Do you want to know where the best places for swimming are located? If you’re thinking of a man-made pool, think again. Heading out into nature and dipping into a beautiful, lake, river, flooded cave, hidden bay, or a natural pool is what you really want to do this summer. There are many stunning spots for swimming around the world and in today´s post, we will show you some of the best ones. From the famous Giola Pool in Greece to the iconic Hamilton Pool in Texas, these are the 25 best places for swimming in the world.
Salto di Bierge, Spain
Located in the Sierra y Canones de Guara National Park in Northeastern Spain, Salto di Bierge is an impressive semicircular 10 m (33 ft) high waterfall with a crystal clear, turquoise pool below.
Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA
Hidden on the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the 30-m (100-ft) Havasu Falls creates a spectacular natural pool with incredibly turquoise water. The pool has a year-round temperature of 22 C (72 F), which makes it a great place for wild swimming.
Blue Lagoon, Malta
Located on Comino, one of Malta´s islands, the Blue Lagoon provides excellent conditions for natural swimming but also snorkeling, windsurfing and other water sports.
Ik Kil Cenote, Mexico
Ik Kil is a well known cenote outside Pisté in the Tinúm Municipality, Yucatán, Mexico. Featuring a carved stairway down to a swimming platform, the cenote is about 60 m (200 ft) in diameter and about 40 m (130 ft) deep.
Giola Pool, Greece
Located in the village of Astris in Thassos Island, Greece, Giola is a beautiful natural lagoon resembling a swimming pool carved into the rocks. It is not easy to reach this stunningly blue seaside gem overlooking the Aegean Sea, but it is definitely worth the hike.
Cummins Falls, Tennessee, USA
Situated in the Cummins Falls State Park, an idyllic but rugged, 211-acre day-use park in Tennessee, the Cummins Falls cascades 23 m (75 ft) over wide stair-stepped rocks into a deep cold-water pool.
Garachico Pools, Spain
Found in a small fishing town of Garachico on the Tenerife Island, Spain, the Garachico pools are stunning lava rock pools. They are very popular among wild swimming fans as they protect the swimmers from the stormy ocean.
Dudu Blue Lagoon, Dominican Republic
Located in Cabrera, Northern Dominican Republic, the Dudu Blue Lagoon is a freshwater pool that shimmers a sparkling shade of blue. Adventurous visitors can jump straight into the water from a rope swing. The site is also popular with divers.
Lac de St. Croix, France
Situated in the Provence region of Southern France, the Lac de St Croix is one the largest artificial lakes in France. The limestone geology of the area gives the lakes an azure hue and it remains warm for swimming right through to late October.
Josephine Falls, Australia
Found near Cairns, Northern Australia, the Josephine Falls and swimming holes rank among the most beautiful waterfalls in Australia. Visitors can swim in the crystal clear waters and relax on the sandy beach as the gentle breeze rustles leaves high in the overhead rainforest canopy.
Pamukkale Pools, Turkey
Located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes Valley, the Pamukkale Pools are natural pools made up by terraces of carbonate minerals. Containing hot springs, the pools have been used by people as spa and swimming pools for thousands of years.
Velka Amerika, Czech Republic
Translated as “Big America”, Velka Amerika is a partly flooded, abandoned limestone quarry in Central Czech Republic. The place is sought after by divers and is also a popular spot for tourists on their trip to the famous Karlstejn Castle that lies just a few miles away.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Even Iceland, the country of ice and cold, has some beautiful wild swimming spots. Located just a short drive from the capital city of Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon in Grindavik has stunning blue water that reaches temperature of 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). It’s rich in silica, sulfur and minerals, which makes it beneficial for your health.
Fairy Pools, Scotland
A dip in these stunning pools on the Scottish Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides, is not for the faint hearted. Even in summer, the water is surprisingly cold but it is crystal clear and the beautiful natural surroundings give this place an ethereal charm.
Tegenungan Waterfall, Indonesia
One of the most beautiful waterfalls on the Indonesian island of Bali, the Tegenungan waterfall is unique for its lush green surroundings. Couple this with its heavy water flow and you have a perfect setting for swimming while enjoying the refreshing clear water.
Semuc Champey, Guatemala
Located in the department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, Semuc Champey is a natural monument featuring a natural 300-m (984 ft) limestone bridge. Semuc Champey also features a series of stepped, turquoise pools that are a popular swimming attractions.
Blue Cave, Croatia
Only accessible when the sea is flat, this grotto on the Croatian island of Vis is a great spot for a plunge. When the sun is at its full height, penetrating beams of light from an underwater side-entrance turn the water in the cave an irresistible, luminous blue.
Crystal River, Florida, USA
Located in Florida’s Nature Coast, the Crystal River offers great opportunities for swimming, boating, diving and fishing. The river is home to large population of manatees and it is the only place in the US where people can legally interact with them in their natural conditions.
Bimmah Sinkhole, Oman
The Bimmah Sinkhole is a water-filled depression in the limestone of eastern Muscat Governorate in the Sultanate of Oman. A pool of turquoise waters, it is 50 m by 70 m (164 ft by 230 ft) wide and approximately 20 m (65 ft) deep.
Crater Lake, Oregon, USA
The main feature of the Crater Lake National Park in South-central Oregon, the Crater Lake is a flooded caldera famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. With a depth of 594 m (1,949 ft), it is the deepest lake in the US.
Kouang Si Falls, Laos
Located just outside Luang Prabang in North-central Laos, the Kouang Si Falls is one of the most astonishing places in the country. At the very bottom of the falls, there are several blue pools of water and breathtaking cascades. Most of the pools are open for swimming but the water is a bit cold because the area is shaded by big trees.
Grotta della Poesia, Italy
Italy’s unique limestone pool, Grotta della Poesia (translated as “the Poetry Cave”) in Roca Vecchia is set on the scenic Adriatic Sea. The natural swimming hole, characterized by crystal clear turquoise waters, is a cenote that formed from the roof collapse of an underground cavern.
Pools of Oheo, Hawaii, USA
Hidden in the stunning Oheo Gulch Valley, the Pools of Oheo are the most popular attraction in East Maui. The stream is punctuated regularly along its course by impressive cascading waterfalls and plunge pools that provide excellent conditions for wild swimming.
Salto de Laja, Chile
Situated in Central Chile, Salto de Laja is a horseshoe-shaped falls that drop 17 m (55 ft). Their spray often creates spectacular rainbows best enjoyed from the natural pools near the boulders.
Hamilton Pool, Texas, USA
Located about 37 km (23 mi) west of Austin, Texas, the Hamilton Pool was created when a ceiling of an underground river collapsed in on itself many thousands of years ago. Fed by a 15-m (50-ft) waterfall, the pool is consistently voted as one of the USA’s best wild swimming spots.
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