10 Crystal Clear Waters You’ll Be Desperate To Swim In

10 Crystal Clear Waters You’ll Be Desperate To Swim In


Did you really go on holiday if you didn’t snap some gorgeous pics and make your friends and family back at home super envious? One of the most envy-inducing sights is, of course, crystal clear waters that just beg you to jump in and take a dip! 

There’s many spots around the world that boast enticing waters, here are some of our favourites:

Maldives

When you close your eyes and picture endless crystal clear oceans, it’s hard not to think about the Maldives! It has even become a social media trend to scoop up a glass full of seawater to show just how clear the water is! Around the collection of islands, the waters are relatively shallow, and thanks to the chalky white sands and bright sunshine, the water looks like it has been bottled by the gods.

Holidays to the Maldives are generally much more relaxed and focussed on luxury, so wild activities aren’t really on the agenda. However, there’s plenty of water-based excursions to get stuck into like scuba diving, dolphin watching and island hopping. 

As with the activities list, the beach-side facilities list is a little more concise than more tourist-heavy destinations, but this only adds to the luxury island getaway feel. Some tourist beaches offer a small selection of bars and restaurants/cafes for you to enjoy. If you’re hoping to do a spot of sunbathing, make sure to check the rules before visiting a particular beach. The likes of Hulhumale is a public beach, and as the Maldives is a Muslim nation, bikinis are not allowed here, so you must make sure to wear a cover-up. 

Aruba

In Aruba, each beach offers you something different, so picking your perfect spot depends on your agenda for the day. Some beaches are ideal for snorkelling, some are filled with lots to do and others are very secluded and relaxing. Heading out to the waters, you’ll find a rolling landscape of inviting waters, with exciting shipwrecks and marine life hiding beneath the surface.

Palm Beach is lined with resorts, meaning it’s one of the most lively spots in Aruba. If you fancy getting up to some water sports then you’ll find plenty of options at Palm Beach like paddle boarding, banana boating and flyboarding. A selection of restaurants, cafes and bars can be found back on shore when you’re ready to refuel.

Cancun

Of all the beaches in Mexico, Cancun is said to have the clearest, most inviting waters of them all. You will find the bluest water in the hotel zone in Cancun, especially along the main stretch of the 15 km long beach and around the Northern tip. Head to the water and you’ll find  the world’s second longest reef, which is a vast expanse of vivid corals and playful fish.

The reef runs parallel to Cancun in the sea, just half a mile from shore and offers excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities. It also breaks up the waves that roll gently into shore, making Cancun’s beaches a nice temperature with still, relaxing waters. 

There are lots of water sports to choose from, such as windsurfing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and jet-skiing. The latest addition to Cancun’s activity list is the opportunity to swim with the whale sharks. 

Jamaica 

Thanks to its Caribbean location, Jamaica enjoys some of the most tropical temperatures and beautiful beaches. In Negril, Seven Mile Beach is said to have some of the clearest waters on the island. Lined with chalky white sand and luscious palm trees, this beach is the epitome of a luxury getaway.

Besides kicking back and relaxing, there’s plenty to do on Seven Mile Beach, and you can definitely make it a day trip to remember. There’s plenty of opportunities for jet skiing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling and so much more! Thanks to it being such a popular beach, there’s tons of facilities available to tourists including lots of bars and restaurants serving up delicious seafood with a rum cocktail on the side.

Majorca 

The closer you are to home, the less likely you think you are to finding those beautifully clear waters that look like something out of a movie. But what if we told you that you can enjoy this perfect sight just a couple of hours from home! In Alcudia, Majorca, the water makes you feel like you could be on a Caribbean island!

The Alcudia bay has a fantastic sand beach! The beach is 10 km long and goes all the way from Ca’n Picafort in the south to Port d’Alcudia in the north. The beach is widest at Port d’Alcudia, up to 100 metres wide. The sand is golden and fine-grained, and the very shallow water is usually completely calm making it perfect for kids to splash around in. You can rent sun lounges and sunshades, plus there’s showers and toilets when you need to freshen up.

