3 of the Best Countries to Try Open Water Swimming

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For avid open-water swimmers, certain destinations stand out for their stunning aquatic landscapes and inviting waters. Dive in and explore the beauty that awaits beneath the surface! Here are three of the best countries to explore for unforgettable open-water swimming experiences.


With its myriad islands and crystal-clear waters, Greece offers endless opportunities for open-water swimming. From the iconic beaches of Mykonos to the secluded coves of Crete, swimmers can immerse themselves in the beauty of the Aegean and Ionian Seas. The seas of Greece stay warm until late Autumn, which means you can enjoy comfortable sea swimming in the off-seasons to avoid the crowds!

New Zealand

Known for its breathtaking natural scenery, New Zealand is a haven for adventurous swimmers. Explore the pristine waters of Abel Tasman National Park or embark on a swim in the glacial lakes of the South Island, surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests.


Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coastline is dotted with picturesque islands and charming coastal towns, making it an ideal destination for open water swimming. Dive into the turquoise waters of Dubrovnik’s Old Town or discover hidden gems along the Dalmatian coast for an unforgettable swimming experience.