Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough
01/04/2013 AT 11:35 AM EST
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
Actress and former Dancing with the Stars
contestant Hough, 24, meanwhile, made headlines
of her own this week, by revealing that she had been mentally and verbally abused
as a child.