The Most Romantic Places to Vacation in July and August

Although the Northern Hemisphere might not be ideal for a romantic getaway at the end of the summer when the region experiences its highest temperatures, there are plenty of places to go to beat the heat and still enjoy the great outdoors. Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere experiences winter conditions during these months, so many destinations on the other side of the world offer a chilly reprieve from America's heat waves.

Many Western nations are on holiday during July and August, driving prices on everything from hotels and flights higher and over-crowding the most desirable destinations. However, you can still find good weather and experiences during the height of summer, especially if you book well in advance.

If you want the most out of your July and August romantic getaway, it's best to avoid inland Europe, which is hot, crowded, and disproportionately full of tourists during these months. Additionally, the southern United States often experiences temperatures upwards of...MORE 100 degrees, and places all over America are overrun with students still enjoying the last of their summer vacations. It's also hurricane season in the Caribbean until November 30, so avoid the southern islands for safety reasons.

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    From the East Coast to the Gulf Shore to the Pacific Ocean, America's beaches offer a wide variety of secluded resorts and breathtaking vistas perfect for a romantic late-summer vacation. Domestic trips will cost considerably less than traveling abroad, but keep in mind that some beaches on the Gulf of Mexico are too hot even for locals during the height of summer.

    However, there are plenty of romantic destinations in the coastal United States that don't get too warm in the summer, from The Hamptons in New York to the secluded Sanibel Island off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Although much of the southern United States is a bit too hot for outdoor dates to really be all that romantic, the northern U.S. is quite nice this time of year—if not a little muggy and warm. New York State and New England all the way up to Maine are simply glorious this time of year, and there are plenty of unique bed and breakfasts and resorts to enjoy from Oregon to Massachusettes.

    However, if you're looking for a bit of classic take on a romantic date, check out one of the local or state fairs in these areas. These events offer a unique way to experience local pride and sample local products. Although they're fun for all ages, the best time to go as an adult is later in the day when families clear out and the best entertainment and concerts take place.

     

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    Although the snow and skiers are long gone by the time July and August roll around each year, there are still plenty of reasons to visit off-season ski resorts in the United States and Canada. Ski resorts are actually particularly welcoming in the summer as many of these destinations offer discounts and package deals no available during the busy winter months.

    If you pick a lively town like Park City, Utah, and treat yourself to an ultra-luxe mountain aerie while enjoying off-season prices, you're sure to find that the less-crowded resorts offer a truly decadent romantic getaway.

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    No matter what time of year you're planning your romantic getaway, you can guarantee there will be at least one cruise ship sailing somewhere wonderful in the world. The best bargains, though, are on short cruises on big ships out of Florida because there is so much domestic competition for passengers, especially during the late summer. However, the best chance to steer clear of families with kids is to go on a river cruise, a transatlantic cruise on a big ocean liner, or book travel on an adults-only adventure.

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    Although it might be hurricane season in the southern Caribbean, you should be alright on the northern island of Aruba, which typically escapes the annual fury of these devastating storms. Aruba may be one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean—for good reason. With pristine beaches, perfect temperatures, and plenty of nightlife entertainment options and romantic resorts, you're sure to enjoy your romantic getaway to Aruba in July or August.

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    Barbados is the number one honeymoon destination for couples from Great Britain, and more and more Americans are discovering the joy of this Caribbean island each year. The parish of Christ Church in the south offers plenty of opportunities to socialize and party while the northern shores offer secluded resorts and private accommodations. The Sandals Barbados is one of the newer romantic retreats on the island while the Crane Hotel has continuously welcomed couples to its island paradise on the eastern shore since 1887. 

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    Also outside the hurricane zone, Curaçao has much more to offer than just romantic (and gorgeous) beaches—it has a rich cultural history and one of the most dazzling capital cities in the Caribbean, Willemstad. Here, you can dine at the hilltop Fort Nassau, go snorkeling or scuba diving off the coast, or take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the historic harbor neighborhood of the Punda Waterfront. Elsewhere on the island, there are plenty of romantic resorts and private retreats.

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    Although flying to the French Polynesian island of Tahiti may take over 24 hours with layovers and in-air flight time, it's well worth the long wait to enjoy one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, the green-blue, see-to-the-bottom-clear waters, pristine beaches, and truly one-of-a-kind accommodations make Tahiti one of the most memorable destinations on the map.

     

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    No matter what time you visit Hawaii, its location near the equator keeps the temperature nearly perfect year-round; the only thing you really have to worry about on the island are monsoons and volcanoes, both of which aren't typically active in July and August. Hawaii is also the number one destination for American honeymoons, so there's no shortage of luxury resorts, private retreats, and romantic restaurants to explore and discover on your trip to this American state—plus you don't need a passport or travel visa to visit.

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    Due to its location near the north pole, Iceland is typically colder year-round than elsewhere on this list, and while there are plenty of things to do in this large island country, one of the most romantic destinations in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 natural wonders of the world. This geothermal spa allows solo travelers, couples, and families to relax and enjoy "the extraordinary." Couples can even book overnight stays for an all-access pampering unlike anywhere else in the world.

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    If you're a couple who loves adventure, July and August make for the perfect opportunity to escape the heat in the Southern Hemisphere. While summertime in the Northern Hemisphere is too hot for too much outdoor activity, Africa experiences temperate weather during July and August. South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Tanzania are all teeming with wildlife at this time of year.