During the hot months of summer many people spend plenty of their free time soaking up the sun while by the pool.
But your local or backyard swimming pool likely pales in comparison to this enormous swimming spot.
If you’ve ever felt like your own pool is just too small, you may want to take a look at this giant man-made body of water.
San Alfonso del Mar, a private resort in Algarrobo Chile, just about 62 miles (100 kilometers) west of country capital Santiago, is home to the largest swimming pool in the world.
According to Guinness World Records, no other pool on Earth has a larger area.
Unsurprisingly, the pool attracts a considerable amount of tourist, all wanting to spend some time in and on its vivid blue waters.
Covering about 20 acres in total, the pool is 3,323 feet (1,013 meters) long, just over 0.6 miles. Longer than 20 Olympic sized swimming pools, it takes the term “swimming laps” to a whole new level.
At any given time the pool contains over 66,000,000 gallons of filtered seawater from the Pacific Ocean. Its deep end is an astounding 115 feet (35.1 meters).
The pool opened in December 2006 after almost 5 years of construction work. The body of water was developed by Chilean businessman Fernando Fischmann and was built by his company. It took an estimated $1.5 to $2 billion to construct, the water filtration system alone costing around $3.5 million.
Fischmann boasts that him and his company built, “an impressive artificial paradise”, also stating
“As long as we have access to unlimited seawater, we can make it work, and it causes no damage to the ocean.”
The pool is so enormous that it’s often referred to as a “lagoon.” And it definitely feels like it’s deserving of more than just the title of “pool”, considering all you can do on and in it, from sail boating to scuba diving.
Set along the gorgeous sandy coastline, this resort swimming spot makes an amazing escape where you can enjoy both the beautiful weather and the gorgeous blue waters of the largest pool in the world.
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