15 Beach Getaways for Couples

Every couple is different when it comes to what they look for selecting a beachy destination to explore together. Traveling together is a special time, we have created a list for every kind of couple. Some want to relax on a beach and never leave while others look for unending activity.

We asked all of you what beach destinations you loved traveling with your SO and created a combined list with places we love. Planning your next couples trip just got easier.


KAUAI, HAWAII

Kauai is one of Hawaii’s most blissful and rugged islands with unparalleled natural beauty. The cliffs are decorated emerald green, the water is a clear deep blue and the waterfall heavy red-rock canyons are unlike anywhere else in the world. The natural beauty and experiences in this tropical landscape are the best way to have a romantic couples experience.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Hike to Kalalau Lookout or the Waimea Canyon for incredible views of the island’s differing landscapes
  • Spend a day at Tunnels Beach
  • Catch a sunset at Hanalei Pier
  • Visit Kilauea Lighthouse to see incredible views of the island
  • See a sunrise on the Coconut Coast
  • Kayak the Wailua River or alongside the Na Pali Coast
  • Relax at Kauapea Beach or Po’ipu for secluded beachside experiences
  • Sign up for Titus Kinimaka Hawaiian School of Surfing to experience the tradition of Hawaii and learn something new together

FIJI ISLANDS

Fiji is one of my favorite places in the world. It is one Adam and I haven’t experienced together yet, but whenever we get the chance to be temporary islanders in any tropical destination we feel the most at home. Fiji’s dynamic islands provide couples the chance to explore rainforests, swim with marine life, scuba dive Fiji’s reefs or stay in a romantic overwater bungalow.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Snorkel the Sawa-i-lau Caves
  • Visit Denarau Island for lux resorts and shopping
  • Book a stay at Fiji’s LikuLiku Lagoon Resort, the only resort featuring the famous overwater bungalows on the gorgeous Malolo Island
  • Try local spices and nectar at Gaiatree Sanctuary on Taveuni Island
  • Scuba dive Fiji’s Great Astrolabe Reef
  • Visit Coral Coast, a remote beach with 7-star resorts
  • Swim with Manta Rays on Drawaqa Island

READ MORE Our Guide to the Fiji Islands


PROVENCE & CÔTE D’AZUR

 Cap D’ail

Decorated in wealth, this luxurious destination will have you both feeling like royalty. This ritzy spot is intimidating, we both thought “what the hell are we doing here?” At first. The beaches here are unlike anywhere else, covered in pebbled rocks, you can find them nestled into the limestone cliffs with water so clear and turquoise you can hardly believe your eyes. It just looks so damn romantic, we felt like we were dreaming. We hit all of the coastal beach towns along the Riviera: Marseille, St. Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Monaco while exploring the nearby beaches along the way. Each offered something different with the same romanticism as the last.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Relax in the sun at one of St. Tropez’s beaches
  • Go during the Cannes Film Festival or Grand Prix for a glimpse of a life in luxury
  • Hike along the coastal rocks of Cap D’ail
  • Visit the romantic beach city known as Eze
  • Fine dine in Monaco at the Fairmont Hotel’s rooftop Horizon Deck Restaurant & Champagne Bar
  • Visit the famous Monte Carlo Casino to check off a bucket list item together
  • Cliff jump in Nice at Coco Beach

READ MORE Our Guide to The Côte d’Azur


TURKS & CAICOS

This string of secluded, quiet islands in the Caribbean is a true luxury-tourism destination. The lifestyle is easy going, the locals warm and experiences unlike anything else. The islands of Turks and Caicos are known as the world’s top islands and are also home to Grace Bay Beach which was named 2nd Best Beach in 2017.  The all-inclusive resorts, luxury spas and oceanfront villas reveal romanticism.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Stay in a romantic retreat at Grace Bay Beach, voted one of the best beaches in the world
  • Explore Grand Turk, the capital Island of Turks and Caicos
  • Travel to Iguana Island to see some of the last surviving Rock Iguana
  • Spend the day at Bambarra Beach to see some of the bluest water in the world
  • Snorkel together at Middle Caicos Ocean Hole

TULUM, MEXICO

Tulum’s coastline is considered one of the best beach destinations in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Different than any other destination in Mexico, you will find ancient Mayan ruins near the city centre and serene quiet beachside bungalow resorts on the coast. You can snorkel the Gran Cenote, a gorgeous limestone sinkhole, or visit Paradise Beach, a white sand beach with turquoise waters offering local restaurants. Relax at a quiet lux retreat or visit the famous beaches in the area to enjoy the overly hot rays. Tulum is a unique escape for a more private getaway.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Visit the Parque Nacional de Tulum, a park featuring Mayan ruins along a gorgeous coastline
  • Snorkel the Gran Cenote together
  • Book a stay at Suenos Tulum, a unique eco-retreat along the incredible coastline of Tulum Beach
  • Spend days in the sun at Tulum’s beaches
  • Head to Yaan Spa for a couple’s massage, spa treatments or even a yoga class up in the treetops
  • Take a day trip to Akumal where you can walk into clear blue water and swim with sea turtles

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Getting to Coronado is a simple trek across the Coronado Bridge connecting this island to downtown San Diego. The naval base city offers a taste of the East Coast’s upper peninsula with white cottages and simple charm decorating the entire city. There are quaint shops, cozy restaurants, streets of gorgeous cottages and a long stretch of beach facing Point Loma with naval planes flying close above.

