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Top 5 romantic summer vacation ideas

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Hot travel for two

Summer is the perfect time to get away with your guy for a romantic escape. Not sure where to head? We have you covered. Check out our top picks for where to go with your significant other this summer that will not only be a blast but will rev up your relationship, too.

Happy couple on beach vacation

Caribbean jaunt

No beach near you? No problem. Plan a loved-up Caribbean getaway for you and your sweetie this summer. You’ll likely catch a good deal since most people jet off to the islands in the winter. Take advantage of the off-season to stroll hand-in-hand down the sand, sample fresh seafood and creative cocktails, snorkel, dive and sightsee -- minus the cold weather crowds. We suggest Bermuda, Turks & Caicos, Aruba or the Bahamas.

Napa Valley escape

What could be more romantic than wine country in the summertime? Breathtaking views, lush rolling hills filled with wineries to check out, and fine dining, spas and shopping make Napa Valley a must-visit summer destination. Schedule some winery tours (and find your signature sip), check out a farmers market, treat yourselves to a spa treatment (we vote couples' massage) and enjoy a few romantic dinners at any number of renowned restaurants.

Italian getaway

George Clooney just whisked girlfriend Stacy Keibler off to his Lake Como house for the summer and we suggest following in the mega-star’s footsteps and considering an Italian getaway of your own. There’s something for everyone in this diverse country, from beaches (Italy boasts 8,000 kilometers of coastline), arts and culture (there are more Unesco World Heritage sites here than anywhere in the world) to mountains, lakes and parks -- you definitely won’t be bored in Italy.

Iceland explorer

Yes, you read that right. Dramatic, awe-inspiring and full of romantic possibilities, Iceland makes a great summer getaway for couples who want to venture further afield. Take an indulgent dip in a geothermally heated pool (there are over 170 geothermal pools in the country), go whale watching, explore one of three gorgeous national parks and enjoy museums, great shopping and delicious food. What more could you ask for?

Paris party

Considered one of the most romantic cities in the world by many, Paris is a must-visit for anyone planning a romantic getaway. While it might be crowded in the summer months, don’t let that discourage you. There are plenty of cafes and bistros in every neighborhood to sneak off into when the heat or other tourists start getting to you. Whether you’re snapping photos outside of Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower, having a DIY picnic in the park (all you need is a crusty baguette and some delicious cheese) or strolling through the Marais or Montmartre, you won’t regret your trip.

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