IELTS Cue Card 20: Describe A Place Near A Lot of Water You Enjoyed Visiting

A Place Near A Lot of Water Cue Card

IELTS Speaking Cue Card with Sample Answer. Describe A Place Near A Lot of Water You Enjoyed Visiting Cue CardIELTS Speaking Part 2 With Model Answer.


A Place Near A Lot of Water

You should say:

  •     Where this place was
  •     Who you went there with
  •     What you did there
  • And explain why you enjoyed visiting that place.


Tips for answering this cue card topic:


Talk about a place near water (lake, river, etc) you have visited when you were a child.

Some common things people do on their trip to a sea:
1. Enjoy the vastness of the sea.
2. Take sunbath on the sea beach.
3. People do some surfing and riding near the sea beach.
4. They walk beside the sea beach.
5. They enjoy the heavy tide and the sound of it.
6. They eat fresh sea foods.
7. They get down in the sea water and take bath.
8. They take photos and enjoy the sun rise and sun set.

Some common activities people do on their trip to a river:
1. Enjoy the sweet breeze.
2. People catch fishes from the river.
3. They swim in the river.
4. They enjoy the natural beauty besides the river.
5. They seat near the river and enjoy the scenic beauty.
6. They arrange a picnic there.



Model Answer 1:  Place with lots of water
Anjana Beach ( a visit to a sea shore )
 India is a diverse country.
 There are many places with lots of water.
 When it comes to beach holidays in India the choice is endless.
 After all India has a coastline of more than 7000 Km.
 The beach I am going to talk about here is Anjuna beach at Goa.
 I went there with my parents in the month of December.
 It was my school winter vacation and my parents had planned this holiday for
 We went by train to Goa and stayed in a hotel at Panaji
 I vividly remember the name of the hotel
 It was hotel Delmon
 It was a ten day holiday including the travel period
 My father had meticulously planned the holiday within his budget
 Every morning there was a bus from the hotel which left at sharp 9 a m
 It took us to various beaches and churches of Goa
 The beaches I remember are Anjana, Donna Paula and Calangute
 I liked Anjana beach the most
 I remember the foreign tourists sun bathing under the swaying palm leaves
 We too enjoyed the waves touching our feet
 I collected some shells and even caught a small starfish.
 The day we went there was a flea-market where we saw cute looking Kashmiri
and Tibetan women selling all kinds of junk jewellery and clothes
 I too bought a T-shirt from there
 After this we went to the Calangute beach
 There was too much rush on the beach
 I remember my father took us quite far into the water
 I was very afraid but my father held my hand
 My mother was quite happy clicking photographs from the shore
 I can never forget this holiday
 I shall definitely like to go there again


 Model Answer 2: 

I have visited many places near a river or a sea and I enjoyed the scenic beauty and vast water very much. I would like to talk about a river I visited 2 years back. I chose to talk about it because I really enjoyed my visit there.

The name of the river was (…say a river’s name…) and it was in (…say a place’s name…). One of our relatives invited us to visit their house and we decide to visit there. I went there with 4 of my family members including my parents. After we reach there, I was amazed to notice that our relative’s house was near a big river. This was the first time I visited that relatives and I was very excited for the natural beauty there.

After we reach our relative’s house, my younger sister told me that she would like to visit the river. I restrained her by saying that we will all go there in the evening. In the evening we went near the river and the river was very calm at that moment. A sweet wind was blowing from the river and the weather was very pleasant. We sat near the river and had our tea. That was kind of family picnic. I had my younger brother, sister, my parents and 3 of our relatives at this place. Since this was the summer season, we felt very comfortable being at the bank of the river. We noticed many boats were in the river and we planned to rent a boat for an hour. When we were in the boat, the wind suddenly started blowing heavily. We quickly came to the high land and left for our relative’s house.


Model Answer 3: 

About a month ago I went to Lake Superior with some friends for the weekend. It’s the largest lake in North America, and I think it’s the biggest fresh-water lake in the world, although I’m not one hundred percent sure if I remember that correctly, but it is enormous, and it even crosses the border into Canada as well. We were in a place called Bayfield, in Wisconsin, by the side of the lake so we could go swimming and kayaking and other stuff.

As I said, we went there for a long weekend and it was great fun. My friend comes from there so for her it was like going home for the weekend. We met some of her friends too and went to some of the places she hadn’t been to for a while. We stayed at her mother’s house so that was nice and it was really homey and comfortable.

On the morning after we arrived, we went out on Lake Superior in a canoe and paddled around for about an hour or so – it was an incredible view from out on the water and we took some amazing photos while we were out there. Then we came back in and had lunch at a small restaurant near the harbor, which was delicious. In the afternoon we strolled around town for a while and saw some of the local places, and then in the evening we went to a party my friend’s cousin was having – it was near at the side of the lake near an old cabin that belonged to their family, so it was really nice. There was a nice breeze coming off the lake at night so it was nice and fresh and cool.



