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Sulu Sea Sunset (Boracay, Philippines)

Besides enjoying the Mediterranean-blue waters and award-winning sandy beaches, one of the best parts of vacationing in Boracay is watching the sun set over the Sulu Sea. Rent a boat from a local Filipino and relax under the breathtaking streaks of red, yellow and blue in the sky.

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Key West

Key West

A beach lover’s heaven, Key West is one of the most enchanting of the 1,700 islands that make up the Florida Keys. It’s also the southernmost city in the continental US. 960 1280

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Key West

Key West

The beaches in Key West are ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and fishing is allowed off the piers at most beaches. Enjoy these activities at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Florida’s southernmost state park -- and one of its most beautiful spots -- that’s home to wide stretches of sand and tranquil waters. We recommend renting a 2-person, glass-bottom kayak if you’re looking for a fun but romantic escape. 960 1280

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Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

One of America’s finest white-sand beaches, Clearwater Beach spans a narrow, 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf Coast. Clearwater’s proximity to Tampa offers visitors ample activities to enjoy, including beach volleyball, parasailing, a dolphin-watching cruise and a fun fishing excursion. 960 1280

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Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

Piers are a Florida shore staple, and Clearwater Beach is no different. Walk to the end of the famed Pier 60 to take in one of the state’s many beautiful sunsets, whether it’s the one in the sky or the daily festival of the same name, which is held 365 days a year. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

Known as one of the best shelling locations thanks to the abundant seashells that wash ashore from the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island attracts collectors from all over the world. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

With a small population of locals, along with breathtaking, clear-blue waters and immaculate white-sand beaches, Sanibel Island offers a fun and relaxing vacation for families and couples alike. 960 1280

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Captiva Island

Captiva Island

Just north of its aforementioned sister island, Sanibel, Captiva Island is a tropical paradise right here in the United States. It offers some of the best fishing and boating in Florida. 960 1280

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Captiva Island

Captiva Island

The blue waters and white-sand beaches of Captiva Island stretch into the horizon. So we recommend watching a spectacular sunset at the end of Captiva Drive. But before the sun sets, go boating down the waterways of the island to see local wildlife, including dolphins, crocodiles, blue herons and many different species of colorful birds. 960 1280

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach

The easternmost town in all of Florida, Palm Beach is lined with its namesake majestic trees and loaded with beautiful beachfront properties, high-end hotels and sprawling resorts. 960 1280

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach

This 16-mile-long, half-mile-wide island is the epitome of wealth and extravagance. In times past, it served as the winter home to the Vanderbilts, the Kennedys, the Rockefellers and other millionaires. True to form, the town still features some of Florida’s finest hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as beautiful beaches. Perched next to the Gulf Stream, this beach town also enjoys the extra benefit of warm blue water and gentle breezes. 960 1280

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Siesta Key

Siesta Key

Situated between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, just a short distance from downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key is as laid-back and enjoyable as any beach you’ll find in Florida. 960 1280

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Siesta Key

Siesta Key

Spend the perfect family vacation in Siesta Key, a barrier island off Florida’s central western coast that boasts beachside picnic areas and playgrounds. Go shell collecting, kayaking or hop on a catamaran for more active pursuits. For adults who want a more low-key experience, spend a candlelit dinner at a restaurant or rent a cozy cottage for a romantic getaway. 960 1280

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Naples

Naples

Located in southern Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples offers phenomenal fishing experiences along the pier, top-notch outdoor restaurants and fun — but difficult — golf courses. 960 1280

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Naples

Naples

Watch the rolling waves and gaze at the mansions that line some of Naples’ most popular beaches along 12th Avenue South. For a family looking to camp out on the beach for the day, we recommend heading a few miles north of Old Naples to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Food stands and on-site rentals for umbrellas, kayaks and snorkeling gear are available nearby. 960 1280

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South Beach

South Beach

Take a dip in the crystal-blue waters of Miami’s South Beach, an international playground that offers non-stop nightlife, high-end shopping, luxurious boutique hotels and unique Art Deco architecture. This man-made beach is perfect for early morning runs and topless sunbathing. 960 1280

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South Beach

South Beach

Take in a beautiful sunrise accompanied by blue skies and colorful clouds as you walk along one of the world’s most renowned beaches. 960 1280

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Delray Beach

Delray Beach

Each year, nearly 1 million people visit family-friendly Delray Beach to enjoy the 2-mile-long beach that’s ideal for fun beach activities, including sandcastle-building. Take a break from the beach and hit nearby Atlantic Avenue, lined with boutiques, seafood restaurants and the luxurious Seagate Hotel and Spa. 960 1280

