Produced from the earth’s crust, the heated geothermal water of a hot spring is nature’s ultimate soothing tub. Located in nearly every corner of the world these natural hot tubs attract thousands of visitors every year. Here’s my list of the world’s most awesome hot springs.
Blue Lagoon, Grindavik, Iceland
The Blue lagoon in Grindavik, Iceland produces both electricity and hot water for nearly 45, 000 people. The 1.6 million gallons of seawater attract more than 400,000 visitors each year who enjoy the 37°C – 39°C (99°F – 102°F) minerally rich temperatures. The silky mud makes for a perfect skin treatment and it’s not uncommon to see hundreds of people slathering it all over their bodies.
Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey
Located in Southwestern Turkey, this natural spring is commonly called the Sacraed Pool. With 35°C (95°F) temperatures, the calcium rich white terraces are an amazing natural wonder. The spring’s floors are scattered with Greek and Roman antiques. Tourists are no longer permited to enter the pools but they make for wonderful photos.
Hot Water Beach, Waikato, New Zealand
This is truly a unique experience – just South of the Mercury Bay in Waikato, New Zealand visitors can soak in 64°C (147°F) spring fed seawater right on the beach. The catch? You have to dig your own hot tub! This exceptional encounter can only be enjoyed two hours before and after low tide. It’s advisable to bring a bucket as well to add some cold seawater to your hot tub. Arrive early as this is a popular party hang out!
Jigokudani Monkey Park, Yamanouchi, Japan
Translated to Hell’s Valley this secluded hot spring is located 2, 790 feet and a mile up in the mountains of Japan. Jigokudani Monkey Park attacks snow monkeys who have claimed the natural springs as their own. Don’t expect to climb in with them as they are quite territorial! They do, however, love to have their pictures taken and allow visitors to get quite close.
Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, CO
In the mood for a hot spring weekend in an authentic ghost town? Hike up the 8,600 foot San Juan Mountains in Dolores, Colorado and you’ll find a wonderful resort that offers six different ways to soak in the natural springs. With calcium-bicarbonate, iron, and manganese rich waters ranging 30°C – 41°C (85°F – 106°F) guests can sit under the stars and wash away the stresses of life. On site cabins and restaurants make it the perfect relaxing getaway.
Have you visited any of these amazingly therapeutic hot springs? Have you visited others? What did you think? Share your experiences with us!