Pack your bathing suit and head out in search of some cool pools where you can chill out until fall. From the Southwest to Scotland, these pools should definitely be at the top of your bucket list.
Havasupai Falls, Grand Canyon in Arizona
Make sure you’re wearing comfortable hiking boots and bring your water shoes for your swim at the Havasupai Falls. It’s a 12-mile walk down switchbacks and over the rocky desert floor, but you’ll be rewarded when you arrive at the crystal clear blue-green oasis. Take your time relaxing in this stunning natural pool because eventually, you will have to make the walk back up the canyon.
The Pools at Oheo Gulch in Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii
You might think you’re in a tropical dream when you arrive at these spectacular pools just steps from the Pacific Ocean, but when you jump in, you’ll know you’re awake. These pools are a part of the Haleakala National Park system and are also known as Seven Sacred Pools, although there are at least a dozen pools for you to explore. Depending on which spectacular pool you choose for your float, it can take from two to five hours to hike in, but it’s well worth your time. Set against a backdrop of palm trees, tropical flowers, and ancient lava rocks, these ancient waters are a great getaway from the crowded beaches of Maui.
To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa
The flight to Samoa might be long, but the trip to the South Pacific and the discovery of To Sua Ocean Trench will make you wonder why you never had this Treasure Island on your radar.
Once you arrive, travel the La Mafa Pass 1,700 feet up past plantations tropical foliage and waterfalls, until you arrive at the To Sua Ocean Trench in Lotofaga Village. The sparkling pool To Sau translates to ‘big Hole,” and to swim in the cool, turquoise waters you’ll have to jump, but it’s advisable to climb down the ladder.
After relaxing in the natural pool, you can head to the white sands of Faofao Beach to ride some waves or just relax on this South Pacific beach.
The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
It’s easy to fall under the magical spell of these pools located southeast of Glen Brittle Forest and about two miles before Glen Brittle beach. These vividly colored little pools fed by waterfalls are surrounded by marshy grass and grey rocks. There is a marked, easy trail to the aqua blue waters, which look warm and inviting, but the temperature, like the views and Scottish hills, will take your breath away.
Secret Lagoon, Gamla Laugin in Fludir, Iceland
Summer in Iceland is spectacular—especially so because the sun never sets.
Iceland is filled with warm natural pools—and a few not-so-natural like the famous Blue Lagoon, but if you go off the beaten path to tiny villages, you can find bubbling pools of hot water filled with bathers with smiles on their faces.
The Secret Lagoon is tucked away in this tiny village of Gamla Laugin, an hour’s drive from Reykjavík. It’s a family run business and tourists from all over the world descend on these warm, natural waters to float and watch the Northern lights.