7 Romantic Island Getaways for Valentine’s Day
Whether you’re a scuba diving addict or would rather hang back on the sand, warm-weather beaches are known as honeymoon destinations for a reason. Tropical locations are relaxing yet exciting; they offer plenty of room for active watersports while leaving the option open to fall asleep in the sun while listening to the waves. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are a few of our favorite romantic travel destinations — perfect for adventurers and sleepy daydreamers alike.
Even if scuba diving isn’t your thing, there’s so much to see of the seascape here without descending beneath the surface. The chain of islands in the Indian Ocean offers crystal-clear waters, vibrant corals and a myriad of sea life you can’t beat.
Lizard Island is one of the farthest northern islands of the Great Barrier Reef, making it a secluded yet stunning location for seeing bright, unique wildlife. Topside, it’s chock full of green, mountainous terrain and panoramic landscapes that are perfect for the nature explorer.
365 cays span more than 100 miles in the Caribbean, leaving plenty of room for hopping islands depending on how you want to spend your vacation. Swim in sapphire waters with native pigs, lounge on white sands or test your limits by surfing, sailing or kiteboarding in the waves.
While Cozumel is iconically known for its warm coast and unbelievable scuba diving, the island plays host to plenty of activities that don’t require a scuba tank. Go ziplining, attend a festival, or visit a freshwater lagoon for a less-swarmed body of water.
One of the main reasons Saint Lucia consistently remains on top of “must-travel” lists is its incredible versatility. Go rock climbing in the Pitons, visit a local music festival or, of course, relax on one of the island’s white sandy beaches.
For years, Thailand has remained The Place to go for budget-friendly travel that feels like an island escape. While this makes the destination slightly more crowded than others, it doesn’t change the fact that there are countless white beaches, lingering palm trees and crystal-clear waters to visit. At night, fine dining and trendy clubs open their doors to locals and tourists alike.
If stepping out your door to a personal deck and turquoise waters is your idea of paradise, Mabul Island is an essential stop on your couple’s getaway. It’s recognized mainly for its muck-diving, but it’s also worth noting that the island rests on the edge of a continental shelf, leaving it swimming with a slew of bright, vivid wildlife.
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