Model Answer 4: 

Let me tell you about my travels at the end of 2012 to the Great Barrier Reef, which is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. I was keen on going there because it is a paradise for travelling and photography.

I stayed there for about ten days with my family. I really enjoyed the laid-back beach, experienced the memorable diving trips to see the magnificent coral and the magical marine life; moreover, I once picked one of the fantastic and uninhabited islands to camp for two days. Besides, I took my camera with me to capture the stunning natural scenery, the painted sunset for example. It is really a memorable trip.

I once watched a BBC documentary introducing the Great Barrier Reef, I was attracted by the colourful undersea world and the superb scenery. Moreover, I would like to go there with my son. I want him to experience the natural wonders during his childhood as well as getting close to it.


Model Answer 5:

I immensely enjoyed my journey at Miami beach (or say the name of any beach in your country) last summer and I stayed there almost a week. This was a great experience and really refreshing vacation for me. I stayed at a hotel very near to the beach and enjoyed the life and nature of this place. The water, people from different states, the sound of the sea, the tide gave a pleasure that I cherished. This is one of the most famous beaches of the world and the water is very clean. I had two friends (Mark & John) with me and we enjoyed the tide & ebb, sun rise, sun set, sun shines, roaring of the sea and the natural beauty surrounding the shore.

This is one of the most beautiful beaches of USA and a lot of people come here every day especially in summer. I swam in the sea, ran and played in the sand, made monuments with the sands, played beach volleyball with my friends, ate sea fishes and other delicious foods during my stay. The sound of the wind blow at night was something out of the world and hallucinating. I went to the beach at the mid-night and that was an experience incomparable to anything else.

The beach is sandy and in the summer it glitters like the diamonds. The water was fresh and blue and we could see the sky reflecting on it. The nights at the seashore were mesmerising and very much different than the day-life and crowd. The moon reflected in the sea water and the strong and seductive smell in the wind took me to the world unknown to me.

The journey was very much pleasant and refreshing for me. I enjoyed the picture like sea, beach life and tasty Miami foods. The people were nice and I talked to a lot of people during my visit. The natural scenery of the sea and the sea-beach is really something worth visiting. This sea water and its deep blue colour had a real attraction and illusion that took my heart away.


Model Answer 6: A place with lots of water ( Sukhna lake)

 There are a number of places in India with lots of water.
 There are lakes and rivers and sea-shores.
 The lake I am going to talk about here is Sukhna Lake.
 It is in Chandigarh.
 It is the greatest gift from le Corbusier to the people of Chandigarh.
 The lake is fringed by a golf course to the south and Nek Chand‟s famous Rock
Garden to its west.
 It is a man-made lake.
 It was made in 1958.
 The people of Chandigarh love Sukhna.
 It is a venue for many festive celebrations.
 The most famous is mango festival which is held during monsoon where varieties
of mangoes are on display.
 This is also a spot for bird watchers.
 The children enjoy a number of joy rides and a mini train.
 In the evenings Sukhna comes alive with tourists.
 I like it because of its picturesque beauty.
 As night descends, the lights from the hills of Kasauli present a bewitching sight.




IELTS Speaking Part 3: Details Discussion

Did you take a lot of photos there?

Yes, we took some photos of the lake, others when we were out on the lake and a load of photos throughout the time we spent there. Some of them were like landscape shots and others were just of the places we saw and people we met over the weekend while we were there visiting.

Do you have a photo of that place at home?

No, not like a photo in a frame or anything like that. I have all the photos we took stored on my computer and in the cloud so I can look at them or share them with anyone whenever I want.

Do you think clean water is important for people? Why?

Absolutely, without clean water to drink and cook and wash, life would be very difficult, probably even impossible for many people. Clean drinking water is essential just to survive, but we use clean water for all kinds of things. If the water was polluted or contaminated then we probably wouldn’t be able to use it for crop irrigation or cooking or food preparation. Clean water is an absolute necessity for humans – just look at the problems that a drought causes, you see it on the news – it’s a serious problem when there’s no water or no clean water.

What is the reason for shortage of clean water in the world?

There are various causes for this happening. First, there’s global warming, or climate change, whatever you want to call it – the earth’s temperature is heating up and that causes increased evaporation of surface water. Then, there’s the fact that underground sources of fresh water have been pumped dry in some places, there’s less rainfall in certain regions now which obviously produces less water overall. And then there’s water sources which become polluted and can’t be used to extract clean drinking water anymore. The current water shortage is predicted to get worse throughout this century unless a solution is found and some say that water will become even more valuable than oil or gold in the future because it will be so scarce – yet it is essential for life.


Similar IELTS Cue Card Topics

If you can talk about the cue card topic “Favourite Room” you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:

  1. Describe a trip you recently had.
  2. Describe a beach you have visited.
  3. Describe a tourist attraction in your city.
  4. Describe a sea or river.
  5. Describe a naturally beautiful place.
  6. Describe a vacation you have had.
  7. Describe a river or a sea you have visited.