Spend time traveling with a loved one and you will find that you fall more in love with that person than ever before. While there are many places that you can travel, some are more romantic than others. Therefore, you should choose from among these 30 most romantic destinations around the world.
1. Bali, Indonesia
It is easy to fall in love with all that Bali, Indonesia has to offer. Those who prefer a quieter romantic vacation find miles of secluded white sand beaches. Horseback riding on these beaches is a popular activity and one that is easily arranged. Snorkelers and scuba divers find many places to dive, especially Secret Bay and Seraya Secret. The local residents make beautiful jewelry making Bali the perfect place to get couple’s jewelry created. Additionally, visitors find many luxurious spas and yoga salons. End your day with a romantic dinner at one of Bali’s beachfront restaurants as you watch the sun set over the Bal Sea. Since Bali is in the Indonesian archipelago, daily highs stay about 85 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Bali experiences a wet season from October to March with high humidity caused by torrential downpours. Therefore, it is best to avoid this period if possible.
2. Bruges, Belgium
The historic city of Bruges, Belgium, makes a very romantic getaway with its picturesque canals. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic old town or a hot air balloon ride over the city. Stroll through the Bruges Museum of Fine Arts featuring paintings dating back to the fourth century. Enjoy a long walk or a bike ride through the city to see its public art, especially its colorful windmills. Citizens of this city have an artistic flair and often paint the outside of buildings, especially in the alleys. Enjoy a sip at one of Bruges’s many craft breweries. Indulge in a sample of chocolate at one of the city’s 50 candy shops many featuring fine chocolate candy. While in Bruges make sure to eat a Belgian waffle made with yeast-leavened butter.
3. Kauai, Hawaii, United States
Called the Garden Isle, Kauai is the perfect escape for a romantic vacation. Despite the large number of people that come to this island regularly, much of it remains untouched. Rent a bike and explore the beautiful island on your own or take one of the many organized horseback rides. Paddle down the Wailua River and discover a secret waterfall or experience the thrill of a lifetime as you tube in the historic plantation ditches. Snorkel in the clear blue waters along the Napali coast or explore the area from high above on a zipline tour. Enjoy a luau or take in an exciting dinner theater show to learn more about this island’s unique culture. Whole pigs are often roasted for the luaus and watching the extensive preparations can be an outstanding cultural experience. The culture here revolves around the island’s beautiful flowers, so expect to be greeted with fresh flower leis.
4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is a colorful metropolitan city of 2.89 million people. The city is the birthplace of the tango, and with just a few lessons you will be ready to dance the night away at a milonga. Leave time to visit the National Museum of Fine Arts that houses the best collection of European art in South America and the largest collection of Argentina art anywhere available for public viewing. Visit the cobblestone streets of Plaza Domego and find some gaucho souvenirs to take home with you at Mercado San Telmo. Mexican food served with a variety of hot sauces is a very popular choice in Buenos Aires. If you are looking for a snack, then make sure to try the empanadas.
5. Hamilton Island, Whitsunday, Australia
While all 74 of the tropical paradise islands that make up Whitsunday are remarkable, Hamilton Island is great for a romantic getaway. The white sand silica beaches make a great place to relax and enjoy some well-deserved rest time. If you are looking for some adventure, then snorkel around the Great Barrier Reef or challenge your partner to a game of golf at the lush Hamilton Island Beach Club. Cuddle with a koala at Wild Life Hamilton Island before enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the facility’s café. While visitors find a wide variety of dining options, the island also offers many secluded sandy coves that are the perfect place for a picnic. Opal jewelry is very reasonably priced in many places on the island, so consider taking some home. Additionally, many shops offer unique shells made into a variety of functional items like nightlights.
6. Nanning, China
Covering 18 hills, Mount Qingxiu is a must visit when you go to Nanning China. Explore the nine-tiered Longxiang Pagoda originally constructed during the Ming Dynasty, relax along the shores of Tianchi and Yaochi lakes and explore the beauty of Cycads Garden and Thailand Garden. Explore the Guangxi Museum of Nationalities and learn about the 12 aboriginal minorities that make up Nanning. While at the museum, make sure to see the ethnic costumes and the Beiliu bronze drum from the West Han Dynasty. Spend the day on the wild side with a trip to the Nanning Zoo while feeding the camels, watching the monkeys play and seeing the elephant parade. Many exquisite homes are built around the massive Qingxiu Mountain Park making it a great place for a stroll. Additionally, the park is filled with beautiful statues.
7. Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, the Italian Rivera
Monterosso al Mare is one of five cities that make up Cinque Terre. The city is located on the shores of a picturesque golf. This city is very pedestrian friendly and very few residents own cars. If you love beautiful scenery and good wine, then make sure to head up the hill to Buranco Agriturismo and enjoy a European wine tasting experience. Alternatively, enjoy a day of shopping where some of the shop owners will let you sample the locally produced melon and strawberry liquors. Hike the footpath from Monterosso to Vernazza and enjoy the stunning views as this path meanders along. View the amazing vistas from the water on a boat ride and learn about the history of the area on a sunset cruise. Enjoy wonderful Italian meals fixed in traditional ways.
8. Willemstad, Curacao
The brightly painted buildings of Willemstad make it one of the most romantic places on earth to visit. This city has two distinct parts; the old town and the new town. The parts are divided by the beautiful Saint Ana Bay. Many of the shops are filled with arts and crafts produced by local residents. Swim with the dolphins at the Curacao Dolphin Academy. Watch the sea waves crash into the large rocky cliffs at Shete Boka National Park. Stroll across the Queen Juliana Bridge and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Explore the Hato cave and gaze in bewilderment at the petrographs left over 1,500 years ago. Play with the baby ostriches at the ostrich farm. Alternatively, test your luck at the small casino.
9. Corte, Corsica
Part Alpine city and part African platteland, Corte, Corsica, is a delightful place for a romantic getaway. The city has a young vibe, because it is home to the University of Corsica. Almost one-third of all residents attend the university. Unwind at the beautiful Reserve Naturelle des Bouches de Bonifacio as the quiet waters lap against the limestone outcroppings. Drive along the scenic Restonica Trail that is definitely not for the faint of heart as sheer mountain cliffs drop off on both sides of the road. Swim in Lac Capitello while gazing at the surrounding snowcapped mountains. While the climb to Citadelle de Corte can be quite strenuous, the views from the top are well worth the effort. The citadel contains a small museum which is a great way to learn more about the area’s history. It is incredibly easy to explore this small town, because all streets connect to one main street that runs the length of the city.
10. Vaitape, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
If you are looking for a romantic getaway with lots of adventure, then look no further than Vaitape, Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Life in this sleepy cover revolves around the water. Very near Vaitape, guests can swim with sharks and stingrays without any cage. The wide variety of snorkeling sites is simply amazing with guests often encountering beautiful schools of tropical fish, manta rays and eagle rays. Catch the big one when you go deep sea fishing. Ride a boat to see the large whales blowing water out their blow spouts. Land lovers can take a jeep trail to the top of the nearby hills where chances are it will be just the two of you. The nearby Mont Otemanu is visible from throughout the city. Ferries are the main form of transportation in and out of Vaitape with service regularly provided to Tahiti and Moorea so visitors can also explore those communities.
11. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey, is truly a cultural melting pot where east meets west. Therefore, guests can enjoy both in on this romantic getaway. The city’s history stretches back over 2,500 years and during that time it has served as the capitol of four empires. The Hagia Sophia has served as both a Christian church and a mosque. The building, originally constructed in 535, has a massive done contains a small museum which is a great place to learn about the history of this lively city. The grand Topkapi Palace is a beautiful place to wander through, especially the large museum containing the largest collection of Chinese porcelain outside of China, rare examples of Ottoman weapons, and early Bohemian glassware. The Grand Bazaar is one of the most visited attractions in the world. The bazaar contains 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops making it a great place to get Turkey’s tribal carpets at very reasonable prices.
12. Fira, Greece
Santorini, Greece is a popular tourist destination and no place is better to explore the island than Fira. Visitors find well-maintained footpaths throughout the city which are a great way to explore the area. Archeologists have recently unearthed artifacts showing that this city may have been one of the most advanced during the Bronze Age with drainage canals and three-story buildings. Take in a cultural performance at the White Door Theatro. Visit the beautiful vineyards that surround the city and taste amazing white wines. Listen to the lively jazz music coming from local establishments. The Museum of Prehistoric Thera traces the history of Santorini through artifacts unearthed on the island including impressive wall paintings, ceramics, sculptures and jewelry. Enjoy a beautiful sunset sail just off the coast. Ride the cable car down the side of the mountain to experience scenery you will never forget. Traditional Greek dishes can be found at numerous restaurants in this beautiful city.
