Gorgeous Vacation Destination Spots Inspired By Your Favorite Rom Coms

Welcome to a whirlwind tour inspired by beloved romantic comedies spanning over three decades. From the rolling green hills of England and Ireland in the 1987 classic "The Princess Bride" to the island paradises in more recent flicks like "Ticket to Paradise" and "Shotgun Wedding," this article is your ticket to rom-coms set in beautiful locations around the world. Who knows, along with discovering breathtaking sights, maybe you'll also uncover a timeless love story of your own.

Are you itching to rediscover your groove in the sun-kissed shores of Montego Bay, Jamaica, just as Stella did in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"? Ever dreamed of finding love in a Greek island paradise like in "Mamma Mia"? Whether it's the timeless magic of "Midnight in Paris," the rustic charm of Sitka, Alaska from "The Proposal," or the contemporary luxury of Singapore in "Crazy Rich Asians," these destinations are more than just movie backdrops — they're characters in their own right. So, pack your bags — and maybe a little bit of that rom-com optimism—for locations filled with love and laughs.

Ireland and England (The Princess Bride)

"The Princess Bride," a captivating blend of romance, adventure, and comedy, has charmed audiences since its release in 1987. This enchanting tale weaves the tale of Westley and Buttercup, whose love endures trials of epic proportions, including the infamous Rodents of Unusual Size and Cliffs of Insanity. Set in the make-believe kingdom of Florin, this story is sadly beyond the reach of any map. However, you can visit some of the movie's beautiful filming locations in Ireland and England.

In Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher stand out as a must-see. These majestic sea cliffs, known as the Cliffs of Insanity in the film, offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Their sheer size and dramatic presence make them a top attraction for visitors seeking a taste of movie magic and the raw beauty of Ireland's coastline — you'll almost be able to hear Vizzini's cries of "Inconceivable!" echoing in the wind.

In England's Peak District, green hills roll as endlessly as the movie's quotable lines. This area, mostly within the Peak District National Park, is where many of the film's iconic scenes were filmed. Wander through lush valleys, explore ancient stone villages, or even recreate Westley and Buttercup's own adventures (minus the Fire Swamp, thankfully).

Montego Bay, Jamaica (How Stella Got Her Groove Back)

"How Stella Got Her Groove Back" features a star-studded cast including Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg, and Regina King, along with an equally dazzling location in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Sun-drenched beaches and sparkling turquoise waters make a perfect backdrop for Stella's romantic escapade. Known locally as 'MoBay,' Montego Bay can help you find your groove as you listen to reggae beats and enjoy tantalizing flavors of jerk chicken and fresh seafood. Check out Gloucester Avenue, aka the 'Hip Strip,' lined with lively bars and souvenir shops. Or kick back and relax at Doctor's Cave Beach, one of Jamaica's most famous beaches with white sand and clear, calm water.

If you're feeling inspired to trace Stella's steps, the Round Hill Hotel and Villas is your go-to spot. Much of the movie was filmed at this resort, which features rooms styled by fashion icon Ralph Lauren and villas with ocean views, not to mention private pools for that extra splash of luxury. But if you're not on a movie star budget, worry not— Montego Bay and the surrounding areas also offer some of the world's cheapest destinations for all-inclusive resorts.

The Hamptons, New York (Something's Gotta Give)

In the heartwarming romantic comedy "Something's Gotta Give" (2003), Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton sparkle as a charmingly mismatched couple finding unexpected love. Their characters get stuck together in a beautiful beach house in the Hamptons, a series of seaside villages on Long Island's South Fork. Famed for its pristine beaches, the Hamptons offer a serene escape from the bustle of city life.

The film captures the area's unique blend of upscale sophistication and laid-back coastal vibes — it's where elegance meets flip-flops. Visitors can stroll along the same sun-drenched beaches where scenes of the movie unfolded, explore the charming village streets, and visit boutiques, art galleries, and cozy cafes. The area has a thriving wellness scene, with ocean-inspired spa treatments like seaweed wraps and salt rooms. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy vineyards and wine tasting. And who knows? Perhaps you'll even find your own unexpected love story or, if not, at least the lobster roll of your dreams.

Oahu, Hawaii (50 First Dates)

"50 First Dates" is a 2004 rom-com that brings together the comedic charm of Adam Sandler as Henry and Drew Barrymore as Lucy. Lucy's got a bit of a tricky situation with her short-term memory. Each day is a clean slate for her, forgetting the past, while Henry, our love-struck hero, embarks on a daily mission to win her heart anew with creative and often hilarious strategies. And his daily mission couldn't have a better setting, with the story set on the beautiful island of Oahu.

Oahu, Hawaii's third-largest island, offers plenty to see and do. Visit Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve, a great spot for a Hawaiian snorkeling adventure. Hike to the summit of Diamond Head for panoramic views. Savor a mouthwatering plate of loco moco, while saving room for Hawaiian shave ice for dessert. You can even visit memorable locations from the movie, such as Sea Life Park, where Henry works in the film. Oahu is the perfect destination to create unforgettable memories — assuming your memory is a tad sharper than Lucy's!

