Valentine’s Day Travel: 12 Romantic Destinations to Strengthen Your Relationship
Roses are red, violets are blue, I want to spend Valentine’s Day abroad with you!
Say goodbye to plush stuffed animals, heart shaped boxes filled with mystery chocolates, piggy-bank-breaking bouquets of flowers and predictable Hallmark moments.
This year, take your love and your relationship to the next level by embarking on a Valentine’s Day-inspired trip.
Taking a trip with your partner is a great way to deepen your connection. It is also an effective way to practice real-life relationship skills like compromise, communication, patience, budgeting, problem-solving and spontaneity.
February is the perfect month to escape winter and head to the tropics or the Southern Hemisphere where it is summertime. February is also considered off-season in Europe, so this is a very affordable and less crowded time of the year to visit places like Spain and Italy.
Make Cupid jealous this year!
How to Prepare for Valentine’s Day Travel
Communicate with Your Valentine
Nothing kills a romantic trip like a big fight.
Be sure to communicate with your partner about each person’s priorities before you board the plane.
How much money do you plan on spending? Which attractions are must-sees for each of you? Do you want to stay out late or wake up early?
As long as you talk about everything beforehand, you should be able to minimize confrontation and enjoy your time together.
Roll with the Punches
You know what is romantic? Spontaneity.
While it is good to have a general idea of what you want to do, a Valentine’s Day trip should be relaxing. Do not put too much pressure on yourselves to stick to a strict schedule.
Brush up on the Local Language
Seeing unique, unforgettable sights will make your trip truly memorable.
The more conversational you are in the local language, the more potential there is to experience off-the-beaten track activities.
Converse with the locals. Eat at a romantic restaurant where the menu is only in the native language.
Valentine’s Day Travel: 12 Romantic Destinations to Strengthen Your Relationship
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Destinations for Adventure Lovers
Do you want to spend your Valentine’s Day trip canopy zip lining, trekking up active volcanoes, hiking through dense wildlife-rich rainforests and white-water rafting down powerful rivers?
Do you want to go horseback riding along the beach, scuba diving with sea turtles and manta rays and stand up paddle boarding through intricate mangrove forests with the love of your life?
These are just a few of the incredible adventure opportunities that are readily available in Costa Rica!
There are accommodations in Costa Rica for every budget. If you are looking to really wow your Valentine, though, Costa Rica has places that will definitely earn you some mega bonus points.
Nayara Springs, Los Altos de Eros, Origins Lodge and Lapa Rios Eco Lodge are just a few places that were designed with couples in mind.
New Zealand is an adrenaline-junkie’s kind of country! If you and your mate are both into extreme adventures, this is where you need to go for your extended Valentine’s Day trip.
New Zealand is famous for bungee jumping, river rafting, sky diving, caving, climbing, mountain biking, skiing and surfing.
This country is also famed for its diverse landscapes, wildlife, wine, food, culture and romantic accommodations. There are two main islands: the North Island is more subtropical than the South Island, which is home to the Southern Alps.
Eichardt’s Private Hotel, Bay of Many Coves and The Beach House are three places you might want to book for a very special night or two.
Patagonia is a region in southern South America that is shared between Argentina and Chile. This rugged and remote natural expanse is made up of grasslands, deserts, glacial fjords and temperate rainforests. The hiking in Patagonia is extraordinary!
There are also ample opportunities to bike, horseback ride and kayak. The coastal region of Patagonia is home to orcas, sea lions and elephant seals, among many other marine animals.
Occupying 260,000 square miles, there are endless opportunities to be the only two people around. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that! For the adventure-loving couple, exploring part of Patagonia during your Valentine’s Day travel is an experience you will forever share in your hearts.
EcoCamp Patagonia and Las Balsas are two very noteworthy hotels in Patagonia.
Countries for Culture-Seeking Couples
Italy is the epitome of a country that exudes romance and culture. Between Venice, Tuscany, Lake Como, the Amalfi Coast, Florence and Rome, you and your Valentine will be inundated with culture and romance-inspiring surroundings.
The history, architecture, art, cuisine, wine and natural and man-made landscapes will definitely help set the mood for love. There is no shortage of sites to see for a couple seeking a cultural experience while on a Valentine’s Day vacation.
Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, cruise down the Venice canals on a vaporetto, marvel at the Colosseum, eat gelato daily, order pizza in Naples, visit the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral (also known simply as the Florence Cathedral) and bask in the architectural wonder of the Pantheon while in Italy with your Valentine.
Spain has everything that a culture-seeking couple could possibly want in a Valentine’s Day trip!
Put Seville, Granada and San Sebastián on your Valentine’s Day travel list. These three destinations in particular are truly perfect for a romantic escape.
