There are many great places to swim around the world. Whether you are looking for a place to cool off in the summer heat or to take a dip in a natural setting, there is sure to be a spot that suits your needs.
In this article, Tavik will explore some of the best places to swim, including locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and beyond. So, grab your swimsuit and towel, and let’s get started!
- 1 The Best Places To Swim In America
- 1.1 Santa Monica Beach, California
- 1.2 Amazon River
- 1.3 Colombia, Cartagena
- 1.4 Long Beach, Tofino, B.C.
- 1.5 Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro
- 1.6 Panama City Beach, Florida
- 1.7 Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit , Mexico
- 1.8 Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
- 1.9 Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
- 1.10 Lake Louise, Alberta Canada
- 1.11 Adrenaline Falls, Colorado
- 1.12 Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver, Canada
- 2 The Best Place In Europe To Swim
- 2.1 Red Beach, Santorini, Greece
- 2.2 Bryher, Isles6 of Scilly (England)
- 2.3 Loch An Eilein, Scotland
- 2.4 Pont du Gard, France
- 2.5 Schlachtensee, Berlin, Germany
- 2.6 Voidomatis Springs, Vikos Gorge, Greece
- 2.7 Allas Sea Pools, Helsinki, Finland
- 2.8 River Aare, Bern, Switzerland
- 2.9 Havnebadet, Aarhus, Denmark
- 2.10 Seljavallalaug, Iceland
- 2.11 Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
- 2.12 Laghetti D’Avola, Syracuse, Sicily
- 3 The Best Place In Asia To Swim
- 3.1 Akigawa River, Japan
- 3.2 Leela Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand
- 3.3 Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province, VietNam
- 3.4 Coral Beach, Koh Ta Kiev, Cambodia
- 3.5 Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, Laos
- 3.6 Pink Beach, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
- 3.7 Koh Yao Yai, Thailand
- 3.8 Railay Beach, Thailand
- 3.9 Nyang Nyang Beach, Bali
- 3.10 Miyako Island in Japan
- 3.11 El Nido, Philippines
- 3.12 Similan Islands, Thailand
- 4 The Best Place In Oceania To Swim
- 5 The Best Place In Africa To Swim
- 6 Conclusion
The Best Places To Swim In America
Santa Monica Beach, California
Santa Monica is the coolest place in the world. There are many other beautiful glasses of water around the globe. This beach hosts a wide range of surfers and California girls. It is also home to the incredible Santa Monica Pier. A place to swim that’s alive with energy, it houses everything you need, including a roller coaster, seafood restaurants and old men looking for big fish.
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is a great place to relax after a hard day on the beach. It was loved by Marilyn Monroe, among other celebrities.
The warm, slow-moving, brown waters of the Amazon are safe to swim in, contrary to popular belief. You will share the river with caimans, piranhas, and bizarre-looking pink river dolphins (called boto), but an experienced guide can help you determine a place where people swim and when it is safe to swim in. A boto may visit you.
This favorite excursion takes swimmers to a sandbar at the river’s edge, where they wait for this playful, mysterious animal.
This charming, historic town is surrounded by cobblestone lanes, horse-drawn carriages and squares with aging church clock towers. It sits in the middle of a Caribbean paradise. The 27 Rosario Islands are just beyond the town’s sun-kissed beaches.
They can be reached by boat and are filled with palms and surrounded by aquamarine water. Spend the day at the beach and then party the night away at the city’s many salsa clubs.
Long Beach, Tofino, B.C.
Even though the water can get cold, Vancouver Island’s Long Beach is almost magical. It is surrounded by Pacific Rim National Park’s temperate rainforest. The grey, crashing waters are mirrored in mists, and the beach is covered with driftwood.
People can also swim or surf on the small, rocky islands visible only at low tide. Enjoy the day at Pacific Sands Beach Resort. It is located on Cox Bay.
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro
This curving beach is one of the most beautiful in Brazil. It’s most well-known for its skimpy bikinis and Speedos, but it is also a great spot for a swim in the South Atlantic. After a good game of foot volleyball, which is a unique form of beach volleyball in Rio, you can relax at the Sofitel Copacabana. It’s located on the spot where Ipanema meets Copacabana.
