Whether you are a new couple taking your first vacation together, a married couple looking for a romantic getaway, or a couple that loves to travel, there are plenty of romantic destinations to choose from around the world. Depending on what you look for in a romantic getaway, a couples vacation doesn’t have to be a huge expense. We have discussed the top vacation spots for couples and come up with a mixture of budget and luxurious destinations. We will give you some tips on how to do the luxurious ones on a budget though, don’t worry.
We don’t want to just throw a list of destinations at you that have no meaning. We want to give you some idea of what you can do in these places! Keep reading for some travel inspiration for your next romantic getaway.
For this romantic getaway, take a flight to south-eastern Europe and experience ancient ruins, fresh seafood, crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, and everything else you could want in paradise. It can be difficult to decide where to visit in Greece as you have mainland, which is where the capital Athens is located. Then you have many, many islands to choose from. We will give you a quick breakdown of some of them:
There are hundreds more islands to choose from, some being only accessible by boat! Each island has its own amazing features but we had to pick one for our list. At a close 2nd place, Santorini came in. Santorini is a beautiful island, once the location of a large volcanic eruption that destroyed the island. This has left beautiful landscapes and volcanic black beaches. Of course, most of you will recognise the white Cycladic houses that constantly get re-posted on social media, this is an example of the romantic beauty that is present there! Unfortunately, for a Greek island, it is known for being one of the most expensive and very touristy.
That’s why we have picked a different top romantic getaway for Greece. Kefalonia or Cephalonia is our number one. As a member of the Ionian islands, you can find beautiful mountains, breathtaking views, cheap wine and food, and one of the nicest beaches in the world (Myrtos). But there’s another reason why this is one of our favourites and that is because it does not yet attract the large amount of tourists that other islands do. They are expanding the airport though so visit now before over-tourism ruins it.
Here are the top things to do in Kefalonia:
Have wine under the stars
When night time hits, just look up and you will see a blanket of sparkling stars. Just take a bottle of wine and sit somewhere outside. Simple, cheap, and romantic. If you want to make it even more romantic, have a little dance too.
Take a day trip to Fiscardo
This is one of the most picturesque places we have seen. Turquoise blue waters, colourful houses, flowers everywhere, fresh seafood, cute restaurants/bars, and so much more. You can enjoy a nice romantic dinner, stroll through the town, or even a swim.
Go to Assos at night
Another picturesque location both daytime and night time. Located underneath a stunning castle and looking up at the mountains behind with pristine waters all around you, this is a must-do for your romantic getaway.
Take a trip to the beach
There are hundreds of beaches in Kefalonia and the most popular is Myrtos, but we aren't going to suggest that as it can become extremely crowded (it is worth seeing though). The thing that we suggest here is to find a small private beach that you have to yourself, some can only be accessed by boat!
Best time to visit Kefalonia for weather - May through September
Best time to visit Kefalonia to avoid tourists - June or July
Temperatures - Between May & September it can stay around 74°F
Price - $$
Car - It’s best to rent a car for this location
Other tips - Visit this winery and try some wine!
As our readers might already know, Iceland is where we met and it is our favourite place. If we met in any other place but Iceland, Couples Carry-on probably wouldn't be here now! It may seem like a strange pick for a romantic getaway but you just have to trust us.There is no point in mentioning a specific location in Iceland as the whole country has elements of romance.
Depending on the season you go, there could be blankets of snow everywhere or no snow at all. Either way, you won’t regret it. The main thing that we can suggest for this trip is to hire a car and drive Route 1 around the whole country. You will see everything, experience a fun, romantic road trip, and never want to leave after. We will give you some locations to stop off at to make it even more romantic!
The capital is full of romantic places to visit. Take a walk around the centre in the day and at night. The day can be filled with cute shops, coffee shops, mountain views, and the famous Hallgrimskirkja church (pictures do not do it justice). At night the city comes alive and there are many different bars, restaurants, and clubs to choose from.
