It’s still summer and hot out there and the only thing I can dream of is water and freshness (and holiday of course). So what if we can have both and even for free? This article will reveal 10 of the best alternatives to your expensive Gym or AC system: 10 amazing free natural pools you can find around the world.
People who go visit these 10 places will surely label them some of the most beautiful natural entertainments and destinations they can ever find on earth. Today you will discover what they are and where you can find them.
1. Marina Serra (Tricase, Italy)
A beautiful natural inlet characterised by clear water and shallow immersed in the wonderful Salento (Southern Italy).
2. Marieta Islands (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
A hidden beach, also called “love beach. It’s a popular tourist destination for people going to Marieta Islands (a group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast of the state of Nayarit, Mexico). In its crystal clear water you can find around 103 species of fish and you can reach it only by boat.
3. Cenote Ik-Kil (Yucatan, Mexico)
You don’t find only the famous Chicxulub crater in Yucatan. This natural pool is one of the most famous caves with water you can find across Mexico. With a diameter of 60 metres and a depth of 40, this “big hole” is surrounded by a lush and exotic vegetation.
A really stunning place with a magical atmosphere.
4. The To Sua Ocean Trench, Upolu Island, Samoa
To some people this is the most magical swimming pool in the world. This “big hole” is hidden in a grotto on a volcanic island.
5. Blue Lagoon (Reykjavík, Iceland)
Considered one of the 25 wonders of the world. It’s a geothermal lagoon with blue water and surrounded with amazing nature: an oasis of relaxation. The geothermal water originates 2,000 metres below the surface. The surface water is generally between 37°C and 40°C (98-104°F). Three active ingredients – Silica, Algae & Minerals – give the water its extraordinary blue colour. Discover more about this unique place here, you can even plan your visit.
6. Hinatuan Enchanted River (Philippines)
A deep spring river on the island of Mindanao, in the Hinatuan Bay (Southern Philippines), hidden in the jungle. It flows into the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Hinatuan Bay offers a safe anchorage against storms and typhoons. Therefore you can safely enjoy the magically clear and blue water of the river that seems to spring from nowhere.
7. Pamukkale (South West Turkey)
It’s considered the Turkey’s foremost mineral-bath spa because of its natural beauty. Located 18 km (11 miles) north of Denizli, this place offers hot calcium-laden waters that spring from the earth and cascade over a cliff. As they cool they form travertines of hard, brilliantly white calcium and turn into mesmerizing natural pools. Curious? Grab all the info on Pamukkale website.
8. Bait-Al-Afreet (Oman)
In the local language the name means “house of the demon”, but it could actually be defined a heaven on earth. A large depression, a crater, structurally a sink-hole in the limestone filled with turquoise hot sea waters that reach 25°C even during winter. 50 by 70 metres wide, it reaches a depth of 20 metres. Although formed by a collapse of the surface layer, local believe it’s a crater left to the history by a meteorite. In fact, the local Arabic name is “Hawaiyat Najm” which means “The Falling Star”.
9. Giola Lagoon (Thassos, Greece)
A natural sea lagoon carved in the rocks. With a size of 20 x 15 metres, this swimming pool is filled with crystal clear water hotter than the one from the nearby sea. Do you like it? Discover how to reach this place.
10. Cave of Poetry (Roca Vecchia, Italy)
A must-go attraction, especially in summer, located in Roca Vecchia, 20 km far from Otranto (Puglia region, Southern Italy). In one of the most beautiful place in Salento, the sea has carved a beautiful natural pool where you can dive from different heights. Why this name? “Poetry” is translated “Poesia” in Italian language which derives from the Greek term “posia” that means “freshwater spring”. But a local legend says that a gorgeous princess was used to have a bath there and many poets dedicated her several verses.
If you haven’t gone on holiday yet, you can consider to visit one of these wonderful places. And if you are done already, you can still choose them as your next destination.