Cool spots to chill out by the water

During one of the hottest summers on record, we're all looking for a bit of refreshment. We've listed some excellent swimming pools, beaches and waterfront bars to help you cool down.

1) Paradise Cove Beach Café

Los Angeles, United States

Another historic and unpretentious beach cafe serving seafood and American fare. The food here is second to the atmosphere – patrons at the cafe gain access to a gorgeous private beach, so plan to make an afternoon out of it. There are beds and lounges for rent, ideal for siesta or watching the sunset.

paradise cove beach café

28128 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

+1 310 457 2503

2) Comino


This small island, between the archipelago’s two main islands of Malta and Gozo, is well-known for its clear blue seas. The famous Blue Lagoon is always teeming with boats and swimmers. However, there are several other smaller bays around Comino where you can swim in the same clear and clean blue seas, that are less crowded. Also an excellent location for a hike during the cooler months.

azure and crystal clear waters at comino

Joseph Galea

Comino Island

3) Harbour Bath

Copenhagen, Denmark

Located in the very heart of Copenhagen, Islands Brygge is an essential swimming spot for locals. With views of the city, a grassy lawn for lounging and barbecues, and the best diving platform in town, Harbour Bath is the best of summer in the city. The baths are open in June, July, and August.

Copenhagen - Harbour Bath swimming

Islands Brygge 7

4) De Ceuvel

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Amsterdam North city council held a competition to find a new use for an old, polluted shipyard. A group of young entrepreneurs came up with a plan to build an entirely self-supporting and sustainable cafe including a waterless urinal, soil-cleaning vegetation and solar panels on the roof.

Café Ceuvel at the water

5) Cais do Ginjal

Lisbon, Portugal

The Cais do Ginjal is located on the other side of the river and it’s accessible by taking the ferry that departs from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas. The trip across the river is a great experience in itself but the cherry on the cake is walking along the river with Lisbon as scenery. There are a few restaurants on the boardwalk with stunning views.

view over Lisbon from Cais do Ginjal

Rua do Ginjal

6) Second Beach Pool

Vancouver, Canada

After a long run, walk or ride on the Seawall, Second Beach Pool is always a good idea. The heated outdoor freshwater pool is open May to September. With lifeguards on duty and two waterslides, it’s a great spot for families. Additionally, there is a section for 50-metre lanes for those looking to get in some aquatic exercise.

Second Beach Pool in Vancouver

Colin Knowles

735 Stanley Park Drive

+1 604 257 8371

7) KMSKA - Museum of Fine Arts

Antwerp, Belgium

The restored fine arts museum KMSKA has become a welcoming place for children. They can wander around looking at (and climbing onto) strange installations by Christophe Coppens, including a plush camel and a dinosaur skull. Or they can pick up a sketch pad to create their own art.

A burgundy plush camel by Christophe Coppens in the KMSKA museum

Leopold de Waelplaats 1

+32 (0)3 224 73 00

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