You will encounter the tiny town of Vik on your journey through Route 1, we would advise everyone to stop there at least for the sunset. You can take a stroll down to Reynisfjara black sand beach and gawk at the impressive cliffs and ocean or head up to the Vík í Mýrdal Church which is the best spot to watch the sunset over the cliffs and ocean.
They say that diamonds are a girl's best friend! Although, disclaimer, this isn’t actually a beach full of diamonds. It is however a black sand beach full of glistening pieces of iceberg that look like diamonds. As romantic as that would be, we want to give you a little tip, whilst we recommend to stop there and see the beach, only spend a little amount of time there as there will be hordes of tourists. Instead, stop at this point on the map below, and just start walking. There will be no tourists and you will encounter even more impressive “diamonds”.
This one is a must for any traveller. Unfortunately you will never be able to avoid the crowds of tourists no matter when you go. We would recommend going at night time if you are visiting for a romantic getaway. You can float around in the warm silky waters with a drink whilst looking up at the Northern Lights… How much more romantic can it get? Just a word of warning though, you will miss out on seeing the amazing colors of the lagoon if you go at night.
The Secret Lagoon
Relaxing in a hot spring with your significant other can be a very romantic experience. There are many different hot springs in Iceland but we recommend The Secret Lagoon.
Whatever your reason for taking a romantic getaway, seeing the Northern Lights will be the highlight. It depends completely on luck as to whether you see them or not. Take a look at some of Iceland’s meteorology websites where they will advise on the likelihood of seeing them. You can take a tour but we recommend just walking or driving to spot them yourselves, it’s more romantic that way.
Best time to visit Iceland - October or November
Temperatures - November will bring an average temperature of 34°F
Price - $$$
Car - You need a car to travel the ring road
Other tips - Many tourists will visit Iceland during the summer, but you're likely to see the Northern Lights in November.
3. French Polynesia, Bora Bora
Everyone’s heard of this place and if you haven’t, it’s paradise. Bora Bora is more on the expensive side as one of the top romantic getaways on our list, but it can be done. You can enjoy crystal clear waters, green fields, mountains, fresh fruit, and living in a paradise location when you visit the South Pacific.
Looking at Bora Bora flights can be off putting for anyone and a romantic getaway like this may only seem like a dream. It may not be feasible for everyone but here are our tips on how to get the lowest costing Bora Bora flights possible:
If you are travelling to New Zealand, book your return flight from New Zealand. It is the cheapest flight you will get.
Don’t stay longer than a week, a week is enough.
Book an Airbnb (yes there are Airbnb’s here) although the dream is to stay in the Bora Bora huts, these cost $600 a night, so maybe do it for one night only!
When it comes to Bora Bora hotels it goes without saying that you will have to stay in one of the Bora Bora huts. Even if it’s only for one night, it will be worth it. For a romantic getaway, one night here would be enough to satisfy any couple! But there are many more romantic things to do in Bora Bora and we will give you some ideas:
Watching a sunset on the ocean with your other half is the perfect romantic activity for your getaway. Relax on the calm blue waters and watch the sky slowly fade from deep blue to a pastel orange, then to a blood orange before ending with the night sky. This is definitely one of the top things to do in Bora Bora.
Dinner on the beach
You can arrange to have a table set up on the beach specifically for you and your loved one when you travel to Bora Bora, just ask your resort staff. Sit down and have a romantic candlelit meal on the sand while you listen to the gentle waves roll in under the sunset.
Walk the beaches
This is one thing you will not struggle to find. Bora Bora is surrounded by clear white sand beaches and islands. Take a walk and explore them, not every activity needs to involve money or planning.
Watch the stars
Being in such a remote location with very little light pollution, you will see a blanket of stars covering the sky when you sit outside at night. Sit outside with a nice drink and talk away under the stars or just lay on the beach and stargaze.
Best time to visit - November or April
Temperatures - Lows of 70°F and highs of 80°F
Price - $$$$$
Car - A boat is the method of transport at first then a car on the island
Other tips - You are likely to find discounted room rates if you visit during non-peak seasons. Peak season is from March to May
Italy is another popular destination in Europe for romantic getaways and it is home to some of the most romantic cities in the world. There are plenty of reasons to visit this beautiful and historic country, one of them is the price. You will find that Italy is a very cheap country (away from the tourist hotspots). Food and drink (including alcohol) are considerably cheaper than other locations.
