21 of the Most Romantic Places in the World

Written by Shandley McMurray and Becca Blond
Updated Mar 29, 2024
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No matter how many trips you have taken while you were single, there is something special — and beautiful — about traveling with someone you're head over heels about. Not only can you finally rest your head on the plane mate beside you, but you now have a partner with whom to explore the most romantic places in the world, and — ahem — finally put that "do not disturb" sign to use.

While happy couples will see any corner of the planet through rose-colored glasses, there are certain destinations that lend themselves to romance. From a beach excursion where no shoes or shirt are required (we're looking at you, Seychelles) to a city that twinkles under the glow of street lamps (bonjour, Paris), there are many charming spots to consider.

Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, jetting off on your honeymoon, or merely seeking a getaway built for two, plan your trip with our list of the most romantic places in the world.

1. Paris, France

Couple in front of the Eiffel Tower
Couple in front of the Eiffel Tower

Is any romantic roundup complete without singing the praises of the City of Lights? As the capital of France, there's a reason so many couples seek the ambience and energy of this Parisian destination. When you wander about this European city, you'll find yourselves mesmerized by idyllic coffee shops, picture-perfect cobblestone streets, and the scent of freshly-baked-everything perfuming the air. Cue collective dreamy sigh.

You can spend your days exploring the many iconic love-drenched landmarks—from the infamous Eiffel Tower to the Pont Des Arts bridge outside of Notre Dame. And at night? Snuggle up in an AirBNB or dig deep into your pocketbooks for a stay at one of the most luxurious and sophisticated resorts on the planet.

If you happen to visit Paris in spring, summer, or fall, consider renting bikes as your mode of transportation — complete with a baguette for your basket. Or in the winter, sneak in a kiss (or three) as you tour through the many museums, all featuring classic and modern themes.

2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Aerial view of the Bora Bora
Overwater bungalows in Bora Bora

Romance and Bora Bora match as perfectly as the turquoise and azure water of the lagoon surrounding this magical island in the South Pacific. One of the most coveted honeymoon destinations in the world, Bora Bora's beauty is unmatched.

Beyond the calm, clear lagoon with colors defy description, Bora Bora is home to brilliant white sand beaches ringing an interior featuring towering volcanic peaks and lush foliage. Activities include romantic dining, couples massage, and snorkeling around the lagoon reefs. There is also excellent diving opportunities.

The resorts here were designed with romance in mind, and you'll want to book an overwater bungalow to sleep in a stilted villa over the ocean. You'll find resorts on the mainland and on private motus (islets) in the lagoon.

To reach Bora Bora, it's an 8-hour flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Tahiti, where the international airport is located, and then a quick one-hour flight onwards to paradise.

3. Venice, Italy

Gondola ride on a canal in Venice
Gondola ride on a canal in Venice

There's a saying that you either love or hate Venice when you visit this romantic northern Italy city. But our guess is if you go when you're feeling butterflies, The City of Water will have them swarming.

Even for the well-versed traveler, Venice presents an entirely new experience, since it is the capital of the Veneto region, comprised of 100 tiny islands. Here, there are very few roads, but many canals, making a gondola ride with your main squeeze a must.

As you stroll hand-in-hand across romantic bridges (don't miss the Rialto Bridge, a marvel of engineering), soaking up the undeniably hospitable Italian culture, you'll witness nods to the Renaissance era, as well as Gothic landmarks.

Nibble your way through St. Mark's Square, where local vendors display their handmade goods. Hold tight to your food, though, as hundreds of pigeons swarm this area in search of tasty treats.

For an Instagram-worthy photo op, scale to the top of the Campanile Bell Tower, offering quite the view. If you're traveling for a milestone, take a boat to the glass-blowing region on Murano Island and take home a keepsake.

4. The Maldives

Romantic beach dining in The Maldives
Romantic beach dining in The Maldives

While images of this one-of-a-kind tropical nation might not come up if you Google "romance," it is definitely what comes to mind when you dream of the picture-perfect honeymoon spot. This luxurious destination in the Indian Ocean has a unique landscape, with 26 circular micro islands woven together. No wonder it's been rated one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Most couples will splurge on the infamous overwater bungalows with an expansive balcony and transparent floors that allow the sea to illuminate your room.

In addition to some of the most impressive — and beautiful — beaches in the world, snorkeling duos will enjoy exploring reefs and sea life of every shape and size.