Panama City Beach, Florida
Although much of the positive press is focused on sun spots farther south on the peninsula (Miami and Key West), Florida’s best beach is located up in the panhandle. The sugary white sand is made of quartz and not the more grainy, brown silica that can be found in many other states.
Panama City Beach lies at the center of the Emerald Coast, which is a stretch of extremely clear, warm, and very emerald Gulf of Mexico waters. Enjoy a walk along the beach and then enjoy the evening at Pier Park. This remarkable shopping center just steps away from the ocean and maintains the beach theme.
Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit , Mexico
The peninsula is located in Mexico’s beautiful Riviera Nayarit. It boasts some of the best surfing conditions in the world, including for stand-up and longboarders. Sayulita, a nearby beach town, hosts an annual competition, one of the country’s largest.
Celebs, including Lady Gaga, have visited this peninsula to learn. They often stay at one of the nearby beach houses or the Four Seasons and St. Regis resorts.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
The hotel pools are usually clean, heated, and chlorinated. Not at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. Instead, this swanky joint chose to use cold, filtered water for an icy swimming pool.
This is the ideal place to relax after a long day of exploring the nearby ruins. After spending an hour in the traditional sauna and spa, it’s even better.
Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
The cloud forests of Costa Rica are among the most beautiful habitats on the planet. Bajos del Toro’s El Silencio Lodge offers miles of beautiful, verdant trails that lead to incredible waterfalls.
These plunge pools are large and cool, with easy access from the sloping beaches. This is the perfect way to cool down after a hot hike. The birdsong makes it even more enjoyable.
Lake Louise, Alberta Canada
This lake, which is covered in glacial temperatures and frozen up to June, looks almost like a fairytale.
Adrenaline Falls, Colorado
Adrenaline Falls is part of the ABCs. It’s a series involving into-water jumps in Durango, Colorado. The other two are Baker’s Bridge (and Cascade). You will need to hike up to the top of the waterfall, which is surrounded by cliffs that range in height from 15 to 40 feet. You should always go with a local to verify the water level before you jump.
You can also take a dip down below if you don’t feel up to taking the plunge. This is the third waterfall and is, therefore, the most difficult to find.
Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver, Canada
Kits Pool is better known as the Vancouver institution. At 137 meters, this saltwater pool is the longest in North America. To complete a mile, you will need to swim 12 times.
The pool is located right by the bay and can be accessed from May to September. It offers views across the city with mountain backdrops.
If you are able to see seaplanes approaching land, then it is worth swimming with your head up.
The Best Place In Europe To Swim
Red Beach, Santorini, Greece
A crescent-shaped island in the middle of the Aegean Sea, Santorini was once a massive volcano-archaeologists say it blew its top way back in the Bronze Age. The fascinating area left behind whitewashed buildings that cling to the edge of towering sea cliffs.
Beaches come in many colors, including black, brown, white, and red. Red Beach’s iron-rich sands and the cliffs that surround them have taken a beautiful, rust-colored hue. This creates a stark contrast with the beach’s deep, blue waters.
Bryher, Isles6 of Scilly (England)
Tiny Bryher is part of an archipelago that lies 25 miles from Land’s End in Cornwall. It is home to some of the most isolated and beautiful beaches in England.
Because it is located on the Gulf Stream, its white sand and tropical-looking flower arrangements make it feel a world apart from the smudgy greyness associated with the UK.
Even though the waters are cold all year, they are full of marine life. You can swim out to Hell Bay’s swirling kelp forests and look out for starfish.
Loch An Eilein, Scotland
Loch An Eilein is a beautiful spot for summer swimming. It’s located in the heart of the Rothiemurchus Forest and is dominated by the Cairngorms mountain chain.
It has a tiny beach at its northern shore that makes it easy for swimmers to get into the warm peaty water. The ruins of a 14-century castle, which is now home to ravens and jackdaws, can be explored by those who are more adventurous. This spot is well-known for its easy parking and the trail that runs around the banks.
