10 of the World’s Best Destinations for Couples

August 15, 2016 by

Places to Go, Romantic Tours, Things to Do

Whether you’re setting off on your honeymoon, heading overseas for Valentine’s Day, or planning a city break for two, the world is full of romantic destinations meant to be shared. From idyllic beach retreats to action-packed road trips, here are 10 of the world’s best destinations for couples.

1. Tenerife

Tenerife for two

A view for two in Tenerife, Spain

Sun, sand, and volcanoes—everything seems to be heating up in Tenerife. This Spanish destination (the largest of the Canary Islands) is fringed with golden beaches ideal for sipping cocktails and cuddling up to watch the sunset. For an alternative date idea, ride the cable car to the peak of El Teide volcano, try your hand at kitesurfing, or party into the early hours at one of many beach clubs.


2. Greek Islands

Santorini for two

Sunset over Santorini, Greece

As the summer getaway of choice for European jet-setters, the Greek Islands offer endless opportunities for sunseekers and beachgoers, with activities suited to every couple (and budget). For an immersive island experience, book into a luxury resort on Santorini, rent a villa on Corfu, or hit the beach bars of Mykonos—or consider an island-hopping cruise to experience all three. Prefer some time alone? Venture off the tourist trail to islands like Tilos, Icaria and Skyros, where you can stroll along deserted beaches, hike through the hills, and settle into a candlelit seafood dinner.


3. Bahamas

Bahamas for two

Bahamas beach

With white sand beaches, aquamarine waters, and swaying palms, the Bahamas is on the list for good reason: A typical date in this tropical location involves swimming, snorkeling, and sipping rum punch, perhaps even on a private beach. For extra fun, set sail on an island cruise or dive into the Atlantic for a swim with the dolphins.


4. Southern Africa

Namibia for two

Sossusvlei, Namibia

For a truly wild adventure, why not set off on safari? South Africa, Namibia and Zambia offer spectacular safaris for any couple interested in exploring the wilderness, spotting the Big Five, and learning about African culture. For a more intimate experience, opt for a private luxury camp, where you can unwind with a couples massage, sleep beneath the stars, and enjoy breakfast gazing out across the plains.


5. Italy

Florence for two

Keep Florence, Italy in mind for a romantic view of the Duomo

Whether floating down the canals of Venice on a private gondola or sipping wine under the Tuscan sun, Italy is made for romantics. Cozy up on a Vespa tour of Rome, take a trip to Romeo and Juliet’s fair Verona, or view the UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Amalfi Coast, all before ordering tiramisu for two at one of Milan’s top restaurants.


6. Fiji

Fiji for two

Escape the crowds by visiting Fiji’s remote Yasawa Islands

For those who can’t afford their own private island retreat, there’s Fiji—a tropical paradise in the South Pacific with white sand beaches and tropical sun perfect for any couple looking to get away. Spend your days snorkeling, scuba diving and ziplining through the rainforest, relaxing with a traditional mud bath, or both, with a zipline and spa combo tour. Romantic sunset cruises double as sightseeing tours here, as it is common to spot dolphins, turtles, and giant blue starfish along the coast.


7. France

Pont des Arts bridge

Pont des Arts bridge

The City of Lights might have a reputation as one of the world’s most romantic cities, but there’s more to France than just Paris. Once you’ve dined atop the Eiffel Tower, cruised along the Seine River, and snapped a selfie on the iconic Pont des Arts bridge, it’s time to explore afield. Luxury yachts and cruises along the French Riviera make for a particularly special date night, while castle tours in the Loire Valley, and wine tastings in Provence, are perfect for a party of two any time of day.


8. New Zealand

waitomo caves

waitomo caves

Ruggedly beautiful, exceedingly friendly and easy to get around, New Zealand makes for a great road trip destination (and for an even greater way to test your couple compatibility). Rent an RV and journey around the North and South islands, stopping to camp out beneath the stars, picnic on the beach, and kiss in the light of a thousand glow worms at Waitomo Caves. Thrill-seekers, take note: This is your chance to tandem skydive, bungee jump, and helicopter over the Bay of Islands with a plus one.


9. Argentina

Buenos Aires La Boca

Colorful building in Buenos Aires

The birthplace of tango and the party capital of Latin America, Buenos Aires is full of great opportunities to impress your date. Kick-start the romance with a tango lesson and dinner show, a picnic lunch in Palermo Woods, or a horseback tour through the pampas. And don’t just stay in the capital—tag on 10. Japan

From the serene parks and Buddhist temples of Kyoto to the dizzying metropolis of Tokyo, Japan offers an exotic mix of modern and traditional for you to live out your own Lost in Translation-style romance. Ride the bullet train, sing karaoke and gorge on delicious sushi, before spending the night in a traditional Japanese ryokan. Then, head to Nagoya Castle to admire the springtime cherry blossoms, watch the sunrise from Mt Fuji or relax on the beaches of Okinawa Island.

— Zoe Smith

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