Unlike some destinations in the world, Italy just has a romantic vibe to it, even when you go to McDonald’s! Not really. As a couple you can go and try one of the many gelato cafes, rent a bicycle and ride through the cities, explore the national parks, have romantic dinners in the city, and so much more. If you are spending a fair amount of time in Italy then steer away from the cities and try the smaller towns, which are very quirky and make the perfect romantic getaway spots.
Here are the top places to visit in Italy and some romantic things to do in each place:
Take a gondola ride
Although you will battle through crowds of tourists and pay a fortune for this activity, it is still a very romantic thing to do. Almost every tourist does it but a little tip from us, have a look on the activities section of Airbnb first. You can find locals who live in Venice that actually own a Gondola and will take you out on a tour of the less crowded canals. You may even get to have a go at steering one yourself.
Walk the city streets
You don’t really have to spend money to have a romantic time in Venice. The streets are full of romance. Don’t bother with a map, just start walking and see where you end up, you will find that once you veer away from the tourist crowds there are hidden gems to see. Sometimes just walking and seeing a new place is enough to spark romance.
Have Gelato on the river
One of the main things Italy is famous for is their Gelato. You will find hundreds, if not thousands of shops for Gelato in Venice. We tried so many and don’t have any to recommend as they were all amazing. But one thing you should do is purchase your gelato close to the outskirts and go and sit on the lagoon together, watching the boats.
No matter what corner you turn there will be some kind of food or drink service available. It could be a quaint coffee shop or a rustic pizza restaurant, either way, stopping off for a break from walking around can be very romantic when you visit Venice.
Watch the opera
Verona is very well known for their opera performances at the Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra. Get dressed up and head out on date night to have a glass of wine and watch the opera.
Visit the Love Festival
This one can only be done on Valentines Day but it is definitely worth doing for a romantic getaway. The city will have decorations and lights that focus on one thing, love. You can enjoy food & wine tastings and live music!
Take a night tour
There is something about the way Italy looks at night that leaves you in awe. You can book night tours with a guide to see Verona when it is lit up and beautiful. Or if you would rather have some alone time, then just walk yourself and get lost.
Visit the Villa Borghese Gardens
Take a stroll around the best park in Rome with your loved one. Enjoy the large fountains and stunning trees, while you walk around in the peaceful gardens. We recommend renting a bike and riding around the park at your own pace, stopping off for an ice cream along the way.
Relax at Aventine Hill
As a couple, this is one you don’t want to miss. There are many religious and historical places to visit at this location but we picked it for the sunset. Head up there before sunset and relax whilst the sky turns to orange over the top of the city. Take a bottle of wine too if you really want to!
Rent a vespa
This is a really fun thing for couples to do when visiting Rome. Rent out a Vespa scooter and whip around the city seeing all the locations with the wind blowing through your hair. Take a picnic too and stop off at the park along the way. There are many hire places available and you can do self drive or with a tour guide. If you’re nervous about driving abroad, don’t be. It’s not as bad as you think.
Eat at a rooftop restaurant
In Rome, you will have a selection of rooftop restaurants to choose from. Dining above the city whilst the sun sets is truly magical and romantic. It could even be a great proposal location! If there were any we could recommend, it would be the Aroma Restaurant. This gourmet restaurant is located at the top of the 5 star Palazzo Manfredi Hotel and offers stunning views of the Colosseum from the restaurant.
Enjoy the views at Piazzale Michelangelo
This free location with give you stunning panoramic views of Florence which will stay with you forever. There is food and drink available there with a set of steps that romantic couples like to sit on to overlook the city whilst the sun sets.
