Need some romantic places to inspire the idealist in you? Valentine’s is right around the corner. From roses to chocolate, romantic dinners to gift exchanges, every couple has their own way of celebrating. Although some partners prefer to stay in the comfort of their homes, others opt for a night out in town.
For those wishing to explore a new destination together, below are some of the most romantic places in the world to inspire the traveler in both you and your SO.
- 25. Key West, the US
- 24. Astoria, the US
- 23. George Town, Malaysia
- 22. Zabola, Romania
- 21. Chicago, the US
- 20. Savannah, the US
- 19. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- 18. Lake Tahoe, the U.S
- 17. Singapore
- 16. New York City, the U.S
- 15. Bagan, Myanmar
- 14. Salento, Colombia
- 13. Seychelles
- 12. Hoi An, Vietnam
- 11. Budapest, Hungary
- 10. Nice, France
- 9. Iceland Waterfalls
- 8. Sydney, Australia
- 7. Maldives
- 6. Phi Phi Island, Thailand
- 5. Amalfi Coast, Italy
- 4. Algarve, Portugal
- 3. Hallstatt, Austria
- 2. Rome, Italy
- 1. Santorini, Greece
25. Key West, the US
While Key West makes a great year-round romance place, it is even more enticing in February with near-perfect balmy temperatures. I love renting a convertible and making the top-down road trip on the Seven Mile Bridge to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Key West with my husband.
On reaching the city, we enjoy taking a stroll around the Old Town and admiring Key West’s unique architecture and the famous roosters walking down the road. I enjoy stepping inside kitschy shops and buying trinkets. For lunch, we like going to the Key West Historic Seaport area and indulging in oysters, conch fritters, and key lime pies.
The docks are great to walk along and spot tarpons in the water. Other things we enjoy while in Key West include lots and lots of Cuban food, Cuban coffee, swimming, and relaxing on the beach at Fort Zachary State Park, walking through the tropical gardens of the Audubon House, and touring Ernest Hemingway’s House. But the real fun in Key West begins when the sun goes down: our favorite two activities are bar-hopping in Duval Street and attending the famous sunset celebrations at Key West. For an added twist, consider indulging in a romantic sunset and champagne sail: just you and the open sea!
It is definitely one of the most romantic places I’ve visited.
24. Astoria, the US
Astoria, Oregon is among my favorite romantic places. This small, historic town is nestled between the Oregon Coast and the Columbia River, and it’s ideal for couples looking for a spark.
The historic town has everything you’d want on a romantic weekend with your forever person: adorable B&Bs, antique shops and locally owned boutiques, great food, and excellent wine sourced from nearby Oregon and Washington wine regions.
To make a romantic getaway unforgettable, you’ll want something more memorable than just a couples’ massage or truffles on your pillow. So explore the shipwreck on the coast at nearby Ft. Stevens State Park, hike Saddle Mountain (where you’ll get 360-degree days stretching from the Pacific Ocean to Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier on a clear day) and ride the trolley that runs along the Columbia River.
What makes Astoria, Oregon one of the best romantic places is what it doesn’t have, too. You won’t fight crowds of tourists, traffic of congested cities or hordes of people taking smooching selfies—all the things that will take your mood from twitterpated to ticked. So if you’re looking to stray from the beaten path with your honey, hit up Astoria. I just might see you there.
23. George Town, Malaysia
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One very atmospheric place to spend your Valentine’s Day in Malaysia is George Town, a UNESCO-listed historical city on the island of Penang. Modern-day travelers know it more for its street art, but the beauty of George Town lies in its old town, where the Little India and Chinatown of old connect into a grid of compact lanes filled with crumbling two-story shophouses.
This mix of heritage and comfort is what makes George Town a perfect place to spend St. Valentine’s with your loved one: take a pedal rickshaw at sunset, gorge on Penang’s world-famous food, or just stroll on the esplanade past Colonial-era buildings.
22. Zabola, Romania
For a more relaxing stay, you can take a horse carriage trip, there is a sauna in the woods and a pavilion where you can enjoy a delicious picnic lunch or even a private candlelight dinner.
