Nothing is more romantic than laying on pristine white sands with your toes soaked in crystal clear waters with your significant other. There’s just something about it that causes you two to reconnect mind, body, and soul. If that sounds like something you and your loved one need (and who doesn’t?), here are the best beach vacations for couples.
18 Best Beach Vacations for Couples
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos have some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, with soft white sand and some of the clearest turquoise waters you will ever see. You’ll most likely be staying on Grace Bay Beach, which has won many awards for the best beach in the world.
One romantic beach to visit in Turks and Caicos is Half Moon Bay. This is an uninhabited island off the coast that can only be reached by boat. That means fewer crowds, giving you an even more romantic beach experience. Some other noteworthy beaches are Long Bay Beach, Mudjin Harbour, and Leeward Beach.
Where to stay: Seven Stars Resort and Spa
Aruba is known for its famous beach flamingos, and what’s more romantic than hanging out with pink flamingos? It is also one of the few desert islands in the Caribbean. You’ll find unique trees, cacti, and windy shores for some natural A.C.
All of the beaches in Aruba are public, and many have thatch-roofed lounging areas. This gives you a chance to stumble upon a completely secluded beach for the two of you. Eagle Beach, Manchebo Beach, Arashi Beach, and Savaneta Beach are a few places you and your beau can check out for seclusion.
Where to stay: Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort
Kauai is one of Hawaii’s least populated islands, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to soak up uncrowded beaches with your S.O. This island is full of small towns with delicious local restaurants and open space to wander. It is also one of the only Hawaiian islands where you can camp on the beach.
Mahaulepu beaches, located on the island’s south side, are some of the more remote beaches. You could have an entire beach for the two of you all day. For adventurous couples, hike the Kalalau Trail to Hanakāpī‘Ai Beach to see some unique coastal views.
Where to stay: Hanalei Bay Resort
St. Lucia has some of the most unique coastal views from their beaches, with the Pitons shooting out of the ocean. The best way to make the most of the coastal views is via horseback. Take your loved one on a horseback tour through the seaside cliffs, the jungle, and the jade waters.
The best beaches in St. Lucia are Rodney Bay, Reduit Beach, and Sugar Beach. Rodney Bay is the most romantic beach on the island, with calm, clear waters and less crowded. Sugar Beach is unique because it is placed right in the middle of the Pitons.
Where to stay: Sandals Grande St. Lucian
Tulum, Mexico is a less crowded town about 2 hours south of Cancun. It is also home to Playa Paraiso, which could easily be confused with the beaches of Turks and Caicos. The beaches are lined with day clubs and small food vendors instead of skyscraper-style resorts.
One of the best ways to jump around from beach to beach in Tulum is on a scooter. This is my favorite part about Tulum because it gives you a chance to hold on to your partner and builds trust like nothing else. You can also attend some of the best beach parties to dance the night away.
Where to stay: Be Tulum Hotel
Belize is excellent for couples if you enjoy what’s inside the ocean rather than on the beach. It is the closest place to access the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerica Reef. It is also home to the famous Great Blue Hole, which you can snorkel in or fly over in a helicopter.
You can camp on the beach in luxurious canvas tents outside Glover’s Reef. It is located on Southwest Cay, far from society, so the stars shine bright. There’s nothing quite like falling asleep cuddled up to your partner while stargazing with the sound of waves crashing in the background.
Where to stay: Chaa Creek
Greece has many islands with incredible coastal views. Santorini is one of the most popular islands amongst couples. Primarily because of the steep villages that overlook the sea-filled volcanic crater that created the islands.
Oia is the best place to watch the sunset over a delicious Greek dish. You can also visit some romantic spas that overlook the ocean. You can even enjoy a movie while overlooking the sea at one of the most romantic outdoor theatres in the world, Kamari.
Where to stay: Santorini Secret Suites and Spa
Negril is home to 7-Mile Beach, giving you and your partner endless opportunities for beach activities. Either way you look on this massive beach, you will see more beach. I recommend spending the first day of your visit walking the beach to see all the activities, food, and entertainment offered.
When you aren’t enjoying one of the world’s longest beaches, there are plenty of other seaside activities. Negril is also home to some remarkable sea caves. You can enjoy a romantic dinner inside the sea caves by candlelight with the waves crashing against the cave walls. You can even get a couples massage inside the caves.
Where to stay: Sandals Negril
Ana Maria Island, Florida
Florida is known for its Caribbean-like beaches without having to leave the country. Ana Maria Island is a lesser-known part of Florida with some of the clearest beaches. You’ll have plenty of space to spread out with your loved one on the beach.
The best beaches are Ana Maria Beach and Bean Point Beach. You’re surrounded by sand bars and shallow water, making it easy to enjoy the warm waters. Since the island is a smaller town, renting a tandem bike is the best way to explore. Explore all the small-town shops, restaurants, and beaches.
