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Enough to make your head swim: World's largest pool which cost $1bn and holds 66m gallons is so big you can even sail boats on it

  • The Crystal Lagoon at San Alfonso del Mar resort, Chile, is large enough for sailing and comes with its own fake beach

By LYLE BRENNAN

PUBLISHED: 09:14, 21 May 2012 | UPDATED: 13:14, 21 May 2012

At the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile, a quick dip could well turn into a marathon.

Swimming a length in this, the world's largest outdoor pool, would mean stroke after stroke for more than three fifths of a mile - that's 20 Olympic-size swimming pools.

The enormous man-made lagoon is set halfway up the country's Pacific coast, in the city of Algarrobo, and is filled with 66 million gallons of crystal clear seawater.

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A little slice of the Pacific: The world's biggest pool is three fifths of a mile long and draws water from the ocean, cleaning it and allowing the sun to warm it to 26C

CRYSTAL LAGOON IN NUMBERS

  • Capacity: 66 million gallons
  • Length:3,323ft
  • Area: 20 acres
  • Depth: Up to 115ft
  • Temperature: heated to 26C
  • Estimated cost of construction: £1billion
  • Cost of upkeep: £2million a year
  • Construction time: Almost five years
  • Completed: December 2006
  • The competition: More than twice the length of the next biggest outdoor pool

It also hold the Guinness record for the world's deepest - so if you don't feel like diving 115ft to the bottom, it might be best to bring some spare goggles.

The pool opened in December 2006 after nearly five years of construction work and is said to have set developers back as much as £1billion.

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And on top of that eye-watering initial cost, it takes a further £2million a year to keep it in working order.

It uses a computer-controlled suction and filtration system to suck water in from the ocean at one end and pump it out at the other, while the sun warms it to 26C - nine degrees higher than the sea.

The pool's incredible dimensions leave the next biggest floundering in its wake, with the Orthlieb in Morocco measuring a mere 1,575ft long.

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Lost at sea: A bather floats on the amazingly clear waters of the vast Crystal Lagoon, at the San Alfonso del Mar resort, Chile

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Dazzling blue: A small boat sails round a platform jutting into the lagoon's 20-acre expanse

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Big drip: The pool, shown left next to the city of Algarrobo, is thought to have cost £1billion to build and runs up £2million a year in maintenance

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Man-made paradise: A computer-generated image of the San Alfonso del Mar resort shows how its semi-circular artificial beaches and filtered waters sit right next to the real thing

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Whatever floats your boat: The record-breaking dimensions mean visitors can paddle or sail their way around the pool instead of swimming

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By the sea: A couple stroll along the shores of the artificial lake, which is also the world's deepest swimming pool at 115ft

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2147443/Worlds-biggest-pool-holds-66-million-gallons-cost-1billion-build.html#ixzz1vWITXg5p

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i need a holiday

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i need a holiday

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I'm going to save up to go to this bitch! & that place in Singapore.

Need a few more large wins on the GGS#

Think you'd need at least £5k

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thing is whats the point of having it right next to the sea, why not just go to the real beach?

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thing is whats the point of having it right next to the sea, why not just go to the real beach?

salt free water

heated to 26 degrees

no waves

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salt free water

heated to 26 degrees

no waves

no piss

no sh*t

no seaweed

no sharks

no currents

no engine oil

no "whats that funny feeling on my feet"

no "what the hell is under this water"

no drowning possibilities

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Tulse i thought you couldn't swim?

Sick pool though.

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thing is whats the point of having it right next to the sea, why not just go to the real beach?

salt free water

heated to 26 degrees

no waves

Its filled with sea water though?

I hear the heating thing but still Sea >> swimming pool.

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I wonder what type of fish are in the Ocean next to it to warrant such a big pool.

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i know it's said a lot and i don't do f*ck all myself but people are starving out there and dons wanna spend a billi on a swimming pool next to the sea.

"People were made to be loved, things were made to be used, the reason the world is in such chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used"

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is sick though and a lot better than the sea..i'm not scared of the sea but when i'm in it i'm always thinking about whats underneth me lol

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is sick though and a lot better than the sea..i'm not scared of the sea but when i'm in it i'm always thinking about whats underneth me lol

lol same mate

Like i get nervous when your feet touch some jelly or hard sh*t like wtf that could be anything

Think how long the seas been there washing sh*t in and out

Dirtyness

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i need a holiday

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Wow, that is luxurious.

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Maintenance must cost a fortune though

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I'd piss in that

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Nah would be like when your dad used to creep in your room at night

No one would ever know

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Maintenance must cost a fortune though

2 mill per year

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