Where’s the hottest spot to cool off during the summertime? If the first thing that popped into your head is sunbathing on a sandy beach, then it’s time to switch it up and visit one of the 304 million beautiful lakes around the world. You can start by vacationing at some of the most unique ones -from seas that soothe your skin to red-tinted lagunas. Check out our list of the most out-of-the-ordinary places to cool off below!
1. The Dead Sea: Located in the southern region of Israel, this extraordinary lake serves as a natural border between Israel and Jordan. The Dead Sea has the lowest elevation level in the world and contains more than 30% salt. You definitely won’t be able to swim in this lake – BUT, you can float in it for as long as your little tush desires. Oh, and the water does magical things for your skin! Click here for ten dead sea tips.
2. Plitvice Lakes: Located in the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, you’ll find 16 interconnected lakes flowing to create a beautiful scene. The vibrant lakes shine with many colors which can change depending on the amount of minerals in the water as well as the angle of the sunlight.
3. Wuhua Hai (Five-Flower Lake): The five-flower lake is one of 118 lakes in China’s Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve. This shallow colorful lake is full of ancient fallen tree trunks which can be seen clearly through the pristine waters.
4. Jellyfish Lake: On Eil Malk island in Palau, you’ll find a beautiful marine lake with a large population of golden jellyfish. Get your snorkeling gear ready and take a dive with the active migrating jellyfish! Don’t worry – the jellyfish living in this lake do not cause any serious damage to humans.
5. Kelimutu Lake: The Kelimutu Volcano, located on Flores Island in Indonesia, is home to three magical crater lakes. Local villagers believe that these multicolored volcanic lakes are resting places for the souls of the dead.
6. Lake Baikal: Located in Eastern Siberia, Lake Baikal is one of the worlds oldest and deepest lakes. Over 25 million years old, Lake Baikal is so large that it holds over 20% of Earth’s fresh water supply.
7. Leigh Lake: This beautiful lake is situated in Libby, Montana. The water is so unbelievably clear that this deep lake appears shallow to the ignorant eye.
8. Crater Lake: This amazing caldera lake is located in Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and is considered to have the purest water in North America. Its deep blue color makes it a beautiful attraction for tourists who travel far and wide to visit the deepest lake in the U.S. and the tenth deepest lake in the world.
9. Laguna Colorada: The Laguna Colorada, or the “Red Lagoon,” is located in the southwest of Bolivia, close to the border of Chile. This shallow salt lake derives its reddish color from the red sediments and pigmentation of some algae. Laguna Colorada is home to many flamingos, including the rare James flamingos, who feed on the lake’s algae.
10. Pitch Lake: With the largest deposits of asphalt in the world, this Trinidadian lake does not mess around. It’s basically a huge churning lake of tar that is hard enough in most areas for visitors to walk on safely. Don’t stray too close to the center, also known as the “mother,” unless you want to be swallowed by this giant monster lake.
Questions? Email the author of this post, Dee Tiwari, at [email protected]