Pont du Gard, France
Pont du Gard, located in the heart of Provence’s Gardon River, is one of Europe’s most beautiful Roman structures.
The arches of the first century are even more impressive from the water, accessible from the rocky beaches on either side. Clear and fast-moving water can make it difficult to swim under the aqueduct. To avoid crowds, arrive at the first light.
Schlachtensee, Berlin, Germany
Schlachtensee, one of many lakes near Berlin, is a short ride by the S-Bahn.
It is hard to beat its breezy access, winding paths and numerous access points into the cool green waters.
This deep lake, which is surrounded by pines and elms trees and home to red squirrels, is ideal for anyone looking for quick nature therapy without needing to travel long distances.
Voidomatis Springs, Vikos Gorge, Greece
These spring-fed pools, located deep in the Vikos Gorge in the Pindus Mountains in northern Greece’s Zagoria, are a swimming paradise.
They can become dry in the summer, but they are perfect when the trees spring into life, and the native birds sing throughout the day.
From Vikos, you can reach the pools by taking a steep path into the gorge.
Allas Sea Pools, Helsinki, Finland
Finland is the only country that “gets” outdoor swimming more than Finland. The Allas Sea Pools in Helsinki are the perfect place to start your first dip.
There are three pools right on the beachfront: one for children, one heated, and one filled with seawater. The last one is pumped with clean water from further out at sea.
It is especially special in winter when the sauna adjoins, where swimmers can relax after a cold dip and get that post-swim glow.
River Aare, Bern, Switzerland
The Aare, which flows in a long meander through the center of Zurich, is probably the most popular river for swimming.
The water flows down from the Bernese Alps. There are many points where you can pull out and relax on the banks of the summer sun. Swimming here is so popular that many locals now swim there as part of their daily commute.
Four riverside pools are also available, which make it a great place to spend some time relaxing by the water.
Havnebadet, Aarhus, Denmark
Copenhagen’s harbor baths have been rightly praised, but Aarhus in Denmark is a second home to a design-led complex of baths that is just as good as the one found in Copenhagen.
This is the largest wooden harbor bath in the world. Swimmers can choose from a 50-meter lap or a spring pool. There are also junior and children’s pools so that splashing doesn’t get out of control while completing laps.
Winter is a great time to take a dip in the thermal baths before heading to the saunas.
The oldest swimming pool in Iceland is located just a few miles away from the country’s main south highway. It’s up a dirt track that sometimes gets washed away by rivers or volcanic eruptions.
The trek is worth it to swim in this quiet valley, surrounded by mountains that soon become snowcapped as the Icelandic summer fades.
Although it may seem like an icy spot from the outside, a geothermal spring pumps a trickle of hot water into one end of the pool. This takes away the chill.
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
Lake Bled wins all the accolades. Nearby Lake Bohinj is located in the Triglav National Park and offers a tranquil, peaceful alternative for those who want to get away from the crowds.
It is not very warm, so we recommend that serious swimmers take a wetsuit if they are looking for a longer swim.
The mountain and its surrounding villages are even more beautiful when viewed from the water’s frog’s-eye view.
Laghetti D’Avola, Syracuse, Sicily
This dip in the Cavigrande del Cassibile’s heart is for those who like to swim after a long hike through beautiful countryside.
Two azure pools are deep in a canyon. They look even more appealing at peak summer when you have spent 90 minutes climbing down a path through lush forest and limestone cliffs on either side.
Take a towel and a picnic to enjoy on the rocks.
The Best Place In Asia To Swim
Akigawa River, Japan
The Akigawa River, located just an hour west of Tokyo’s central Tokyo station, is the ideal city escape for water-hungry wild swimmers.
It’s only a short walk from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station to the riverbank. There are plenty of options for shallow paddling and ample space for picnics.
You will find deeper pools if you go upstream. This is the perfect place to swim in the world and to get away and refresh yourself.
