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The World's Best Beaches, from Australia to the Seychelles

By Ben Steverman - 2012-05-30T12:46:33Z

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Best Beach for Beautiful People

Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro won its reputation for sex appeal from a song lyric: "Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking..." The bossa nova tune "Girl from Ipanema" was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and popularized in a 1964 version sung by Astrud Gilberto and backed by Stan Getz on saxophone. Other versions -- including the alternate "Boy from Ipanema" -- have been performed by countless other singers and jazz musicians. According to Lonely Planet, Ipanema is still "where Rio's most lithe and tanned bodies tend to migrate."