Best Places To Go Barefoot

03/11/2014 07:00 am ET | Updated Apr 19, 2015
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Over winter and ready to hit the beach? Us too.

As a coping mechanism, we've compiled a list of the best places to beat the heat. Here are a few spots where shirts and shoes are definitely not required:

Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles, Africa

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With its ideal snorkling conditions and shallow waters, this secluded beach is a great place to bring the kids.

Black Sand Beach, Jokulsarlon, Iceland

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While Iceland might not be the first beach destination you think of, forget perfectly white, sandy beaches and dig your toes into the black sand of Jokulsarlon.

Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica

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Sheltered by a Caribbean reef, Seven Mile Beach is known for its tranquil waters, cliff jumping and lack of surrounding development, making it one peaceful slice of paradise.

Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

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While it isn't wise to swim here, this beautiful beach located on Los Padres National Forest land is perfect for a day trip and the chance to spot some patches of purple sand.

Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

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Thought to be the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island has been inhabited for over 5,000 years by humans and a variety of wildlife (swamp wallabies, bandicoots, potoroos, and dingoes to name a few).

Belle Mare Beach, Mauritius, Africa

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Even though you're in town for the beach, make sure to wake up early to catch a picturesque Belle Mare sunrise.

Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

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Nicknamed "the Romantic Island," Matira beach on Bora Bora is the perfect honeymoon destination to sink your feet into the sand.

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand

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This dream destination is also home to two perfect spots for avid snorklers -- a small cove called Ya Nui, and a little beach called Ao Sane.

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You might've heard "The Girl From Ipanema" a few times, but did you know that at the world's sexiest beach, beachgoers clap every day when the sun sets?

Canggu Beach, Bali, Indonesia

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If you're in Canggu to see the sand and catch some surf, you can join one of the local surf camps (we hear The Chillhouse is the place to be).

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