As romantic travel bloggers, we spend a lot of time researching places across the globe that are perfect for couples—and trying to travel to as many as possible! Because of this, we have come across dozens of romantic destinations, and have decided to compile some of the most beloved into this list: the most romantic places in the world.
While there are many more that could be added here, we’re focusing on classic romantic spots around the world; destinations which are regularly recognized as being utterly romantic and perfect for couples.
We have also included romantic places for couples that we can personally vouch for. These include places that we have visited and which we believe are truly romantic destinations. Some of the romantic places on the list may be expected, but we hope there are a few unexpected places, too. If you’re planning a romantic trip, a honeymoon, an anniversary getaway, or any type of couples adventure, you should definitely consider the following 10 destinations (plus many more which we have written about here on the site). And plan you should, because travel is great for your relationship!
10 Most Romantic Places in the World for Couples
The Scottish Highlands
Is Scotland romantic? Hell yes! I mean, honestly. There are castles. There’s mist. It looks like you stepped into an ancient fairytale kingdom. What’s not to love?
Nathan and I might be a bit biased, as we actually first met in Scotland (Edinburgh to be exact) and Scotland has always been deeply loved by us both. But truthfully, this is an incredibly romantic destination. PS: We’ve also recommended it as one of the best honeymoon spots for adventurous couples.
There is plenty of natural, scenic beauty to be discovered and the Scottish Highlands are the center of most of it. Here you’ll find incredible mountains and glistening lochs (lakes) with romantic inns tucked away. In the highlands, you can find privacy with your partner, whether at a romantic hotel (like this one) or some rustic camping.
Don’t miss spending a few days in Edinburgh, either. You can enjoy a bit of luxury in this romantic city, as well as delve into Scottish history and lore.
When planning a honeymoon or romantic trip, many couples like to opt for a tropical destination. And why not? Warm beaches, blue waters, and plenty of romantic ambiance are everywhere in these great island destinations.
Antigua is one of the top choices for a Caribbean honeymoon or romantic escape, as it is simply a classic paradise. With more than 300 beaches, it offers plenty of opportunity for relaxing on the sand with the one you love. But there is actually so much to do on this beautiful island. That makes it ideal for couples who want time to chill out and also want to explore their destination.
Italy is always highly-ranked as one of the most romantic places in the world. It’s home to Cinque Terre, Venice, and so many incredible spots. But one that may stand out the most is the region of Tuscany.
Tuscany is the stuff of dreams. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway where you can sip wine that came straight from the local vineyard, stroll through medieval towns, and soar above the valley in a hot air balloon, you will definitely fall in love with Tuscany.
Not only is the landscape in this part of Italy insanely gorgeous, but there are many luxurious accommodation options that will make your stay even better. Oh, and did we mention there are natural hot springs? Yup.
Water, water, water. The Central American country of Belize is all about that gorgeous water. If you love exploring in and under the water (aka diving and snorkeling), Belize may especially be a great choice for you.
Belize is somewhat of an under-the-radar destination, but it shouldn’t be. It’s definitely one of the most romantic countries and, if you’re coming from the US, it’s a very easy flight.
What makes Belize so great? In addition to its spectacular water opportunities, there’s a whole lot going on on land. You can explore Mayan ruins, spot wildlife, and participate in all kinds of adventures.
This could be the perfect destination for those couples who want to have a romantic adventure side-by-side and feel like they’re discovering a new place all to themselves.
Kyoto regularly tops lists of most romantic getaways in the world, and for good reason.
Kyoto offers couples lots of tranquility and solitude. With its hundreds of shrines, temples, and gardens, there are countless places to go for an intimate stroll. In particular, you will want to visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, known for its associations with good fortune in love and romance.
A very historic town, Kyoto has plenty of beauty as well. Spring’s cherry blossom season attracts many visitors, and there’s no doubt that these delicate flowers inspire romance.
While there are lots of ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) around Kyoto, it’s also worth making the journey to Kinosaki Onsen, known for its hot springs.
Spending more time in Japan? Be sure to check out our article on romantic things to do in Tokyo, too.
While there are many romantic destinations in the USA, we think one of the standouts is the state of Vermont. Very different from other destinations on this list, Vermont is a romantic spot that bursts with charm and coziness.
Do you like being snowed in, tucked away inside a warm cabin with your significant other? Snowy Vermont can oblige. In the fall, the foliage here is unparalleled anywhere else on earth. You will find yourself surrounded by glorious nature at its peak.
Summer and spring are also wonderful, too, and Vermont is home to a huge number of romantic hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other options for couples looking for romance and relaxation. We highly recommend it for those seeking a romantic destination in any season.
A picture-perfect paradise, the Seychelles islands are frequently lauded as some of the most beautiful islands on earth, and one of their beaches, Anse Source d’Argen, is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top beaches. With accolades like that, it’s pretty easy to understand how Seychelles could be one of the most romantic vacation destinations.
The main attraction, of course, are the beaches, but there are many romantic things to do in Seychelles for all kinds of adventurers. Don’t miss seeing the giant tortoises during your time in Seychelles.
Looking for even more inspiration? Seychelles is just one of many romantic destinations in Africa. Cape Town is also frequently recommended for travelers.
San Miguel de Allende
There are few romantic places to go on this list that are city-oriented, but this is one of them. San Miguel de Allende is located in the Mexican state of Guanajuato and its arts and culture, cobblestone streets, and colonial architecture just might cause to fall in love with it. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city has been voted as the best city in the world several times by Travel & Leisure readers. Don’t miss the romantic ideas for nearby Mexico City.
Have you heard about the sunsets in Santorini?
We simply could not have a list of the most romantic places on earth that did not include Santorini. Here you will find dramatic vistas, delicious food and wine, and lots to do. Sailing is a popular activity.
However, it should be noted that with its increasing popularity (and the resulting crowds), there are many reasons to consider visiting some alternative—and equally lovely—romantic destinations in Greece.
When people think of French Polynesia, they often focus on Bora Bora and Tahiti, but there are other options that are equally as magnificent—and may even be far more affordable! One such place is the island of Moorea, a real contender for the most romantic place in the world.
What will capture your attention right away is the water. Are those colors even real?!? Yes, yes they are.
If you can tear yourself away from your overwater bungalow and the allure of the ocean (although why would/should you?) you will find that there are lots of adventurous things to do in Moorea too, including hiking and ziplining.
Amy Hartle is the co-founder and owner of Two Drifters, where she blogs about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. With a Master’s in English and a BA in Musical Theatre, Amy loves to write quality content as well as to entertain, and she hopes to do a bit of both here on the blog! Amy is happily married to her husband Nathan, and when not working on their sites, Amy & Nathan can be found cuddling, reading, and enjoying delicious lattes.