Leela Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Thailand is well-known for its beautiful beaches with white sand and clear water. You can find incredible snorkeling opportunities on any island.
Leela Beach, Koh Phangan, is Thailand’s top beach destination for anyone who wants to get a perfect ‘all-over’ tanning.
Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province, VietNam
There are many beautiful swimming spots in Southeast Asia. But not all of them are UNESCO world heritage areas. You’ll quickly understand why Ha Long Bay was chosen by the UN to be protected. The stunning limestone islands are capped by lush, unspoiled woodland that plunges into the crystal-clear sea at a temperature comparable to bath water.
You can do whatever sport you like here, including scuba diving or kayaking, and it’s one of the most beautiful spots to swim in in the world.
Coral Beach, Koh Ta Kiev, Cambodia
The coral beach isn’t known for its miles of white sand and sun loungers or the tourists it attracts. It offers something much more: a sense of solitude and adventure.
This spot is private and has only small sandy bays that run right up to the rainforest. The hostel is built right into the forest and has direct access to the ocean at all times. You can spend your mornings in a hammock before heading out to snorkel in the afternoon to discover the hidden beaches and marine life.
Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, Laos
Three-tiered, stone-rigged waterfalls of Kuang Si are among the most impressive in Laos. Kuang Si is well worth the visit for its stunning waterfalls, but the swim spots are what make it even more special.
Walking along the unspoiled nature trails will make you sweat. If you need to cool down, take a dip in the turquoise pools below the falls.
Pink Beach, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Pantai Merah, also known simply as Pink Beach, is one of seven beaches with pink sand. Foraminifera is a single-cell organism living in coral reefs. They have reddish pigments on their shells which gives a striking hue.
Here, turquoise seas lap at this beach where sunbathers mingle with those who are kayaking or hiking in the nearby mangrove forest.
Pink Beach has located just a short flight or speedboat ride from Bali. It lies within the Komodo National Park’s borders, where the name of the largest lizard in the world comes from. This quiet island actually has more lizards than people. There are approximately 2,500 Komodo Dragons living here, compared to just 2,000 humans.
However, the real draw is the underwater world. From the colorful corals teeming with tropical fish to the manta rays and seagrass beds, the park has it all. This park is a great place to snorkel.
Koh Yao Yai, Thailand
Koh Yao, a group, consisting of two islands, is located in Phang Nga Bay. It’s just a short boat ride from Phuket. You may find the long, busy stretches of sand in Phuket too overwhelming. Koh Yao offers a relaxing getaway with its white sandy beaches and panoramic views across the bay.
There are many small beaches on the Koh Yao islands. Most of them can be reached by walking along dirt roads without any signs of civilization. Laem Had Beach, which is a stretch of white sand with great snorkeling and swimming, is the most well-known.
Tha Khao Bay beach is a quiet spot to enjoy solitude. There are no sports here and very few sunbathers. The only thing you can hear is the rocking of the longtail boat as the waves crash on the sand.
Railay Beach, Thailand
Railay Beach may not actually be an island, but the limestone cliffs that surround it make it difficult to reach the mainland. Therefore, the only way to reach Railay by boat is possible. Railay is peaceful, where monkeys can play and rock climbers come to enjoy the sun. It is one of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches.
Railay Beach is covered with thick mangroves, making it unsuitable for swimming in parts. These areas still offer many opportunities for hiking or trekking up into deep caves or to the tops of cliffs that overlook turquoise waters.
Railay Beach is only 15 minutes from Ao Nang by longtail boat. It’s one of Krabi’s most famous beaches and a world away from the tranquility you’ll find at Railay Beach.
Nyang Nyang Beach, Bali
The most beautiful beach in Bali is the one that’s least known. Nyang, hidden behind lush green hills and accessible only after a 20-minute trek down a steep hill, is well worth the effort. As you descend, you’ll see the beautiful coastline below. There are also shipwrecks nesting in the golden sand. The reef is full of dramatic colors.
Although Nyang Nyang is not ideal for swimming due to the strong currents, it is great for surfers and those who want to relax on a stretch of grassy sand.