The owners currently reside in the XVIth century castle, while the rest of the buildings were restored into simple, but elegant lodges; they are spread across the park, not very far from each other, but offering the much-needed privacy that we miss so much in the overcrowded cities. Add champagne in front of a cozy open fireplace with French jazz quietly playing in the background. What else could you want more for a romantic weekend getaway?
21. Chicago, the US
My hometown of Chicago is a wonderful city for couples to spend their Valentine’s Day whether on a budget or looking to splurge. While it might be chilly, bundle up and visit one of Chicago’s many parks including Millennium Park, and take a couple selfie in front of the famous mirrored sculpture known as The Bean. Couples that enjoy cultural activities will love Chicago as it is home to many fantastic museums and cultural institutions, art galleries, an aquarium, and a planetarium.
For a romantic date night, couples can dine at one of Chicago’s many restaurants serving every type of cuisine for every budget. After dinner, head to a comedy club, the opera or the theatre, listen to live music or head to an intimate bar or lounge for drinks. I recommend making reservations at a restaurant or lounge that offers amazing city views – there are many options including at Chicago’s tallest buildings.
20. Savannah, the US
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A warm balmy evening walking hand in hand with your love under moss-draped trees while sipping a glass of wine and enjoying each other’s company, Savannah Georgia is easily one of the most romantic places and perfect for a Valentine’s Day getaway.
Set along the coast in Georgia, Savannah rarely gets bitter cold temperatures, so Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to escape the wintery North. One of the most romantic boutique hotels in the country, The Mansion on Forsyth is nestled against a sprawling park and perfect retreat for lovers. The Poseidon Spa is located in the hotel, so you can indulge with a relaxing massage before heading out for a special evening on the town. On your walk down towards the river, stop at The Artillery for an intimate but posh setting and truly delicious and creative cocktails. Continue on to dinner at The Olde Pink House.
Set in a historic home, The Olde Pink House has some of the best Southern cuisines with a truly elegant atmosphere oozing Southern charm. After dinner, follow your ears downstairs to the basement of The Olde Pink House for live music and cocktails. To keep the evening going, saunter along River Street and pop in and out of the various bars many of which will host live music on weekend nights.
The next morning, enjoy a romantic walk through Forsyth Park, steal a kiss under the shade of old oak trees and head to breakfast at The Gryphon Tea Room. Spend the afternoon out at Tybee Island either enjoying walking along nature trails or relaxing in the warm sand and watching the waves. Savannah is truly one of the most beautiful and romantic towns in America, enjoy and indulge!
19. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta in Mexico is a fantastic romantic place and the ideal destination for Valentine’s break. Situated on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta are a resort town with beautiful beaches and coastal vibes. The historic center is lined with great places to eat, drink or shop and there are always local crafters selling their wares at market stalls, so you can get each other something unique as a memento from your Valentine’s Day holiday.
Take a stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the unusual and abstract art that lines it. You may even get to enjoy some street performances too. Or take a day trip via boat to Las Caletas for a relaxing or adventure-packed day on an island, with great food, bars, and animals. This was the highlight of our stay in Puerto Vallarta and the tour is a must, just for the entertainment on the boat alone!
There are accommodation options to suit every budget. We enjoyed a luxury all-inclusive adults-only resort stay at Secrets Vallarta Bay and it was incredible! Spa bath, great balcony views, and unlimited food and drinks. This meant more time to enjoy each others’ company by the pool or taking sunset strolls along the beach. Whether you decide to visit the Yucatan Peninsula or Stay near the Pacific Coast, Mexico can be one of the most romantic places!
18. Lake Tahoe, the U.S
Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite romantic places in the world. The best thing about this charming town is that it is equally mesmerizing in golden summers as well as snowy winters. Lake Tahoe, known for its beautiful cobalt blue waters is North America’s largest alpine lake. It also straddles the border between California and Nevada.
Its beaches are gorgeous and there are plenty of interesting activities to do here as a couple like skiing, snowmobiling, hang gliding, magical hot air balloon rides, cruises, and the Heavenly Gondola ride.
