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10 Hyatt Regency, San Antonio
THE POOL 18 by 24 feet. 11th floor. THE LOOK Texas-sized comfort: a six-person Jacuzzi, multicolored tiles, and beige plastic-webbed beach chairs create a laid-back retreat for hotel guests. THE VIEW A new perspective on the city's beloved Riverwalk, the Alamo, and the San Antonio River. THE PERKS At night, you can float on your back and watch the glittering stars and skyline with a frozen daiquiri or ice cream soda in hand (in a plastic cup, of course).
123 LOSOYA ST.; 800/233-1234; www.hyatt.com

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A Matter of Degrees

Want your ocean bathwater-hot?Or your lake as cool as the other side of the pillow?Here are 10 swimming spots—from a beach in Florida to a bay in Wisconsin—that satisfy every water-temperature need.

Miami Beach, Fla.
Average Water Temperatures in July: 87°
Air temperature Highs in July: 92°

Puerto Rico's West Coast
Average Water Temperatures in July: 83°
Air temperature Highs in July: 94°

Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Average Water Temperatures in July: 80°
Air temperature Highs in July: 95°

Lake Powell, Utah & Arizona
Average Water Temperatures in July: 78°
Air temperature Highs in July: 105°

Hawaii's Kona Coast
Average Water Temperatures in July: 79°
Air temperature Highs in July: 87°

South Padre Island, Tex.
Average Water Temperatures in July: 79°
Air temperature Highs in July: 89°

Chicago, Ill.
Average Water Temperatures in July: 64°
Air temperature Highs in July: 95°

Thousand Islands, N.Y.
Average Water Temperatures in July: 67°
Air temperature Highs in July: 90°

Catalia Island, Calif.
Average Water Temperatures in July: 65°
Air temperature Highs in July: 82°

Nicolet Beach, Peninsula State Park, Wis.
Average Water Temperatures in July: 65°
Air temperature Highs in July: 76°

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11 NOT SLIPPERY WHEN WET Reversible teeny-weeny bikini by J. Crew, $68; Hawaiian-style swim trunks by Vilebrequin, $115; CanonU.S.A. PowerShot A70 digital camera, $449, with waterproof case, $240; kitten-heel flip-flops by Sigerson Morrison, $85; Ralph Lauren marrow-stitched cotton beach towel, $69; waterproof bracelet watch by Emporio Armani, $125.

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Natural Wonders: Waterfalls

Nothing beats wading in a natural pool under a cascade of water—especially after a long morning trek. Here are a few of our favorite places:

12 Beyond the palm-studded banks of Kauai's Wailua River, Uluwehi ("Secret") Falls has kayakers abandoning their oars—after nearly two hours of paddling and hiking—and taking a plunge in the freshwater pool at the bottom of an 88-foot veil. Get outfitted by Kayak Kauai (800/437-3507; www.kayakkauai.com; unguided trips for two $50; guided trips from $60 per person, reservations required).

13 Venture past the vortex trails and luxury resorts of Sedona, Arizona, and you'll stumble upon Slide Rock State Park (928/282-3034; www.pr.state.az.us). The 70-foot-long chute can be reached only by hiking along the gin-clear Oak Creek, clambering over half-dressed sunbathers, and crossing a rickety footbridge. Let the water toss you (gently) through boulder passages into a glistening pool, or stop at miniature waterfalls for a natural shoulder massage.

14 Cruise along North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway to find Looking Glass Falls (Pisgah National Forest; 828/877-3265; www.visitwaterfalls.com). This 65-foot waterfall gushes over a craggy granite ledge, attracting more visitors than any other in the area. Take a dip in the basin at the end of the path, or—to escape the crowds—choose Hooker Falls in nearby DuPont State Forest (828/877-6527; www.dupontforest.com), where an 11-foot waterfall lightly crashes from Little River into Cascade Lake.
—Jennifer V. Cole and Heidi Sherman Mitchell

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