Karlovy Vary, Czechia (Last Holiday)

"Last Holiday" stars Queen Latifah as Georgia Byrd, a humble department store clerk who keeps a binder of "possibilities." When she receives a terminal diagnosis, Georgia decides it's now or never and heads off to the swanky Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary, Czechia (also known as the Czech Republic). While there, she indulges in delectable Czech cuisine and learns from a famous chef that "the secret to life is butter."

Beyond buttery cuisine, Karlovy Vary (also known as Carlsbad) is a visual feast. The lavish architecture might make you tear up a bit, just like Georgia marveling at the Grandhotel Pupp's ceiling. The town's streets are lined with colorful buildings and historical landmarks — it almost feels like you're stepping onto a movie set, which, in a way, you are. It's the perfect setting for cinematic and real-life adventures. If you want literal adventures, nearby ski resorts in the Ore Mountains are calling — but maybe leave the snowboarding stunts to the pros, unlike our dear Georgia.

But it's not all about the adrenaline rush. Karlovy Vary is also the go-to spot for some serious R&R, famous for its therapeutic hot springs and renowned as one of Czechia's most beloved spa towns. Follow in Georgia's footsteps and indulge in some luxurious spa treatments, from hot stone massages to rejuvenating body wraps. Karlovy Vary's spa treatments have attracted European royalty and celebrities for centuries and just might be worth adding to your own binder of possibilities.

Skopelos, Greece (Mamma Mia!)

Get ready to slip on your dancing shoes and embark on a sun-soaked journey sprinkled with a healthy dose of ABBA magic. "Mamma Mia!" whisks us into a story about love, identity, and the timeless bonds of family and friendship. The backdrop? None other than the picture-perfect — albeit fictional — Greek island of Kalokairi. The movie's island draws its inspiration from the breathtakingly real Skopelos, where filming for "Mamma Mia!" took place.

Skopelos offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and traditional Greek charm. It's one of the lushest Greek islands, with pine forests coming right up to the island's beautiful beaches. The calm and clear water is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The main town, also named Skopelos, is a maze of cobbled streets where you can explore historic churches, dabble in traditional crafts like pottery, listen to rebetiko (folk) music in cafes, and enjoy the island's delicious fresh cuisine. You can even find locally-made honey and locally brewed beer.

For a "Mamma Mia!" photo op, head to the church of Agios Ioannis. Remember that swoon-worthy wedding scene at the chapel up on a rock? That's the spot! You'll have to climb about 100 steps to reach the church and its wonderful view, so bring water and sturdy shoes. If you can't get enough "Mamma Mia!" fans of "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!" need to visit the island of Vis, Croatia, which was one of the filming locations for the sequel.

Sitka, Alaska (The Proposal)

Starring Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, and the legendary Betty White, "The Proposal" weaves a humorous tale of a business arrangement turned romantic escapade. Margaret (Bullock), facing deportation to Canada, persuades Andrew (Reynolds) to marry her in exchange for a promotion. This leads them to visit Andrew's hometown of Sitka, Alaska. The movie was actually filmed in Massachusetts, but the crew did a great job of making it look like Alaska.

Sitka is among the must-see places for first-time visitors to Alaska. On the edge of the Pacific Ocean, it's a great place to fish, kayak, and hike. Known for its natural beauty, Sitka is one of the best U.S. towns for expansive mountain views. If you love marine life, turn to the ocean and keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales, sea lions, and sea otters.

Sitka's vibrant arts community offers a window into the town's history and culture. Local museums and attractions invite you to learn about the town's blend of Tlingit and Russian heritage. At Sitka National Historical Park, walk among totem poles on a coastal trail and visit the Russian Bishop's House. You can also learn about the area's wildlife at places such as Fortress of the Bear, an educational bear sanctuary, and the Alaska Raptor Center, a rehabilitation center for birds. Just be sure to hang on to your phone — no need to recreate the scene where a bird snatches Margaret's phone and she tries to get it back by trading the dog.

Paris, France (Midnight in Paris)

In "Midnight in Paris," Owen Wilson plays Gil Pender, an aspiring novelist who travels to Paris with his fiancée. Gil discovers a magical way to travel back to the 1920s each night as the clock strikes 12. We get to see the city's historic charm, featuring literary and art legends like Hemingway and Picasso.

The movie shows off the city's timeless allure, which continues to attract visitors who want to experience the City of Light for themselves. The iconic Eiffel Tower, a symbol of architectural ingenuity, offers breathtaking city views. Along the Seine River, the Gothic splendor of Notre Dame Cathedral stands tall. Art enthusiasts flock to the Louvre, home to great works of art, including the Mona Lisa. Cafes invite visitors to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine. And Paris is more than just croissants and escargot — there are plenty of other savory delights to try, such as street food falafels. Whether you're simply strolling along the city's streets or chasing the ghosts of literary giants, Paris offers a trip as unforgettable as Gil's journey through time.

