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11 Coolest Naturally Occurring Hot Springs

Craving a hot spring to relax and take your mind off things? What about a hot spring that could possibly sweep you down hundreds of feet down a waterfall? No matter what you’re searching for this list has the best of the best, take your pick!

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#11 

Devil’s Pool Babinda, Australia

Thousands of years of erosion built this life-threatening infinity pool. Devil’s Pool is the largest waterfall in the world, and it is also one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The river current carries swimmers to the end of the pool and the edge stops them before they plummet hundreds of feet down.

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Deception Island Hot Springs Antarctica

On the same land that used to host a whaling station, this natural hot spring has a very dark past. However, it also holds one of the most beautiful hot springs in the world. Surrounded by the cold weather of Antarctica, the Deception Island Hot Spring sits on top of an active volcano.

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#9

Cascate Del Mulino, Italy

The warm waters of Cascate Del Mulino stay a constant 37 degrees celsius and they provide a beautiful view of the waterfalls of Italy. The water contains sulfur and thermal plankton that help cure skin, digestive, and circulatory ailments.

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#8

Blood Pond Hot Spring Beppu, Japan

This unique hot spring is part of the ‘hot spring capital” of the world in Japan. The Blood Pond is one of 9 hot springs and was named Hell’s Hot Springs. The water attains it’s red tint due to the high concentration of iron.

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#7

Minerva Terrace, Yosemite, USA

Located within the amazing Yellowstone park, the Minerva Terrace is one of the many hot springs in Mammoth. The unique array of colors displayed within the waters are due to the deposits that have accumulated over the years. Although it has been dormant over the last couple years, this hot spring has become active very recently.

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#6

 Takaragawa Onsen Minakami, Japan

This beautiful set of hot springs was recently renovated in 2004 and is basically a landmark in Japan. This spot was a venue for many shows, movies, and commercials. But, it’s main draw is the availability of five different baths and the relaxation that these baths serve.

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#5

Blue Lagoon, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

Although located in a lava field, the jaw-dropping Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a sight worth seeing. The waters are rich in silica and sulfur, and the site also operates as a research and development facility for skin ailments.

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#4

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, USA

Describing this hot spring as “grand” might be an understatement. The Grand Prismatic spring is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world. The water is at a warming 160 degrees fahrenheit, and the colors look like a rainbow. The orange and red tones form during hotter seasons, greener tones during cold seasons, and the azure blue is always constant towards the middle.

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#3

Dominicas Boiling Lake, Morne Trois Piton National Park, Dominica

Rightfully earning the title of Dominicas “Boiling Lake”, this hot spring literally looks like a boiling pot of water. With bubbling grey-ish blue water, this boiling lake holds the title of the second largest hot spring in the world, right behind the Grand Prismatic.

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#2

Frying Pan Lake Waimangu, Volcanic Rift Valley, New Zealand

You’ve seen the runner-ups to the biggest hot spring in the world, and now we present the biggest hot spring in the world. New Zealand’s Frying Pan Lake was created due to a catastrophic volcano eruption many years ago. With water being 110-130 degrees fahrenheit, this hot spring is one of the hottest and biggest there is to see.

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#1

Pamukkale Menderes Valley, Turkey

Many might believe that the biggest hot spring in the world would hold the top spot on this list. However, after seeing the Pamukkale hot spring it is obvious as to why it isn’t. Being the former spiritual center of Hierapolis, this hot spring embodies relaxation. It originated in the Roman times, and is completely surrounded  by beautiful views of the nature surrounding it.

Tim Tang

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