With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to recap a few of my favorite romantic destinations. Some I’ve actually been to with a significant other, while others I can just imagine being the perfect getaway for a couple. These are some of the world’s most romantic destinations in my eyes, and I’d love to know where you’d like to be this Valentine’s Day. Since I’m not on the road for the holiday this year, I’m going to imagine I am in any one of these spots. You can do the same.
Islands can be incredibly romantic and one of the most romantic islands I’ve ever visited is Aruba. The weather is perfect for slowing down, soaking up the sun, and enjoying each other’s company. In the evenings, you can take that romance up a notch with dinner on the beach during sunset. There’s nothing more romantic than watching the sun go down with someone you care about, and Aruba’s sunsets do not disappoint.
I always thought Paris would be the most romantic destination in France, but after two trips there, I just didn’t feel the romance. Instead, during my trip to Provence, I felt that it would be the ideal destination for a couple, even though I was traveling with my mom. From the villages full of history to the region’s wineries, Provence is dreamy and the perfect romantic escape. I’d love to revisit and spend my days walking hand in hand through the cobblestone streets with someone I love.
Maybe it’s because it reminds me of France or the amount of time I’ve spent there, but I have always found Montréal to be quite romantic in both winter and summer. Spend your day wandering the city’s cobblestone streets and hide from the snow in one of Old Montréal and the little cafes or cuddle up in a hut and go ice fishing. In warmer weather, head for a bike ride around the city in the morning and then spend the afternoon enjoying a cocktail on one of the city’s many patios. You’re bound to fall in love with the city.
With the Nile running through this Egyptian city, romance seems to be unavoidable. There are markets to visit, history to discover, and cafes to enjoy dinner outside. But the most romantic activity would be to take a felucca ride on the Nile at sunset. You’ll float along as the call to prayer echoes from the mosques and the sunset reflects in the river. The perfect setting for a little romance with your loved one.
Although I visited with friends back in 2011, I completely understood why Fiji is a honeymoon destination. Endless blue skies, beautiful islands to hop around, and palm trees swaying in the wind. Nothing happens quick in Fiji, so it’s the ultimate place to kick back and relax. Lounge on the beach all day with a cocktail, enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the ocean, and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean crashing on the shore.
The Okavango Delta
There’s something romantic about getting back to the simplicity of nature and immersing yourself in a new place. The most romantic spot I found in Southern Africa has to be the Okavango Delta. So far removed from the rest of the world and the best sunsets I’ve ever experienced, this area of Botswana is ideal for a romantic getaway. Enjoy the sunset or sunrise from a mokoro as you watch hippos hanging out in the river and then soak up the evening with a bonfire before crawling into your tent under hundreds of stars.
Of all the places I’ve traveled to these feel the most romantic in my eyes, although it depends on what you’re looking for. Some include a bit of adventure and exploring, while others allow you to completely kick back and enjoy some quiet time with your loved one. Either way, no matter where you decide to head with your significant other, it is often more about the person than the place. You can find romance anywhere, as long as you’re with the right person.
What other places would you add to the list?
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