The Best Romantic Vacation Spots

Whether exploring dramatic coastlines, scenic oceanfront villages or vibrant, cosmopolitan cities, visitors looking for romance can find it in all corners of the globe. While a tropical destination can fulfill a newlywed's every wish list, couple's might also consider other alluring settings such as small coastal towns or an international metropolis.
Laguna Beach, California

Known as the "Riviera of California," the charming, seaside community of Laguna beach unfolds in scenic beauty along the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean. An artists' colony, Laguna Beach presents public art located throughout its picturesque parks, beachfront boardwalks, cliffside pathways and village streets. Miles of sand beaches offer much to explore, while nighttime cityscapes reveal a compelling backdrop for romance.

Big Island, Hawaii

From the mystical rainforests of Volcano Village to the white, sandy beaches of the Kohala Coast, the Big Island of Hawaii yields a feast for the senses when it comes to setting the stage for romance. Azure-blue waters seduce couples during sun-soaked days on the beach, while the glow of tiki torches in the resort areas of Keauhou, Waikoloa and Kailua-Kona, creates a special ambiance that never fails to inspire.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

As the fog rolls into this Central Californian coastal town, visitors to Carmel-by-the-Sea cannot help but be seduced by the romantic charm of the fabled seaside destination. The winding highway leading into Carmel and nearby Monterey presents some of the most breathtaking views on the West Coast. Legendary cypress trees, pristine beaches and rolling, green countryside offer a storybook sanctuary for couples in love.

Paris, France

One of the world's most romantic cities, Paris, France, pulsates with an inspiring mix of culture, history, elegant architecture, gourmet offerings and sophisticated clubs. "Love" is the operative word in the City of Light, where Parisians appreciate the finer things in life, not the least of which is French wine. With the Seine as the defining waterway, Paris offers couples a wealth of alluring settings.

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.