For couples who enjoy experiencing local culture as part of their adventure, consider spending a day in the capital of Male, where you can watch a local fish market at work and shop for artisan goods on the main street of Majeedhee Magu.

Looking to get hitched during winter? The Maldives are one of the best honeymoon destinations in January.

Accommodation: Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Maldives

5. Santorini, Greece


As one of the most popular honeymoon destinations on the planet, and one of the most beautiful Greek Islands, Santorini might require a long plane ride and a puddle jumper flight, but trust us, it is worth the journey. Blue-domed houses so white, they sparkle are a treat to behold, while the twinkling azure Aegean Sea beckons travelers in the distance.

This picturesque sea is the main reason many newlyweds choose Santorini. In addition to its ability to cool off even the most overheated of travelers, this watery haven offers captivatingly pink, orange, and golden sunsets best viewed from the town of Oia. It's still utterly romantic, but you won't be the only ones enjoying Mother Nature's fantastic nightly display — Oia gets packed at sunset, no matter the season.

Many of Santorini's boutiques, restaurants, and resorts are built into the jagged cliff sides, giving couples the chance to book a unique private escape for their trip. While walking through town, don't be surprised if you end up on someone's roof.

In addition to walking through narrow — and often steep — streets to catch a glimpse of the iconic white skyline, it's also recommended to rent a car for your trip. Though you can hire a taxi service, many duos prefer the independence of scaling the island on their own, giving them the ability to stop for a photo — or a romp — when the mood strikes.

If you're feeling more adventurous, rent a scooter. There's little more romantic than holding on to your partner as you wind your way along the scenic roadways.

6. Krabi, Thailand

Thai long-tail boat on the beach
Thai long-tail boat on the beach

Thanks to an unbelievable shade of blue water, the low cost of aromatic and flavorful food, and dreamy beaches, many jet-setters make a point to visit the romantic beach resorts of Thailand.

There are dozens gorgeous places to choose from in Krabi province. Head out to the best islands in Krabi and disconnect on a quiet trip or visit the bustling streets and beaches of Phuket.

Located in the southern area of the west coast of the country, you'll find mangroves, limestone formations, boulders, and many other works of wonder from Mother Nature herself.

You can book a long-tail boat to take you to Railay Beach or go on a snorkeling tour to see colorful creatures of the sea. For a bit of a splurge, you can stay at five-star resorts, most of which come complete with beach access and a private pool for lounging.

7. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Couples on a game drive in Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Couples on a game drive in Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Finally finding someone you could imagine sharing your life with feels like sourcing a diamond in the rough, a four-leaf clover—or well, seeing a leopard in a tree.

Going on a safari in South Africa is one of those bucket list items that everyone dreams of, and there's no better person to share the immense wonder of the African bush with than your partner.

Though you can drive yourself through the legendary Kruger National Park, a more romantic option is staying at a game lodge in the exemplary Sabi Sands Game Reserve, where many luxury resorts offer couple experiences you never imagined possible.

You can wake up with a view of giraffes and zebras at a watering hole and end your day with an evening drive spotting the Big 5. Before you head back to your bungalow, you can cuddle in awe of the cascade of stars and constellations that shine above you and marvel at the universe that brought you together.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Luxury Safari Lodges in South Africa

8. Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos | Photo Copyright: Becca Blond

Boasting some of the most beautiful hued water in the Caribbean and one of the world's most gorgeous beaches, Turks and Caicos is a dreamy, romantic destination for couples seeking a tropical getaway that's easily accessible from North America. It's also a perfect choice if you want to see a part of the Caribbean still void of mega all-inclusive resorts.

The vibe here is all about the natural beauty and tranquility. From calm, clear water to the clarity of the sand and colorful sunsets, this is an island getaway that encourages long romantic walks on the beach followed by leisurely dinners at excellent restaurants. There is also fabulous snorkeling, diving, and bone fishing in the glassy sea.

Providenciales is the main island that tourists visit. It is one of eight inhabited islands in the Turks and Caicos string of 40 islands. Here you'll find stunning Grace Bay Beach, which is consistently ranked one of the world's best. Running for 12-miles, it has great snorkeling just offshore in a thriving reef.

You'll also find many of the most romantic resorts here. Unlike the Dominican Republic, Jamaica or The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos doesn't cater to mass market resorts. Instead, you'll find truly luxe accommodation in smaller properties that have more intimate vibes, which is another perk if you just want to spend time with your partner.