The famous Hotel Del Coronado, which was the world’s largest resort when it was built back in 1888, can be found here. The acres of white wood covering the exterior of its entirety offers an old-fashioned vibe exuding the history of it. 11 US presidents have been some of the few famous folk who made a stay here, while the movie Some Like It Hot can credit the hotel for its scenes with Marilyn Monroe. The coziness of its charming interiors and views of the Pacific make this place pretty damn romantic.  San Diego is equally as romantic with beaches, coastal views and a US Navy bases located within the city.

Point Loma is a former Naval Training Center located on the coastal cliffs with incredible views of the Pacific. Further north along the coast you will find the upscale neighborhood of La Jolla with a gorgeous secluded beach known as Blacks Beach, nestled below the cliffs.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Stay a night in one of the beachside cottages at Hotel Del Coronado
  • Spend a day in the sun at Coronado Beach
  • Catch a sunrise at Sunset Cliffs at Point Loma
  • Visit Blacks Beach to catch an oceanside sunset along the cliffs
  • Grab dinner in cozy Old Town, the cities oldest neighborhood featuring its original restaurants
  • Grab a sunset glass of champagne in La Jolla with oceanside views and a chance to see seals

THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL

This is Portugal’s southernmost region known for its unique beaches and golf resorts (sorry no guys trips allowed). Here you’ll fine attractive fishing villages resting on low cliffs with sandy coves and gorgeous water. The romanticism will almost kill you. There are numerous beaches here all within an easy-ish distance of each other, they are cozied up in coves along the shoreline where you can duck away for some privacy. The central coast, between Lagos and Faro, lies next to resorts, restaurants, hotels bars and so much more.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Visit Sagres and see Cape St. Vincent, the southwesternmost point of Portugal
  • Explore charming Tavira Town and indulge in local cuisine
  • Spend a day in Lagos and visit Ponta Da Piedade
  • View a sunset at Praia da Rocha
  • Relax in the sun at Praia da Marinha
  • Stay at Anantara Vilamoura, a romantic 5-star golf and spa resort

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Travel + Leisure readers ranked this city the No. 1 City in the United States in this year’s World’s Best Awards. The port city is incredibly charming with cobblestone streets, pastel houses and Antebellum architecture, screaming romantic. You can find a gorgeous harborside, historic Civil War sites and elegant city quarters here. There is a buzzing foody scene and fun bars on King Street while magnolia blossom plantations are abundant outside the city. You and your beau will have endless romantic date options in this adorable city.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Stroll the port and enjoy a sunset
  • Make friends at a night on the town on King Street
  • Explore Historic Downtown
  • Visit a Magnolia plantation, the native flower to South Carolina
  • Visit Fort Sumter a famous American Civil War landmark
  • Make the drive to Isle of the Palms, a beautiful coastal city with endless beaches and a whole lot to do
  • Visit the edge of America at Folly Beach for a laidback ocean scene
  • Explore Sullivan’s Island to see the posh homes in a typical East Coast scene

CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS

 Nobska Lighthouse

A few hundred miles from the bustling Boston city you will find the coastal escape known as The Cape. This charming seaside city is a summer retreat for the mainlanders of New England and is known to be one of the most affordable honeymoon destinations in the US. The endless shoreline dotted with quaint cottages and colorful clam houses makes for one of the most beautiful and romantic sceneries on the East Coast. Beaches stretch for miles with views of sailboats as they pass and lighthouses marking the points throughout the peninsula.

Made for you and your SO:

  • View The Cape by boat where you can see famous houses like the Kennedy’s
  • Take a day trip to Nantucket Island and relax on the beach before catching dinner at beachside restaurant for sunset
  • Load up on seafood for a homemade dinner at Chatham Fish Pier Market
  • Visit Coast Guard Beach for a relaxing day in a laidback neighborhood
  • Fly or boat into Martha’s Vineyard to see beautiful houses and gorgeous beaches
  • Sunset beachside picnic at Nobska Lighthouse for a romantic view of The Cape’s southwestern tip
  • View dolphins and whales at Race Point Beach
  • Book at stay at one of the cozy Inns like Salt House Inn or Red Inn