13. Kerala, Kochi, India
Laying parallel to the Arabian Sea, Kerala lies near the famou s Kerala backwaters that are a network of five large lakes connected by natural and manmade canals. Those looking for a romantic getaway can easily rent a houseboat allowing them to stay right on the backwaters. Numerous festivals occur throughout the year. These festivals are a great way to learn about the area that is called God’s Own Country. The Kerali Kathakali Centre is a superb place to learn more about the culture of the area including its music, martial arts, and dance. The Kashi Art Gallery is a great place to explore the local art scene. Stroll through the Folklore Museum to learn more about the ancient culture of the area in this unique three-storied edifice and stay for one of their unique stage performances. Relax on the Cherai Beach or stroll through the beautiful nearby rice and tea plantations.
14. Venice, Italy
Absolutely nothing could be more romantic than a gondola ride for two on the canals in Venice, Italy, but the city offers so much more to do. Venice is actually composed of 118 islands that are connected by an elaborate system of canals and bridges. The city is one of the most visited in the world, because of its rich music, artistic culture and beauty. Eat an authentic Venetian meal at Do Spade bar on Calle de Spade where Casanova met his lovers. Walk across the Bridge of Sighs and imagine being one of the prisoners being put to death in the connected Doge’s Palace. Visit the rest of Doge’s Palace including the secret passageway, the prison, and the interrogation room. Relax in Saint Mark’s Square and listen to the lively street performers. Shop in Dorsoduro for Venetian masks, Murano glass and marbled paper. The Venice Lido sandbar is one of the most diverse cultural communities in the world with a variety of residents living in this seven mile stretch.
15. Chachapoyas, Peru
The Yumbilla Waterfall that is almost 3,000 feet tall, the third tallest in the world, is just one of the amazing sites that you can see when you visit Chachapoyas, Peru. Stroll to Mirador Guayamil for incredible views of the entire Utcubamba Valley. It is easy to arrange a tour to the nearby Kuelap Fortress situated on top of a mountain 9,842 feet above sea level. The stonework at this fortress is astonishing and predate the Inca period. The city is also a great place to explore the Caverna de Quioceta that contains seven rooms of unusual formations. The city’s location allows visitors to be close to many Mayan sites without having to deal with a great chance of rain. Coffee, orchids and sugar cane are all grown on nearby plantations. The city is a very popular stop with backpackers who often stay at the local hostel.
16. Victoria, Seychelles
While 115 granite and coral islands make up Seychelles, the most romantic is the capitol city of Victoria on Mahe Island. The Victoria Clock Tower, reminiscent of Big Ben, has kept perfect time since 1903 without any repairs. Hike through an ancient tea plantation, and old growth forest to reach the top of Morne Blanc. The sheer cliff drop off is home to many endemic birds and also the world’s smallest frog. Learn about the environmental concerns of the area at the Seychelles Natural History Museum. The five-acre Seychelles National Botanical Gardens, in nearby Mont Fleuri, is over a century old allowing visitors to see many mature endemic plants including the rare Seychelles orchid and also is home to giant tortoises that are over 150 years old. The colorful Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market offers a great shopping experience that has been in the same spot since 1840 especially for fresh spices and fruit. The market is also an outstanding place to people watch.
17. Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
The major draw to Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, and its most romantic location, is the ice hotel that is built new each year from large ice blocks collected from the nearby river. After the basic building is constructed, then artists from around the world are invited to carve the ice to create original designs. Each room’s bed and chairs are also carved from ice. While staying at the ice hotel make sure to have a drink or two at the ice bar served in glasses made of ice. Additionally, the ice hotel has a chapel which is a very popular spot for destination weddings. While the ice hotel is fascinating, visitors can also explore the Jukkasjarvi Kyrka that was originally constructed in 1607. This church contains a large hand painted mural with naughty people painted on the right and righteous people painted on the right. The church also contains a wooden altar piece carved by well-known Swedish artist Bror Hjorth.
18. Ambieside, England
The Lake District in England features 16 beautiful lakes nestled between England’s highest mountains making it a perfect place for long romantic walks. The city is located at the head of the largest lake in the region. Ambieside is the perfect romantic place to explore this exquisite region. The beautiful informal woodland Stagshaw garden is filled with rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas set among large native oak trees. The childhood home of poet William Wordsworth allows visitors to see what life was like in the 1770s. Fell walking is a popular pastime that couples will want to participate in as they wander around the lakes and through the pastures in this pristine area. The city is a great place to do a pub crawl with ten pubs located within a quarter mile. The city’s welcome city is located in the Bridge House that was originally constructed about 1600. The house is located over Stock Ghyll and is a wonderful place to get more information about Ambieside.
