9 Tropical Romantic Getaways for an Unforgettable Trip

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Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon getaway or a romantic adults-only vacation where you can relax au deux, nothing says romantic getaway quite like the tropics. Warm weather, white sand beaches, blue waters, palm trees. What’s not to love?

Could one of these tropical romantic island getaways be your next couple’s vacation? From luxury resorts halfway around the globe to more budget-friendly spots a little closer to home, there’s a sun-drenched spot on this list for anyone seeking sun and romance.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan Puerto Rico. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

1. Puerto Rico

This delightful Caribbean destination has tropical charm and romance and, for US citizens, it’s an easy domestic trip — no passport required! English and Spanish are widely spoken on the island, and, because Puerto Rico is a US territory, the currency is the U.S. Dollar.

Things to do in Puerto Rico include hiking to waterfalls, kayaking in a bioluminescent bay and lazy beach days. If you prefer to enjoy a more active beach day, there are options for water sports galore. The Puerto Rican food scene is also a lot of fun, from street food to fine dining.

Kayakers paddle over a stretch of sandy flats in the Florida Keys. Photo credit: Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

2. Florida Keys

The Florida Keys, a 120-mile-long chain of islands off the southern coast of the Florida peninsula, include perennially popular destinations like Key West and Key Largo. The Keys is a spot for any American who wants that luxe tropical getaway with no passport required.

The Keys are all about that “chillaxing on the water” vibe. Popular activities include fishing, snorkeling, kayaking or enjoying cocktails on a sunset catamaran cruise.

Hawaiian vacations for couples sunset into the clouds at the Mauna Kea Summit
Romantic sunset into the clouds at the Mauna Kea Summit. Photo credit: Terri Marshall

3. Hawaii

There’s no argument that the Hawaiian islands are the most romantic in the USA. This is another romantic hideaway where couples traveling from the United States don’t need a passport. The diversity between the islands offers lots of choices, from chilling on Hawaii’s best beach to enjoying a world-class golf course to gazing out on the horizon from a fantastic infinity pool.

Hawaii has eight major islands, but the ones most commonly frequented by visitors from the mainland and around the world are Maui, Kauai and Oahu. Popular pastimes include attending a traditional luau or Polynesian dancing demonstration. For couples who like to pair some physical activity with their romantic getaway, hiking to Diamond Head and Koko Head are active options that treat hikers to stunning views.

SheBuysTravel Tip: Before you go, consult our Hawaii packing list so you don’t forget anything you’ll need and don’t take anything you won’t!

Girls Trip to Jamaica - Sailing off the coast
Sailing off the coastof Jamaica. Photo credit: Candi Hurst

4. Jamaica

Jamaica is the perfect place to spark romance, and with so many options, the possibilities for making lasting memories are endless. Jamaica is a popular spot for a couple’s vacation because of the beautiful beaches and the large selection of adult-only resorts. Because, let’s face it, sharing the beach with families with noisy kids isn’t most people’s idea of romance.

The most popular spots for visitors to the island are Dunn River Falls in Ocho Rios (you can climb to the top with the assistance of a guide) and Seven Mile Beach in Negril. If you want the perfect honeymoon picture, check out the iconic Blue Hole, a series of waterholes fed by gushing cascades in the mountains outside Ocho Rios.

Jamaica is home to many, many all-inclusive resorts, which means your couples vacation won’t require whipping out your credit card several times a day — all of the food, beverages (even alcohol), entertainment and activities are part of your resort package.

Jamaica has seven adults-only Sandals resorts: Montego Bay, Ochi, Royal Caribbean, South Coast, Negril, Royal Plantation and Dunn’s River. Each resort offers slightly different amenities but Sandals allows resort hopping, so you can head to a nearby Sandals that has amenities yours lacks.

Overhead view of a white sand coast line and blue waters in Punta Cana.
Photo credit: Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic

5. Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, located on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, is on the map for being a romantic, tropical vacation paradise for couples. With white sand beaches, cloudless skies and tropical weather plus the lure of the all-inclusive, this area is at the top of travelers’ lists for romantic tropical travel.

Best-known for beach activities, the local cultural scene is also worth checking out, although many vacationers have a hard time leaving the resort bubble.

Ocean Club Resorts Turks and Caicos Review - One of the two swimming pools at Ocean Club.
One of the two swimming pools at Ocean Club resort in Turks & Caicos. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

6. Turks & Caicos

Dreamy, tropical, beautiful beaches perfect for any type of water activity imaginable, that’s Turks & Caicos. Active things to do include taking a boat cruise to the Caicos Cays to see the rock iguanas and visiting Chalk Sound National Park. If you’d rather relax on the beaches, that’s perfectly okay, too.

Turks and Caicos is home to the third largest barrier reef in the world, championship golf courses and too many luxe amenities to count. The possibilities are limitless. Plus there are a host of incredible Turks and Caicos resorts.

A St. Barts beach, Best Honeymoon Destinations for October
Beautiful St. Barts. Photo credit: kristinekelly from Pixabay

7. St Barts

If you want to vacation like the rich and famous, consider booking your romantic tropical getaway to the island of Saint Barthélemy (a.k.a. Saint Barts.) Well-known for its luxury lifestyle, secluded villas and fabulous cuisine, St Barts is for those who want laid-back sophistication and luxury.

You can do all the beachy things you would expect in St Barts (also sometimes referred to as St Barths), like scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking. Pack more upscale clothes – you’ll find fewer flip-flops and beach coverup places here and more heels and cocktail dress places. If you want to Kardashian it up, rent a villa with private beach access at La Banane.

St Barts is a French territory, and it’s a little challenging to get to. If you’re flying from the United States or Europe, you must first fly to San Juan, St Martin, Antigua or Guadeloupe and then connect to St Barts.

8. Tahiti

For the ultimate bucket list tropical getaway, fly to Bora Bora. One of the most popular honeymoon destinations for couples who don’t mind the long flight, The natural beauty and ocean views here can’t be beat.

Tahiti is part of French Polynesia, and although it takes some commitment to get here, travelers have been enjoying this spot for years. If you are originating from the United States, your flight will stop at the larger Motu Mute airport, where you’ll clear customs and then hop on an easy 45-minute flight to paradise.

If you’re going, make it worth the trip by staying at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora in an oceanfront bungalow.

Sun Siyam Resorts Maldives - Maldivian island from the air.
The Maldives are a thousand times more beautiful in real life. Photo credit: Jill Robbins.

9. The Maldives

If the Maldives is on your bucket list, you’re not alone. This exotic island paradise in the Indian Ocean offers breathtaking views, clear turquoise waters and luxurious overwater bungalows that make you feel like you’re on your own private island.

It’s no surprise that it continues to grow in popularity, even though it’s halfway around the world if you’re originating from the United States. There are a handful of direct flights from the United States to the Maldives, but most travelers will have to make at least one connection. Be prepared to spend roughly a day each way to get there. If you want to save money on airfare, consider booking a flight into Colombo Sri Lanka, and catching a flight to the Maldives from there. The flights are definitely going to be an investment in your vacation fun, so make sure to shop around.

Jill Robbins is a freelance writer covering lifestyle, travel, health, and commerce. Her writing has appeared in SheKnows, HuffPost, Tripsavvy, Insider, AARP, and other publications. Jill lives in San Antonio with her husband and two youngest kids, although she’s usually somewhere else. You can find out what Jill is up to by reading her blog, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals.
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