9. The Seychelles

A romantic stroll on a beautiful beach in the Seychelles
A romantic stroll on a beautiful beach in the Seychelles

It's impossible to fall out of love while vacationing in the Seychelles. One of the most romantic destinations on the planet, this 115-island archipelago sits serenely in the Indian Ocean, about 1,800 kilometers off Africa's east coast.

The region's magnificent scenery caresses its visitors, intriguing them to snorkel in the crystal-clear water, trek through the jungle, and climb over dramatic volcanic boulders.

Silhouette Island, Seychelles
Silhouette Island, Seychelles | Photo Copyright: Shandley McMurray

Mahé is the largest Seychellois island, offering a slew of hotel, restaurant, and shopping choices at all price points, but it's the small, private isles that really bring on the romance.

In addition to pristine beaches and water so warm and clean, you could swim and snorkel in it all day, many of these lavish islands are home to their own upscale resorts.

The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, for instance, occupies a large chunk of the tranquil Silhouette Island, meaning guests have private access to everything from volcanic beaches to rainforest pathways, and jungle treks. The only other inhabitants on this isle live in a tiny, historic fishing village located near the main dock.

10. Maui, Hawaii, USA

Walking on Kaanapali Beach, Maui
Walking on Kaanapali Beach, Maui

If you're American, there's no passport required for this romantic hub, but you might feel as if you went to another country when you catch a glimpse of the truly remarkable beauty of Hawaii.

While there are dozens of islands to navigate — from Oahu to Kauai — if you want to wear those head-over-heels rose-colored glasses, set your sights on Maui. In addition to some dreamy luxury resorts, the varied landscape of this Hawaiian island sets it apart from its neighbors. The beaches are so glorious, you won't want to leave.

Couples can drive along the picturesque Hana Highway and explore the Haleakala National Park, including the volcano it's named after. And since most amorous vacations require a beach day, there are 30 miles of sand to set up shop on.

Make sure you save time to fall asleep under the dazzling stars and constellations that bring light to the midnight sky.

11. Masai Mara, Kenya

A cheetah in Masai Mara
A cheetah in Masai Mara | Photo Copyright: Becca Blond

If your idea of a romantic getaway involves watching cheetahs stalk prey across the savannah, snapping photos of baby lions playing (they look like puppies, FYI), or witnessing an elephant family drinking from a watering hole as the sun sinks low on the horizon and turns the sky into an explosion of colors, then you need to book a trip to Kenya's Masai Mara.

The country's premier safari destination is uber romantic. Home to all of Africa's most famous animals, it is also where the Great Migration takes place each year starting in July or August. There are numerous safari lodges for all budgets of travelers. But for a special trip, you'll want to stay at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp.

The place looks like you stepped back in time to the 1920s. Everything from the birdcage chandeliers and gramophones in the main tent where dinner is served to the al fresco bubble baths set up outside your luxurious canvas sleeping abodes upon request a replica of what safari camps looked like a century ago – minus the fact that you no longer hunt the animals, but instead photograph them. It is about as yesteryear romantic as you can get.

12. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Positano on the Amalfi Coast
Positano on the Amalfi Coast

Imagine this, if you will: canoodling with your number one and snapping a sunset selfie as you overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea from your cliffside villa in Italy. If that sounds just about perfect, the Amalfi Coast is an ideal spot for your next holiday-for-two.

While this area of the Campania region is only 50 kilometers long, it lures many tourists thanks to its captivating beauty, fresh seafood, and photo-worthy panoramic views.

You and your partner can navigate narrow roads and alleys; stop by fishing villages; tour clifftop villas; or spend the day on the gorgeous beach, soaking up the vitamin D, and the warmth of the Italians.

Capri | Photo Copyright: Shandley McMurray

Multiple stunning villages, or "pearls of the Amalfi," as they are sometimes called, are scattered along the rugged Amalfi Coast. Positano is arguably the most beautiful, while Amalfi is considered the main heart of this breathtaking region. From here, grab a ferry to Capri to up your romance factor even higher.

Other must-sees include Ravello, Atrani, Maiori, and Vietri sul Mare.

13. Big Sur, California

Wildflowers along the road in Big Sur
Wildflowers along the road in Big Sur

With wild ocean views from craggy cliffs, fine dining, small luxury resorts, and excellent hiking, California's Big Sur is one of the state's most romantic destinations. It's the perfect spot for a destination wedding, an elopement, honeymoon, or just a weekend getaway with the person you love.