Festival of Artisanal Chocolates
At the Festival of Artisanal Chocolates or Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale, you can enjoy some of the world's best chocolate. The debate is still open as to whether it is an aphrodisiac, but it is certainly the way to a girls heart! This festival is generally held before Valentines day and runs a week or two past it. You can cook chocolate and have tasting lessons from chocolatiers.
Take a wine tour
Italy has a wide range of vineyards and wine makers across the country which you can tour and taste to your heart's content. Florence has some great wine tours that are very popular with tourists. Book yourself onto a tour or self-drive and enjoy the best wines from the region. Take some money too so you can bring a bottle or five home!
Why not tie in a bike tour and a winery visit? There are lots of different tour companies that offer bike tours in the city & region. Some stop at wineries for a little tasting in the middle of your trip, don’t drink too much though! Riding a bike with your other half can be very romantic in general, even more so in the Italian vineyards.
Best time to visit Italy - May - October
Temperatures - Average temperature between these months is 68°F
Price - $
Car - You don’t need a car unless you want to do self-drive tours
Other tips - You may have to pay city taxes upon arrival of accommodation
5. France, Paris
We had to make sure Paris made the top 10 romantic getaways for couples! Every year thousands of tourists head to the city of love to spend a romantic weekend in the city. The romantic vibe associated with the city could be helped by the visually appealing gothic buildings, suave accent of the French language, mouthwatering food selections or smooth wines.
Paris is great to visit in the summer when the weather is nice and hot but it is also beautiful in the winter too, especially with the Christmas markets. Flights can be cheap from anywhere in the world and it doesn’t take long to get from the airport to the city, making it a perfect romantic getaway for a short weekend. There are so many romantic things to do in Paris we had to narrow it down but here are some of the top romantic things you can do:
This one is an essential part of visiting Paris, for anyone. Regardless of the thousands of tourists surround you, you still feel like you are in your own bubble. Standing at the top of the tower and looking out at the breathtaking views of the city is very romantic. Take it up a level and have dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant.
Dinner on the street
Paris and France is known for its vibrant restaurants & bars that spill into the streets. You basically sit with other people because the tables are so close but the atmosphere is just something you would never imagine. Sitting outside watching the world go by on the busy street in front of you and drinking wine until the early hours with the local Parisians is an experience that won’t be forgotten. There are no recommendations, just pick whichever one feels right!
Bois de Boulogne - rent a boat
In the west of Paris you can enjoy this 850 hectares of parkland in many different ways. Our suggestion is to rent a boat out on the lake. Take some food & drink and a portable speaker if you have one. You can row out onto the lake and relax in the sun while you listen to your favourite songs.
Watch a movie under the stars
Usually during the summer you can head to the Parc de La Villette which hosts an outdoor cinema where you can watch a mixture of French and International movies. Take a blanket, some food, a bottle of wine and cuddle up under the stars for a movie night you won’t forget.
Best time to visit Italy - May - October
Temperatures - Highs of 62°F to 77°F and lows of 50°F
Price - $$$
Car - No car is needed, the metro (underground train) serves all places you would need
Other tips - When you get the metro tickets, buy a bundle of them. It will save you in the long run.
6. USA Hawaii
Hawaii is a very popular place for honeymooners and those getting married. Surrounded by green forest landscapes, exotic beaches, and volcanos, Hawaii offers the perfect location for any couple looking for a romantic getaway. You will find that there are a selection of different islands to choose from when you travel there and each one comes with its own romantic appeal.
Hawaii is known to be one of the more expensive states in the USA but it can be cheap to travel to. If you can be savvy on your accommodation and food, you will be able to do this one on a budget. Make sure you check house sitting sites or Airbnb to save on your accommodation. Here are some of the romantic things you can do in Hawaii:
Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian culture and traditions with a Hawaiian Luau. You and your partner can enjoy a feast beyond your imagination before watching the local entertainment. There are many places to do this across the state and it won’t be something you forget in a hurry!
Taking a helicopter ride over the ocean and the islands can be incredibly romantic. There are many different tour operators and options to choose from, each of which will give you a great experience. Finish the night off with a stroll down the beach or a romantic meal.