Singapore (Crazy Rich Asians)

"Crazy Rich Asians" sweeps viewers off their feet and into the heart of Singapore, an island country as vibrant and multifaceted as the film's characters. Before even leaving the Singapore Changi International Airport, you know you're in a special place. As Rachel remarks in the movie, it's hard to believe the airport has a butterfly garden — and it really does! It's the world's first airport butterfly garden, with over 1,000 tropical butterflies. You'll also find a host of other gardens and attractions, including Singapore's tallest slide— and this is all before you leave the airport.

When you do leave the airport, you'll enter a beautiful blend of tradition and modernity, from century-old temples in Chinatown to the awe-inspiring Marina Bay Sands, one of the most spectacular buildings in the world. The country's culinary scene is a character in and of itself, offering everything from fine dining to street food. Remember that mouthwatering night out at the street food market in the movie? Well, Nick wasn't kidding about the Michelin stars. Some of these humble stalls are culinary superheroes in disguise, ready to save you from hunger with world-class flavors. And for a tranquil escape, visit the magical Gardens by the Bay, which was the setting for the movie's lavish wedding reception.

Palm Springs, California (Palm Springs)

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti bring their comedic prowess to "Palm Springs," a 2020 flick set in, you guessed it, Palm Springs. This is a desert oasis where days are sunny, nights are starry, and the mountains photobomb every landscape shot. In the movie, our protagonists are trapped in a time warp at a wedding, reliving the same day over and over. If you have to be stuck in an infinite loop, at least Palm Springs is a lovely place to spend eternity.

Palm Springs is a hotspot (literally) for stylish hotels that make you feel like a celebrity. With over 300 days of sunshine, it's an ideal place to float around in a pool. But all that sunshine also makes the area an attractive spot for outdoor recreation. It's known as a stunning golf and tennis destination, with world-class golf courses and many options for tennis vacations. If you're not into swinging a club or racket, Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley also offer hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. You can even go surfing in the desert. No, that's not a mirage or a plot twist from the movie: The Palm Springs Surf Club is a real thing, bringing beach vibes to the desert with innovative wave technology.

Bali, Indonesia (Ticket to Paradise)

In "Ticket to Paradise," Julia Roberts and George Clooney play a bickering divorced couple. They team up for a rather unconventional cause — to sabotage their daughter's impending wedding in Bali. While their plan is disastrous, Bali, true to the film's title, is paradise.

As an island destination, Bali's beaches do not disappoint. It's a well-known surfing mecca with plenty of friendly instructors. Whether you're a pro catching big waves or a newbie wobbling on your first board, Bali's surf scene welcomes all. If you're hitting the waves without a board, you'll find no shortage of swimming spots, especially along the scenic Bukit Peninsula. Snorkelers will discover an underwater wonderland at places like Pemuteran Beach.

Venturing inland, Bali reveals its lush heart and vibrant soul. Bali's rice terraces, sloped agricultural landscaping used to grow rice, are not just practical but visually stunning. For a wilder encounter, visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a nature preserve where you can see monkeys playing in a semi-free-ranging monkey area. Spiritual seekers shouldn't miss Tanah Lot, a temple on a rock over the ocean. And don't underestimate Bali as a foodie destination — the fusion of local flavors and international influences promises a delightful culinary journey. With all it has to offer, Bali is not just a backdrop for romcom shenanigans, but a star in its own right.

Island in the Philippines (Shotgun Wedding)

In the 2023 film "Shotgun Wedding," Jennifer Lopez dazzles as the bride-to-be, with Jennifer Coolidge as her formidable future mother-in-law. They find themselves in the middle of a destination wedding that spirals into an adventure comedy on a fictional island in the Philippines. While the movie showcases the Philippines' tropical allure, the actual filming took place in the Dominican Republic. The Philippines and the Dominican Republic are both spectacular travel destinations, featuring some of the best beaches in the world.

The Philippines has no shortage of tropical islands as portrayed in the movie. Take Palawan, for instance, with white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and coral reefs that are basically underwater rainforests. Head to El Nido, at the island's northern tip, and you might start believing in fairy tales. With hidden lagoons and surreal limestone cliffs, it's so enchanting you'll half expect to bump into a mermaid. The area is also rich in biodiversity, making it an attractive spot for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers.

Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River is a UNESCO-listed marvel. Cruise along one of the world's longest navigable underground rivers, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites that look like nature's own Gothic architecture. The river is a great way to explore Palawan's underground scenery. But you can also enjoy the island from the air, recreating a scene from the movie with a zipline adventure. "Shotgun Wedding" might have mixed up its geography with its filming location, but it certainly didn't exaggerate the beauty of the Philippines.