19. Heidelberg, Germany
Located on the River Neckar, Heidelberg, Germany, is a perfect romantic destination. Feel like a king or queen as you visit the Heidelberg Castle that contains the German Pharmacy Museum. The Heildelberger Mountain Railway, a funicular, is a unique way to get up the mountain to King’s Chair, the highest point in Heidelberg. From there, couples can hike into the surrounding forest enjoying the breathtaking scenery. In the olden days, wine was the currency of Heidelberg, and visitors can see the Heidelberg Tun that holds almost 60,000 gallons of wine. Heidelberg pays great tribute to artisans who lived here in the 19th and 20th centuries including Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Max Beckmann at the Palatinate Museum. At the Carl Bosch Museum, visitors can learn more about this scientist who helped invent nitrogen fertilizer for agriculture. Some of the most romantic spots in Heidelberg are found at the sidewalk coffee shops in the Old Quarter.
20. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto, Japan, is a vibrant city with a rich past. If you love to watch monkey antics, then you need to visit the Iwatayana Monkey Park. After a short climb, you are put in a cage where you can feed the indigenous Japanese Snow Monkeys apples and peanuts. Marvel at the Golden Pavilion with its brilliant gold-leaf plating. This unique structure is constructed so that each of its three floors has its own distinctive style. There are many unique shrines and temples in this city earning its nickname as the City of Ten Thousand Shrines. Kyoto served as the imperial capital of Japan for over 1,000 years. The city and its residents maintain 17 sites which are considered Japan’s national treasures. Leave time to visit the Goin geisha district and eat a traditional Japanese meal at the 100-year-old Mirokou Restaurant.
21. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
There is so much to do in Rio de Janeiro that you may never want to go home. You may choose to walk the scenic trail up Sugarloaf Mountain to Morra da Urca then ride the cable car to the top. Alternatively, sail to one of the exclusive coves near the Grande Island. The city has some outstanding beaches just waiting to be explored including Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach. Rio de Janeiro has many markets just waiting to be explored including the Night Market in Copacabana which may be the perfect place to pick up an antique. Of course, no trip would be complete without dancing the farro and the samba. Football, called soccer in America, is a huge pastime. A great place to catch a game is at the massive Maracanã Stadium. New sports stadiums will be constructed because the city will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The impressive Biblioteca Nacional, National Library, contains over nine million items in an architecturally unique modern building.
22. Victoria Falls, Zambia
If you like things on the wild side, then Victoria Falls, Zambia, is the perfect romantic getaway location for you. Victoria Falls is the widest waterfall in the world and will simply take your breath away with its mighty action. During the rainy season, over five hundred million cubic feet of water a minute flows over this waterfall and its spray can be viewed from miles away. Yet, when the water is at the right level, usually from September to December, it is possible to swim right next to this amazing waterfall. On nights with a full moon, a spectacular lunar rainbow appears above the falls. This waterfall is within the boundaries of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where visitors frequently see a variety of wildlife including giraffes, zebras, impalas Vervet monkeys and baboons. The nearby Mukuni Village is a great place to learn about the indigenous people. Make sure to stop at the Mukurni Victoria Falls Craft Village where local residents will often trade handiwork for items from around the world.
23. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland, in the Scottish Highlands offers so much for visitors to do. The area abounds in natural beauty making it great for a romantic getaway. Something is always blooming at the Royal Botanic Garden that houses the world’s largest collection of tender vireya rhododendron. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions will have you wondering how they did that and laughing all the way through this small interactive museum. No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without visiting Old Town with many of its buildings constructed during the medieval and Reformation-era. Since people were afraid to build outside of the walled city, the area housed some of the very first high rise residential buildings in the world. The Edinburgh Castle is a great place to visit. It contains the oldest crown, sceptre and sword of state in the British Isles.