What we loved most during our first visit was the feeling of awe when we were on a leisure stroll. There was a fresh snowfall, covering the ground in pure white crystals. Beautiful snowflakes twirled in the air around us.
We plopped down right in front of the Taylor Creek Visitor Center making a huge snowman and goofed around, throwing snowballs at each other.
The magic of this moment is never lost on us.
During the evening, there are a lot of romantic things to do in Singapore. Make sure to visit the indoor and outdoor gardens at the Gardens by the Bay.
If you are able to splurge, stay at the Marina Bay Sands hotel and you can swim in its famous infinity pool, or head to the rooftop bar to enjoy the spectacular view while having a drink. Another must-do in Singapore is to walk along the waterfront promenade (which also has a free nightly light and water show) while enjoying the impressive Singapore skyline views.
16. New York City, the U.S
New York City is one of the most romantic places for Valentine’s Day. Start your day with breakfast – or brunch- at Balthazar. This makes you feel like you’ve been transported back to a more romantic age, with antique mirrors, red banquettes, and waitstaff in long white aprons. The bread basket is worth every carb, and perfect for two to share. For dinner, I love Park, which has a large covered garden and a cozy fire – perfect for romantic February evenings. Then finish the day with one of NYC’s fun foods like cookie dough at Do or crack pie at Momofuku’s Milk Bar.
I always find sharing stunning views with my loved one incredibly romantic, and New York has views to die for. My favorite is the view from the top of the Empire State Building at dusk and after dark. The late afternoon also tends to have shorter lines because many people are heading to dinner. Seeing the streets and skyscrapers of Manhattan, and especially the Chrysler Building sparkle in the twilight and glitter at night is magical. It’s also hard to beat watching the Manhattan skylight from a boat on the harbor or across the river from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, though this can be chilly in February, so rug up (or cuddle).
Of course, a romantic weekend in New York wouldn’t be complete without seeing a Broadway show. Make a night of it with drinks at Sardis after the show to finish off your perfect romantic weekend.
15. Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan stands a thousand miles away from the crowd and chaos of the modern world and its bustling tourist attractions. The old world romance takes lingering glances amid whispering trees, chirping birds, magnificent sunrise-sunset skies, and the hasty footsteps of young monks in maroon robes.
Often termed as Myanmar’s answer to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, Bagan is an ancient temple complex where once stood tall more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, stupas and pagodas. to date, 2000 of the religious shrines survived time-struggle and remain standing against the blood-red dry Bagan soil, by the banks of Irrawaddy River. Bagan is the perfect lover’s paradise where roads lead to nowhere, only to park your e-bike and climb atop of the many temples and rest your eyes over the vast plain land, dotted with countless stupas. Peace and tranquillity are the essential elements of Bagan, so are the assuring Buddha statues, often more than once inside the temple complex.
My partner and I stayed in Bagan for 3 nights and were completely mesmerized by her timelessness. The bike rides and evening ferry rides over Irrawaddy to catch the last glimpses of sunrays were mindblowing! We often would end up our stay with a can of Myanmar beer and La Terrazza’spPizza and cheese platter in Nuang Shwe area.
14. Salento, Colombia
Salento is a beautiful town located in Colombia’s coffee region. Its vast greenery and utter serenity are some of the reasons as to why it is a great destination for couples. In addition to an overnight getaway at one of the many fincas (farmlands) that doubles as an eco-friendly resort, the option of hiking (and getting lost) in the Cocora Valley nearby is readily available.
Whether it be a restful romantic evening overlooking the grasslands or an adventurous trek among the tallest wax palm trees in the world, Salento is unlike anywhere else. It combines excitement and tranquility, giving any couple the option to indulge in the familiarity or attempt something unconventional.
With its white sandy beaches, azure-colored water, clear blue skies, and gorgeous landscape, Seychelles is paradise on earth. As a result, it is a popular vacation spot for couples from all around the world. I am not exaggerating when I say that Seychelles offers the most lovely beaches and sunsets for you to enjoy which is a big reason why people consider this a romantic place.