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Delray Beach

Delray Beach

From sailing and surfing to snorkeling and paddleboarding, water-sport lovers are in for a treat when visiting Delray. 960 1280

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Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach

Relaxing is easy on Atlantic Beach: Sand as soft and white as sugar, brilliant sunshine and azure waters abound. And while Atlantic Beach has heaps of small-town charm, it’s also just a short drive from Jacksonville, making it convenient for day-trippers and vacationers who want a short airport-to-beach commute. 960 1280

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Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach

History buffs can learn about the development of the Atlantic Beach and neighboring Jacksonville beaches at the area’s Beaches Museum and History Center. After spending the afternoon strolling the shores, head to Beaches Town Center’s pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets and check out the town’s restaurants, galleries, boutiques and frequent special events, including live music and the monthly North Beaches Art Walk, held on the third Thursday of every month. 960 1280

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Shoal Bay, Anguilla

Shoal Bay, Anguilla

Once a secret hideaway, Anguilla has come into its own as a Caribbean hot spot for Hollywood starlets and honeymooners alike. Filled with beautiful beaches, posh resorts and overall laid-back charm, Anguilla's popularity is certainly well-deserved. There are 33 beaches on this 16-mile stretch of island, and the best part is that they are all open to the public. Shoal Bay is among the most popular with 2 miles of pearly-white sand on the Atlantic side that has a convenient equipment rental on-site for visitors.

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Eagle Beach, Aruba

Eagle Beach, Aruba

With miles of clean shores, tranquil waters and picture-perfect weather year-round, Aruba sees its fair share of tourism. Eagle Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island with its wide swath of powdery sand and gentle surf perfect for swimming. The beach is a bit quieter than some of its neighbors, but still free to the public like all of Aruba’s beaches. Sleep across the street from these serene shores at the Dutch-influenced Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort.

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Trunk Bay, St. John

Trunk Bay, St. John

Nearly 50 years after Laurance S. Rockefeller donated Trunk Bay to the National Park Service, the beach and offshore coral reefs remain among St. John's most breathtaking and well-preserved attractions. Trunk Bay's clear, warm waters and silky coral sands draw tourists in droves, and its well-maintained facilities include chair and snorkel equipment rentals and showers. Visitors can bask in the tropical sun, snorkel the 225-yard-long Underwater Trail of reefs, or try their hand at underwater photography -- the clean water and variety of colorful sea life promise spectacular photo opportunities.

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Crane Beach, Barbados

Crane Beach, Barbados

Barbados is a distinctive island, both in its natural beauty and fun-loving culture. This West Indies gem is actually a coral island. The sandy beaches are made up of pulverized coral, which makes for fine, soft sand. Just off the coast, there are coral reefs that tempt snorkelers and scuba divers with their exotic underwater life. Crane Beach is known for its great waves, and the waters are filled with surfers and even some body surfers, though the rough waters are appropriate only for strong swimmers.

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Palominos Island, Puerto Rico

Palominos Island, Puerto Rico

Palominos Island is a 100-acre private beach getaway off the coast at the northeastern tip of Puerto Rico. Adding to the island’s allure is its air of exclusivity as it’s only available to guests staying at the El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa. Those lucky VIPs board a fast-moving catamaran for an 8-minute ride to this retreat for a day of snorkeling, wind surfing or riding wave runners or embrace the island paradise by simply lounging in a hammock with a frozen cocktail.

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Philipsburg, St Maarten

Philipsburg, St Maarten

St. Maarten is a cosmopolitan beach destination with European flair on the Dutch and French sides of the island. Phillipsburg is the capital of the Dutch side and the island’s hub of activity with cruise ships coming and going and visitors strolling along the brick-lined Great Bay Beach Promenade. This busy beachfront runs for nearly 2 miles with colorful umbrellas dotting the wide sandy shores. For a completely different experience, head to Cupecoy Beach, a clothing-optional spot beneath golden sandstone cliffs.

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Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

While Nassau’s beaches are certainly lovely, the allure for many is the spectacular diving just off the sandy shores where visibility can reach up to 100 feet. Explore the Blue Hole, a natural hole 100 feet across and 200 feet deep full of large schools of fish. Trinity and Piece of Cake caves both have openings large enough to swim through and are home to some large lobsters. There are also countless shipwrecks that have occurred along the reefs surrounding the islands of the Bahamas that make for some very exciting underwater adventures.

