World’s Most Romantic Destinations

Looking to rekindle the flames with a romantic escape? From the Maldives' secluded beaches to Savannah’s charming B&Bs, these destinations are perfect for woo-ing your significant other.

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Zuma Beach (Malibu, CA)

Zuma Beach (Malibu, CA)

We don’t believe there’s anything more romantic than walking on the beach at sunset with the one you love. Next time you’re on the West Coast, visit Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA. Our pick for most romantic stroll to say I love you 960 1280

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

We picked beautiful Vancouver as the most romantic city to wake up in. Breakfast in bed, followed by a walk along the cobblestone streets, is the perfect setup to say I love you. 960 1280

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Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Take a romantic stroll in Venice, known for its beautiful architecture, canals, bridges and gondolas. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

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Pacific Coast Highway (California)

Pacific Coast Highway (California)

Dust off grandpa’s corvette and take a gorgeous drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the route are breathtaking views -- perfect for picnicking and romance. 960 1280

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Catalina Island, California

Catalina Island, California

Easily accessible for a day or overnight trip, the beautiful Catalina Island off Southern California’s coast is a romantic getaway for 2. 960 1280

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L'Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, AZ)

L'Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, AZ)

Known for its massive red rocks, Sedona, AZ, is also known for its romantic getaways. Visit the luxurious L'Auberge de Sedona, a hotel, resort and spa featuring elegant accommodations and award-winning dining. Another perfect romantic getaway for 2. 960 1280

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Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)

Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)

A romantic meal and an exquisite sunset will nearly take the words -- I love you -- right out of your mouth. Visit Rutherford, CA, for Auberge du Soleil, a Michelin-star restaurant, hotel and spa resort in Northern California. 960 1280

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Vermillion Lake (Banff, Alberta)

Vermillion Lake (Banff, Alberta)

If the great outdoors are more your speed, Banff in Alberta, Canada, should sing to you. Our pick for best place to fall in love and say I love you.  960 1280

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Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Fall in love all over again with breathtaking views of the deep blue sea from cliff-perched towns on the Greek island of Santorini. Soak up the Mediterranean sun all day and enjoy one of the world’s best sunsets at night. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island, FL

For a romantic getaway that is both convenient and private, escape to Florida’s Sanibel Island. Only 15 miles west of Fort Myers, Sanibel Island’s remote beaches are a world away from the congestion and crowds on Florida’s packed coastline. 960 1280

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Want a more active honeymoon? Get your sweetie’s heart pumping with a trip to Yosemite National Park, where you can hike, white-water raft and cuddle under the stars. 960 1280

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Bora Bora

Bora Bora

Bora Bora immediately conjures up an image of a newlywed paradise -- romantic overwater bungalows and miles of sun-soaked beaches perfect for traipsing around in a bikini. 960 1280

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Ireland

Ireland

Veer off the sun-and-sand honeymoon path for a romantic getaway in Ireland. The Emerald Isle’s fairytale castles, lush countryside and cozy pubs -- perfect for warming up over a Guinness -- make for an unforgettable trip. 960 1280

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Anguilla

Anguilla

Anguilla is a dream honeymoon spot for the couple seeking a relaxed Caribbean vibe with less tourist-trampled beaches. The island’s secluded beaches and star-studded luxury (celebrities are spotted here year round) come at a price though. 960 1280

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Take your love to new heights with a honeymoon tour of Machu Picchu, Peru’s incredible Inca ruins, almost 8,000 feet above sea level. Start your new life together by crossing off a bucket list trip. 960 1280

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Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

If George Clooney takes his lovers to Lake Como to be wooed, you know it must be high on the list for world-class romance. Experience Italy’s “dolce vita” in a luxurious lakeside villa with breathtaking water views. 960 1280

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Hawaii

Hawaii

Want to honeymoon on an exotic beach without packing a passport? Hawaii is one of the most popular spots to honeymoon in the world, for good reason. Explore beautiful beaches, rain forests, volcanoes and waterfalls. 960 1280

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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s “secret island,” Vieques has neither San Juan’s high-rise hotels nor the crowds of partying tourists. Newlyweds will have the beach all to themselves in this national wildlife refuge. And for a romantic night out, kayak on Bioluminescent Bay after sunset to see glowing microorganisms light up the ocean. 960 1280

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Fiji

Fiji

What keeps newlyweds traveling across the globe to the South Pacific? Fiji’s white-sand beaches, luxury resorts and world-famous snorkeling and diving beacon honeymooners year after year. 960 1280

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Portugal

Portugal

Looking for a blend of European culture and sexy beaches? Tour Portugal’s picturesque old-world cities then head south to relax on the Algarve region’s white-sand beaches. 960 1280

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Zuma Beach (Malibu, CA)

Zuma Beach (Malibu, CA)

