Top places with the bluest water in the world

By Stef Zisovska
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Top places with the bluest water in the world

Stef Zisovska
 
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Blue water, crystal-clear coast, and sandy beaches are the first things that pop up on our minds when we think of summer. The question is, what is the level of blue that you imagine when you think of blue waters? We all have our tastes and preferences when it comes to a sea choice, but we would all agree on one thing: there is nothing more calming and relaxing than a transparent blue body of water. There are different lakes and seas on our planet that display awe-inspiring blue colors that you can only enjoy for real if you see them live. Here are the world’s bluest waters that will blow your mind away.

Egremnoi, Greece

Egremni beach – Author: Neda Glisovic – CC BY-SA 4.0
Egremni beach – Author: Neda Glisovic – CC BY-SA 4.0

All the beaches on Lefkada Island are stunning, but nothing can be compared to the remote Egremnoi Beach on the west coast. The spectacular views of the clear Ionian Sea will make you feel like you’re a part of a fantasy movie. To reach the beach you need to descend the steep stairs, but once you reach the white sands – the pleasure is all yours.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Panorama of Crater Lake and Wizard Island – Author: Epmatsw – CC BY-SA 3.0
Panorama of Crater Lake and Wizard Island – Author: Epmatsw – CC BY-SA 3.0

The deep waters that fill the caldera of the ancient volcano Mount Mazama are making Crater Lake one of the most beautiful lakes in the United States. Crater Lake is not fed by any streams or rivers; therefore its waters don’t get turbid and it’s always crystal clear. The depth of it is 1,943 feet, with sunlight extending 400 feet down. Located in Southern Oregon, Crater Lake is also the deepest lake in the US.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Turquoise-colored lakes – Author: Anastasia Tzigounaki – CC BY-SA 3.0-IGO
Turquoise-colored lakes – Author: Anastasia Tzigounaki – CC BY-SA 3.0-IGO

A two-hour drive from the capital Zagreb lies the natural wonder Plitvice Lakes National Park. The park itself is green and woodsy dotted with sixteen turquoise lakes that create a breath-scenery that you have never seen in your life. There is a wooden pathway that allows visitors to walk alongside the upper and the lower lakes and admire the mesmerizing work of Mother Nature. Also, there are many waterfalls that you can see here or take a boat tour for a closer look at the crystalline waters of Plitvice Lakes.

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Azure Water off the coast of Ambergris Caye – Ken Douglas – CC-BY 2.0
Azure Water off the coast of Ambergris Caye – Ken Douglas – CC-BY 2.0

Ambergris Caye is a paradise for divers and snorkelers. Go to Shark Ray Alley to snorkel among nurse sharks and stingrays or visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve to get up close with eels, turtles, and colorful fish. If you need more excitement, explore the underwater caves of Blue Hole. For the ones who don’t like to get involved in water activities, the beach hammocks are always available to offer you a pleasant afternoon view of the endless blue waters.

Five-Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park, China

Five Flower Lake has a bottom that is crisscrossed by ancient fallen tree trunks – Author: Chensiyuan
Five Flower Lake has a bottom that is crisscrossed by ancient fallen tree trunks – Author: Chensiyuan

Jiuzhaigou National Park is an experience that can’t be described with words. The park is a wonderland that contains spectacular waterfalls that tumble into blue crystalline lakes. All of them are incredibly beautiful and display a variety of blue shades. The star of the park is the Five-Flower Lake that’s completely transparent all the way to the bottom. There are old fallen trees on the bottom that create a lace-like pattern. The water is always still and clear that mirrors all the surroundings.

Peyto Lake, Alberta, Canada

Peyto Lake-Banff NP-Canada.
Peyto Lake-Banff NP-Canada.

The sapphire-blue jewel of Banff National Park, the Peyto Lake is one of the bluest water bodies in the world that everyone must see. Peyto Lake gets its water from the Peyto Glacier and the Wapta Icefields. For the best postcard view of the lake, go to the Bow Summit, near Alberta’s Lake Louise. Hiking down to the lake is also available and it’s highly recommended for intrepid visitors.

Choose your favorite blue water and start making a plan for your next trip. Good luck!

 
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