Cruise Destinations

The world’s best cruise destinations for natural beauty

If you’re someone who loves nature, scenery, and natural beauty in general, then you may be weighing the best cruise destinations for you.

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Along with natural beauty, with any travel destination selection, there are, of course, logistical concerns to think about as well. For example, you have to think about the visa process. Many countries are making it easier to visit with a visa or to get a visa online.

The process to get an Indian visa for British citizens and some other citizens has become easier recently, encouraging more travel to the area, and India’s cruise market is growing as a result, with two new homegrown cruise lines and Costa Cruises considering a second homeporting ship for Mumbai.

Another cruise destination that’s seeing record growth is Cape Town, with more cruise ships homeporting in the city this year than any other time in history.

Along with some of the most naturally beautiful areas of South Africa, the following are some of the other top naturally beautiful destinations in the U.S.

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South Africa

South Africa is, of course, a great place to start. South Africa has it all for travelers, from large cities and metro areas to outdoor adventure and scenic beauty. It’s tough to narrow down some of the most beautiful places in South Africa, but a few include:

The Tshukudu Game Reserve is a must-do in South Africa, and you might want to think about staying at The Bush Lodge, which is perched on a hill overlooking the plains of the game reserve. The reserve spans 5000 acres, and you can see the Big Five. The Tshukudu Game Reserve is often considered one of the best places to wildlife in Africa.

Boulders Beach is in South Africa and is a place to go if you’re interested in penguin watching.

Cape Point isn’t the southernmost point of Africa, as many people believe, but that doesn’t make it any less spectacular. You can see seals swimming in the sea below if you’re lucky, and the water is very clear.

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum has come onto many people’s travel radars recently, especially as some of other more popular tourist destinations in Mexico have faced more crime.

Tulum is somewhat of a trendy hotspot, but what you might not know is that it’s also great if you want natural beauty.

In particular, swimming in the green water of the caves in Tulum is magical. Tulum has not only the sea but also deeply forested tree-filled areas where you can stay as well.

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India

As with South Africa, we’re including the entire country of India on this list as well, because there are so many places to choose from in terms of beautiful outdoor scenery.

India has a lot of diversity in its geography, which is what makes it such a good place to visit and as was touched on above, the country is working to make it easier for people to get their visas and travel there.

Specifically, in India, you might want to think about visiting:

Coorg, Karnataka which is sometimes referred to as the Scotland of India because of the lush hills and the waterfalls. Also found in the area are coffee plantations, and Nagarhole National Park as well as Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary.

Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh is around 6500 feet above sea level, and it features meadows, forests and mountain peaks covered with snow. Another site to visit is the Khajji Naga Temple, which is from the 12th century.

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand has a name that tells you a bit of the story in terms of natural beauty. It’s located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere, and some alpine flowers and herbs grow naturally throughout the area. There are also endangered animals, including snow leopards, blue sheep,and musk deer.

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Patagonia

Finally, Patagonia is at the end of South America, and in many ways, the end of the world as well. Patagonia is known as a premier destination for people who love not only naturalbeauty but also outdoor adventure.

Patagonia spans across Argentina and Chile, and you have to plan carefully as to what you want your itinerary to look like since there are so many options.

Certain things can be booked ahead of time, such as visiting Torres del Paine National Park. For example, whether you’re going to hike or stay in lodges, you’ll still have to book ahead of time to visit Torres del Paine National Park.

If you’re visiting Patagonia, a few side notes. First, it’s not an inexpensive travel destination despite how remote it is. It’s also slow and sometimes challenging to get from place-to-place, so keep this in mind as you’re planning out your trip stops as well. Don’t try to pack in too many things in too short a period.

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