Why not skip the beach and hit the pool instead? Here are eight of the world's most impressive outdoor swimming pools!
Bondi Icebergs Club, Sydney, Australia
The Bondi Icebergs Club is possibly the most famous outdoor swimming pool in the world due to its incredible position extending out into the South Pacific. The pool, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, is open for guests and members, as well as being available for various functions such as weddings. It's used for winter swimming and visitors will often see dramatic waves crashing over the wall of the site into the pool, making this an incredibly unique experience.
Szechenyi Thermal Bath, Budapest, Hungary
The Szechenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest is one of the largest thermal baths in Europe, and the site has been open for over 100 years with various expansions and repairs happening during this time. The warm water of the baths has a mineral composition which is thought to be therapeutic and healing for various orthopedic and arthritic issues. Not only are the baths a place to relax, they also host an evening event called Sparty, where DJs play and bars are opened around the baths.
Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver, Canada
This heated saltwater swimming pool, open from May to September only, is about 450 feet in length, making it the longest swimming pool in North America. Just like the Bondi Icebergs Club in Sydney, this swimming pool sits right on the coast of Vancouver, looking out onto English Bay with fantastic views of the city. Fun fact: due to its salty composition, the water is particularly buoyant, making swimming a lot easier!
San Alfonso del Mar, Santiago, Chile
Stretching a massive 3,323 feet in length, the San Alfonso del Mar resort swimming pool claims the title of the second largest pool in the world, beaten only by the manmade crystalline lagoon in Sharm el Sheik. Opened in 2006, the San Alfonso del Mar private resort in Santiago, Chile boasts its own man-made beaches beside the pool, and visitors can even sail and waterski on the water. What a unique experience!
Tinside Lido, Plymouth, UK
Although the golden age of British lidos is considered to have been during the 1930s as demonstrated by the Art Deco design of most outdoor pools in the UK, the Tinside Lido in Plymouth is often voted one of the best pools in Europe. It was shut down during a period of decline between 1992 and 2005 before being reopened thanks to campaigns and renovations. Located in the centre of Plymouth's coastal region named The Hoe, the lido uses seawater and is open to the public during the summer months only, when it's busy with both locals and tourists.