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Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are made up of a collection of smaller islands, each with its own unique topography and island vibe. Virgin Gorda, 1 of the largest islands, is a popular tourist spot with posh resorts, pristine beaches and great sailing. Virgin Gorda is probably most famous for the Baths, a unique national park on the island's southwest coast with white sandy beaches framed by gigantic granite boulders, some of these with diameters reaching 40 feet. Bring along your water shoes, a snorkel and a waterproof camera and explore the series of caves and grottos created by these irregular boulders.

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Harrismith Beach, Barbados

Harrismith Beach, Barbados

Spend the day like a castaway on the remote Harrismith Beach in the Parish of St. Philip in Barbados. Though it’s just a short walk from Bottom Bay, this sandy paradise is far removed from the resort scene at the more developed beaches. The beach is accessible by a flight of stone steps carved into a cliff overlooking the sea. The cliff-top ruins of an old plantation house add to the romantic air. After descending the steps to the shore, enjoy a picnic, search for shells or relax with a book—but swim at your own risk as there’s no lifeguard on duty at this hidden gem of a beach.

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Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Bermuda's famous pink-sand beaches are considered some of the loveliest seaside retreats in the world, and the shores of Horseshoe Bay are no exception. Wide stretches of the pastel pink sand -- the result of crushed shells, coral and calcium carbonate -- offset by clear blue waves lapping at the shore, create an enticing lure for the scores of visiting beachgoers who descend each year upon the 21-mile-long island. Horseshoe Bay Beach's facilities, lifeguards and equipment rental shops have helped secure its ranking as Bermuda's most popular shore.

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Sexiest Beach: Miami

Sexiest Beach: Miami

You don’t have to leave the East Coast to slip away to this year’s Sexiest Beach. An easy getaway from New York, Miami has everything you need, according to Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal: “soft sand, beautiful warm water, interesting people, volleyball and fun spots to go for a bite or a beverage nearby.” Plus, “it’s acceptable to wear tiny bikinis,” she says. Whether you’re reveling in South Beach’s legendary nightlife or sleeping off the night before in a private cabana, Miami is the place for hot days and nights. 960 1280

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Best Unusual Beach: Red Beach, Santorini, Greece

Best Unusual Beach: Red Beach, Santorini, Greece

Named the “No. 1 most spectacular getaway on Earth” on Travel Channel’s 101 Sand n’ Surf Hotspots, Santorini’s Red Beach is also the Best Unusual Beach, thanks to its striking crimson and black volcanic sands. “Set off by the deep indigo waters, there’s really nothing like it,” says Sara Gilliam, senior producer for TravelChannel.com. “To do Santorini justice, check in to a chalky cave house built into the lip of the volcanic crater and catch an unrivaled sunset over the whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches.” 960 1280

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Best Romantic Beach: Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Best Romantic Beach: Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

“The crescent-shaped beach at Little Dix Bay is the epitome of barefoot elegance, with its palm-lined half-mile of white sand,” says luxury travel writer Tamala Prickett, founder of Chic Family Travels. Characterized by pristine, private beaches, exclusive yacht clubs, hidden coves and luxurious resorts, the island invites romance — and you’ll find it’s worth the price. Check into the 5-star Rosewood Resort, which was originally owned by Laurance Rockefeller, and you’ll discover why the timeless romantic retreat has earned a fiercely loyal following. “It’s common to see couples having a candlelit dinner on the beach arranged by the excellent hotel staff,” Tamala says. “It’s a scene right out of the The Bachelor.” 960 1280

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Best Beach for Adventure: Praia do Futuro, Fortaleza, Brazil

Best Beach for Adventure: Praia do Futuro, Fortaleza, Brazil

Characterized as one of the windiest places in the world, Fortaleza draws extreme-sports enthusiasts from across the globe. “Whether you're a kite surfer, windsurfer or someone who just wants to be close to the action, Futuro Beach will not disappoint,” says professional kite surfer Chris DuComb. “On a daily basis, athletes reach speeds of over 40 mph and boost over 100 feet in the air.” On the off chance the wind isn't blowing, you'll find athletes and beachgoers congregating at the many sand volleyball courts. 960 1280

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Best Beach Bar: Vice, also known as Nissakia Surf Club, Artemida, Greece

