updated 01/04/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/04/2013 AT 11:35 AM ET
Talk about a great escape.
While much of the nation shivered in frigid temperatures, Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough stripped down to their swimsuits and took time to paddleboard during their vacation on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.
This secluded shot in the bright, blue waters – St. Barts temps this week hovered in the 80s – was taken Wednesday, after the American Idol host, 38, spent his Monday night and Tuesday morning in New York’s crowded Times Square, ringing in ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with chipper co-host Jenny McCarthy.