Nothing is quite as refreshing as a summer dip in a natural pool. We’ve found the world’s most beautiful swimming holes and places you can stay nearby.
Grotto della Poesia (Grotto of Poetry) in Rocca Vecchia, Italy
According to legend, a stunning muse once bathed in the pool, hence its name. For travelers today, it’s easy to see why poetry would be associated with its natural beauty. Oh for an afternoon there!
This limestone pool is just 15 minutes from the town of Lecce, on the Adriatic Sea.
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Cenote Ik-Kil near Chichén Itzá, Mexico
Located on the way to the ancient Maya city of Chichén Itzá, this magical pool is actually a sinkhole (cenote) which sits 85 ft (26m) below ground level. Mysterious looking vines hang down over the 130-foot-deep (40m) pool.
Chichén Itzá is an easy day trip from Cancun. A rental there is the perfect base from which to explore the Maya ruins and stop for a quick swim in this cenote.
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Calanque de Sugiton, between Marseille and Cassis, France
A calanque is an inlet, bay or cove with steep rock walls found along the coast of the Mediterranean. The Calanque de Sugiton is easily accessible to hikers and unlike most calanques, it is open to tourists during the warm season.
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Hamilton Pool in Texas, U.S.
Located about 30 miles southwest of Austin, Hamilton Pool is a popular summer destination. The jade green pool is surrounded by huge slabs of limestone and was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed following an ancient erosion.
If this grotto makes your must-visit list, you can find the perfect Austin vacation rental from $55/night on Tripping!
Lake Dudu, west of Nagua, Dominican Republic
On the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Lake Dudu (actually a ‘cenote’ or sink hole) is surrounded by stone walls, about 20 meters high, from which some swimmer jump. And swimmers aren’t the only ones drawn to the blue waters – scuba divers come to explore the underground caves.
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Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park, Hawaii
Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside is located on the northern coast of Maui, off the Hana Highway. The swimming hole is down a well-marked path and the 5-acre park has picnic tables, making it the perfect stop for a vacation afternoon.
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Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park, Australi
Litchfield National Park cover 1,500 square kilometers and was the home of the Wagait Aboriginal people. It’s just a 90 minute drive from Darwin and features everything from spring-fed streams to historic ruins, monsoon rainforest and waterfalls.
Fancy a dip at Buley Rockhole? Stay in an amazing Darwin vacation rental from $74/night!
Have a favorite swim spot to add to our list? Leave a comment!
Post by Anis Salvesen