Best Beach Bar: Vice, also known as Nissakia Surf Club, Artemida, Greece

“In Artemida, Greece, a seaside town better known to locals as Loutsa, Vice is an epic beach bar situated on one of the most active shorelines in the country,” says Chris DuComb. You won't find many tourists at Vice, which is tucked away about 15 miles outside Athens, but you’ll be met with a serene coastline and mountainous backdrop. The bar features local dishes such as grilled octopus and spins the most current, upbeat music, adding to the lively atmosphere. “Local kite surfers and windsurfers frequent this hidden gem for the warm water, local food and delicious drinks,” Chris says. 960 1280

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Best Beach You Haven't Heard of ... Yet: Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Best Beach You Haven't Heard of ... Yet: Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

The best under-the-radar beach does not find itself alongside an ocean, but the most beautiful lake in the world. Situated in the highlands of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán is Central America’s deepest lake. “Nestled in the valley of 3 volcanoes (one of them still active), you’ll not only take in peaceful volcanic views, but also absorb the vibrant pink, yellow and blue colors of the surrounding vegetation,” says Sara Gilliam. “In fact, Atitlán is Mayan for ‘where the rainbow gets its colors.’” 960 1280

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Best Beach Boardwalk: Coney Island, New York

Best Beach Boardwalk: Coney Island, New York

If you don’t consider a boardwalk a boardwalk without kitschy shops and Atlantic Ocean views, than Coney Island is your quintessential American beach boardwalk. With extensive renovations in 2010 (in Luna Park) and 2012 (after Hurricane Sandy), Coney Island has returned to its former glory. “Bring the family and enjoy rides, fireworks, shows and plenty of food all summer long,” says Sarah Fazendin, family travel blogger at A Week at the Beach. Coney Island manages to feel like a seaside escape and yet quintessentially New York. 960 1280

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Best Family Beach: Seaside, Florida

Best Family Beach: Seaside, Florida

“Seaside is a beach community located near Destin, but it could not be more different in its features,” says Tamala Prickett. In place of high-rise condos, you’ll find pastel-colored houses lined with white picket fences and beach cruisers. “Families love to vacation in Seaside, as it is commonplace for children to jump on a bike to grab snow cones from an Airstream trailer on the way to the beach,” Tamala says. As night falls, families cover the amphitheater with picnic blankets to enjoy outdoor movies and live music. 960 1280

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Best Party Beach: La Barra, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Best Party Beach: La Barra, Punta del Este, Uruguay

This lush getaway spot, which used to attract the likes of Brigitte Bardot and the Rat Pack, is still bringing the party. “Rage with socialites and celebs alike at Bikini Beach in La Barra, Uruguay,” says Marianela Pereyra, host of Marianela’s Best Beaches. “With a name like that, expect lots of skimpy tops and supermodel bodies blessed with perfect tans.” This small strip of sand in Punta’s trendiest neighborhood is known for its upscale, 24-hour fiesta, where no one finds a siesta necessary and the beautiful landscape keeps you going long after the sun goes down (or comes up!). 960 1280

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Best Exotic Beach: Ilhabela, Brazil

Best Exotic Beach: Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela, Portuguese for “beautiful island,” is Brazil's largest island and a coastal Atlantic rain forest filled with more than 400 waterfalls, mountain peaks, incredible wildlife and tropical fauna. “It's without a doubt one of the most beautiful natural paradises,” says Marianela Pereyra. About 85% of the island is designated as Ilhabela State Park, which includes a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to protect the ecosystem. Beyond Ilhabela’s natural beauty, tourists revel in its popular sailing week, exploring underwater wrecks and the legends of pirate treasure. 960 1280

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Sunsets Making You Feel Romantic? Here is Some Inspiration:

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Watching the sun set over the brilliant blue Aegean Sea from your own private terrace in Santorini? Pure romance. The only thing that could top this postcard-worthy moment? Never having to leave. 960 1280

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The Maldives

The Maldives

The most romantic archipelago on earth? The Maldives, of course. Feel like you are in your own private paradise with a stay in one of the overwater bungalows strung along the crystal-clear turquoise sea. Bask on the private white-sand beaches, feeling like you and your S.O. are in a world of your own.  960 1280

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Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Nothing says romance more than watching the sunset from Florence’s Piazzale Michelangelo. After a day ogling frescos in the numerous museums in Florence and sipping Chianti in outdoor cafes, you’d have to be dead not to feel a little amorous here in one of the most romantic cities in the world.  960 1280

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Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

