10 July, 2013 in Article, Images | Comment

When people see these photos for the first time, they think they’re looking at the sea. But what they don’t realize, is that it’s actually a tremendously large swimming pool.

The pool opened 8 years ago, in December 2006.

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It currently holds the Guinness World Record for largest pool in the world by area.

The San Alfonso del Mar is a private resort in Algarrobo, Chile that boasts the world’s largest swimming pool. Not a bad tourist attraction. The pool is 0.6 miles long covering 20 acres in total. At any given time it contains around 66,000,000 gallons of filtered seawater from the Pacific Ocean.

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That water color. Just wow.

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Making such a huge swimming pool wasn’t cheap. It cost an estimated $1.5 to $2 billion to build.

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The water filtration system alone cost about $3.5 million.

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The owners decided they wanted the water to stay as clear as possible at all times.

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Google maps aerial view of the pool.

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Annual maintenance for the pool costs about $4 million.

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It’s perfect for people who love the water, but are afraid of oceans because of sharks.

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Have you ever wanted to go sailing in a pool? Now you can.

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The pool water is about 16°F warmer than the ocean.

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For some people, this is their type of water. There are those who prefer the sea, but others want to swim peacefully without worrying about creatures brushing their feet.
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