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Grand Cenote, Tulum, Mexico

Swimming Holes!

Collected by: Davina Baum
AFAR Contributor

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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, Lozovac, Croatia

Cool Escape

Krka National Park
Lozovac, Croatia
2
Ananuri Fortress Complex, Ananuri, Georgia

Explore the Other Georgia

Ananuri Fortress Complex
E117, Ananuri, Georgia
3
Lagunas de Montebello, San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Mexico

A Dozen Lakes, a Dozen Colors

Lagunas de Montebello
San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Mexico
4
Kouangxi Water Fall, Laos

Beautiful Limestone Pools

Kouangxi Water Fall
Laos
5
Poon Hill, Ghode Pani, Nepal

Himalayan Swimming Holes: AKA Icy Waterfalls

Poon Hill
Poon Hill Marga, Ghode Pani, Nepal
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Grand Cenote, Tulum, Mexico

A Swim in El Gran Cenote

Grand Cenote
Tulum, Mexico
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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 Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Swimming Hole at Boiling River

Boiling River Hot Springs
61 North Entrance Road, Yellowstone N...
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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
13
Sans Souci Inn, Pohara, New Zealand

Pohara

Sans Souci Inn
11 Richmond Road, Pohara, New Zealand
14
Reach Falls, Portland Parish, Jamaica

Get Lost in Jamaica's Most Beautiful Falls

Reach Falls
Reach Falls, Portland Parish, Jamaica
15
Gran Cenote, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Enjoyable Escape from the Sun

Gran Cenote
Quintana Roo, Mexico
16
Salina, Sicily, Valdichiesa, Italy

Salina - Aeolian Islands, Italy

Salina, Sicily
5 Via Addolorata, Valdichiesa, Italy
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Misol-Ha, Salto De Agua, Mexico

Water in The Jungle

Misol-Ha
Mexico 199, Salto De Agua, Mexico
18
Kobarid, Kobarid, Slovenia

Impossibly Perfect Slovenian Countryside

Kobarid
Kobarid, Kobarid, Slovenia
19
Waimoku Falls, Hāna, Hawaii

Hike to Makahiku Falls

Waimoku Falls
Hāna, Hawaii
20
Blue Eye, Sarandë District, Albania

Syri i Kaltër (The Blue Eye)

Blue Eye
Sarandë District, Albania
21
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...
23
Vang Vieng, Vang Vieng, Laos

Underground Lakes and Rivers of Bats

Vang Vieng
13, Vang Vieng, Laos
24
Montezuma Beach, Costa Rica

Get Carried Away

Montezuma Beach
624, Costa Rica
25
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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Silky Oaks Lodge, Finlayvale, Australia

Beach Billabong

Silky Oaks Lodge
LOT 44 Finlayvale Road, Finlayvale, A...
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