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6 of the Most Beautiful Bodies of Water in the World

Few things are as tranquil and beautiful as a clear, blue body of water. Whether you’re hoping to cool off this summer with a trip to a coastal country and several snorkeling adventures, or simply settling for the daydream while stuck in your 5-story walkup—these six destinations feature some of the bluest lakes and oceans our planet has to offer, and the perfect mid-summer escape:

Egremnoi, Greece

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“It’s hard to find a spot on Lefkada Island that doesn’t have spectacular views of the crystal clear Ionian Sea, but Egremnoi (or Egremni) beach on the west coast is particularly stunning.” –Travel + Leisure

Devil’s Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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“It’s worth the effort to get here just to snorkel in the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean or simply sit back and admire the surroundings.” –Travel + Leisure

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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“The woodsy park, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979, is dotted with 16 turquoise blue lakes that are a staggering display of some of Mother Nature’s best work.” –Travel + Leisure

Ambergris Caye, Belize

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“A short boat ride from the largest barrier reef outside of Australia, Belize’s Ambergris Caye is a scuba diver’s and snorkeler’s paradise.” –Travel + Leisure

Havelock Island, India

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“Havelock Island is a great getaway for a tropical idyll that is completely off the grid. For true paradise among the palm trees, head to the translucent turquoise waters of Radhanagar Beach (Beach No.7) at sunset.” –Travel + Leisure

Peyto Lake, Alberta, Canada

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“This lake in Banff National Park owes its brilliant blue hue to the icy meltwater and silt from the Peyto Glacier and the Wapta Icefields.” –Travel + Leisure

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