Miyako Island in Japan
The beaches of Miyako Island, due to their unique location and ecosystem, are among the most beautiful on the planet. There are no rivers that could erode the ground or damage the coral reef.
Miyako beaches offer a refreshing break from the bustle of tropical beaches. The Miyako Islands are still a mystery to Japanese visitors. They offer an escape from the crowds while you still get to bury your toes in the sand.
Maehama has turquoise-blue waters and soft sand dunes and is the longest stretch of beach on the island. It’s also one of the most beautiful. Maehama is a popular spot for swimmers as well as locals who want to see the sunset over the waves Yoshino Kaigan is another great beach on the island, and it’s a popular spot for snorkeling due to its large coral reefs and vibrant aquatic life.
El Nido, Philippines
El Nido is the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan. It is also a protected natural area. El Nido is surrounded by limestone cliffs and prehistoric caves. Mangrove forests make El Nido the Philippines’ Last Frontier.
Bacuit Bay is home to El Nido’s white, powdery beaches. There are many small islands and islets visible extending into the distance from the ocean. These islands are home to a lot of wildlife, and many are habitable.
They can only be reached by boat, so divers are the only ones who visit them. You’ll likely have the whole beach to yourself if you can ride to one.
Just across from El Nido is Cadlao Island. It has the area’s largest beach and a hidden saltwater inlet called Makaamo Lagoon. Matinloc Island is the best beach in the world. It can only be reached by diving under a rock wall to reach it. There’s no land or boat access to this stretch.
Similan Islands, Thailand
The Similan Islands, which are located in the Andaman Sea but can be reached by speedboat from Phuket via the Mu Ko Similan National Park, are situated right next to the Andaman Sea. The Similan Islands boast stunning coral reefs and colorful fish.
The islands are known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. They were closed to tourists in October 2016. They were reopened to the public in 2018, a huge effort to recover the ecosystem from the burden of tourism.
There has been a limit on the number of divers and visitors allowed to enter the area each day since its opening. It is now illegal to use single-use plastics, and you cannot spend the night on the island.
These changes will mean that you need to plan your trip in advance in order to get a parking permit before you arrive. However, you will be able to reach a cleaner island with healthier coral and softer sand and a quieter area of the beach.
The Best Place In Oceania To Swim
Blue Lagoon, Fiji
Fiji, a group of 330 islands in the South Pacific, is the ultimate paradise. It’s a place where the palms are taller, and the water feels like a bathtub. Coral reefs also extend their reach and offer their underwater bounty to snorkelers from around the globe. Although you can swim in any location in Fiji, the Blue Lagoon is perhaps the most stunning.
Blue Lagoon, part of the Yasawa islands, is a spot that makes the water seem bluer and makes the beaches, which are often empty, appear whiter. The aquatic wonders, from starfish to seahorses to sharks, are truly mind-boggling.
Manly Beach, Sydney
The world’s most spectacular ferry ride takes you to Manly. It passes Sydney’s opera house, giving you a stunning view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Manly Beach is soft sand and lovely water with beautiful sunsets.
You can swim or surf here until the sun sets, and then you can stroll The Corso, which is a pedestrian street with shops, restaurants, and bars.
Giles Baths, Coogee Beach (Australia)
Giles Baths, a natural rock pool best known as the “Bogey Hole”, is one of many incredible swimming spots along the coast close to Sydney.
It is located on the northern tip of Coogee Beach. This pool was once only for men, but it has become a welcome spot for all.
The original portico for the “Giles Gym and Baths” allows access to the water. Steps in the rock face lead down into the water. It is important to make sure you are safe before you dive in.
North Point, Moreton Island
After touring the Queensland mainland, take a ferry ride to Moreton Island. It is a 90-minute journey from Brisbane. The white sand will lead you to a stretch of pristine blue water. Honeymoon Bay is located at the island’s North Point. It is nestled between stunning rocky cliffs that rise up to 15 meters (49 feet).
You can also bushwalk, picnic, and watch whales at Moreton Island National Park, all within one hour. To reach North Point, Moreton Island is a sandy island. You will need a 4WD.
