Whether it’s a weekend getaway to New York City or a trip to multiple honeymoon destinations in Italy, there’s nothing like traveling with your loved one. The shared experience of an incredible bucket-list vacation can bring couples closer together and reignite their passion for one another.
But where should you take your beloved for maximum romance? In this article, we’ll show you some of the most fun, beautiful, and enchanting travel destinations in the world for couples.
1. Paris, France
Paris, or the City of Lights, is one of the most romantic places in Europe. Take your partner to enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of the Eiffel Tower or a cruise down the Seine River.
Visit the world-famous Louvre Museum, home to the Mona Lisa, or see a cabaret while sipping champagne at the Moulin Rouge. If your partner’s a foodie, take them to enjoy Parisian fine dining or to a cozy bistro. Get dessert at a pastry house like Angelina.
See beautiful, historic churches like the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Sainte-Chapelle. Cartch the amazing street performers in Le Marais, or enjoy top-notch shopping in Les Arcades.
2. Dublin, Ireland
The capital of Ireland is cool and rainy pretty much year-round, but that’s a big part of its charm. Dublin is full of character and romantic things to do for the right type of couple.
Check out the Guinness Storehouse and try a unique beer paired with cuisine at the Open Gate Brewery. Have dinner at Peruke & Periwig, a Victorian-style restaurant located in an 18th-century wig shop. Jam out on a music crawl. Take a cold, refreshing swim in the Forty Foot at Dun Laoghaire Harbour and warm off at a nearby sauna.
3. Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston is a fantastic place to let loose and get immersed in the Rastafari culture. This UNESCO City of Music in the Caribbean is the birthplace of several types of music, including reggae, ska, and dub.
The secluded beach known as Lime Cay is great for snorkeling. Catch a themed dancehall street party with live music or a DJ. In April, see the Jamaican Carnival (Bacchanal) events.
You can also hike to the top of the Blue Mountains. On the way, you’ll see gorgeous waterfalls, eateries, and the Blue Mountain Coffee plantation.
Then, take a day trip to the School of Vision to learn about the Rastafari culture. Visit Emancipation Park to see amazing statues like “Redemption Song.” Don’t forget to stop by the Bob Marley Museum, which is a house the musician lived in.
4. Key West, Florida
If you’re travelling to Key West, you won’t have to renew your U.S. passport, but will still be immersed in a Caribbean island-like vacation. Lounge on a gorgeous white-sand strip like Fort Zachary Taylor Beach. Take a WaveRunner tour and marvel at the sunset over the water. Sign up for a dolphin cruise, or rent a floating tiki bar boat.
Book a pub crawl on Duval Street, and at Mallory Square, you’ll find festive street performers and musicians and tasty food stands. In Ernest Hemingway’s old house, you’ll see mobs of stray cats. To end your day, catch the view from the Key West Lighthouse or visit the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.
5. Tulum, Mexico
Adventure seekers will love Tulum, Mexico. Rent a bike to ride to the nearest cenote — a.k.a. a natural sinkhole. A few of the most famous cenotes to swim and explore are El Gran Cenote and Calavera.
Hike through the Mayan ruins, like Coba. Spot huge, majestic turtles in their natural habitat. Try snorkeling and a variety of water sports at Paradise Beach. Visit the eco-adventure park, Xel-Ha, to ride huge slides and zip lines. At night, head over to the Papaya Playa Project (PPP) to listen to DJs and salsa beats on the beach.
6. Porto, Portugal
There’s a lot for couples to see and do in Porto. Take a cruise down the Douro River to see the one-of-a-kind architecture of the homes in Cais da Ribeira. Enjoy the stunning views from Miradouro da Vitória, or take a ride on the city’s charming tram system.
Check out trendy beaches in the Foz do Douro district. Sample fresh produce and dishes at the Mercado do Bolhão, a.k.a. the Heart of Bolhão. Tour historical sites like the Bishop’s Palace, the Porto Cathedral, and the Dom Luis Bridge.
7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
In Buenos Aires, you’ll get your fill of steak and red wine in restaurants like Don Julio and Cabaña Las Lilas. Make sure to drop by some casual eateries for authentic empanadas.
Shop at boutiques in the San Telmo market. Bet on horse races in the Palermo area. Check out Recoleta Cemetery to see intricate graves of some of Argentina’s most notable citizens, including first lady Eva Perón.
Stroll through the natural beauty of the botanical gardens at Paseo Del Rosedal. Sprawl out at the artificial beach at Buenos Aires Playa. View works by celebrated artists like Van Gogh and Monet at the free Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
At Salón Canning, you can even watch experts do the tango and take dance lessons. Fun fact: the tango originated in Buenos Aires!
8. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto in Japan is full of rich traditions. You and your partner can trek down the beautiful Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine walkway or attend a traditional tea ceremony.
At the top of the Kyoto Tower — Kyoto’s tallest building — you’ll find a stunning, panoramic view of the city. Taste authentic Japanese food and purchase homemade crafts at Nishiki Market. Visit the Kyoto International Manga Museum to see a huge collection of Japanese graphic novels.
Encounter and feed apples to hordes of friendly macaques while hiking Monkey Park Iwatayama. On the Mt. Kurama trail, you’ll see amazing Buddhist temples and a variety of wildlife. If you make it to the top, you can bathe in the relaxing hot springs.
9. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is another amazing place for couples who crave adventure and love water sports. Sanur Beach has no waves, but it’s an excellent place for water sports like paragliding and kite surfing. Go white water rafting down the Ayung River or ride a water jetpack at Tanjung Benoa.
Glimpse the art galleries at the Neka Art Museum. See enchanting temples like Ulun Danu Temple on Baratan Lake. Get your PADI license to go muck diving with pygmy seahorses in Padang Bai. At the end of the day, head to the Kuta area for live music and vibrant nightlife.
10. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana is a paradise for active couples and couples who crave tropical relaxation. On Bavaro Beach, you’ll find soft white sand, turquoise water, and a variety of hip clubs. You can also take out a catamaran to enjoy a booze cruise.
Areas like Isla Saona offer great scuba diving experiences, and you can zipline through the Anamuya Mountains at Bavaro Adventure Park. If you sign up for a buggy tour of Punta Cana, you’ll get to cruise the city on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Climb to the summit of Montaña Redonda to catch an incredible 360-degree view of the city.
Plan Your Next Romantic Bucket List Vacation
A couples getaway can be a fantastic way to enhance your relationship and get closer to your partner. Discover your next compelling memory by escaping to somewhere special.