A refreshing dip in the water is one of the best ways to beat the summer heat. From deep lakes to natural pools to salty seas, we’ve rounded up six swimming spots around the world where the incredible views are worth soaking up too.
Located in Northwest Slovenia, this glacially-formed lake has been a vacation spot for aristocrats for centuries. Below the spectacular castle rock lies Castle Beach, a bathing area with shady chestnut trees and beach umbrellas, open for sunbathers and swimmers from June through September.
Urbina Bay lies at the base of the Alcedo Volcano on Isabela Island, the largest in the Galápagos archipelago. Step off the black sandy beach and into the sparkling water to snorkel through the colorful coral reefs and spot sea turtles and tropical fish.
The Dead Sea
Though it got its name because its high salinity levels prohibit the survival of any wildlife, the Dead Sea is actually a natural healing spot. Visitors can float effortlessly in its famously salty waters and spread nourishing, mineral-rich mud on their skin. Bordering Israel, Palestine and Jordan, this sea is also a quarter-mile below sea level—the lowest elevation point on earth!
This alpine lake surrounded by mountains and the iconic Chateau Lake Louise is the gem of Canada’s Banff National Park. Swimmers who aren’t scared of the cold can brave the glacier-fed lake’s glistening waters—and it’s also a perfect place for boating during the warm summer months.
The Blue Lagoon
This source of unique geothermal seawater is one of the most popular spots in Iceland. The minerals and silica found in the Blue Lagoon’s cloudy, aqua blue water have curative properties for skin.
Grotto della Poesia
The waters of the Adriatic Sea seep into this series of limestone pools in Roca Vecchia, Italy. Legend has it that a beautiful muse once bathed in this grotto, providing inspiration to anyone who visited. It’s hard to resist jumping from the surrounding cliffs into this turquoise swimming hole!
Have you ever stumbled across a great swimming spot in your travels?