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10 Romantic Destinations That Aren’t Hawaii Or Paris

Everyone has a picture-perfect romantic getaway on their bucket list. While there are certain places deemed ideal for a vacation for 2, there are so many romantic destinations around the world waiting to be discovered.

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Whatever “romance” means to you, there’s a destination waiting for you to explore, whether you’re a free-spirited couple looking for fun activities or you’re looking to lounge around and relax. Some places that are off the beaten path are often the most beautiful and underrated. Don’t knock these ’til you try them! Here are 10 destinations to consider the next time you book a couple's trip.

10 Italy

What’s more romantic than Italian food? While gelato and fresh pasta always makes for a good time, Italy has so much to offer for couples from resorts, spas, amazing beaches, cooking lessons and more. Whether you go to Florence, Venice, Amalfi Coast or Tuscany, there’s an abundance of things to do together. There are lots of historical attractions to keep you busy while you’re there including some UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Italy will truly make you feel like you’re in your own rom-com movie. Don’t worry if you’re going to Italy solo, I hear Italians like tourists!

9 Greece

Greece is the epitome of a European vacation. It’s beautiful whitewashed villages and sandy beaches, it’s impossible to not fall in love with Greece. Mykonos or Santorini, the classic romantic destinations for their stunning and luxurious resorts can be a little pricy. If you’re looking into booking Greece for 2, try the island Milos. A structure of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty was found many years ago on this island. What’s more romantic than that? It’s more private than a lot of the other tourist-crowded islands and will give you and your loved one some much-appreciated privacy.

8 Bali

Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world for a reason. While Bali is the most expensive tourist spot in Indonesia, it’s still cheap, meaning you can find affordable but high-end accommodations. Despite having their own rich culture, Bali offers a wide variety of food from French to Italia and everything in between.

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Tropical excursions are definitely an added element of adventure and is a great way to meet other couples while you’re there. With beautiful cliff-side or waterfront views to watch the incredible sunsets, Bali makes for the ultimate Romantic getaway.

7 California

California might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of the word “romance”. Napa county has hundred of hillside vineyards in the Napa Valley wine region. Wine tasting tours are a great way to bond, but it’s not the only thing to do there. Art museums and city parks make Napa county a diverse and interesting way to spend a few days alone. An impressive food scene including gourmet restaurants and local Californian cuisine is just another reason why Napa county is the perfect romantic weekend away.

6 Spain

There’s no denying that Spain has charm. It has the most amazing cathedrals and art museums to add to your sight-seeing list that will suck you right into the culture of this stunning country. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture all the amazing architecture and historical landmarks. Spain is loitered with beautiful and unique towns that are rich with culture from its community. There’s so much to discover in Spain with many popular destinations like Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Music, dancing, food and lively cities make Spain the perfect place for a summer romance.

5 Disney World

Disney is not just for kids. Disney is an unconventional but fun way to spend a romantic vacation. The atmosphere at Disney World is electric and is filled with excitement. It’s a great way to bring out your inner child and let go of the stress of every day. The most romantic part of it all is the fireworks at night above Cinderella’s castle. It’s been a backdrop for many proposals and first dates. It’s almost impossible to not fall in love watching this magical light show under the night stars.

4 Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa may not sound romantic at first, but there’s actually tons to do for couples. Besides the obvious resorts and beachfront hotels, there are lots of activities to participate in. There’s a good balance of relaxing beaches, the hustle and bustle of a city and quirky activities to keep you entertained.

Cape Town Comedy Club will have you and your date laughing all night. For music-loving couples, there’s a world-famous live Jazz festival hosted every year in Cape Town. There’s also The Galileo Open Air Cinema which offers outdoor movies in different locations around Cape Town.

3 Mauritius

Mauritius is a small independent island southeast of the African continent. This island has a population of around 1.2 million people and is economically stable with a parliamentary government. It’s known for it’s beautiful and remote location, bringing their tourists the ultimate form of peace.

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Snorkeling, surfing and beachfront massage are just some of the things you can do on this island vacation. It is about 2,000 km out into the Indian Ocean. Mauritius is a great place to disconnect and offers tons of privacy for you and your partner.

2 Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. The entertainment capital of the world. Famous nightclubs, 24-hour casinos, and the most amazing hotels are only some of the things you’ll come across in Las Vegas. Not to mention their extremely diverse food scene including Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen and Cut by Wolfgang Puck. There are so many things to do in Vegas that you won’t be able to fit everything into one trip. For the couples looking for adventures and a few drinks, Las Vegas is just the right amount of wild for you.

1 Australia

Australia is famous for its surreal terrain. There are so many natural phenomena in Australia to cover like Hillier Lake which is naturally bubblegum pink in color. With everything from misty mountains to picture-perfect beaches, you’ll have access to the best sunsets and a clear view of the stars. Australia is also home to the Great Barrier Reef which is the biggest living thing on earth, even visible from space.

For a more traditional way to experience Australia, there’s nothing wrong with snorkeling and surfing. Check out the popular Bondi beach for a populated and upbeat location to surf and relax.

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