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15 Romantic Vacation Ideas To Surprise Your Wife On Your 5th Anniversary

Each anniversary is a milestone in your journey as a married couple, but celebrating the 5th anniversary together is extra special. After spending the first few years settling down in your new life, in no time at all you have spent five whole years of your lives together. Although traditionally 5th anniversaries are marked with gifts of wood and silverware, you can take a step further and surprise your wife with a romantic vacation that she will never forget.

Here are a few examples of stunning places you can take your wife on your anniversary for a romantic celebration.

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1. Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

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Goose Rock Trail, Whidbey Island, Washington

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If you are looking for accessible, affordable, yet romantic getaways, there is no place better than the Whidbey Islands, one of the most beautiful island cities. Located 30 miles off the coast of Seattle in the Pacific Ocean, the Islands are home to countless coves and water bodies that provide a view to die for. It is somewhere you can truly get lost in time from the ancient air of the place. In fact, if you are lucky enough to celebrate your anniversary in the spring at the Whidbey Islands, you are bound to spot a couple of grey whales in the area.

2. Chassignolles, Lyon, France

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Le Puy En Velay, Chassignolles, France

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Chassignolles is one of the less known villages in France, located 10 miles southwest from the city of Lyon. Its lazy and romantic atmosphere make Chassignolles a comfortable but unconventional destination. This hillock boasts the largest national park in France, as well as churches and architectural structures from the 12th century. Surrounding the village are countless wildflower meadows that you can view from your hotel window if you choose your room carefully.

3. Hawaii, USA


Hawaii, USA

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You are still young when you are celebrating your 5th anniversary, and it is time for you to have fun. In fact, whoever visits the volcanic island of Hawaii off the coast of the United States is bound to feel younger, no matter how long they have been married. Volcanoes, forests, pristine beaches, and every other natural phenomenon imaginable can be found here. On top of that, you can also experience the vibrant culture of luau dances and brilliant cuisine.

4. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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Located in the South Pacific, the Bora Bora islands is one of the most picturesque places you can take your wife to on your anniversary. I won’t be exaggerating when I tell you that everything on this volcanic island is set like a movie, and if you are not comfortable with the noise and energy of Hawaii, then Bora Bora is a great alternative destination. With cobalt blue seas, lagoons, caves, and beaches that feel like clouds under your feet, you can have the time of your life. Moreover, there are tropical forests and mountains that are perfect for hiking, if you feel adventurous.

5. Istanbul, Turkey

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul is a grossly underrated place when it comes to romantic getaways. The largest city of Turkey is one of the most culturally and naturally vibrant places in Europe, with bustling marketplaces, quiet straits, and water bodies alike. You can explore architecture from well before the 15th century that are brimming with fascinating history; then enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city from the balcony of the Rumeli Hisari, which used to be a watchtower.

6. Kerala, India

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A houseboat in the backwaters, Kerala, India

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Kerala, located in the Southern part of India, is called “God’s own country,” and for good reason. Abound in greenery, beaches, and lush green rolling hills, Kerala is one of those places that always figures on great vacation ideas for couples. You and your loved one can take a calming boat ride through the backwaters and enjoy the wonderful cuisine that the place has to offer. With its scenic beauty and calming atmosphere, you will be able to experience a holiday you are not likely to forget by the time it is your 6th anniversary.

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7. Patmos, Greece

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Patmos, Greece

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The only way in which you can access this tiny village in the Dodecanese archipelago is by boat. However, the trouble you take to reach this place is all worth it when you finally get to stay there for a few days, especially in the event of your anniversary. It is a jigsaw coastline with thousands of hidden coasts and beaches that are mostly deserted. You will also be able to experience ancient architecture from the 12th century and fabulous cuisine, along with contemporary structures that have recently cropped up.

