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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


“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


“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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