7 Swimming Holes to Add to Your Bucket List

by Holly Riddle

Apr 22, 2019
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  • Giola Natural Pool
    Take a dip in one of the world’s best swimming holes. From pools filled by the Adriatic Sea to waterfalls in Arizona, these are the most picturesque, unique and Instagram-worthy. © Vladimir Gladcov | Dreamstime.com
  • Turtleback Falls
    In North Carolina’s Gorges State Park, Turtleback Falls provides an all-natural water slide that ends in a 20-foot drop into the swift water below. The swimming hole is only recommended for strong swimmers. © Steveheap | Dreamstime.com
  • Giola Lagoon
    This beautiful spot in Greece sits right beside the Aegean Sea. The Giola Lagoon is also known as “the eye of Zeus” and, according to lore, was a gift from Zeus to Aphrodite. © Slasta20 | Dreamstime.com
  • Havasu Falls
    If you can’t make your way to Greece this summer, travel to Havasu Falls, Arizona. The hidden swimming hole is only reachable via a 10-mile mule ride or a helicopter trip, but well worth the effort. © Jonmanjeot - Dreamstime.com
  • HIERVE EL AGUA
    Hierve el Agua offers it all — great views, healing properties and calm waters suitable for swimmers of all abilities. Located in Oaxaca, Mexico, the site is a short side trip from Mexico City. © Lev Levin | Dreamstime.com
  • CHICHEN ITZA
    Also in Mexico, though closer to Yucatán, Cenote Ik Kil is a natural pit that attracts travelers with its deep, greenery-surrounded waters. Take the stairs and paddle alongside the resident (harmless) fish. © Pablo Hidalgo | Dreamstime.com
  • Salento
    Greece isn’t the only destination with a pool on the edge of the Adriatic. Italy offers Grotta della Poesia, a limestone pool also known as the Cave of Poetry. Come for the pristine waters, and stay for the Greek and Latin etchings on the stone walls. © Tupungato | Dreamstime.com
  • Kuang Si Waterfalls
    In Laos, Kuang Si Falls are worth a visit (and the small entry fee) even if you’re not a swimmer. Observe the tiered waterfalls from bridges and walkways or dive right in. © Nawin1318 | Dreamstime.com

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