Summer is such a great time to be in love – and it’s even better when traveling to some of the world’s most romantic places. These are some of our favorite destinations to take that ultimate summer romantic retreat.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Riviera Nayarit isn’t nearly as crowded as its fellow west-coast neighbor Los Cabos or the bustling eastern paradises of Cancun and Riviera Maya. This 192-mile stretch of coast is dotted with secluded seaside towns, charming eateries, and laid-back beaches bordered by the Pacific Ocean and lush mountains, making it a perfect choice for couples.
The Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Croatia has quickly become one of Europe’s hottest destinations, and it’s not just because of the worldwide exposure it’s received as a major filming location for hit movies and TV series like HBO’s Game of Thrones. Medieval cities and towns, a naturally stunning coastline, and the clear, sapphire water of the Adriatic Sea definitely boost its appeal. Stroll the medieval streets of Dubrovnik, shop in outdoor markets, and spend long days in the sun in remote coves or on chartered yachts.
Just outside Phoenix, Scottsdale boasts world-class spas surrounded by stunning desert horizons. Pick one of the many renowned resorts and get pampered into a state of pure bliss. With more spas per capita than anywhere else in the country, Scottsdale is a true spa paradise and couple’s oasis. Once you’re feeling recharged, you’ll find a bustling nightlife and high-end shopping in downtown Scottsdale. Or get back to nature with a romantic hike through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
The island of Bali offers luxurious getaways and experiences that are surprisingly very affordable. Retreat to a Balinese spa resort amid mountains blanketed by tropical rainforest. Indulge in a candlelit dinner on the beach. Rise early for a hike up Mt. Batur to watch one of the most breathtaking sunrises you’ll ever see. You’ll quickly discover that the Balinese people are not only very hospitable, they’re also master craftsmen, so take the opportunity to shop for handmade souvenirs.
It’s hard to picture anything more romantic than cuddling up in a gondola with your sweetheart while a gondolier glides you through the waterways of Venice. This city sings of love with its stunning architecture and labyrinth of narrow alleys brimming with secret spots to steal a few kisses. Sneak away to a quaint restaurant to get your fill of people-watching, wine, and Italy’s famously superb cuisine.
This island haven has been called the “Hawaii of the Caribbean,” and for good reason. Its mountainous landscape looks remarkably plush due to the full foliage that covers St. Lucia from peak to shoreline, and love is in the air at most of the first-class resorts here. Lovers will find golden beaches and rich waters perfect for snorkeling, and the iconic Piton Mountains are the best backdrop for a sunset cruise around the island. Chocolate could easily be considered the food of love, and the decadent beans grow in abundance on St. Lucia. Make a date out of a chocolate tour, where you’ll make your own sweet treat starting from bean to bar.
Napa Valley, California
Not only is this area covered by dreamy, rolling green hills, it also happens to be overflowing with wineries that produce some of the world’s best vintages. Book a coach tour of the area and let the wine flow without having to drive back to your hotel. Be sure to bring a couple of your favorite bottles home for date nights – the taste of Napa Valley will bring you right back to this romantic region.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
This northwestern area has seaside resorts perfect for unwinding on the sand while being pampered. But when you’re ready for a little action, travel inland for volcanos, rainforest, and wildlife. Climb into the canopy to spend some quality time with exotic birds and monkeys, then zip-line back to earth for horseback riding around the rainforest. Race down river with whitewater rafting, or take to the water at a slower pace by soaking in natural hot springs. This is the place to pair romance with relaxation and adventure.
The Maldives create endless magical moments for couples looking to get off the grid. Step straight into the water from your overwater bungalow and discover an undersea garden of bright corals and vibrant fish. Every one of the 1,200 islands found in this Indian Ocean paradise claims to have the whitest and softest sand beaches, but we’ll let you be the judge as you hop between islands on the local ferries.
Québec City, Canada
While Québec captivates visitors no matter the season, the summer’s warm weather allows for long days spent exploring the city’s cohesive greenspaces and urban sophistication. Québec City transports you to old world France without ever leaving North America. Wind your way through Old Town’s cobblestone streets, shopping in boutiques and eating in cafés established in 17th and 18th century houses. If you crave an escape from the cosmopolitan hustle, retreat to the vast Battlefields Park for a picnic in the grass or a summer concert.
For the ideal summer getaway full of romance, try one of these amazing destinations. Contact your travel agent today to discover the heart of the most romantic places on Earth.