Stones Bay Kangaroo Island
Many people visit Stokes Bay, located on Kangaroo Island’s north coast. The waters are crystal clear. This calm inlet is ideal for paddlers as the rocks have been designed to form a natural pool that protects swimmers from the surf. The shoreline is home to wild kangaroos and many other native birds, as well as little penguin colonies.
You can make a weekend out of it and book a cottage on the beach, such as Stokes Bay Beach House or camp at one of Kangaroo Island’s many campsites.
Point King, Mornington Peninsula
Hidden beneath the gorgeous mansions of Mornington Peninsula, a 1.5-hour drive from Melbourne, are the hidden beaches of Point King. You can find calm turquoise waters by following the Point King Road end to join kayakers and divers diving into the reef.
Hikers can follow the track up the cliffs, stopping at the monument and white trig station that commemorates the first hoisting of the Union Jack in 1802, when Britain seized Port Phillip Bay.
The Best Place In Africa To Swim
Dalebrook Tidal Pool, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places to swim in the world.
There are many tide pools along the coast. But Dalebrook Pool, which is man-made, stands out. It isn’t crowded like the St James’s Pool nearby, which is beautiful but also busy.
It is ideal for family swims as the water is shallow and warm. You can enjoy sunbathing in the morning before heading to Kalk Bay for brunch.
Devil’s Pool, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls Devil’s Pool, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is where you’ll find Devil’s Pool. This is the ultimate destination for adventurous and daring swimmers. It is the world’s largest waterfall.
The water is safe to swim in between September and December. You can find the “devil’s chair” just inches away from the waterfall’s dropoff, where people casually set themselves up for the perfect photo op.
Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
While elephants love to drink from your pool, it’s not fun for them to do so before they put their trunks in the water.
To ensure that elephants can swim, Somalia has built a guest pool. The waterhole is located in front of the camp, and the original pool is at the edge.
Lake Malawi is 360 miles long and almost looks like a lake. It has sandy shores, multicolored shoaling fish, and resorts on the beach that make it seem more like an inland ocean.
Only after you have swum in the refreshing water and realize that there is no salt on your skin will you be able to remember the water is clean. It boasts luxurious lodges such as Kaya Mawa and rainbow-hued Cichlid Fish. This swimming spot is a great alternative to saltwater.
Benguerra Island Lodge, Mozambique
Another childhood memory was swinging in the park, then jumping off at high points. Although not ideal for tarmac, this was before rubberized surfaces and health were available.
Imagine my excitement when I discovered andBeyond Beguerra Island’s swinging in the sea. Big leap, big splash, and then back to it again. Although I don’t think I’m nearly as graceful at 50 as I was when I was ten years old, I don’t mind!
Boulders Beach, South Africa
Wikipedia describes Boulders Beach as “a sheltered bay made up of inlets among granite boulders, which is where the name came from.” The Wikipedia article then describes its famous inhabitants, an African penguin colony.
The penguins can be seen most clearly from the Foxy Bay boardwalk. However, anyone brave enough to swim in the cold water can see them.
Ol Malo on the edge of the cliff
This is probably the first infinity pool that I saw around 20 years ago. Ol Malo is high up on a cliff. The combination of the pool with the drop behind makes this one of my favorite pools to date.
It’s impressive enough that it made it onto my blog, The Best Swimming Pools In Africa, along with other lodges such as Saruni Samburu.
Phinda Homestead, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Another “there’s an Elephant drinking from the Swimming Pool” moment, this time at andBeyond Pinda’s Homestead in South Africa’s vast reserve.
The lodge is currently closed for renovations. However, this Aardvark Safaris favorite for families will reopen later in 2017.
Swimming is a great way to stay cool in the summer heat and can be a great workout. There are many good places to go swimming around the world; Whether you’re looking for a place to cool off in the summer heat or take a refreshing dip in a freshwater lake, there’s sure to be a spot that’s perfect for you, so find the perfect one for you and get your swim on!