Interested in swimming laps? Maybe you’d rather paddle boat, kayak, or float on a huge round float? This swimming pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile – on the country’s southern coast – might just be your answer.
This gigantic saltwater pool encompasses 20 acres and is more than 1,000 yards long. It is 115′ at the deep end, and so clear you can see to the bottom – even at the deep end!
Wondering how many gallons of water this lovely mammoth holds? Try 66 million gallons. The annual maintenence costs 2 million dollars. And you thought your pool was expensive to maintain.
This pool hardly uses any chemicals – actually 100x lower than a traditional pool. It recycles sea water! It takes in ocean water at one end and pumps it out at the other end, causing no damage to the ocean.
It took 5 years to build this attraction and cost nearly a billion dollars to do so.
Why build a pool right at the ocean’s edge? Chile has damaging waves and some serious riptides. This is a way to swim in water that is 9 degrees warmer than the ocean, while knowing you are in a safe environment.
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