Why not switch things up this holiday season and book a trip to the beach? We decided to make things easier for you by rounding up the most romantic locations by sea. Whether it be a solo trip or one with family and friends, these dreamy, Instagram-worthy beaches are definitely worth checking out.
1. Isla Mujeres, Mexico
A trip to Isla Mujeres will please any art lover. Home to Musa, an underwater statuary museum built to protect the local reef and increase habitats for the native marine life, the unique experiences this place has to offer will surely leave a mark. Aside from the art, you will be surrounded with beautiful sand, crystal blue waters and fresh seafood to feast on.
2. Capri, Italy
This island, just off of Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast, offers an intimate experience. An afternoon spent in the area may consist of admiring the pastel, Easter egg colored houses, having a chilled bottle of their famous limoncello, and possibly falling in love with a local! Don’t forget to head to the aptly named Blue Grotto, where you can watch the sunlight turn the waters into a bold, electric blue.
3. Palawan, Philippines
How can one ignore the beauty that is Palawan? Often said to be one of the beautiful islands in the world to visit, Palawan offers a number of activities–from relaxing on one of the white sand beaches to having an underground river adventure. Another thing that is great about the island is that it is not as commercialized as other beaches, easily giving you the tranquility you deserve.
4. Kauai, Hawaii
If Kauai looks like it’s straight out of a movie, there’s a reason for that–the island served as the backdrop for dozens upon dozens of movies and TV shows (everything from Gilligan’s Island to Jurassic Park) making it the perfect setting for your own private love story. Adventure lovers will find plenty to do here, may it be exploring the island’s towering sea cliffs, sweeping canyons, or hiking (the Kalalau Trail is a must-do for avid backpackers). But if your idea of romance involves more on lounging at cinnamon beaches and snapping the perfect kiss photos in front of the 83 foot Wailua Falls waterfall, you’ll be equally thrilled.
The African archipelago that is Seychelles always leaves visitors in awe—even British explorers in the 1800s have said that Praslin, one of its larger islands, might have been the site of the Garden of Eden. This isn’t hard to believe with its blue waters, lush greenery and interesting rock formations. Did you know that even Prince William and Kate Middleton had their honeymoon here?