TOFINO, VANCOUVER ISLAND

Located on Canada’s western coast is Vancouver Island’s small district known as Tofino. The mountains blend with the coastline and offers beach scenery unlike anywhere else. Sandy beaches hosting surfers year-round are the main attraction in the area, while a national reserve hosting lakes, inlets and rainforests also take credit here. Tofino is a relaxed resort town with a laidback vibe, a favorite retreat by anyone trying to escape the city for a bit.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Visit Chesterman Beach at low tide where you can walk the entire beach with a stunning backdrop
  • Watch seasoned surfers at Cox Bay Beach which hosts Tofino’s surf competitions
  • Spend a day at Long Beach which sits within the Pacific Rim Natural Park Reserve
  • Book your stay at Long Beach Lodge Resort for a cozy, romantic weekend along the shores
  • Travel along the coast on Tonquin Trail
  • If you are big into craft beer, visit the Tofino Brewing Company and try the seasonal beers

WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

 In the southern hemisphere of the world a gorgeous stretch of islands exists off the coast of Australia. These islands are known as The Whitsundays. Sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, travelers from across the globe come here on sailing adventures looking for a remote getaway in the incredible islands. Turquoise blue water surrounded by white sand and lush mountains make up the scenery here. Of the 74 islands, only 4 are inhabited with resorts as stunning as the landscape.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Explore the main hub and gateway to the islands known as Airlie Beach, hosting tons of activities, tour companies and a whole lotta nightlife
  • Flyover the famous Heart Reef in The Great Barrier Reef
  • Sail to Whitehaven Beach, voted Best Beach in The South Pacific
  • Scuba dive the southern end of The Great Barrier Reef
  • Book your stay on Hamilton Island, one of the most famous and well-known of The Whitsundays
  • Book a stay in houseboat and explore the islands while living on the water

SIESTA KEY, FLORIDA

Off the coast of Sarasota, Florida you will find the welcoming beachside town of Siesta Key. The sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico is only one of the attractions for your romantic getaway, there are cozy restaurants, boutique hotels and plenty of activity. There are numerous beaches to explore and affordable options for romantic activity, leaving this destination perfect for a budget trip together.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Explore the shops and cafes in Siesta Key Village
  • Spend days in the sun at Siesta Beach, with soft sanded beaches and beautiful water
  • Visit Crescent Beach, one of the most stunning beaches in Florida, for a perfect way to relax together in a gorgeous destination
  • View sea turtles at Turtle Beach
  • Book a catamaran cruise along coast

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA

Hilton Head Island is a popular golf and resort town in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina, touching the Atlantic Ocean. It is a perfect couple destination because of its charming beachside villas, maritime museums, golf resorts and incredible beaches made for relaxing together. There are a ton of outdoor adventure options here for those looking for activity, while the resorts and golf courses are available for those looking to take a break and relax in luxury.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Book a stay at The Sea Pines Resort, an upscale lodging option on the beach featuring 3 golf courses
  • Learn about the history of the area at the Harbour Town Lighthouse
  • Take a day trip to Daufuskie Island which hosts a gorgeous beach and plenty of golfing options
  • View dolphins on the Hilton Head Island Dolphin Tour
  • Have a sunset picnic at Coligny Beach Park, a seaside spot with seclusion

PHI PHI ISLANDS, THAILAND

These islands are made for the couples who love a trip packed with adventure and dozens of bucket list items checked off. Don’t get me wrong, the islands are just as relaxing as they are adventure-filled, accommodating whatever kind of travel you both are looking for. You can find the limestone islands off the coast of Phuket where the islands are scattered in the middle of the ocean, providing a lively escape off the grid. You will have experiences unlike anything else in the world, so what better way than to have your best friend along for the ride.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Stay in a eco-spa resort on Koh Phi Phi, the main island, with oceanside views no matter where you look
  • Wind through the seemingly endless markets and restaurants on Koh Phi Phi
  • Travel by long-tail boat to the famous Maya Bay to snorkel and swim where the movie The Beach was filmed
  • Hop over to Monkey Beach for a chance to play with wild monkeys and swim in crystal clear water
  • Book a sunset long-tail boat cruise around the islands
  • Climb to the Phi Phi Viewpoint on Koh Phi Phi for a gorgeous view of the islands
  • Dive the Kledkaeo Wreck and swim with local groupers, barracudas, snappers and lionfish
  • Swim in the emerald lagoon of Ao Pileh where you won’t believe your eyes

SANTORINI, GREECE

Oia, Greece The Island of Santorini is known for its reputation as a luxury honeymoon destination and romantic getaway in Europe. The whitewashed cubiform houses scale the cliff-sides high above the deep blue water of the sea below, making for incredibly romantic views.  The views stretch for miles whether in the town of Oia or Fira, the views are jaw dropping over the black and red pebbled beaches that touch the Aegean Sea.

Made for you and your SO:

  • Stay in the famous town of Oia for sunset dinners with authentic Greek food and late night swims overlooking the sea
  • Walk along the cliffs on the trail from Fira to Oia for gorgeous views and a romantic end point
  • Visit Kamari Beach for a view of the Ancient Thira Ruins, while you’re here visit the Kamari Resort which features an open air cinema
  • Spend a day strolling through Vlichada, a port city with a gorgeous marina, plenty of beaches and the opportunity for sailing
  • Relax in the sun at Paradisos
  • Visit the romantic town of Imerovigli and catch a sunset on the cliffs with views looking out at the Caldera