So, how does a lagoon differ from a lake, pond or river? Lakes are a still body of surrounded by land; a pond is almost similar but smaller than a lake and a river is a flowing freshwater that usually flows towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river. A lagoon, on the other hand, is a body of water usually formed near coastal areas. Most of the time, it has a small link to the sea but it is separated from the ocean water.

Lagoons have an exotic and romantic appeal. Check out the following pristine lagoons where you can have a little languid relaxation.

Laguna Colorada – Bolivia

The best reason to go there is easy access. Laguna Colorada also has a small village surrounding it which is a good option for spending the night. The place is located in the beautiful Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve which has fascinatingly beautiful landscapes.

Blue Lagoon, Grindavík – Iceland

The most popular spot on the island is the geothermal spa. While enjoying the different services offered by the spa center, your eyes can feast on magnificent landscapes and natural wonders nearby. The water is rich in silica, sulfur and other minerals which are proven to be beneficial to your health and skin.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park – Brazil

This beauty is a bit different from others since it is located in the middle of sand dunes, which is why it is also known as desert lagoons. The sand is not a desert but it looks like one and adds splendor to this natural wonder. The water is so clear, warm and ideal for swimming.

Aitutaki Lagoon – Cook Islands

Aitutaki is one of the islands of Cook Islands. The Aitutaki lagoon can be accessed from the south side via small boats. The place is so heavenly with luminescent turquoise water, Steve Davey, author of the book Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die.