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Famous Bodies of Water to Add to Your Bucket List


There are thousands of lakes, rivers, bays, lagoons, and oceans around the globe. Each has a storied history, but a special few are so breathtaking or so historic that they demand to be seen up close. If you’re in an adventurous spirit this summer, make your way through Pelican Water’s bucket list of famous bodies of water that live up to the hype.

This list is curated from bodies of water all over the world. Whether their pure beauty, awe-inspiring scenery, or historical context makes them a must-visit, you can bet that beholding these destinations is worth every penny spend on the journey.

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Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon (Falmouth, Jamaica) – Hailed as one of the most incredible spots on the planet, this naturally occurring nighttime attraction in Jamaica offers stunning and unbelievable views of a lagoon that literally glows in magnificent glistening light. The phosphorescent lagoon contains microscopic organisms that give off an eerie neon light when disturbed. The camera-ready views are one-in-a-lifetime, and the organisms are purported to only grow in two other places in the world.

The Dead Sea – This biblical salt lake borders Jordan to the east and Palestine and Israel to the west. The deepest hypersaline (super salty) lake in the world, the Dead Sea nevertheless is safe to swim in, as the salt content allows its flocks of visitors to float easily. King David sought refuge at the Dead Sea in the Bible, and the unique topography of the region has lent to many products being produced there, including balms for Egyptian mummification.

Loch Ness (Inverness, Scotland) – Loch Ness has an entire mythos unto itself, in large part thanks to the worldwide fascination with Nessie, or the “Loch Ness Monster.” One of Scotland’s largest lakes (lochs), Loch Ness is surrounded by picturesque villages and castles erected during the most dramatic periods of Scottish history. Explore castle ruins and brush up on delicious local Scottish cuisine while visiting this hallmark body of water that’s inspired countless legends and ghost stories.

Grand Prismatic Spring (Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States) – The third largest hot spring in the entire world, the Grand Prismatic Spring is rich in a variety of minerals, which causes numerous bands of vibrant color to encircle the spring. The pigmented bacteria in each band create vivid reds, greens, yellows, and blues that defy expectations and create mesmerizing images. While you’re in the area, check out the other can’t-miss springs, pools, and geysers that make Yellowstone the international destination it is.

While you’re crossing these amazing bodies of water off of your bucket list, remember to stay hydrated and always carry plenty of water with you. A refillable sports bottle that’s BPA-free holds your favorite cold beverages and helps save the environment.

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