Located about three hours south of San Francisco and five hours north of Los Angeles along one of California's most rugged and beautiful stretches of coastline, Big Sur is also a perfect romantic destination for couples seeking some digital detox time. Cell phone reception is spotty here and some of the hotels don't have TVs in the rooms.

But that is okay, because this is a destination you visit to commune with nature and your loved one. Take a walk through the woods or along the beach and just soak up the magic of this special place. When it comes to lodging, one of the most romantic options is the Post Ranch Inn.

The luxury property isn't cheap, but for a special occasion, worth the price. The service is impeccable as is the cliffside location. Take a dip in one of the two infinity pools as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. They are heated to Jacuzzi-like temperatures.

Read More: Top Attractions & Things to Do in Big Sur

14. Bali, Indonesia

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali

Bali offers a little bit of everything to please all types of romantic travelers. From elephant experiences in the jungle to traipsing through rainforests with a monkey on your back, there's no shortage of excitement for you and your loved one to enjoy.

A vibrant country, this Indonesian superstar is teeming with lush beauty — we're talking emerald green rice fields; deep, mossy jungles; and white sandy beaches. This place is the stuff that dreams are made of, and everywhere you turn offers up a vista so perfect, it belongs on a postcard.

Ubud is the place to be for those looking for an enchanted, jungle feel that embodies Bali's heart and culture. Kuta is a busier, more touristy section of the island, peppered with locals hawking their wares, surfers hanging 10, vibrant restaurants, and a shopping scene. For a quieter beach experience, head to the soft idyllic beaches of Nusa Dua or Jimbaran Bay, home to the island's best sunsets.

Don't miss Uluwatu Temple, which is situated on the southern tip of Bali. The cliff-top views are unsurpassable, and you'll be more than charmed by the simple yet spectacular temple.

The best time to visit Bali is during its dry season-April through October, so you may want to plan your trip well in advance.

Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit in Bali

15. Aspen, Colorado, USA

The Maroon Bells, Aspen in the winter
The Maroon Bells, Aspen in the winter

Most renowned for skiing, this Rocky Mountain destination is one of the top ski resorts in Colorado and brings together all the makings of a romantic vacation. From snow-covered mountaintops to the crackle of a fireplace, booking a long weekend of skiing and snuggling is an ideal way to recharge your relationship.

Most couples will choose to stay in a luxury resort and take an afternoon away from the slopes to tour through the area's downtown, complete with boutiques, restaurants, and an 1889 Opera House.

Whether you're an experienced skier or you're just in it for the outdoor hot tub experience, Aspen offers a winter-inspired getaway for couples who don't mind the cold.

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16. Florence, Italy

View over Florence
View over Florence

You'll need more than a weekend to get the most out of an amorous trip to Florence. One of the most romantic places in the world, this is the ideal destination for a loved-up holiday. In addition to hosting some of the best restaurants in the world, Florence boasts so many idyllic attractions that you'll want to book enough time to see them all.

We're talking about resplendent palaces, exquisite churches, and bridges so majestic, you'll wish you could stroll upon them all day. The iconic Ponte Vecchio is the most picturesque bridge in the city. It has helped lovers cross the Arno River for centuries. Be sure to make time for a stroll.

Piazza Duomo is one of the most unmissable sites in Florence. Climb the winding, narrow staircase to the top of the dome for the most glorious views of the city. Then, take a load off while sitting in the square to admire the architecture while sharing a gelato.

The Uffizi Gallery (Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi) will take hours to properly explore. One of the best museums in Florence, it is filled with paintings, sculptures, and other works of art so impressive, you can't help but feel inspired.

The most romantic spots in Florence are its beautiful Piazzas—city squares that feature ancient sculptures, fountains, and restaurants. They are designed to evoke amorous feelings and entice the city's romantic visitors to settle in for a while. Piazza della Signoria (outside the Uffizi Gallery) is where you'll find Michelangelo's famed statue of David. It lies in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.

Read More: Top Highlights of the Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens in Florence

17. Savannah, Georgia

Forsyth Park, Savannah
Forsyth Park, Savannah

Savannah is literally dripping with romance. The crown jewel of America's South, this idyllic Georgian city is peppered with ancient, moss-draped oaks; opulent, grand mansions; and waterfront streets paved with cobblestones. Oh yeah, it's also set on a glittering river. Told you, it's a lover's paradise!