You can’t go wrong with palaces, tapas, flamenco performances, sangria and fountain-filled plazas.
Morocco is a destination that everyone seems to be buzzing about these days. If culture is the name of your travel game, Morocco is your winning destination.
Morocco is bursting at the seams with lively markets, intricate architecture, colorful flavors, dramatic landscapes and an ancient culture.
Marrakesh, Erg Chebbi, Legzira Beach, Chaouwara Tanneries, Chefchaouen and Ouzoud Falls are points of interest that should not be missed on your Valentine’s Day trip to Morocco.
The people of Morocco are very welcoming and warm. They are keen to share their culture with visitors, which makes this experience even more special and intimate.
Remote Islands for Romantic Rendezvous
No list of romantic Valentine’s Day destinations would be complete without including the secluded and paradisiacal Maldives.
Between the crystal-clear tropical lagoons, private luxury villas perched over the sea, breathtaking sunsets, mind-shaking star gazing opportunities, Michelin star restaurants, world-class spas and sugar white sand beaches, the Maldives are some of the most romantic islands in the world.
With luxury resorts like the One & Only Reethi Rah, the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort and Anantara, you can expect a hefty price tag with this Valentine’s Day trip. If you can afford it, though, it is completely and utterly worth it!
The Seychelles is a chain of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off the East Coast of Africa. This dreamy destination is home to the rare Aldabra giant tortoise, 275 species of birds and an enchanting landscape made up of primarily tropical forests and pristine beaches. The coral reefs are thriving here, which makes the Seychelles a truly world-class diving spot.
This is the type of place that you likely had in mind when dreaming of a romantic tropical island in the middle of the vast open ocean. If you are looking for a nature-rich outing, check out Silhouette Island, Shark Bank and Aldabra Atoll.
The Seychelles offer a bit more reasonably priced options for lovers who are not rolling in dough. However, keep in mind that everything has to be imported here, so life here can still be a bit pricey. But hey, you can’t put a price tag on love!
Bora Bora is a small island in French Polynesia located just northwest of Tahiti. Bora Bora is famed for its vibrant coral reefs and diving opportunities, dramatic forest covered mountains, piercing blue waters and opulent over-the-water resorts.
Imagine sitting with the love of your life on a private terrace, sipping champagne with nothing but the vast turquoise ocean all around you. The scene in Bora Bora is the perfect romantic backdrop for an extravagant Valentine’s Day trip.
The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is a highly sought-after place for couples.
Wildlife and Wine Hotspots for Valentines
If you are a couple who wants to drink wine and witness some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet, then South Africa is the place that you should visit on Valentine’s Day. Renowned for both its beautiful vineyards and abundant wildlife, this is a Valentine’s Day trip that will not soon be forgotten.
South Africa is home to the Big Five: lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants and Cape buffaloes. Your wildlife dreams can completely come true in South Africa. You can then wash it all down with an effervescent selection of wine and wine tours.
Cavalli Estate, Babylonstoren and Delaire Graff Estate are three vineyards you must visit while you are wine touring in South Africa.
Make sure to add Addo Elephant National Park, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Park and the Kruger National Park to your safari bucket list!
California’s Wine Country is famed for its world-renowned vineyards and wines, as well as its charming boutique hotels and Michelin star restaurants. This is the wine-loving couple’s ideal Valentine’s Day region.
California is also well-known for its thriving marine environment. Whales, seals, sea lions, elephant seals, otters and dolphins are very common in California. A guided whale watching tour, a sea kayaking adventure or just a walk along the coast is an optimal way to engage with nature.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Point Reyes National Seashore and Año Nuevo State Park are three places where you are guaranteed to enjoy some unique marine life encounters.
What better place to go with your lover than the land down under! Australia is a massive island that truly has it all—vineyards, biodiversity, rugged coastline, happening cities, world-class surfing, multiple ecosystems and accommodations and activities for every budget.
There are multiple wine regions in Australia, including the Barossa Valley, Margaret River, Coonawarra and Yarra Valley. This is very convenient because you can just pick the region you want to visit based on what other activities you would like to do with your Valentine.
There are animals in Australia that can be found nowhere else in the world, making this country well-suited for animal lovers. Kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, koalas, platypus and dingoes are only found in Australia.
What’s better than red roses, a box of chocolate and dinner at a cheesy restaurant where dozens of other couples are celebrating Valentine’s Day?
A Valentine’s Day adventure with the one who holds you heart!
Any of these 12 Valentine’s Day travel destinations are sure to take your Valentine’s Day and your relationship to the next level.
Jenn Parker is a native Floridian who has been living in Costa Rica since 2010. She is an avid writer, traveler and nature lover on a mission to surf the earth and share her stories. She writes for multiple publications, including a collaborative blog called Ocean and Oak.
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