Imagine yourself dining on the shore with your partner, under the brightly star-lit sky. Can anything be more romantic than this? And that is exactly what Seychelles offers you. But the best part about Seychelles is that it consists of 115 islands, several of which have been converted into private island resorts. So, you can book one of these places to enjoy some alone time with your spouse/lover while being surrounded by beautiful topography.
For me, one of the most romantic things to do in Seychelles would be to travel to a new beautiful island every day and spend a day here with my partner. Stroll around on the white sandy beaches and watch the sun go down at a new island every day with your loved one beside your side.
And apart from the beaches, there are so many other amazing places to visit in Seychelles to keep yourself occupied here. For adventurous couples, a more romantic activity would be to go on snorkeling/scuba diving adventure together or go on a small hike to enjoy the beautiful coastline view of the island.
Trust me, your Valentines Day could definitely not get better than spending a week in Seychelles with your partner.
12. Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An in Vietnam is one of the most romantic places in the world. This old port town has quiet plenty of places for a quiet stroll, like watching a sunrise on a deserted beach or the beautiful canal lit up by lanterns.
Walking along sections of the ancient canal provides a beautiful and scenic view. There is even a small park, along with park benches to sit and soak in the romantic scene. The whole area, contrasted from ancient port town buildings to lanterns dropping from wall to wall.
The cobblestone streets have more to offer as one of the most romantic places in the world. Rising up from the East Vietnam Sea. It does require a pretty early rise, but the pink and purples silhouette the palms trees in the golden sands are completely worth it.
If you’re looking for a hotspot for a romantic getaway in Southeast Asia, Vietnam’s old port town of Hoi An is a perfect choice. It is one of the most romantic places and definitely a must-visit
11. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is of my favorite romantic cities in Hungary. I’ve been there for my wedding anniversary several times and every time we return, we try to something news.
Sprawling on both sides of the Danube, Budapest boasts some amazing lookout points. Grab your loved one, a camera (and selfie stick), and start exploring. Walk up to the Citadella – if it’s not very windy – for gorgeous views across the city. In Castle Hill, the Fishermen’s Bastion is another favorite lookout point and a gorgeous place to take photos.
February is cold in Hungary’s capital, so why not move the fun indoors. You can go to a milonga (tango party), relax in the baths, or just spend time in one of the amazing bars & restaurants.
Of course, there are a lot of museums to check out, too. Our favorite is the Transport Museum. It may be fun for the kids, but if you are interested in transportation and are just a bit geeky, you’ll love it.
10. Nice, France
Nice is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city on the Mediterranean Sea in the south of France. It has an affluent, romantic feel to it with stunning Belle Epoque architecture, yellow-pastel colored buildings, intricate ironwork balconies, colorful markets, and chic bars and restaurants.
A big part of Nice’s charm comes from the azure blue sea that laps at the Promenade des Anglais that runs all the way along the town’s southern border. It’s a great place for couples to wander along. On a sunny weekend, it’s particularly fun as you’ll probably come across Jazz musicians playing beautiful melodies that mingle with the waves of the Mediterranean lapping the shore.
From the Promenade des Anglais, you can easily walk into another of our favorite areas: the Vieille Ville, the city’s old town. This ancient part of Nice comprises a dense network of narrow meandering lanes flanked by tall orangey-yellow buildings. Every now and again the lanes lead out onto a square or courtyard where you’ll find an impressive church or bars and restaurants with tables spilling outside.
And finally, it’s good to know that Nice has the second largest hotel capacity in France. Choose from a small romantic boutique hotel in the Vielle Ville or a luxurious Art Deco Hotel on the seafront.
Nice is a fantastic choice on every level and a superb place for a romantic break. I highly recommend it!
9. Iceland Waterfalls
Because of the Arctic climate, it rains and snows a lot in Iceland which leads to a large number of waterfalls. In fact, there are over 10,000 waterfalls in Iceland so you won’t have to look too hard to find them!
The word “Foss” means waterfall in Icelandic, so while road tripping the Golden Circle or Ring Road, anytime you see a sign that says “somethingFoss” be prepared to pull over! My favorite waterfall was called Seljalandfoss, and it was my favorite because you could walk 360 degrees around the entire thing.
