the cost of some peace and quiet).

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Isla Tierra Bomba, Colombia

If your dream getaway involves more culture than just lazing by the beach, head to Cartagena, Colombia. The waters stay above 80°F year-round—head to an island outside the city for the most tranquil beach day—while a stroll on the cobblestone streets in the fishing village offers sights of UNESCO-protected colonial neighborhoods.

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Unawatuna Beach, Sri Lanka

In this South Asian paradise, the warm water stays around 81°F in any season. Come for the water but stay for the wildlife. Bird-watchers can glimpse about 60 different species, and boat tours will bring you out for whale watching. If you like spotting sea creatures, consider visiting these beaches that have the clearest water in the world.

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White Beach, Philippines

Come to Boracay island for the warm water (79°F to 84°F) but stay for its beauty. True to its name, the popular destination is covered in soft white sand and is also dotted with palm trees, so you can escape the scorching sun without getting wet. Be sure to stay beachfront in the evening to see one of the most stunning sunsets of your life.

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Ponta Negra, Brazil

Near the city of Natal, Brazil’s beaches stay consistently in the lower- to mid-80s all year, rarely dipping below 79°F. The calm waves and little foot traffic make it an appealing choice to anyone looking for a serene getaway, but the nightlife livens things up when the sun goes down.

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Smathers Beach, Florida

There’s a reason “snowbirds” flock to Florida in the winter. If you know where to go, you can guarantee bathwater-warm temperatures any time of year. Some Florida waters dip to the 50s in the winter, but on Key West, you can expect 69°F water even in January and around 82°F water at the height of summer. These are the Florida beaches that locals want to keep secret.

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.