If you're daydreaming of a trip to the Caribbean, you might find that you don't have to go far to enjoy beautiful weather and scenery. It may not seem like it, but blue water in Arizona exists. And we know just where to find it.
Some of these spots make for a great day trip with friends while others require you to plan a little. No matter the case, they should be on your bucket list of places to see at least once in your life.
If you're up for it, here's a list of places with the most amazing clear, blue water. Enjoy.
Fossil Creek (set to reopen fall 2022)
Editor's note: The area has closed in 2021 due to the lightning-caused Backbone Fire.
Price: $10 per vehicle from April 1 through October 1 (with a permit)
Address: Camp Verde, AZ
Why you need to go: This "wild and scenic" river has a waterfall and a hidden cave with sapphire water.
Wet Beaver Creek
Address: Sedona, AZ
Why you need to go: This swimming hole might not be blue, but that water is so clear that you can see the fishes beneath you.
Price: $30 permit fee
Address: Whiteriver, AZ
Why you need to go: This 80-foot tall waterfall is the best reward after a moderate hike. No swimming is allowed, so plan accordingly.
The Little Colorado River Gorge
Price: $5 entry fee + $12 hiking fee
Address: Grand Canyon, AZ
Why you need to go: You can go on a rafting trip and get amazing red rock views the entire way.
Lake Havasu State Park
Price: $15 to $20 per vehicle with up to four people
Address: 699 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City, AZ
Why you need to go: You and your friends can enjoy a variety of water sports. Plus, it's open year-round.
Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
This article has been updated since it was originally published on March 20, 2020.