Say aloha to romance on Kauai, Hawaii’s least-developed island. Kauai is a favorite for those that want to get away from the crowds and enjoy secluded, natural beaches. Get your heart pumping on a hike through the lush mountains or with a private dip in the waterfalls. 960 1280

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Carmel, California

Carmel, California

If you like rugged coastlines and isolated beaches, Carmel, CA, is calling your name. Hop in the car for a romantic road trip down the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway to this famed beach hideaway. A former artists' colony, Carmel is now a romantic refuge for those who desire a slow paced beach escape. 960 1280

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St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz, Switzerland

This Swiss resort town, famous for its “champagne climate,” is ideal for cosmopolitan couples seeking an alpine adventure. Picture a day skiing amongst snow-capped peaks, followed by an equally heart-pounding evening snuggled up on a horse-drawn carriage ride along the frozen lake. 960 1280

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Quebec City, Quebec

Quebec City, Quebec

Dreaming of a cozy winter getaway? If you and your partner aren’t afraid of a little cold then head to Quebec City,a charming French-Canadian city full of snow-covered streets, romantic restaurants and plenty of fireplaces to cuddle up by.  960 1280

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Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Only have time for a long romantic weekend stateside? A popular weekend escape for couples, Savannah puts on the Southern charm with its Spanish moss-covered canopies, cozy B&Bs and tucked-away restaurants. 960 1280

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Islamorada, Florida

Islamorada, Florida

Think you can’t get away from tourists in Florida? Nestled in upper Florida Keys, Islamorada is a world away from the rowdy crowds in Key West. Named “Purple Isle” by its Spanish explorers, this hidden gem is known for its seductive sunsets and luxury resorts. 960 1280

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Majorca, Spain

Majorca, Spain

Hollywood’s elite have been spotted canoodling on Majorca, the largest of Spain's Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. With its unspoiled golden sand beaches and intimate boutique hotels it is easy to see why this island inspires romance.   960 1280

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Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao, Thailand

This tiny island in Thailand, known for its world-class scuba diving, beckons couples looking for a romantic tropical getaway. Relax on the quiet beaches or learn how to scuba dive as a couple. Then in the evening watch spectacular sunsets from lantern-lit restaurants that line the beach. 960 1280

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The Berkshires

The Berkshires

Historically a haven for writers and artists, this New England getaway nestled in picturesque rolling mountains is perfect for culture and nature lovers. Listen to classical music at Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, or take a tour of Edith Wharton’s Gilded Age mansion. 960 1280

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Could you think of a more romantic boat ride than along Kyoto’s cherry blossom-lined Okazaki Canal during spring? The cherry blossoms are very symbolic in Japan – the Japanese believe the short blooming cycle of the blossoms is a metaphor for life – an annual reminder that time is precious. So plan this romantic trip of a lifetime with your partner now.   960 1280

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Paris

Paris

We’d be remiss if we left Paris off this list. From sidewalk cafes perfect for getting cozy to some of the world’s most passionate art, Paris is synonymous with romance. Who hasn’t fallen in love here? 960 1280

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Man proposing

Top Destinations to Propose
Every year nervous men everywhere try to find new and romantic ways to pop the big question. Popular destinations in 2012 include Puerto Vallarta, onboard a popular cruise liner, London (on everyone’s hot list after the royal wedding and soon-to-be-site of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games) and Buenos Aires, Argentina, says PeterGreenberg.com. Good luck!
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Destination Weddings
Picture this: You spend a long weekend in a tropical paradise, you say your “I Do’s” and immediately start your honeymoon -- now you see why destination weddings are still a must-do.
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Couple on Vespa

Mini-Moons
Congratulations on your engagement! Now for the fun part -- planning your honeymoon. If you’re on a budget, mini-moons, which usually last less than a week, are a great alternative to a longer honeymoon vacation.
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Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park

Multi-Destination Honeymoon
In the luxury category: More couples are opting for an around-the-world honeymoon, picking at least 2 international locations. So imagine: You tie the knot in Sri Lanka and honeymoon in Patagonia.
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Croatia

Croatia

International Destinations
Travel agents report strong consumer interest in 2012 for international destinations such as Croatia and Vietnam. Croatia is known for having some of the world’s sexiest beaches. Hint, hint ...
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Savannah