8. Miami Beach, Florida, USA

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Miami Beach, Florida, USA

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Miami Beach is a quiet urban retreat, as compared to the noise and excitement of South Beach a few miles away. With quiet, reticent, and elusive hotels in every corner, you don’t even have to leave your hotel room, because the view of the sea from the window is incredibly beautiful; there is no better sight to wake up to on the day of your anniversary. For a simple romantic vacation that does not require you waste too much money and effort on travel and accommodation, this is the place to be.

9. Vancouver Island, Canada

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Vancouver Island, Canada

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Vancouver Island is a small, waterfront retreat where you can enjoy a stunning view of the ocean. Visit Tofino, around the back of the island, where there is no dearth of mountains, forests, and lakes that are bound to leave you speechless. You also can have a highly memorable time in the city of Vancouver, the island’s mother city which is known to be one of the best places to live in the world.

10. Negril, Jamaica

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Negril, Jamaica

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With waterfront hotels and thatched-roof inns lining the coast, Negril is one of the most scenic and romantic places you can take your wife to on your anniversary. There are approximately 34 outfitted rock houses, each with their own private patios and verandas from where you can look out to the ocean at any time of the day. Although you may never want to leave your house, the place has much more to offer than just the stunning view. The Royal Palm Reserve, thronging with birds and reptiles and butterflies, and the kayak rides, among others, are bound to give you a memorable anniversary.

11. Krabi Islands, Thailand

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Krabi Islands, Thailand

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Thailand’s Krabi Islands is one of those secluded spots that are not crawling with tourists and hotels and bustling urban city life. When you are in Krabi, you can experience the pristine waters of the Andaman Sea, the limestone cliffs, and the tropical vegetation, which also makes for a picturesque view. What could possibly be more romantic than looking out at all of that at sunset, away from the rest of the world? Sigh!

12. Fiji

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Fiji Island

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Fiji is the kind of place that you dream about, because the immense beauty and natural splendor of the place is the stuff that you see only in movies. With waters so clear that you can see the ocean floor, and white sand beaches lining the entirety of the island, you can spend days watching the water wash the beaches while you enjoy wonderful food. This is nothing short of a small paradise in the South Pacific that is bound to impress your sweetheart.

13. Essaouira, Morocco

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Essaouira, Morocco

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Essaouira is known as the Wind City of Africa, because this beachside settlement is super windy, but artistic as well. Because of its geography, popular local pastimes include sporting activities such as wind-surfing and parasailing. In addition, this is a popular enclave for artists and musicians, as a result of which there are several galleries housing famous paintings from all over the world.

14. Yunnan Province, China

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Lugu Lake, Yunnan Province, China

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For a true taste of the Orient, you can visit the province of Yunnan, located at 10,000 feet above sea level. Because of the cold weather, you can book huts with open hearths to keep you warm. There is no end to the scenic beauty that this place has to offer. You can enjoy a stunning view of the Ringha Valley as well as the snow-capped mountain ranges that you can see at a distance. You can also trek through the mountains and then relax together in a hot-stone spring spa.

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15. West Coast, Ireland

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West Coast, Ireland

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Ireland itself is a wonderfully picturesque country, and when you are looking for romantic vacation ideas, its West Coast is a pretty great option that could figure on your list. With the rugged, untamed landscape and the deserted beaches, you will be able to understand why erudite artists, poets, and musicians have frequented this stretch of the country for centuries. You too can enjoy this majestic coastline on your anniversary.

With this list of romantic vacation ideas, you’re sure to surprise your wife on your 5th wedding anniversary!

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15 Romantic Vacation Ideas To Surprise Your Wife With
Your 5th wedding anniversary is a milestone to be celebrated - with something special. Take a look at our romantic vacation ideas to get some inspiration.
Aishani Laha

Aishani Laha

Bibliophile. Feminist. Unreasonable optimist. I am dangerously obsessed with the English language and the stage is my second home. I still believe in fairy tales and happy endings, and more importantly, that there is nothing that good music and a cup of coffee can’t fix.