Let’s Rank the Survivor Seasons by Their Locations

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Some of the best fun of Survivor comes from all of the locations it’s visited, but which of the nearly 20 locations are the best?

Survivor would make for a far less interesting show if it just sent players of the game somewhere within the continental United States. That’s not to say that the U.S. doesn’t have some interesting locations, but some of the appeal is getting a look at Americans spending time in nature that isn’t something you’d see every day.

A good location on Survivor can help shape the entire season, from the theme down to what sorts of things we can see during camp life scenes. Now, to avoid making this too easy, we’ve focused more on how the location impacted the season, though that doesn’t mean that the quality of the season itself plays absolutely no factor. Not every good season necessarily has a good location, though, and good locations have been used on perhaps mid- or even low-tiered seasons.

(Looking right at you, Survivor: Gabon, even though yours truly holds a special place in her heart for that season for reasons that cannot adequately be explained.)

The following list primarily focuses on how each season filmed their utilized the filming site’s local history, how the surroundings impacted the season itself, and even just how pretty each location was. That all being said, let’s get right to it.

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