Where to stay: Cedar Cove Resort and Cottages
Oahu is one of the best Hawaiian islands for couples with so much to do and see. You can swim with turtles, surf, go on a sunset cruise, and visit famous filming spots. The most popular town to stay in is Waikiki, and most of the best resorts are located on this beach.
Waikiki has the best view of Diamond Head, a volcanic crater you can hike. You can also visit sea turtles on Oahu’s north shore at Laniakea Beach. For those couples who love to surf together, Ehukai Beach has been deemed one of the best surf locations in the world.
Where to stay: The Royal Hawaiian
Seychelles is a group of islands located off Africa’s southern shores. They’re known for their turquoise waters, beautiful shorelines, and unique rock formations. One of the most popular activities is renting a boat with a captain and taking a tour of the islands.
The waters around Seychelles are relatively calm, so relaxing, snorkeling and even diving are great ways to enjoy the islands. I also highly recommend visiting the coconut plantation on Anse Source De’Argent Beach. They have gigantic coconuts that you and your partner can share.
Where to stay: Anantara MAIA Luxury Resort and Spa
The Maldives are some of the most romantic islands in the Indian Ocean, with many private islands and over-the-water bungalows. With over 1,000 tiny islands in the Maldives, it’s easy for resorts to claim their own and make it feel exclusive and remote.
Many of the resorts in the Maldives will even arrange for you and your partner to have a wine-filled picnic on your own little island for a day. The Maldives is also home to bioluminescence on Vaahoo Island, making it look like the sea is glowing a shimmery blue color.
Where to stay: Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
You’ve probably seen crystal clear white and black sand beaches before, but Bermuda is home to pink sand beaches. A popular one is Horseshoe Bay Beach, but it can get busy. The most romantic way to experience the pink sands is to follow the grassy trail to find separate coves with pink sands.
Bermuda also has these stone archways called “Moongates.” You can find them on Tobacco Bay Beach, Shelly bay Beach, and the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Bermudan lore states that if you walk through one of these archways with your loved one, you’ll live happily together for the rest of your life.
Where to stay: The Loren at Pink Beach
Anguilla is a smaller Caribbean island with a ton of beaches in comparison to its size. With over 30 beautiful beaches on the island, you and your partner will surely find one for the two of you. All of their beaches are just as picturesque as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, which is really saying something.
The best way to get away from the rest of the world is sailing to one of Anguilla’s outer cay islands. You can even rent a cay for a day if you want a super romantic beach experience. Sunsets over Anguilla beaches are also to die for; you can sail, dine, or ride horseback to watch them.
Where to stay: Zemi Beach House
Bora Bora has some incredible views from the beach, whether you’re looking over the water or back at the landscape. It’s a volcano-created island with mountains shooting out of the sea and a lush landscape. You’ll see clouds swirling around the middle of the island, creating an otherworldly feeling.
There are many romantic activities in Bora Bora, from water-side dining to private lagoon tours. It also has fantastic stargazing since the islands are relatively remote in the Pacific Ocean. A barrier reef surrounds the island, so you may also have a chance to see sea turtles and dolphins.
Where to stay: Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort
The Philippines is a super affordable and relatively undiscovered Island country. There are over 7,000 islands to explore in the Philippines. Still, one of the most beautiful for couples to visit is Palawan. They have beautiful lagoons, crazy volcanic rock formations, and an underground river.
One of the most romantic things in Palawan is to charter a private boat to take you around the islands in Honda Bay. You can also visit a secret lagoon, surrounded by massive limestone walls. You’ll have to swim through a small wall opening to get there, so be prepared for an adventure.
Where to stay: Astoria Palawan
The Whitsunday Islands are located off Australia’s eastern shore and are as close as possible to the Great Barrier Reef. The white sand and bright blue waters swirl around these islands, creating unique sand bars and fantastic views. Especially when you take a private flight to see the islands from above.
One of the most popular things to do while visiting the Whitsunday Islands is to take a boat to Heart Reef. This unique reef is in the shape of a heart, hence the name, and you can even snorkel around it. You can also sail around the islands or hike to some incredible waterfalls on the islands.
Where to stay: Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort
The Exumas, Bahamas
The Exumas is a cluster of several small islands in the Bahamas and some of the prettiest in the Caribbean. It is also home to the Bahamas beach pigs, which you can visit via a boat tour. You can also charter your own private boat to take you to a remote island for the day.
If you would rather stay on the water than in a resort, charter a sailboat to sail you around all of the islands. You’ll see rock iguanas, reef sharks, salt fields, and a natural bubble bath. If you are staying in Great Exuma, remember to visit Georgetown.
Where to stay: Sandals Emerald Bay