Nothing is more romantic than lying on the pristine white sand with your partner and dipping your toes in the crystal clear waters. There's just something that makes you both want to reconnect body, mind and spirit. If that sounds like something you and your loved one need (and who doesn't?), here are the best beach vacations for couples.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks and Caicos IslandsIt has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, with soft, white sand and some of the clearest turquoise waters you will ever see. You will most likely be staying at Grace Bay Beach, which has received many awards as the best beach in the world.
A romantic beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands is Half Moon Bay. This is an uninhabited offshore island that can only be reached by boat. That means fewer crowds and makes the beach experience even more romantic. Some other notable beaches are Long Bay Beach, Mudjin Harbor and Leeward Beach.
Where to sleep:Seven Star Resort and Spa
Arubais 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 will find unique trees, cacti and cool beaches for natural air conditioning.
All beaches in Aruba are public and many have thatched lounge areas. This gives you the chance to stumble upon a completely secluded beach for both of you. Eagle Beach, Manchebo Beach, Arashi Beach and Savaneta Beach are some places you and your friend can visit for retreat.
Where to sleep:Renaissance Wind Creek Resort in Aruba
Kauaiis one of Hawaii's most sparsely populated islands, meaning you'll have plenty of time to explore the secluded beaches with your S.O. This island is full of small towns with delicious local restaurants and open spaces for walking. It's also one of the few Hawaiian islands where you can camp on the beach.
Mahaulepu Beaches, located on the south side of the island, are among the most secluded beaches. You could have a whole beach for the two of you all day. Adventurous couples hike the Kalalau Trail to Hanakāpī'Ai Beach for unique coastal views.
Where to sleep:Hanalei Bay Resort
Straße. LucyIt has some of the most unique coastal views from its beaches, with the Pitons jutting out of the ocean. The best way to make the most of the coastal views is on horseback. Take your loved one for a horseback ride along the coastal cliffs, jungle and jade water.
The best beaches in St. Lucia are Rodney Bay, Reduit Beach and Sugar Beach. Rodney Bay is the island's most romantic beach with calm, clear and less crowded waters. Sugar Beach is unique in that it's right in the middle of the Pitons.
Where to sleep:Large sandals St. Lucian
Tulum, MexicoIt's a less populated city about 2 hours south of Cancun. It is also home to Paradise Beach, which could easily be confused with the beaches of Turks and Caicos. The beaches are lined with day clubs and small food stalls rather than high-rise resorts.
One of the best ways to get from beach to beach in Tulum is by scooter. This is my favorite part of Tulum because it gives you an opportunity to keep your partner and build trust like nothing else. You can also attend some of the best beach parties to dance the night away.
Where to sleep:Hotel Tulum
BelizeIt is ideal for couples who prefer the sea to the beach. It is the closest location to access the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerica Reef. It's also home to the famous Great Blue Hole, where you can snorkel or fly over it in a helicopter.
You can camp on the beach in luxury canvas tents just outside Glover's Reef. It's on Southwest Cay, secluded from society so the stars shine. There's nothing quite like falling asleep snuggled up to your partner while gazing at the stars with the sound of the waves in the background.
Where to sleep:Arroyo Chaa
Greece has many islands with stunning coastal views.SantoriniIt is one of the most popular islands among couples. Mainly because of the steep towns that overlook the sea-filled volcanic crater that created the islands.
Oia is the best place to watch the sunset over a delicious Greek meal. You can also visit some romantic spas overlooking the ocean. You can even catch a movie overlooking the sea at one of the most romantic open-air cinemas in the world, Kamari.
Where to sleep:Santorini Secret Suites and Spa
Negril is home to 7-Mile Beach, which offers you and your partner endless opportunities for beach activities. Any way you look at this vast beach, you will see more beach. I recommend walking the beach on the first day of your visit to see all the activities, food and entertainment on offer.
When you're not enjoying one of the longest beaches in the world, there are plenty of other beach activities to choose from. Negril is also home to some notable sea caves. You can enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in the sea caves while the waves crash against the cave walls. You can even get a couples massage in the caves.
Where to sleep:black sandals
FloridaIt's known for its Caribbean beaches without having to leave the country. Ana Maria Island is a lesser known part of Florida with some of the clearest beaches. You have plenty of space to relax on the beach with your loved one.
The best beaches are Ana Maria Beach and Bean Point Beach. You are surrounded by sandbars and shallow water, so you can just enjoy the warm water. Since the island is a smaller town, it's best to rent a tandem bike to explore it. Explore all the little shops, restaurants and beaches in town.
