Gran Cenote, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Swimming holes!

Collected by: Davina Baum
AFAR Editor

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Swimming holes are, by nature, off the beaten path. Often accessible only on foot, these natural pools afford beautiful views and refreshing swims well worth the hike (and far from the tourists). We have curated our favorite places to take a dip, from Croatia to Nevada City, shown to us by locals. Jump in!

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Krka National Park, Širitovci, Croatia

Cool Escape

Krka National Park
Širitovci, Croatia
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Ananuri Fortress Complex, Ananuri, Georgia

Explore the Other Georgia

Ananuri Fortress Complex
E117, Ananuri, Georgia
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Laguna de Montebello, Chiapas, Mexico

A dozen lakes, a dozen colores

Laguna de Montebello
Chiapas, Mexico
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Kouangxi Water Fall, Louangphabang, Laos

Beautiful limestone pools

Kouangxi Water Fall
Louangphabang, Laos
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Poon Hill, Ghode Pani, Nepal

Himalayan Swimming Holes: AKA Icy Waterfalls

Poon Hill
Poon Hill Marga, Ghode Pani, Nepal
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Gran Cenote, Quintana Roo, Mexico

A swim in Gran Cenote

Gran Cenote
109 Hectares Km 25, Quintana Roo, Me...
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Purdon Road South Yuba River, Nevada City, California

Wonderful place to relax on a warm summer day

Purdon Road South Yuba...
19684-20198 Purdon Rd, Nevada City, C...
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Petriolo Spa Resort, Civitella Paganico, Italy

Medicinal Soak

Petriolo Spa Resort
Loc. Grand Hotel Terme, Civitella Pag...
9
Hummingbird Hwy, Stann Creek, Belize

The Other Blue Hole

Hummingbird Hwy
Hummingbird Hwy, Stann Creek, Belize
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Boiling River, Gardiner, Montana

Swimming Hole at the Boiling River

Boiling River
N Entrance Rd, Gardiner, Montana
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Nordnes Park, Bergen, Norway

Swimming in a Fjord

Nordnes Park
Nordnes Park, Bergen, Norway
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Nitmiluk National Park, Nitmiluk, Australia

Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Aus...

Nitmiluk National Park
Giles Street, Nitmiluk, Australia
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Sans Souci Inn, Pohara, New Zealand

Pohara

Sans Souci Inn
11 Richmond Road, Pohara, New Zealand
14
Kīholo Bay, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Queen's Bath ("Keanalele") at Kiholo Bay

Kīholo Bay
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
15
Reach Falls, Portland Parish, Jamaica

Get Lost in Jamaica's Most Beautiful Falls

Reach Falls
Reach Falls, Portland Parish, Jamaica
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Gran Cenote, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Enjoyable escape from the sun

Gran Cenote
Quintana Roo, Mexico
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98050 Malfa Messina, Malfa, Italy

Salina - Aeolian Islands, Italy

98050 Malfa Messina
Malfa, Italy
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Misol-Ha, Chiapas, Mexico

Water in The Jungle

Misol-Ha
Mexico 199, Chiapas, Mexico
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Kobarid, Kobarid, Slovenia

Impossibly Perfect Slovenian Countryside

Kobarid
Kobarid, Kobarid, Slovenia
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Waimoku Falls, Hāna, Hawaii

Hike to Makahiku Falls

Waimoku Falls
Hāna, Hawaii
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Blue Eye, Sarandë District, Albania

The Secluded Blue Eye Spring

Blue Eye
Sarandë District, Albania
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Rockhouse Hotel, West End, Jamaica

Take a Leap - Rockhouse Hotel, Negril

Rockhouse Hotel
West End Rd, West End, Jamaica
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Packer Lake Lodge, Sierra City, California

Lake-to-lake hiking around the Sierra Buttes

Packer Lake Lodge
3901 Packer Lake Road, Sierra City, C...
24
Vang Vieng, Vang Vieng, Laos

Underground Lakes and Rivers of Bats

Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng, Vang Vieng, Laos
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Puntarenas, Buenos Aires, Costa Rica

Get carried away

Puntarenas
Buenos Aires, Costa Rica
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Havasupai Lodge, Supai, Arizona

Havasu Falls

Havasupai Lodge
Supai, Arizona
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Red Rock State Park, Sedona, Arizona

swimming downstream from Sedona

Red Rock State Park
Sedona, Arizona
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