Savannah

Romantic Destinations in the US
Looking for ideas for a short or long romantic getaway? This year, emerging and classic romantic destinations to watch include Kauai, Maui, San Francisco, Key West, US Virgin Islands, Savannah, Santa Fe, Charleston, NYC, Chicago, New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale.
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orwegian Cruise Line’s new ship, Breakaway

orwegian Cruise Line’s new ship, Breakaway

"The Love Boat"
The cruise line industry has its eye on an entire generation of travelers who have never cruised before. If that includes you and your significant other, take note: Uniworld’s river cruise line, Super Ship Antoinette, boasts open-air balconies and daybeds. On Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship, Breakaway, enjoy leather headboards and waterfall showers.
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Pregnant woman lying in the sun

Pregnant woman lying in the sun

Baby Moon
Calling all expectant parents: Now’s your time for one last “hurrah” before your new bundle of joy puts a stop to any future vacation time, at least for a while. No wonder the baby moon is one popular travel trend that shows no signs of slowing down.
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Couple biking

Couple biking

Adventure Sports
Getting away from the mundane is essential, especially if you want to keep the romance alive, relationship experts say. An adventure for 2 can include canoeing, kayaking, bouldering, mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding -- you name it. Escaping to the great outdoors with the one you love -- what could be better?
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Couple kisses while skiing

Couple kisses while skiing

Michael and Marcia of Fort Collins, CO, kiss atop Loveland Ski Area in Colorado prior to the start of the 20th Annual Marry Me & Ski Free Mountaintop Matrimony on Valentine's Day. More than 75 couples were pre-registered to marry or renew their vows on the Continental Divide in this yearly Loveland tradition. 960 1280

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Couple kisses in front of hot air balloons

Couple kisses in front of hot air balloons

Chang kisses Wu after she accepts his wedding proposal during the Taiwan International Hot Air Balloon Festival in the Taiwanese township of Luye. 960 1280

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Couple kisses with their love padlocks

Couple kisses with their love padlocks

A young couple kiss next to their personal "love lock," which was locked on some time ago. Thousands of so-called “love padlocks” hang from a fence across the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany. Love locks are a growing phenomenon in cities across Europe, and are left behind by couples as a symbol of their love for each another. 960 1280

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Couple kisses at Stonehenge

Couple kisses at Stonehenge

A couple kiss and embrace at a sunrise service at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. 960 1280

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Husband and wife kiss at the airport

Husband and wife kiss at the airport

Tech Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo kisses his wife Lalaine upon his arrival at Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Ricardo was among the last of more than 300 Air Force personnel to return home from Iraq. 960 1280

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Giraffe kisses lad

When’s the last time you were kissed by a giraffe? A visitor offers food, in pellet-form, to one of them at the Giraffe Centre near Nairobi, Kenya. 960 1280

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Couple kissing on the street

Couple kissing on the street

Christina Careaga (R) and Hannah Thielmann kiss as they celebrate NYC’s ruling to allow gay marriage, during the city’s annual Gay Pride March. 960 1280

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Couple kiss on the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge

Couple kiss on the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge

A couple kiss on the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge in Paris. The bridge, which crosses the Seine River, has been featured in many movies and TV shows, including Sex and the City. 960 1280

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Bhutan’s royal couple kisses

Bhutan’s royal couple kisses

Bhutan’s royal couple, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, kiss in front of thousands of fellow citizens at the celebration ground at ChangLeme Thang in Thimphu, Bhutan. 960 1280

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Couple kisses during the 17th Woodstock Festival

Couple kisses during the 17th Woodstock Festival

Revelers kiss during the 17th Woodstock Festival in the Polish town of Kostrzyn, on the country’s border with Germany. 960 1280

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Girl "kissing" sphinx

Girl "kissing" sphinx

We thought this was creative. A tourist poses for a picture with the Sphinx at the Great Pyramids of Giza near Cairo. 960 1280

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A couple embraces during a festival

A couple embraces during a festival

A couple embrace among the tents on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset. 960 1280

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Couple kisses underwater

Couple kisses underwater

Aquarists Kathryn O'Connor and James Oliver kiss in an underwater wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day at the Sea Life London Aquarium. 960 1280

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Couple kisses during an even

Couple kisses during an even

A couple kiss during a rally known as a "kissing marathon for education" in Santiago, Chile, to demand change in the country’s public state education system. 960 1280

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Recently married couple kisses

Recently married couple kisses

Fred Wood of Texas kisses his just-wed wife Zits Yun from Ukraine after getting married in Las Vegas. 960 1280

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Couple kisses at Revolution Square

Couple kisses at Revolution Square

A young couple kiss by the fountain at Revolution Square in Mexico City during Valentine's Day. 960 1280

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