10 lakes that look like oceans

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Forget taking a trip to the seaside, why not head to one of the world’s 10 largest lakes instead?

Wide sand, lapping waves and water as far as the eye can see. Though all appearances would suggest you’re spending a day at the ocean, you could just as well be on vacation at one of the world’s 10 largest lakes.

So go on, take a dip.

Caspian Sea

Though the Caspian Sea’s misleading name suggests otherwise, this salt-water body is in fact the world’s largest lake — a land-locked body of water.

Caspian Sea © ekipaj/iStock/Thinkstock [http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-caspian-sea/482069655]
Caspian Sea © ekipaj/iStock/Thinkstock

Lake Superior

The greatest of the Great Lakes, the rugged and beautiful Lake Superior is the biggest freshwater lake in the world.

Lake Superior © Wirepec/iStock/Thinkstock [http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-apostle-islands-in-wisconsin/467186619]
Lake Superior © Wirepec/iStock/Thinkstock

Lake Victoria

Though the Falls get the lion’s share of the press, Lake Victoria is just as beautiful. Visitors flock to the lake (which is also the source of the Nile River) for camping, canoeing and sightseeing.

Lake Victoria © TANZANIANIMAGES/iStock/Thinkstock [http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-african-sunset/186117269]
Lake Victoria © TANZANIANIMAGES/iStock/Thinkstock

Lake Huron

Flanked by Michigan and Canada, Lake Huron is the second largest of the Great Lakes, though it boasts the longest shoreline. Perfect for sunning yourself on one of its expansive beaches during the summer months.

Lake Huron © SkyF/iStock/Thinkstock [http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-manitoulin-island-aerial/456864273]
Lake Huron © SkyF/iStock/Thinkstock

Lake Michigan

One of the best places to take in the tides of Lake Michigan is downtown Chicago. Against the backdrop of skyscrapers, the beach is perfectly relaxing. Plus you have plenty of choice too – Lake Michigan stretches all the way from Gary, Ind., almost up to the Canadian border.

Lake Michigan © Maksymowicz/iStock/Thinkstock [http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-chicago-lake-shore-drive-aerial-view/477755633]
Lake Michigan © Maksymowicz/iStock/Thinkstock

Lake Tanganyika

One of several African Great Lakes, the colossal Lake Tanganyika straddles four borders. It’s also the world’s longest freshwater lake, and one of the deepest.

Lake Tanganyika © TANZANIANIMAGES/iStock/Thinkstock [http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-on-the-shores-of-lake-tanganyika/476684211]
Lake Tanganyika © TANZANIANIMAGES/iStock/Thinkstock

Lake Baikal

Located in remote Siberia, Lake Baikal, a rift lake by formation, is also the oldest and deepest in the world.

Lake Baikal © GalaZak/iStock/Thinkstock [http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-landscape-on-lake-baikal/456749301]
Lake Baikal © GalaZak/iStock/Thinkstock

Great Bear Lake

Though it sadly isn’t shaped like a bear, Canada’s Great Bear Lake is still impressive. We recommend staying along its southern shore as the upper portion stretches into the Arctic Circle!

Great Bear Lake © mattcatpurple [https://www.flickr.com/photos/ntlibrarian/158842785]
Great Bear Lake © mattcatpurple

Lake Malawi

This deep, beautiful body of water doesn’t just go by one name, it’s also called Lake Nyasa, the Lake of Stars (for the reflections of fishermen’s lanterns), The Lake of Storms (given the localized weather patterns) and the Calendar Lake (it’s roughly 365 miles long and 52 wide).

Lake Malawi © mtcurado/iStock/Thinkstock [http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-monkey-bay-boats-on-lake-malawi/187928232]
Lake Malawi © mtcurado/iStock/Thinkstock

Great Slave Lake

Its position in Canada’s Northwest Territories means this lake, one of the world’s deepest, is often covered with a thick layer of ice. Aim for July or August, when it has melted (unless ice sledding is your preferred pursuit).

Great Slave Lake © Photos.com/Thinkstock [http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-islands-in-the-great-slave-lake-canada/92847939]
Great Slave Lake © Photos.com/Thinkstock
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10 lakes that look like oceans was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Claire Bullen
Author: Claire Bullen (88 posts)

Globetrotter, chowhound, travel writer for Hg2 | A Hedonist’s guide to... and contributor to Cheapflights Travel Blogs.