It doesn't have to be your honeymoon to plan the ultimate beach vacation, but finding a sandy shore that's both stunning and not packed to the brim with tourists can be tricky. (It's a little hard to get your groove on when you're surrounded by screaming kids, okay?) These places are just the getaway you need. While they all have their busy seasons, they tend to be more couples-friendly, and are the kind of once-in-a-lifetime locales worth putting on your bucket list.
This gem of an island in Europe has everything you could ever dream of in a beach destination. It's in the Mediterranean ocean nestled between Sicily and Northern Africa. The island country consists of three islands, the biggest of which is Malta, followed by Gozo and then Comino.
Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour
Can anything beat an island shaped like a heart? Didn't think so. After a long day in the sun, escape to the , which lets you choose between coconut-palm-thatched bungalows or split-level treehouse rooms.
Matangi Private Island Resort
Pink sand beaches are just. so. cute. And photogenic, of course. Just off the northern coast of Sardinia, Budelli is an Italian island is beach bliss epitomized.
Algarve has a few beachside towns worth visiting—the biggest being Tavira, Faro, and Lagos—with tons of amazing beaches and resorts sprinkled in between. Praia de Benagil has a green-and-pink cave, clean water, and fine golden sand. Cacela Velha is known for its turquoise lagoons, pink sand bars, and spacious shores to relax on under an umbrella or in the sun.
This tropical destination in the Indian Ocean is made up of hundreds of islands and is known for its blue water and colorful reefs. But what couples tend to love the most are the over-the-water bungalows.
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Off the coast of Queensland is the world's. It's got a peaceful vibe, but there are also plenty of activities for adventurous couples. Whale watching? Check. Rainforest hikes? Double check.
Oceans Resort & Spa
We're not sure what to fawn over first—that crystal clear water of those prehistoric-looking rocks. Situated between Madagascar and Kenya, the Seychelles are a string of islands best described as real-life paradise.
Le Domaine de La Reserve
There are so many swoon-worthy beach destinations in the Caribbean, each one distinct and unique. Bermuda is a picture-perfect vacation town, complete with pink sand beaches and vivid water. Stay at , or . You'll probably want to be on the beach during your entire stay, but if you can muster up the motivation, go explore the fantasy cave and swim with the pigs in Hog's Bay, and dive through the shipwrecks under water.
Hello, seaside situation of our dreams. Cinque Terre is where you should go when you want to do nothing but eat out-of-this-world spaghetti, lounge in the sun, swim in the ocean, and wander around charming pedestrian-only streets.
When you want the hustle and bustle of a major urban center but also enjoy a little beach time with a side of tropics, head to Rio de Janeiro. When you're not enjoying the sun, go for a stroll through the city center and pop into art galleries, bohemian cafes, antique stores, and more.
Hotel Santa Teresa Rio MGallery
When it comes to unique rock formations and sand, you can't beat Milos, Greece.
Ready for a night in nature? It has become popular to skip the fancy hotel and pick out a yurt or treehouse near this cliffside Pacific Ocean beach instead for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But if you do want an over-the-top luxury experience, the Post Ranch Inn is the spot to have it.
Post Ranch Inn
Ah, Miami, the crown jewel of the United States (standing by that, thank you very much). South Beach has the hustle and bustle of New York, including great shopping, walkability, and fantastic dining and nightlife, while Wynwood feels like the edgier, more sprawling Los Angeles and everywhere you go feels like an international tropical dream. Colorful Art Deco architecture, authentic Cuban cuisine, and bustling art scene, there's no shortage of excitement and beauty in this Sunshine State locale.
If Dubrovnik, Croatia wasn't already on your bucket list, it will be now. It's the perfect place to visit if you love the land and the sea and the city and the beach in equal measure. There's so much to do here, whether it's learning about the city's rich history, hanging out at the beach, enjoying on a cocktail in one of the cliffside bars while looking out at the sea.
It seems like everyone's talking about Thailand these days — and for good reason. There's crystal-clear water and enormous rock formations, inexpensive meals that will impress even the biggest foodies, and tons of history and culture to discover.
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort
Raise your hand if this photo just stopped you in your tracks. Same. Located in forty minutes away from Paracas and three hours away from Lima, Playa Roja gets its vivid red hue from the erosion of a pink granodiorite rock, which contains solidified magma. It's one of the few places in the world where a desert and ocean collide.
Sure, there are the coconut groves and nesting sea turtles, but the black sand, Punaluu, is what makes this beach on Hawaii's Big Island so, so unforgettable. And whatever you do, don't miss the sunrises and sunsets.
Royal Kona Resort
This island is famous for its Blue Grotto and rocky shoreline. Pro tip: If you and your SO prefer to eat your way through vacation, the restaurant lets you eat, swim, and sunbathe right out front.
Tulum is one of the best beach destinations in the world for outdoor adventures, world class dining, design inspiration, and, of course, sipping margaritas by the ocean. Make sure you go cave jumping in the cenotes while you're here.
White-washed villas, black sand beaches, and views of the blue Aegean Sea are a few of the reasons why this Greek island is just begging for couples to check it out.
There's nothing quite like an island escape in the dead of winter, and Harbour Island is the perfect place. Off the island of Nassau, it's adorably tiny (just 1.5 miles wide and 3.5 miles long) and covered in pastel bungalows, pink sands, and colorful golf carts. It's paradise.
The Dunmore Hotel
If you live close to the west coast, a trip to Hawaii is the closet tropical destination. For a bit of a city and island fusion vibe, go to Honolulu and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Then venture out to Oahu's remote beaches and hike the Diamond Head Crater.
The Royal Hawaiian
Sydney is beautiful every time of year, but the beach vibes will be an especially nice treat when it's below 40 degrees at home. Make sure you get a taste of the design scene while you're here by shopping around Bondi, and definitely don't forget to go the Bondi Baths for breathtaking sights.
If romance to you means quiet time and not a person in sight, you should venture to this South Carolina destination. It's a short ride from Charleston (about 20 minutes) and offers almost complete solitude — with the exception of the occasional starfish.
People come to this destination for its famous turquoise water, coral reefs, and over-the-water bungalows — and we totally see why. You can also go scuba diving or climb the dormant volcano during the day. Can you even?!
Four Seasons Bora Bora
This island is considered one of the quieter destinations within theand is perfect for honeymooners. But the real treat comes after the sun goes down and the live music scene revs up.
Mediterranean-style oceanfront villas line the coast of this beach town, offering views unlike any other. During the day, you can take on the area's famous hiking trails, which are guaranteed to leave you breathless — figuratively more so than literally.
Belmond El Encanto
When you tire of the aqua blue water and laying out in the sun on this Caribbean beach (unlikely, but still), there are plenty of excursions waiting for you and bae — like hikes to some of the dreamiest waterfalls.
Jade Mountain Resort
There's a reason this beach was the backdrop for Eat, Pray, Love — it's breathtakingly gorgeous. For a truly unique experience, stay at the , a resort made of antique cottages on a rice plantation.
Off of the southwestern coast of Florida is a shell-lined beach that's much more quiet and serene than the rest of the state's destinations. Free bike loans make getting around easy!
South Seas Island Resort