Hidden Holiday Swimming Destinations from Around The World

February 14, 2018

When I spoke about wanting to visit Iceland in my travel bucket list post the other day I totally forgot to mention one of the other main reasons that I wanted to visit – to swim in the blue lagoons! The pools are now recognised as one of the “Wonders of the World” and people flock there in the quest of relaxation and tranquility. Swimming is something that I love doing , whether it be for exercise or just chilling in a spa or pool on holiday.

However holidays are hardly relaxing when the location is packed with tourists and children jumping in and out of the pool! As much as I love visiting tourist hot spots, the world is full of incredible destinations that are off the beaten path. From concealed beaches to a picturesque desert oasis, these hidden gems will give you an unforgettable experience. I thought that I would share with you some beautiful swimming locations around the world and less know to by tourists!

Huacachina – Peru


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Located five hours away from Lima, Huacachina is a desert oasis with a permanent population of around 100, but with thousands of tourists visiting every year. Locals and tourists bath the waters, or cover themselves with the mud, as they it is thought to have curative powers. After you’re done with cleansing yourself in the magical waters and mud, you can continue your day of relaxation by having a drink at the spa bar.

 Silfra – Iceland

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Located in the Thingvellir National Park in Iceland, Silfra is a rift which was formed in the divergent tectonic boundary between Eurasian and North American plates. The fresh water is exceptionally clear, making it perfect for snorkelers and scuba divers.

 Marietas Islands -Mexico

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The Marieta Islands’ “hidden beach” can either be accessed by kayaking through a long water tunnel or by swimming when the tide is low. Also called the ‘love beach’, this is the perfect spot for couples looking for new experiences. So, if you are looking to impress your partner, grab him/her, some water floats and enjoy the day!

 Tinago Falls – Philippines


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Legend says that a powerful sultan and his wife once lived there. They were later appointed as King and Queen due to their popularity with the people. But the power soon went to their heads and they became selfish rulers. When the queen was pregnant, an enchantress who was disguised as a beggar asked for their help, but the royal couple refused. As a punishment she cursed their unborn baby to be very ugly. Scared of being judged by the people, the King and Queen decided to hide the baby deep in a cave where they would go and take care of it. When the baby grew up, she eventually came out of the cave and was mesmerized by the beauty of the world. Upon seeing this, the enchantress felt compassion for the girl and offered to transform her into something beautiful. The girl immediately accepted the offer and she became the Tinago Falls.

  Pangong Tso – India

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The Pangong Tso is one of the largest lakes in Asia, covering over 60 miles from China to India. Despite being composed of saline water; the lake freezes completely during the winter making a beautiful winter scene. Even though the micro-vegetation is almost non existent, and there is no aquatic life other than some small species of crustaceans, travellers can admire the numerous gulls and ducks swimming around the lake.

Do you know of any other hidden swimming locations that I may have missed?

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  • Rachel

    February 14, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I really… really really want to sit in a hot geyser and go to Iceland, it looks just so stunning x
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  • Becca Talbot

    February 14, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    i was in Iceland in December last year, and went to the Blue Lagoon – honestly, it’s really not worth the £60 entry fee 🙁 It’s not the peace and tranquility that you want, it’s full of tourists with selfie sticks lol. Those other places you’ve pulled out look amazing though, especially “Love Beach” in Mexico x

  • Sarah Bailey

    February 14, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are some amazing swimming destinations! I have to admit the world is just full of gorgeous places just waiting to be explored for us all.
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  • Rhian Westbury

    February 15, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I’d love to go to all of these places, especially Iceland as I love the idea of being right in between the plates x
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  • Helen at Casa Costello

    February 15, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    We have friends who run a travel company in Peru that we keep meaning to visit. I’ve heard it is the most amazing country. Those waterfalls in the Philippines are incredible.

  • Jen

    February 15, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    These are some beautiful places, utterly stunning. I remember seeing the Silfra rift on a programme with Ian Stewart, fascinating stuff. The only hidden swimming location I know of is a waterfall and plunge pool near where I used to live, but hardly paradise!

  • Crystal

    February 16, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Wow, you’ve just inspired my travel list. I’d love to visit all of these places if I win the lotto.

  • Lauretta at Home and Horizon

    February 16, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Oh my goodness! These places are so amazing, I wish I could get a couple visited soon,

  • Jenni

    February 16, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    These are some amazing locations, Peru is definitely one place I would like to visit x

  • Helen

    February 16, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Oh gosh all of these places look so beautiful. The waterfalls in the Philippines are stunning and the hidden beach in Mexico sounds almost magical.
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  • Fritha

    February 18, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    wow all these places look incredible! You’ve made me want to go book a family gap year and just travel! x

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