If you're dreaming of a tropical paradise, the best news is that you don't have to charter a plane to get there. Ash Meadows in Nevada is home to turquoise waters in the middle of the desert that you can visit for an escape to island life. Pack your sun hat and get ready for a little Caribbean adventure.

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is located in Amargosa Valley, Nevada. It's home to a variety of natural wonders, including a stunning aquamarine spring and a reservoir.

Crystal Reservoir looks like a tropical beach nestled in the middle of the desert, with bright blue waves that lap the shore.

You can bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and sit on the sand while you enjoy the epic views, or wander through the park and explore the boardwalks that run across the refuge.

It's free to visit the reservoir, and you're allowed to bring watercraft (canoe, kayak, SUP) as long as it's electric or non-motorized.

Crystal Spring is filled with fossil water that came from the last Ice Age, according to the website.

*Due to the presence of endangered fish at all of the springs, swimming, and recreational activities are only allowed at Crystal Reservoir.

It's so blue that it'll fill you with a sense of well-being and calm. Plus, it's an ideal spot for a seriously unique photo-op.

You have about 24,000 acres of space to wander around so that you can spend an entire day adventuring.

It's less than two hours from Vegas, meaning you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and feel like you've flown to an island paradise.

This spot is also known for its impressive wildlife, which includes dreamy flora and fauna as well as a variety of birds.

You can whisk yourself away to the tropics on this easy to reach excursion, and bring your favorite adventure buddy to enjoy it with you.

Your bank account can now stay full while you still get the perks of an island getaway.

Grab a bathing suit and get ready for a Caribbean vacation right in the desert. 

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Price: Free

Address: 610 E. Springs Meadows Rd., Amargosa Valley, NV

Why You Need To Go: You can visit Caribbean blue waters at this stunning park.

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We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

*This article has been updated. 

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