History seeps through every crevice of this Old South gem, and its parks and gardens are so stunning, you'll want to stroll hand-in-hand through them all. Since you likely won't have time to explore every natural space, be sure to top your list with the greats: Forsyth Park, Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, and Bonaventure Cemetery.

Head to the riverfront district for a fun afternoon of shopping and eating, or board the Georgia Queen, a replica riverboat so adorable, you might be inspired to pop the question.

While you're here, why not book a stay in one of the area's most romantic hotels—we highly recommend the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District Hotel, which also boasts a spa known for its couples' massages.

Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Savannah, GA

18. Kyoto, Japan

Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan
Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan

If you want to make the most of Kyoto's amorous ambience, you'll have to visit during spring. The best time to visit Japan for cherry blossoms is between March 15 and April 15, with the full blooms usually bursting forth in early April.

There's little more romantic than taking a ride or walk through Philosopher's Path, dodging branches drooping with the weight of their magnificent pink blooms. Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also enhanced by the blooms.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is unmissable, especially if you planned to take romantic photos on your couples' vacation. Whether you hope to take engagement photos in a memorable setting, or selfies that will make friends at home drool with envy, this is one of the most beautiful places to photograph in Japan.

Don't miss a trip to Kinkaku-ji, a.k.a. The Golden Pavilion. A 14th-century villa turned Zen Buddhist temple, this gold-leaf-laden masterpiece stands above a pond and is so tranquil, you can't help but feel amorous.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Places to Stay in Kyoto

Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Kyoto

19. Québec City, Canada

View of Quebec City
View of Quebec City

Ahh, Québec City, how we love you. Canada's city de l'amour, this French-speaking ville is about as romantic as you can get outside of Europe. It's overlooked by the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, which stands stoically atop a steep cliff in Upper Town, surrounded by stone walls. You'll be forgiven for thinking you're in France.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this charming spot is one of Canada's best cities, and one of its most romantic, for good reason. Lower Town (a.k.a. Basse-Ville) is chock-full of dreamy narrow streets, eclectic shops, quaint restaurants, and a lane named Rue du Cul de Sac that's covered by blue and white umbrellas.

Québec City's setting on the banks of the St. Lawrence River only helps increase the quixotic feel. Palace Royale is the central tourist area, which perfectly blends the town's history and contemporary features. This is where you'll find outdoor patios on which to enjoy a meal al fresco while surrounded by enchanting buildings that date to the 17th and 18th centuries.

Read More: Top Attractions & Places to Visit in Québec City

20. Santiago, Chile

The Neptune Fountain at Cerro Santa Lucía in Santiago
The Neptune Fountain at Cerro Santa Lucía in Santiago

Part of the beauty of this South American destination is found in its location: a large metropolis, encompassed by the breathtaking view of the Andes Mountains and the nearby Chilean coast. .

Though you can probably tour most of Santiago itself in two days — from the Plaza de Armas to the Metropolitan Cathedral — the appeal for many romance-seeking duos is in renting a car and hitting the road. You can drive toward the sea, get lost in the countryside, or depending on the season, even go skiing.

For those who don't mind a bit of country hopping, Santiago is a popular place to start from and drive through the Andes mountains to Mendoza, Argentina, where you'll definitely need to stop a few times to admire the view.

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21. The Berkshires, New England, USA

Laurel Lake in The Berkshires
Laurel Lake in The Berkshires

Many couples look forward to their first weekend away, where they can test their skills of navigating life together — even if it is just agreeing on directions or a place to eat. For a long weekend adventure that's accessible to the East Coast, The Berkshires is an ideal romantic destination, and one of the best weekend getaways in Massachusetts.

While all seasons offer a variety of perks, most partners choose Autumn or early winter for their escape. During this time of year in the mountains of Western Massachusetts, leaves are hosting their annual color show, dazzling with hues of vibrant red, warm oranges, and unbelievable yellows.

You can rent a car and admire nature, stay at a bed-and-breakfast that provides homemade waffles (and ahem, maple syrup!) for breakfast, and end your nights canoodling by the fire.

If you happen to visit during summer, you can also enjoy freshly prepared farm (or sea)-to-table dishes or go for a swim or canoe on the many lakes that speckle the area.

Read More: Top Things to Do in the Berkshires

Map of the Most Romantic Places in the World