You can’t visit Hawaii and not have a picnic on the beach, even if you don’t like sand! You will find some of the most exotic beaches in the world and shouldn’t pass up on the opportunity. Pack a nice meal, grab a bottle of wine, and relax in front of the ocean waves.
Watch the sunset at WAIKIKI Beach
Another must do in Hawaii for romantic couples and everyone else. Some people think that sunsets are the same everywhere, but once you witness the colors of a sunset in a different country, you realise that each one is unique. This one is no exception and every couple should do it on their romantic getaway.
Best time to visit Hawaii - April, May, September, and October
Temperatures - April and May have a high of 83°F and a low of 69°F. September and October have a high of 88°F and a low of 70°F
Price - $$$$
Car - A car is a good way to see the islands
Other tips - Don’t travel during school holidays
7. USA, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Some people haven’t heard of this location but Martha's Vineyard is and island right underneath Cape Cod in Massachusetts. You will find sandy beaches, lighthouses, markets, and a lack of tourists! Massachusetts is a very romantic state and Martha's Vineyard amplifies that. You should also know that many different famous people visit Martha's Vineyard, including Barack Obama.
You can reach Martha's Vineyard easily by ferry from Cape Cod. Domestic flights to areas in Massachusetts are not that expensive either, even international flights from Europe are not that expensive. If you are heading that way, make sure you check out Boston too if it’s convenient. But let’s start by giving you some tips on things to do in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts:
Make sure you don’t forget your camera for this spot. The cliffs offer stunning views of the ocean and sky but with a difference. The colours you can witness will be like no others, making it a very romantic hotspot to visit on your getaway.
Inkwell beach is a popular and historic beach on Martha’s Vineyard that has a strong African-American heritage. You can visit the beach and take a picnic, go for a swim in the clear waters, or just simply take a romantic walk around the historic area.
Take a walk around Edgartown
This is a must-do for anyone visiting Martha’s Vineyard. There are so many beautiful historic houses to see when you walk around the area. You can enjoy quaint restaurants and cafes on your walk around this historic town. Make sure you check out the Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery where you can grab a nice beer and some great food.
Visit the lighthouses
There are five lighthouses you can visit on Martha’s Vineyard. The best thing to do would be to take a car and drive to each one. The most popular is the Gay Head Lighthouse which is located in Aquinnah, so you can do this one while you visit the Aquinnah Cliffs. The other lighthouses include, Edgartown Harbor Light, Cape Poge Lighthouse, East Chop Lighthouse, and West Chop Lighthouse.
Best time to visit Martha’s Vineyard - May to September
Temperatures - Highs of 26°F and Lows of 9°F
Price - $$$
Car - A car is useful but not needed
Other tips - Visit 20BYNINE, you can thank us later
8. USA Telluride
Travel to Colorado and visit Telluride for the perfect romantic getaway and you will get views for days. Sitting in a canyon beneath the Colorado Rockies, you will feel like you are in a dream or fairytale when you visit this great location. Telluride was actually voted the number 1 best small town to visit in the USA, which is another reason to visit.
There are so many activities and things to do here that it was hard to pick the best ones to suggest! If you book a trip to Telluride for your romantic getaway, then we advise that you book a week, if not more, to enjoy the full beauty of this area. If you live near the area or are just passing by, the best way of seeing this location is to drive. You can fly in, but you will need to rent a car from the airport. Here are the best things to do in Telluride:
Take a free gondola ride
The main reason to do this one is because its free! It’s very rare in this age to come across something like this for free, so take advantage of it while it’s still free. The 8-mile, 13-minute ride will give you stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area and the San Juan mountains.
The Telluride Brewing Co
Visit this award-winning brewery for a romantic date and some great beer. This famous location has won 2 gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival and 1 gold medal at the Beer World Cup.
Located close to Telluride is the Alta Lakes, a beautiful setting in the mountains with three stunning lakes. This is a great place to visit on your romantic getaway. You can either go and spend time down next to lake or see the views from up above, or even both. The views from above are jaw-dropping.
