Where is the Cleanest Water in the World?

Clean water pouring into water glass

There’s something about the sight (and taste) of crystal clear water that’s calming and uplifting. Anybody who travels regularly may wonder, where is the cleanest water in the world?

Clean water is essential for drinking, cooking, and even swimming. Let’s dive in and learn where to find the cleanest, freshest water on the planet.

Where is the Best Tap Water in the World?

Many countries and locations have delicious, clear tap water, but the country that is most often mentioned as having the best tap water is Switzerland.

Which Countries Have the Best-Tasting Drinking Water?

Before traveling to any country, it’s a good idea to investigate where and how to get enough clean drinking water to stay hydrated. In some countries, extreme poverty and minimal services may mean that residents struggle to find water that’s safe to drink–and of course, the same may apply to travelers. Here are some countries with good-tasting tap water.

  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Greece
  • Denmark
  • United Kingdom
  • Malta
  • Germany

Anybody traveling to a country where the tap water is safe to drink should consider bringing a disposable water bottle. In countries where the water may not be safe to drink, buying bottled water may be a necessity.

tropical beach with crystal clean water

The Cleanest Beaches in the World

While clean drinking water is necessary, travelers may also be interested in learning about which of the world’s beaches have the clearest and cleanest water for swimming. Looking at a picture of clear tropical waters can be a mental vacation in and of itself. Here are some beautiful beaches to consider visiting.

Ypao Beach, Tumon, Guam

Guam isn’t a place that gets the same tourist traffic as other Pacific islands, but it should. Ypao Beach offers crystal clear water for swimming and snorkeling. It’s close to the city of Tumon while still maintaining a serene and relaxing vibe.

Banana Beach, Koh Hey Island, Phuket Thailand

Thailand has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and Banana Beach is no exception. Visitors can swim, kayak, or snorkel–or take a banana boat ride to get a closer look at the water and a view of the jungle surrounding the beach. 

Devil’s Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Explorers and lovers of wildlife may want to visit Devil’s Bay. The beach offers some of the clearest water in the world, but what makes it special are the grottos and tidal pools, as well as natural arches, that dot the beach. It’s a gorgeous place to visit.

La Chiva, Vieques, Puerto Rico

La Chiva isn’t as crowded as some of Puerto Rico’s other beaches because the only access to it is off the beaten path, making it an ideal spot to sunbathe or swim in the stunning waters, which feature gradient shades of blue. In addition to the beautiful water, La Chiva has gorgeous pink sand, making it an Instagrammer’s dream.

What is the Cleanest River in the World?

Rivers and other bodies of water are often heavily polluted, particularly those that run through major cities. Human beings don’t have the best record when it comes to protecting waterways, and that’s why it might come as a surprise to learn that the River Thames in London is considered by some to be the cleanest river in the world.

What makes the Thames such a surprise on the list of the world’s cleanest rivers is that it was once so badly polluted that it was declared dead. Some of the other rivers that are cited as being the cleanest in the world include the Tara River in Europe, the St. Croix River in North America, the River Ethiope in Nigeria, and the Li River in China.

What Are the Cleanest Lakes in the US?

As a rule, it’s easier to maintain clarity and purity in running water because the movement of rivers and oceans deposits impurities and leaves them behind. The same cannot be said of lakes, but despite that, the United States has some beautiful lakes that offer clear water for swimming and other activities.

The lake that is mentioned most often is Crater Lake, which was formed by a volcanic eruption and is fed only by rainwater. Sunlight can permeate as much as 400 feet below the surface. Other clear lakes in the United States include the following.

  • Lake Powell in Arizona
  • Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri
  • Lake Superior (the largest freshwater lake in the world when measured by surface area)
  • Hanging Lake in Colorado

It’s also worth noting that Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes and boasts some of the most beautiful (and cleanest) lakes in the world.

Where Can Travelers Find the Cleanest Water in the World?

Our planet is mostly water, so it should come as no surprise that there is clean water to be found on every continent. From the pure drinking water of Northern Europe to the crystal clear beaches of Asia, there’s no shortage of clean water to be enjoyed.

This entry was posted in Travel, Wellness and tagged , . By Aimee Parrott