12/04/2012 06:56 am ET Updated Feb 03, 2013

The World's Best Places To Make A Splash (PHOTOS)

There's nothing quite like plunging into water to make you feel you're at peace with the world and most dips come free. Still, for travelers, time is the biggest price to pay. Understanding that there are only so many hours in a vacation, we set out to find the best places on Earth to make a splash. What we discovered was the incredible diversity of the world's waterways and a plethora of different ways to get in touch with water and, through it, exciting new places.

Whether you're into the adrenaline of big wave surfing, sailing into the sunset, discovering inland watering holes or bathing in tropical shallows, these swimming spots have something for you.

-- Katrina Whitehead

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The World's Best Places to Get Wet