Where to sleep:Cedar Cove Resort and Cabins
OahuIt's one of the best Hawaiian Islands for couples, with lots to see and do. You can swim with turtles, surf, take a sunset cruise and visit famous film locations. The most popular city to stay in is Waikiki, and most of the best resorts are on this beach.
Waikiki has the best view of Diamond Head, a volcanic crater that you can climb into. You can also visit sea turtles on Oahu's North Shore at Laniakea Beach. For couples who enjoy surfing together, Ehukai Beach has been named one of the top surfing spots in the world.
Where to sleep: the real Hawaiian
SeychellesIt is an archipelago off the southern coast of Africa. They are known for their turquoise waters, beautiful coastlines and unique rock formations. One of the most popular activities is to rent a skippered boat and take a tour of the islands.
The waters around the Seychelles are relatively calm, so relaxation, snorkeling, and even scuba diving are great ways to enjoy the islands. I also recommend visiting the coconut plantation at Anse Source De'Argent Beach. They have huge coconuts for you and your partner to share.
Where to sleep:Anantara MAIA Luxury Resort and Spa
The MaldivesThey are among the most romantic islands in the Indian Ocean, with many private islands and overwater bungalows. With over 1,000 small islands in the Maldives, it's easy for resorts to carve their own claim and make it exclusive and secluded.
Many of the resorts in the Maldives will even arrange a wine-soaked picnic for you and your partner for the day on your small island. The Maldives is also home to bioluminescence on the island of Vaahoo, which makes the sea appear to glow a brilliant blue.
Where to sleep:Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
You've probably already seen black and white sand beaches, butBermuda IslandsIt is home to pink sand beaches. A popular beach is Horseshoe Bay Beach, but it can get very crowded. The most romantic way to experience pink sand is to follow the grassy path to find separate pink sand coves.
Bermuda also has these stone arches called "Moon Gates". You can find them at Tobacco Bay Beach, Shelly Bay Beach and in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Bermuda tradition says that if you walk through one of these arches with your loved one, you will live happily for the rest of your life.
Where to sleep:Or Loren in Pink Beach
AalIt's a smaller Caribbean island with many beaches for its size. With over 30 beautiful beaches on the island, you and your partner are sure to find one for both of you. All of its beaches are as picturesque as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, which is really saying something.
The best way to escape the rest of the world is to sail to one of Anguilla's outer islands. You can even rent an island for the day if you want a super romantic beach experience. The sunsets on Anguilla's beaches are also incredible; You can sail, dine or ride to watch them.
Where to sleep:Dirty beach house
Bora BoraIt has stunning views of the beach, whether waterfront or countryside. It's an island created by a volcano, with mountains rising out of the sea and a lush landscape. You will see clouds swirling in the middle of the island creating an otherworldly feeling.
There are many romantic activities on Bora Bora, from waterside dining to private tours of the lagoon. It also offers fantastic stargazing as the islands are relatively remote in the Pacific Ocean. A barrier reef surrounds the island, so you may also see sea turtles and dolphins.
Where to sleep:Resort Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana
ÖPhilippinesIt's a super accessible and relatively unknown island nation. There are more than 7,000 islands to discover in the Philippines. Still, Palawan is one of the most beautiful places to visit as a couple. They have beautiful lagoons, crazy volcanic rock formations and an underground river.
One of the most romantic things to do in Palawan is chartering a private boat to take you to the islands of Honda Bay. You can also visit a secret lagoon surrounded by huge limestone walls. You'll have to swim through a small opening in the wall to get there, so brace yourself for an adventure.
Where to sleep:Astoria Palawan
Outside are the Whitsunday IslandsAustraliaeast coast and are as close as possible to the Great Barrier Reef. White sand and brilliant blue water swirl around these islands, creating unique sandbars and amazing views. Especially if you take a private flight to see the islands from above.
One of the most popular activities when visiting the Whitsunday Islands is taking a boat trip to Heart Reef. This unique reef is heart-shaped, hence the name, and you can even snorkel around it. You can also cruise around the islands or hike to some amazing waterfalls on the islands.
Where to sleep:Resort Intercontinental Hayman Island
The Exumas, Bahamas
The Exumas are a group of several small islands in the Bahamas and some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. It's also homeBahamas beach hogs, which can be visited by boat. You can also charter your own private boat to take you to a secluded island for the day.
If you'd rather be on the water than in a resort, charter a sailboat to cruise around the islands. You will see rock iguanas, reef sharks, salt flats and a natural bubble bath. If you are staying in Great Exuma, make sure to visit Georgetown.
Where to sleep:The Emerald Bay sandal