Nature July 16, 2021
6 Places In Idaho That Are Like A Caribbean Paradise In The Summer
Here in Idaho, it can get hot, hot, hot during the summertime. Finding a place where you can simultaneously keep cool while enjoying the summer sunshine can be a challenge, but it’s far from impossible. In fact, we’ve got a handful of destinations featured here that are bound to make you feel like you’ve stepped into a Caribbean paradise…except they’re even better because they’re in Idaho!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Box Canyon
Box Canyon is a hidden oasis in Idaho like no other. Hiding out near Twin Falls, the surrounding landscape appears to be rugged and dry. However, peer over the canyon's rim and you'll be treated to a view of a large spring with the most mesmerizing blue water! The spring is actually the 11th largest in the United States and it pours 180,000 gallons of this crystal clear water into the Snake River per minute. Its refreshing waters are a great way to cool off, but you'll want to prepare yourself since the water is quite cold. Read more about Box Canyon
2. Bear Lake
When you feel like experiencing a slice of paradise, there's no better place to go than the lake in Idaho that's been dubbed "The Caribbean of the Rockies." Bear Lake truly lives up to its nickname with incredible turquoise water and white sand beaches. Tucked away in the southeastern corner of the state, about half of the lake is in Idaho and the other half is in Utah. Bear Lake State Park which consists of a north and east unit is the perfect entry point when you want to experience the lake's refreshing waters. Learn more about this park, its facilities, and how you can find it
3. Alturas Lake
If you're the type of person that prefers mountains over the desert, then you'll love the oasis that is Alturas Lake. Tucked away in the Sawtooth Valley, this mountain lake boasts crystal-clear waters that are absolutely gorgeous! It's the second largest lake in the Sawtooths, which means that seeing this beautiful destination with your own eyes is a must. Learn about how you can find this mountain paradise by checking out our previous article
4. Upper Palisades Lake
Another mountain lake with brilliant blue waters, Upper Palisades Lake is a popular summertime spot. Finding this stunning place requires a hike, but we think you'll find that it's worth every step just to dip your toes in the lake's cool waters. And the adventure doesn't end at the lake! Keep following the trail to find a lovely waterfall that's known to flow well into late summer. Grab your hiking boots and read more about this adventure
5. Evans Landing, Lake Pend Oreille
This list simply wouldn't be complete without including Idaho's largest lake: Lake Pend Oreille. Although the lake is home to many hidden beaches and coves, it's Evans Landing that we're focused on. Located on the lake's western shore, Evans Landing includes a secluded beach that's perfect for relaxing on a hot summer day. Boating, swimming, and kayaking are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed here. Read more about this hidden beach with clear waters
6. Blue Heart Springs
Last but not least, Blue Heart Springs is a delightful swimming hole that's tucked away from view. It's actually located near Box Canyon, so you can visit both destinations at once! Finding this spot can be tricky and most people opt to kayak into the cove. However, it's possible to hike down from the canyon if you prefer to visit on foot. Boasting a constant temperature of 58 degrees, the water at Blue Heart Springs is just what you need to stay cool during the summer season. Check out our
for more information on this secret swimming hole and where you'll find it!
What do you think? Will you be visiting any of these refreshing destinations this summer? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!