Dine at Allred's Restaurant
If dinner with a view could only relate to one place, it would be Allred’s Restaurant in Telluride Ski Resort. Located at the top of the Gondola ride, this mountain top dining experience will blow you away. Enjoy contemporary American dining with fine wines and cocktails whilst you gaze across the mountain tops.
Best time to visit Telluride - Mid-June to August and from mid-November to early April
Temperatures - June to August has highs of 22°F and lows of 5°F - November to April have highs of 5°F and lows of -15°F
Price - $$$$
Car - A car is needed
Other tips - If you are going for skiing, then book early
9. Portugal, Azores
The Azores are an archipelago located off the coast of Portugal. Not many people know about the Azores and when you see pictures, you will think that we got confused with Hawaii. The Azores is made up of 9 different volcanic islands, each one uniquely breathtaking in their own way and the location is perfect for a romantic getaway as it is fairly accessible to all continents.
Aim to spend around 3 days on each island if you want to see it all and rent a car to explore everywhere. If you would prefer to just relax in one location then pick the one that suits your needs the most. Either way, just spending time in this beautiful place with your other half is enough to make the trip perfect. There are of course many different things you can do though and here are a few of our top things to do in the Azores:
Rent a Kayak
You can rent a kayak or canoe pretty much anywhere there is water in the Azores. Take one out for the day and explore the outer sea where you might encounter wildlife such as dolphins. You can also explore the caves and the inland lakes which will offer peace and tranquility on the water.
Rejuvenate your bodies
The Azores are well known for their natural hydro-thermal resources which offer many different health benefits. Think of it as a natural spa for your romantic getaway. One of the more popular is the thermal baths, Termas da Ferraria and the iron water pools in Furnas.
Take a horse ride
There are many different options available for horse riding in the Azores. Each one will offer a romantic experience with a magical backdrop. When you decide which island to visit, you can plan which horse riding tour you want to do.
This one is for the adventurous couples that find adrenaline a source of romance. The Azores are located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge which makes them a perfect location for canyoning. The best locations for canyoning include São Miguel, São Jorge and Flores, make sure you check them out ahead of time.
Best time to visit Azores - May to October
Temperatures - Highs of 25°F and Lows of 16°F
Price - $$$$
Car - A car is the best way to see each island
Other tips - Avoid July & August as they are peak tourist months
10. Indonesia, Bali
Although Bali is a heavily tourist populated area, there are still beautiful and romantic elements that are there. With a great selection of sandy beaches and surfing hotspots, this volcanic island has become increasingly popular over the years. Not to mention how budget friendly it is. You will find that this location is rich in culture with its exotic temples, has a tropical climate, and boasts a great nightlife.
This romantic getaway might be expensive to travel to dependant on where you fly from but the expenses on the island will make up for it. The main thing that we suggest here is to visit one of the smaller islands and stay there. Try Lembongan and Ceningan, whilst they are away from Bali, they are also away from the tourist crowds. The only problem is, you will have less access to everyday amenities. Let's get into the best things you can do in Bali:
Watch the sunset
It’s no secret that the sunsets in Bali are incredible. You will see some amazing colors and there are many different locations to watch it from. Try a different one every night because we promise you that you won’t get bored. Jimbaran is probably the most popular place for this!
Have a romantic dinner
Having a candlelit dinner by the pool or on the beach is a very romantic date for couples. There are so many options to choose from in Bali for a romantic dinner. Restaurants and hotels automatically set up dining tables on the beach, but if you want to have it more private, don’t hesitate to request to staff.
Get a couples massage
Massages are very inexpensive in Bali which makes them very popular amongst tourists and couples. Please make sure you tip when you get a massage though. Having a massage anywhere in the world can be romantic but in Bali it will feel much better after you have travelled a long way and don’t have to fork out hundreds!
Best time to visit Bali - April to October
Temperatures - Highs of 26°F and lows of 18°F
Price - $
Car - Rent a scooter on the island, it’s cheap and easy
Other tips - Visit the islands around Bali and stay out of Kuta, trust us.