The idea of “Romance” is different for everyone. For some couples, a walk through ancient ruins is a romantic adventure. Others prefer a cozy dinner for two overlooking a stunning city skyline.
Ask anyone to pick the first romantic city that comes to mind and chances are the choices will be Paris, Venice or New York. And while these answers may be warranted—after all, artists and writers have been going to these cities for years to be inspired—there are plenty more destinations around the world that can bring out the romance in almost anyone.
From secluded beaches with crystal-clear waters to stunning panoramas surrounding luxury hotels, here are 7 wonderful romantic breaks to take this February.
Antigua, the Caribbean
This tiny island in the Caribbean is known for its idyllic beaches—in fact, there are more than 365 beaches with white sand, clear waters and swaying palm trees to choose from. While the Antigua and Barbuda Museum is worth a visit to get a sense of the island’s colonial history (it was a former British colony), most activities include plenty of sun and water - like snorkeling the Cades Reef or taking a sunset cruise from Falmouth Harbour. For those couples looking for something a little quieter, hopping over to its even calmer sister island, Barbuda, is a must.
This quintessential beach town along California’s Central Coast has long inspired artists, writers and photographers with its rugged coastline, fiery sunsets, and charming European-style town center. A trip to Carmel can work well for adventurous spirits—there are numerous hiking trails to explore in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Pinnacles National Park, and the surrounding Big Sur region—and those who want to spend a few quiet days away from the bustling city life.
Founded in the 16th-century by Maharana Udai Singh II, this Rajasthani city—often called the City of Lakes— is known for its numerous lakes and lavish royal palaces, making it one of India’s top wedding and honeymoon destinations. The city provides tranquility on its lakes, and a colorful art and textile scene (a hand-block-printed souvenir is a must), uniquely rich Rajasthani cuisine, and its age-old, chaotic marketplaces. For a truly luxe experience, book a stay at the Taj Lake Palace, situated in the middle of Lake Pichola and accessible only by boat.
If you’re looking to explore Mexico’s history away from the beaches of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, then head north to the charming capital city of Mérida, located in Mexico's Yucatán state. The city, rich in both Maya culture and remnants of colonial Spanish rule, makes for a good base when exploring the regions UNESCO world heritage sites such as the Maya city of Uxmal and Chichén Itzá. And that’s not all—over the years, Mérida has slowly become an expat hotspot, boasting a burgeoning culinary and contemporary art scene that is ripe for exploring. Still not convinced? Check out Forbes' 10 reasons to visit Mérida now.
Newport, Rhode Island
Located in the smallest U.S. state, the seaside city of Newport was once known as the playground for some of America’s wealthiest in the 19th and 20th centuries. Now, most come to visit its gilded mansions from a bygone era or to set sail along Narragansett Bay. According to Foursquare, couples can enjoy watching the sunset over the calming waters at Brenton Point State Park followed by a romantic candlelit dinner at America’s oldest roadhouse, the White Horse Tavern—its been operating since 1673.
Sicily is actually an island off Italy's southern coast, and its accessible by ferry or airplane. And, perhaps due to it being an island, life is more slow-paced, where you can truly feel the Italian saying dolce far niente, aka the art of doing nothing. The island is broken up into nine provinces, the two most popular being Palermo and Catania. For couples who love history, Sicily is dotted with UNESCO world heritage sites, like the late Baroque Towns of Val di Noto and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica. For some fun in the sun, head to the coastal city of Cefalù, known for its 12th-century fortress and sandy beaches and clear-blue water.
Despite its small size, the island of Singapore has plenty to offer couples - from soaking up the sun on the beaches along Sentosa Island, to taking a sunset stroll along Changi Point Coastal Walk to spending date night on the rooftop of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel. But not everything has to be luxurious—in fact, Singapore now has two hawker stalls with Michelin-stars serving up meals for under $10! Those interested in culture need not worry, as the country’s multicultural heritage is seen in its distinct neighborhoods and historic architecture.
There’s no denying that cities like Paris and Venice exude romantic charm and easily make it to the top of most romantic destination lists. But there are many underrated destinations around the world just waiting to be explored. And there’s no better person to explore them with than your significant other.
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