We don’t believe there’s anything more romantic than walking on the beach at sunset with the one you love. Next time you’re on the West Coast, visit Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA. Our pick for most romantic stroll to say I love you 960 1280

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

We picked beautiful Vancouver as the most romantic city to wake up in. Breakfast in bed, followed by a walk along the cobblestone streets, is the perfect setup to say I love you. 960 1280

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Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Take a romantic stroll in Venice, known for its beautiful architecture, canals, bridges and gondolas. 960 1280

Grant Faint/Photographers Choice/Getty Images  

Paris

Paris

Is there a better city to say I love you in  than Paris? 960 1280

Julien Fromentin/Moment Open/Getty Images  

Pacific Coast Highway (California)

Pacific Coast Highway (California)

Dust off grandpa’s corvette and take a gorgeous drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the route are breathtaking views -- perfect for picnicking and romance. 960 1280

Thomas Winz/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images  

Catalina Island, California

Catalina Island, California

Easily accessible for a day or overnight trip, the beautiful Catalina Island off Southern California’s coast is a romantic getaway for 2. 960 1280

Patti Sullivan Schmidt/Moment/Getty Images  

L'Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, AZ)

L'Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, AZ)

Known for its massive red rocks, Sedona, AZ, is also known for its romantic getaways. Visit the luxurious L'Auberge de Sedona, a hotel, resort and spa featuring elegant accommodations and award-winning dining. Another perfect romantic getaway for 2. 960 1280

Trinette Reed Photography  

Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)

Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)

A romantic meal and an exquisite sunset will nearly take the words -- I love you -- right out of your mouth. Visit Rutherford, CA, for Auberge du Soleil, a Michelin-star restaurant, hotel and spa resort in Northern California. 960 1280

Trinette Reed Photography  

Vermillion Lake (Banff, Alberta)

Vermillion Lake (Banff, Alberta)

If the great outdoors are more your speed, Banff in Alberta, Canada, should sing to you. Our pick for best place to fall in love and say I love you.  960 1280

Jerry Kobalenko/All Canada Photos/Getty Images  

The song 'Galveston' spins the tale of a soldier leaving his love behind on the Texas beach when he heads off to fight the Spanish-American war. Glen Campbell released his version of this country hit in 1969 making it an anti-war anthem for Vietnam. 960 1280

  

Paris is romantic any time of the year, but the vibe is extra-special in springtime as Frank Sinatra (and many others) famously sang in the classic jazz tune 'April in Paris.' 960 1280

  

Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby both crooned about the loveliness of 'Blue Hawaii,' which is undeniably splendid with picturesque beaches setting a romantic scene whether framed by a rainbow or shimmering under a bright moon. 960 1280

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'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square' spins a tale of new love and romance in the air in London's fancy Mayfair neighborhood, also the location of the swanky Ritz hotel. 960 1280

  

In the R&B hit 'The Midnight Train to Georgia,' Gladys Knight and the Pips sing about the romantic bliss of following true love across the country to Georgia after striking out in Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

'Kokomo' may be just a fictional tropical getaway, but you can re-create this romantic hit by The Beach Boys on any number of beaches in the Caribbean, like Aruba, Jamaica or Montego, which are all also mentioned in the song. 960 1280

  

Tony Bennett famously sang 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco' for the first time in 1961 in the Venetian Room at the Fairmount Hotel, referencing the city's morning fog, high hills and cable cars. 960 1280

  

The song 'Moon River,' most famously known as the Audrey Hepburn's song in Breakfast at Tiffany's was inspired by an actual inlet near Savannah, GA. But if you're in the mood for love, any moonlit river should do as a backdrop for a romantic evening. 960 1280

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As Christopher Cross put it in his love song 'Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do),' if you get caught between the moon and New York City, your best option is to fall in love. Lovebirds can start with a romantic stroll in the Big Apple, from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge. 960 1280

  

Jersey girls get plenty of hype these days with the antics of Snooki and her Jersey Shore pals. But the original 'Jersey Girl' is the one in the song penned by Tom Waits for his wife. The song later became a big hit for Bruce Springsteen. 960 1280

  

Though instrumental versions of the original tune make for popular elevator music, Antonio Carlos Jobim's 'Girl From Ipanema' is a sweet and romantic bossa nova tune sung by Astrud Gilberto, along with João Gilberto and Stan Getz about a young beauty strolling the sands on the Brazilian shores of Rio de Janeiro. 960 1280

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Andy Williams' vocal rendition of 'Where Do I Begin (Love Story)' sets the melancholy mood for the tragic story of young love in the 1970 romantic film Love Story, based on the Erich Segal novel with the same name. The preppy young lovers meet at Radcliffe library, but spend plenty of time traipsing around Cambridge and Harvard. 960 1280

  

Man proposing

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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couple kissing on bench

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

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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