Coolest swimming spots


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If you’re like me, those YMCA swim lessons made you crazy about the water from a young age. Because hopping into el agua can be a great way to explore the culture and outdoor scene of countries around the world, I’ve been on the hunt for places that skirt the description of your average swimming pool. Swimming is not just for summer or the 4th of July, my American friends.

If you’re road tripping through the southwest USA, be sure to hit up some classic water holes along the way. Plenty pop up in Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and southern California. We’re lucky that one Matador contributor Google Mapped Lemkes Lagoon for all of us to enjoy now! Getting sticky while walking yourself crazy through European cities in summer? Copenhagen and Milan have just the oases for you.

Feel at home in your birthday suit by experiencing onsen, or hot springs, in Japan or better yet, venture into the massive Spa World to see how the Japanese have taken the term ‘spa’ to a whole new level. Yes, the famous Marina Bay Sands has its epic infinity pool but the South Pacific is not to be outdone. Its swim and splash spots are now yours to explore.

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Jardin del Eden Cenote

 Jardin Del Eden CenoteSolidaridad, MexicoThis was perhaps my favorite cenote. Absolutely beautiful, as they all are, with a 12 foot jumping platform. You must wear biodegradable sunscreen as they are really strict on protecting the natural environment! You also can’t purchase food here though so be sure to pack your own. #snorkeling #swimming #ecotourism

Hamilton Pool

 Hamilton PoolDripping Springs, United StatesAbout 30 miles outside Austin is this gorgeous natural #swimming hole. You’ll need a reservation during the #summer. #hiking

The Marina Bar Sands Singapore Infinity Pool

 Marina Bay SandsSingapore, SingaporeThe worlds best rooftop bar and rooftop infinity pool. A must to visit in Singapore. 10/10!

The Bondi Icebergs Club

 Bondi Icebergs ClubBondi, AustraliaSwim right next to the surf, or enjoy the awesome view by having a meal or drinks inside. No membership required! #pool #drinks

Lemkes Lagoon

 Lemkes LagoonNevada City, United States#hiking #swimminghole created this little known swimming hole on Google maps and has been high trafficked since I created it

Milanosport – Centro Sportivo Lido

 Milanosport – Centro Sportivo LidoMilano, ItalyOtherwise known as Lido di Milano, this institution has been open since 1931. It’s open to the public and costs 5-10 Euros for a day pass. You’ll need a swim cap but if you don’t have one, you can buy one there when you pay. Cool retro architecture and an awesome looking old locker room space make it very nostalgic. Check the times online and get there when it opens because it’s really popular and sunbathing spots fill up fast! Great place to hang out and cool off in the stifling Milan summer. #milano #milan #pools #swimming #italy

Blue Lagoon

 Blue Lagoon, IcelandI’ve dreamt of coming here ever since my mom visited while working in Iceland years ago. People may complain about the €35-40 price tag or say “skip it” but I thought it was a YOLO experience and I loved every minute of it. I stayed for four hours indulging in the lagoon bar and the “mud spot”, talking with other tourists, and enjoying the few people there around dusk….it was then otherworldly. Do it! Hot spring and chill. #pools #swimming #iceland

Kadiyanlena Falls

 Kadiyanlena FallsKotmale, Sri LankaComing from Kandy, this swimming spot is about 12 kilometers along the Nawalapitiya-Kotmale Road. There are a couple bridges around it and you can get better views of the falls from these. I think swimming is prohibited from this bottom part of the falls but you can splash around the two upper parts and the bridges will take you there. Popular with locals and they will point you in the right direction

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