Is there anything more beautiful than the blue, blue water of a clear, pollution-free river, lake or ocean? The answer is “no,” and we’re going to tell you where you need to go to capture this beauty while you relax on the beach with a beverage of your choice.
10. Lefkada Island
It would be impossible to pick a spot on the beach at Lefkada Island in Egremnoi, Greece that fails to deliver a picture-perfect view of the Ionian Sea. Be prepared to descend a steep sloping staircase to the white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. That staircase will deter some travelers, so the beach isn’t usually too packed.
9. Five Flower Lake
Hidden in Jiuzhaigou National Park in China, Five Flower Lake offers waterfalls that cascade into a lake that is so still and clear, it produces mirror images of its surrounding mountain ranges. The floor is covered with fallen trees that create beautiful, delicate patterns that are visible from any point around the lake.
8. Havelock Island
Nestled in the Bay of Bengal, Havelock Island in India is a portion of the Andaman Islands. The island offers white beaches, aquamarine water, and a great snorkeling opportunity. Go off the grid to this exotic site, complete with palm trees.
7. Islas de Rosario
For quality thought time and solitude, hit the Cartagena coastline in Colombia to find the uninhabited islands of Islas de Rosario. Extensive coral reefs and hundreds of varying tropical creatures will greet you in this beautiful paradise.
6. Ambergris Caye
If scuba diving or snorkeling sounds appealing, this destination was made just for you. It’s a quick boat trip from outside Australia and the largest barrier reef. Nurse sharks, stingrays, eels, turtles and other bright fish await your arrival to visit underwater caves and the Blue Hole. When you’re done with your water activities, pull up a hammock and relax in the sunshine.
5. Peyto Lake
Banff National Park is home to the Peyto Glacier, and Wapta Icefields and the brilliant blues of the melted water can be ideally seen from the Bow Summit near Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. It’s the image you see on postcards, come to life. Here, you can also hike or visit the hot springs at Banff.
4. The Maldives
Prepare to see a celebrity or two in this hot spot hiding between the Indian and Arabian seas. Stay in a cozy bungalow atop the blue water and snow white beaches. Relax at the spa, play in the underwater playground and swim by the coral reef. Back home, you’ll be the envy of everyone you know!
3. Con Dao
This Vietnam destination is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Above the water, you will see cliffs of granite and 16 islands of the Con Dao along the Con Son waterway. The best views are found on the Dam Tre Bay Lagoon.
2. Devil’s Bay
With the devil’s name, you must see if you find the horned devil himself at this Virgin Gorda spot in the British Virgin Islands. It takes some effort to arrive at the destination, but you will receive an incredible payoff once you see the perfection of the bay. If snorkeling is something you enjoy, the clean, crystal, turquoise Caribbean is where you need to visit.
1. Crater Lake
One of America’s most impressive lakes, Crater Lake in southern Oregon where there are no incoming streams or rivers to upset the water. The water is cold and deep; however, it is ideal for scuba diving. The lake is so clear that the sunshine extends 400 feet down into the 1,900-foot depth lake.