Yes it is cold, yes you will get wet, but it’s so worth it. Tell me, are you and your Valentine up for the challenge of finding all 10,000?
8. Sydney, Australia
If you’re looking for a romantic travel destination this Valentine’s day, look no further than Sydney, Australia! The city is absolutely stunning with many incredible locations perfect for a romantic picnic, overlooking Sydney’s most famous landmarks; The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Circular Key & Centrepoint Tower.
We decided to venture off the beaten path for a romantic date in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We took the most beautiful ferry ride from Circular Key to Manly. The ferry cruised through across the harbor with the sun glimmering on top of the water. The sea breeze kissed our skin as we peered out at sea. We soon arrived at Manly Wharf where our adventure really began.
We kayaked across the bay, navigating our way around million-dollar yachts and sailing boats. Finally, we reached Sydney’s best-kept secret – Store Beach Manly. This is one of the most secluded beaches in Sydney as it’s only accessible by water. We spend the day sipping champagne, eating chocolate, and cheese with the most romantic set up.
So if you’re looking for a fun activity and experience this valentines day. Go kayaking through Sydney Harbour with your lover! Store Beach Manly, is one of the best travel destinations for Valentine’s Day.
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Valentine’s Day! This tropical destination is known for its gorgeous sandy beaches, romantic overwater bungalows, and plenty of activities for couples.
One of my favorite activities was booking a half-day trip that included snorkeling, a picnic on a local sandbank, and finishing off with dolphin watching. Your hotel concierge can help plan these activities, as well as scuba diving, private lunch on a sandbank, and spa treatments.
If you really want to wow your partner, start your day with a romantic walk on the beach while watching the sunrise, before indulging with a treatment at a local spa. In the evening, surprise them with a romantic dinner on the beach: You’ll have a private table surrounded by candles and rose petals with the sound of gentle ocean waves in the background.
If you’re on a resort island, there will usually be champagne or wine included with your meal. Enjoy one of the most romantic destinations in the world with a luxurious touch – cheers!
6. Phi Phi Island, Thailand
Phi Phi Islands along with the biggest island Phi Phi Don are real jewels of nature in the waters of the Andaman Sea. The islands have this special atmosphere of relaxation and romance and are especially suitable for couples.
The vast majority of tourists come to Phi Phi Don for its fantastic beaches, which amaze even those who are indifferent to a beach holiday. Phi Phi Don is a rare case, where travel brochures and photographs not only do not exaggerate the beauty of nature but, on the contrary, are not able to convey its unique magnificence. It is worth adding that the waters of the Andaman sea are among the cleanest in Thailand. In addition, the water here is always warm, and the sand is soft and fine, and very pleasant to touch.
Make sure to ascent the observation deck, where you can admire not only the legendary view of Phi Phi Don but also see other islands of the archipelago.
Active tourists can explore the island on foot and try to go around it taking the paths that lie between the hills. You can climb the mountains or make day trips to other islands. Go fishing and try catching mackerel or barracuda.
But the main experience that Phi Phi Don has to offer is diving. Stunning coral reefs and surrounding marine life make underwater exploration really fantastic.
One of the best Phi Phi dive sites is the King Cruiser ship that sank in 1997. There are no more doors in most of the ship’s cabins, so divers can swim straight through the maze of cabins accompanied by winged fish, moray eels, barracudas, seahorses, stingrays, and other colorful fish.
5. Amalfi Coast, Italy
One of the dreamiest places to spend Valentine’s Day is along the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. The area is chock full of charming, little villages where you can get your romance on and feel like you’re the only lovers in town.
You could choose one of the many centrally-located hotels in Sorrento with a stunning view of Mt Vesuvius and watch the mesmerizing sunsets go down. You could hire a private boat to go to the island of Capri for a day to lavish in the luxurious atmosphere while admiring the stunning coastline.
Why not book a romantic getaway in Positano at one of the cliff-hugging resorts where you can sip champagne on your balcony and watch the lights glimmer as Positano awakens at night? Or sit outside in an open-air jacuzzi while taking in the euphoria of being on the Amalfi Coast?
