Your soon-to-be spouse truly loves blue. What could be more romantic than proposing with a sapphire engagement ring in one of the bluest places on earth? From the extreme and exotic to unexpected wonders in your own backyard, here are nine amazing blue locations that provide the perfect backdrop for popping the question.
Want to make a memory that will 100% last a lifetime? The “Bluest Place on Earth” is a tiny and remote nation made of more than a thousand islands. Bungalow on your own private lagoon? Romantic dinner overlooking a watery expanse? Endless sunsets set to only the sound of two beating hearts? Check, check—and swoon.
Hanauma Bay | Oahu, Hawaii
This nestled cove just southeast of Honolulu attracts scores of snorkelers with crystal blue waters and vibrant marine life. But what really makes this spot ideal for a proposal is the truly breathtaking sunsets experienced from one of the hills overlooking the bay.
Navagio Bay | Zakynthos, Greece
Locally known as both Shipwreck Beach and Smugglers Cove, this spot contrasts serene blue with sheer white cliffs and a rusted merchant ship ran aground atop stark sand. Beyond the amazing beach, the island itself offers up world-class food and wine plus plenty of history and architecture.
This whimsical village has a peculiar story. Its traditional, white-washed stucco was targeted to change color in 2011. The reason? A promotional stunt behind the movie, Smurfs. And in a twist ending, the residents voted to keep their blue hue rather than return to tradition. It’s a one-of-a-kind location, whether she’s a fan of animation or just the unusual.
Tucked into the Rif Mountains, this town is the perfect cross-section of tradition and comfort. Its ubiquitous blue walls draw plenty of visitors so expect amazing cuisine (both indigenous and international) and luxe accommodations, plus mosques, souks and other well-preserved local culture.
Crater Lake | Oregon, United States
A collapsed, ancient volcano may not seem romantic at first. But with plenty of hiking, camping, canoeing, and stargazing, this Pacific Northwest wonder is the ultimate outdoor destination to take the first steps into your new life together.
Blue Lagoon | Grindavík, Iceland
The world's most famous hot tub doesn’t require a time machine but rather a flight to Reykjavik. From the bustling Icelandic hub, you and your soon-to-be spouse are less than an hour away from this steamy escape. Be sure to book in ahead to ensure your soak as timeslots fill up well in advance.
Peyto Lake - Banff National Park | Alberta, Canada
Want to impress a powder buff? This glacial lake is a brilliant pick not only for its shocking shade but proximity to some of the world’s most challenging slopes—and relaxing après ski hot springs.
Blue Ridge Mountains | Pennsylvania to Georgia, United States
Trees are what give these rolling hills their hue but they’re hardly the only draw to this Appalachian region. With two national parks, craft breweries and distilleries, and some of the most innovative farm-to-table restaurants in the US, this under-the-radar destination is guaranteed Instagram gold.
Feeling inspired? Start by finding the perfect sapphire engagement ring. If you propose in this or any other of the dozens of other amazing cerulean sites, be sure to tag your photos #bluenilesparkle and share your true-blue love.