24. Paris, France
For many people, the quintessential romantic getaway is Paris, France. Consider exploring one of Paris’s many museums including the Louvre, which is one of the largest museums in the world and home to the Mona Lisa. Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without seeing the Eifel Tower. The more adventurous may even want to climb the 600 stairs to the top while the less adventurous can take the elevator. A tour of the Cathedral of Notre Dame is another must when you visit the City of Love. Wander through the luxurious shops on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and take in a theater performance. Paris is also known as the City of Lights, and a great way to explore the city is to rent a bike and ride at night to enjoy all the lights.
25. Male, Maldives
There is no need to dress up when visiting most of Male, Maldives, located on the North Male Atol, as flip flops are accepted almost everywhere. Diving is a popular pastime here, and one you may want to try. Manta Point offers divers the opportunity to see octopus, moray eels, white-tip reef sharks, and more manta rays that you can count, while the colorful soft corals at Girifushi Thila is home to many schools of fish. Kyuquot. salmon, tuna and halibut are easily caught in the waters near Male, although most will give you a fight that you will remember for the rest of your life. From mid-March through October, surfers enjoy playing in the nearby waters. Male’s central location makes it a great place to island hop. Finish a day or two with a sunset cruise to set a very romantic tone.
26. Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island , Philippines
If you really yearn for a romantic getaway that allows you to get away from it all, then consider a getaway to Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines. This small sliver of an island has so many romantic spots that you will adore exploring. The Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park contains a five mile underground river that flows directly into the sea. Along its course, the river which can be explored by boat, passes through large caves. Scientists have just discovered that this river has a second river that runs directly under the first. Jetting out of a rice field, Ugong Rock contains a cave with seven rooms begging to be explored. Visitors can also climb the outside of the rock and use the zipline to create an all-around memorable experience.
27. Hveragendi, Iceland
You may think you have arrived in paradise when you come to Hveragendi, Iceland. Located in the Ölfusdalur Valley, the city is called the hot springs capitol of the world. Imagine sitting in the middle of a secluded hot springs watching the aurora borealis overhead and gazing at snow on the ground around you. That is the type of surreal romantic experience you can have when you visit Hveragendi. While many of Iceland’s ice caves are well known, not many people choose to come to the Raufarholshellir Lava Tube Cave so you and your significant other may have the entire cave to yourself. Iceland is well known for its unique Icelandic Horses that have five gaits and a great way to learn more about them is to ride one across the open valleys just outside of town.
28. Cairo, Egypt
The sole survivor of the Seven Wonders of the World is the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Located just outside Cairo, Egypt, visitors can not only see the pyramid, but also walk inside the pyramid that was originally constructed about 2500 BC. At the heart of the 2011 student revolution, Tahrir Square can be visited. When there, make sure to stop by the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities to view the King Tutankhamen’s treasure and mummies. In all, this museum contains over 120,000 artifacts. The narrow Khan El-Khalili Bazaar is a wonderful place to visit and barter with the many merchants. Some of the best souvenirs to get here include crystal and perfumes. Leave time to visit the Cairo Opera that contains two main concert halls, an open-air theater, and a museum.
29. Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
If you love communing with nature on your romantic getaway, then consider Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Rent a boat and explore the ocean. Visitors often have up-close encounters with sea lions, dolphins and seals. Enjoy a beautiful sunset over the water as you sip on locally produced wines. Regardless of the type of angling that you enjoy, you will find a perfect spot near Penneshaw. Garfish and trevally are popular catches from just boats just off the shore or head further to sea to catch larger sport fish. Alternatively, King George whiting, squid and salmon can be caught from the shore. Visit the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary at night to see the nocturnal animals and take in a birds of prey show.
30. Enonteki, Lapland, Finland
If you are thinking of a romantic holiday getaway, nothing could be better than Enonteki, Lapland, Finland. Visitors to Enonteki can learn how sled dogs are trained and enjoy the thrill of being pulled along over the snow in a dog sled. Some lucky visitors can even drive their own sleds. Bike or hike through Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park to see amazing wildlife that survives in this cold climate. The park contains 23marked hiking and skiing trails. Visitors can canoe down the Ounasjoki River which is even gentle enough for the most inexperience canoeist. Snowmobile tours can be arranged throughout this winter wonderland. Guests can also go on sleigh rides. Visitors can see beautiful ice sculptures, feed reindeer and enjoy a visit with Father Christmas in a very traditional setting during season. There is something magical about visiting Enonteki, Lapland, all year round.
* 1984 BA Elementary Education/ Special Education Univeristy of Northern Iowa
* 2002 Started writing own blog
* 2012 Started writing professionally.