There are numerous restaurants for a quiet, romantic dinner where you’ll dine on terraces adorned with lemon trees. The sweet smells of lemon will tease your senses, and the low-hanging, bright yellow fruit look like ornaments on a tree.
The Amalfi Coast is just divine and you’ll certainly find one of the most romantic places in the world.
4. Algarve, Portugal
If you want to travel to a special destination and one of the most romantic places this coming Valentine, you might want to spend a week in Portugal. The beauty of the region’s coastal spots is undeniable. You can enjoy some quiet time at the beaches and walk hand in hand with your special someone.
There are many places to visit in Algarve. Praia do Camilo is a perfect example of how beautiful the beaches are in the region. The water is exceptionally pure and is surely a great place to snorkel. No matter the season, the weather is exceptional. You can bask under the sun and let its warmth embrace you.
Algarve’s cuisine is just as good You can dine on pastel de nata with a glass of wine at a secluded restaurant, or spend the night exploring its nightlife with your significant other. Indulge in the spectacular views and enjoy the morning by visiting more attractions, such as the Cape Saint Vincent.
3. Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt Austria is one of the most romantic places to be on Valentine’s day. The charming village is a picture-perfect spot to create long-lasting happy memories. Hallstatt is known as the most beautiful village in Austria and it will take your breath away the moment you enter the quaint little village.
The mountains, the lake, and little colorful houses will usher in a romantic feel. You can take your better half on a boat ride on the lake. Your hotel room will be decorated for the occasion and a bottle of sparkling bubbly wine will be waiting for you upon your arrival.
An unforgettable dinner with local food specialties and a bottle of Riesling will ensure that the village becomes one of the most romantic places, and that time will stand still, just for you two.
2. Rome, Italy
If you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a promise of eternal love, Rome, the Eternal City, is the right place to be. Breathtaking views over the ruins of the ancient town will be the perfect setting for an unusual engagement request or for celebrating your love with your life partner.
The city has plenty of romantic places, and you can start your day with a stroll around Villa Borghese, a green oasis in the hearth of the town, with a small pond perfect for boat riding. Fall in love with your Valentine with the striking beauty of Rome, visiting the Palatine Hill, and then head to the Capitol Hill for an enchanting view over the Fori.
Indulge your senses with a romantic lunch with a view at or stay for lunch at the Terrazza Caffarelli or head to the Pantheon for a meal at the Minerva Roof Garden. In the afternoon, enjoy a walk in the charming cobblestone streets of downtown Rome and make sure to be on the Aventine Hill for sunset.
The Giardino degli Aranci offers one of the most beautiful views of the city. Alternatively, head to the top of Trastevere, and admire Rome from Gianicolo for the best view over the city. End your Valentine’s Day with a dinner at Camponeschi in Campo de’ Fiori for an intimate atmosphere or book a table at Mirabelle for a view spanning from the Vatican until the Spain steps. Whether you are in Italy for two weeks or Rome for 2 days, you will surely fall in love with the Italian way.
1. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is the perfect Valentine’s getaway for anyone looking for some breath-taking, seaside views from the ridge of an active volcano. The dramatic cliffs looking over the sea offers the perfect spot to relax in one of Santorini’s many cliff-side resorts. Swim in the crystal-clear Aegon Sea from the banks of the many black sand beaches. Then to top it all off, why not dine at one of the many fine restaurants with a sunset to remember.
Getting around the island of Santorini is a whole adventure in itself! The best way to explore the beautiful sights Santorini has to offer is by hiring a quad bike. Share the journey with your other half and take in the stunning scenery at your own pace.
One of the best visits it the ancient city of Thira, sitting 360m above sea level. With incredible views of the island, you can explore the fascinating history that Greece has to offer.
Due to Santorini being an active volcano, there are black beaches made up of tiny fragments of basalt surrounding the island. The uniquely beautiful sands are a must-see sight on the island. There are also lots of options for water activities in the area. Spend your day below the sea, playing with the fish or scuba diving for buried treasures. There are also hot springs to relax in, just a short boat ride from Santorini.
As one of the most romantic places in the world, Santorini is a great destination to celebrate Valentine’s day.
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