Behind the beach, there is a sea front with hotels, restaurants and shops, where you can get your hands on everything from food and drinks to beach balls and rubber boats. Set back from the beach, by the harbour, there’s also a children’s playground if you get fed up of the sand.

Menorca

Though attracting fewer tourists than its better known sister islands, Menorca is equally as beautiful and has gloriously clear waters to rival anywhere else in Europe. Cala Turqueta is one of Menorca’s most famous beaches and is home to some of the most beautiful waters on the island. 

As the name suggests, the sea appears to be an eye-catchingly bright blue colour and the water is so clear you feel like you’re about to hop into a bath. As with most places around the island of Menorca, there aren’t tons of tourist facilities available but everything you might need is within reach. There are bathrooms, a decent sized car park, lifeguards and most importantly, a chiringuito beach bar next to the car park.

Cyprus 

In the Larnaca region of Cyprus, Nissi Beach is a resort nearby to the party hub of Ayia Napa. One of the most attractive things about this particular beach is its gorgeous soft sands and super clear water. A contributing factor to the clear water is that the sea is nice and shallow and the sand is sugary white.

As Nissi Beach is lined with hotels, you won’t be short of places to eat, bars to visit or shops to enjoy while you’re here. You can choose from a wide variety of cocktails to ice cold beers, and there’s plenty of soft drinks if you prefer. 

Just off the coast of Nissi Beach, there’s a small island that many beach revellers like to swim out to, but there’s also a small strip where the water is shallow enough for you to walk across. This is a great spot to head out to with your friends and family to take in gorgeous views of the mainland.

Barbados

Not only does Barbados have stunningly clear water, the ocean also boasts bath-like temperatures. Whether you want a relaxing beach with shallow waters perfect for paddling, or you’re interested in trying your hand at surfing, there’s a beach on Barbados for you. The west side enjoys the calm, shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea, while the Atlantic-facing east side boasts a rugged coastline and amazing waves that are ideal for surfing. 

Rockley Beach – or Accra Beach, as it’s often known – can’t be beaten when it comes to family-friendly beaches in Barbados. Little ones can safely play in the calm waters on the southern end, while older children can boogie board the livelier waves further up the cove. Thanks to the clear waters, searching for crabs in the rock pools is an easy task!

The more populated beaches on the island are lined with local vendors serving fresh coconuts, ice creams and other delicious treats to enjoy in the sunshine. If you opt for a more private beach, you might want to bring a picnic with you in case you get peckish.

Crete 

Balos Beach is home to the clearest waters in Crete and is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. For many years, the locals managed to keep this little slice of heaven a secret until around 20 years ago. Now, visitors from all over the world come to enjoy this gorgeous beach!

If you’re going to head there by car, make sure to arrive before 10am as the car park fills up very quickly and you want to make sure you get a spot! Sensible shoes are also recommended as there’s a 25 minute walk from the car park to the beach, and at some points, it would be tricky to navigate the path in flip flops. 

You can also hop aboard a boat to reach the island, and you’ll also visit Gramvousa Island as part of the trip. The boat departs from the Kissamos Pier and you’ll spend around three hours at Balos then two hours at Gramvousa. During your stop at Balos, there is a beach bar with a small selection of food but the boats also offer food, and there’s usually more choice as well as more of it!

Croatia 

The beaches on Hvar Island are really spectacular and among the best in Croatia. Breathtaking bays, in a huge number and variety line the hilly coast of the famous holiday island. The beaches in the south and in the south-west of the island are definitely the stars of the show.

Beach Dubovica is definitely one of the best beaches on the island and probably one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Here, the sea is crystal clear, and the picturesque stone house and the cosy beach bar provide a unique atmosphere.

Pokonji Dol beach is located near Hvar Town and is another of the most popular beaches on the island. The sea appears to be a mix of enchanting colours and the water is beautifully clear. This beach does get quite busy in the summer but it’s definitely worth a visit and a must to paddle in the inviting waters. 

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