While ABC's The Bachelor may be the ultimate guilty pleasure, it's also a rose-studded travelogue, as the reality relationship rollercoaster hauls its bachelor and bevy of would-be brides around the world. For travel junkies like me, keeping a scorecard of the best destinations showcased by the show is a natural sub-game, much like fashion aficionadas might be logging the spread of designers at the Oscars, say. So, can I borrow you for a minute to review my highly subjective curation of the best beach destinations in The Bachelor history?
Season 7: Aruba
Bachelor: Charlie O'Connell
Bachelor Nation Notes: For the first time, all the overnight dates were staged in one place.
Season 8: The French Riviera
Bachelor: Travis Lane Stork
Bachelor Nation Notes: This was the first season with a group date that had an overnight component.
Season 10: Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii
Bachelor: Andy Baldwin
Bachelor Nation Notes: "Officer and a Gentleman" Baldwin was stationed on Oahu during the show's run.
Season 10: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Bachelor: Brad Womack
Bachelor Nation Notes: In a Bachelor first, Womack didn't propose to either finalist.
Season 12: Barbados
Bachelor: Matt Grant
Bachelor Nation Notes: Chelsea offers Matt a California Survival Kit with items for their upcoming life together, but it's never put to use. Matt sends a weeping Chelsea home and proposes to Shayne.
Season 14: St. Lucia
Bachelor: Jake Pavelka
Bachelor Nation Notes: Jake dropped to one knee for the season finale on the Piton-backgrounded Jade Mountain Resort's Celestial Terrace.
Season 15: Anguilla
Bachelor: Brad Womack (AGAIN)
Bachelor Nation Notes: Returning bachelor Womack et gal did a shoot for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue while on Anguilla.
Season 16: Belize, Panama, Puerto Rico
Bachelor: Ben Flajnik
Bachelor Nation Notes: Season 16 marked The Bachelor's return to Belize--Season 4 bachelor Bob Guiney looked for love at private island resort Cayo Espanto in Ambergris Caye.
Season 17: Southern California, St. Croix, Thailand
Bachelor: Sean Lowe
Bachelor Nation Notes: The Buccaneer, the St. Croix resort that hosted Sean's posse, offers a Romance Package inspired by the show's filming there.
Season 18: St. Lucia, Miami, Vietnam
Bachelor: Juan Pablo Galavis
Bachelor Nation Notes: St. Lucia became the de facto beachy standard bearer for The Bachelor, supplying a host of romantic resorts once again for reality rendezvous.
Season 19: Bali
Bachelor: Chris Soules
Bachelor Nation Notes: As everyone knows who followed Iowa farmer Chris Soules's journey to love, the photo here is not from Bali's Mulia resort, which was by far the most exotic beach locale for this season. This photo was from a truly surreal Bachelor event (among many over the years), wherein a pool party segued to a tractor race. Of course the bachelorettes had to remain in their bikinis. Of course they did.
Love romantic escapes like we do?