The Best Romantic Island Getaways for Couples Living In The US


Romance, that feeling of excitement, mystery, and giddiness that can only be felt between you and your loved one. With the right person you might be lucky enough to feel it more often than not, but every now and then you just need to escape to re-ignite that excitement.

For some it may be blissful seclusion, for others it may be the excitement of exploring cascading waterfalls and discovering exotic wildlife. Whether you are looking for a romantic island getaway close by, or a more tropical rendezvous filled with turquoise waters and golden beaches, you will find it in the list below.

Get inspired by the 40 best island getaways in and around the US, where you can leave all your worries behind and truly escape from the hustle and bustle of daily live.

Find out which one of the below is your couples utopia:




40. St Martin / Sint Maarten

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Best time to visit: May to June, or November to mid-December

Saint Martin offers countless breathtaking beaches, crystal-like waters and a stream of outdoor activities. Split across two cultures, the population of St Martin serves up options for couples from all walks of life.

Feel the excitement and join in the festivities across the Dutch-half of Sint Maarten. Found on the Southern side of the island, you can shop until you drop (duty-free), sunbathe on the pristine beaches, or dance under the stars until the sun comes up.

The French side of St Martin, on the northern end of the island, will have you quietly tucked away on laid-back beaches, each capable of tapping into your appreciation for the finer things in life. The finest of which are a fusion of French and Caribbean spiced cuisine, views of exquisite sunsets while sat amidst charming mountainside scenery or sipping cocktails on topless beaches. Saint Martin offers all the makings of the perfect romantic getaway.


39. Tortola

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  • Distance from New York: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Best time to visit: September to November

You and your loved one will find this the friendliest and largest of the British Isles. Tortola has a wide variety of water sports, a selection of luxury resorts, private villas and a scenic campground; all makings of a luxurious getaway that you both will remember for years to come.

World famous for its dozens of white sandy beaches, lush mountain terrain and yachts docked in harbors and coves, couples from all over the world head to Tortola for the vacation of a lifetime. Take surfing lessons, picnic at the Sage Mountain National Park while overlooking neighboring cays, or go sailing amid the festive surrounding isles. Whatever you seek, you will find exactly what you need on this romantic getaway for two.

38. Block Island, Rhode Island

Island getaway close to New York.

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  • Distance from New York: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Best time to visit: Late May or early September

If taking relaxing walks with your dearest love sounds like paradise, then this New England getaway is perfect for you. The myriad of walking trails on the protected island means you can walk the green trails from virtually any point, promising magnificent views for miles on end. Though quaint, Block Island is home to 17 miles of untouched beaches, two lighthouses and plenty of things to do. While the island is perfect for a summertime day-trip, the welcoming restaurants and hotels make it a cozy island for a longer romantic getaway. If scenic walks aren't enough then try your hand at bike riding, hiking, horseback riding, bird-watching, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, kayaking and sailing. The world is your oyster at this beautiful destination just 13 miles off Rhode Island’s coast.


37. St. Vincent & the Grenadines

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Best time to visit: May, June, November

Mile upon mile of fine ivory beaches and sky-like waters on the backdrop of lush mountainous surroundings make St. Vincent & the Grenadines one of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean. Vincy, a name coined by the locals, boasts luxurious boutique hotels, yacht-filled harbours, black coral reefs and enough rum-filled punch to keep the pair of you happy for days. This less-travelled 32 island-nation is the perfect sanctuary for sun-worshipers, adventurers and foodies alike. Should you and your partner feel the need for a change of scenery, highlights you can enjoy include climbing a 4000-km volcano, swimming among glittering waterfalls, or catamaran trips to the nearby secluded islands.


36. Tybee Island, Georgia

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  • Distance from New York: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Best time to visit: May, June

Sometimes a quick getaway is all you need to just stop for a moment and appreciate the love you have for one another. Tybee’s is quiet, and its small island charm makes it the perfect destination for those last-minute impromptu getaways.

Easily accessible from anywhere in the US, this small beach town is the quintessential romantic hideaway. Though Tybee has endured a few changes in recent years, the fun family-friendly atmosphere still prevails. Old-meets-new on the little island of Tybee, but it never escapes excitement - the island’s annual calendar is full of entertainment. From foodie events, to fitness or Bottlenose dolphin tours, to bicycle rides along the beach, there is something for every couple all year round.


35. Saint Barthélemy (St. Barths/St. Barts)

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  • Distance from New York: 5 hours 58 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Best time to visit: November to June

You’ve seen it on postcards, and you’ve read about the dream-like pearly beaches burrowed amongst tropical landscapes, rugged cliffs and flowery gardens. St Barts, as it is commonly known, is unquestionably the jewel of the Caribbean, perfect to let your passions run wild. 22 uncrowded white-sand beaches are host to gorgeous panoramic views, unspoiled waters, yacht lovers and some of the biggest names in Hollywood, specifically The Kardashians and George Clooney.

Living up to its reputation as the Caribbean’s most elite, the island is dotted with small-scale luxury resorts, designer-label boutiques and the finest of beach bars, which cater to the most discerning clientele. All beaches are public, along with various outdoor activities from surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, to sailing, diving and snorkeling. Almost any water sport is available here, for the two of you to enjoy.


34. Trinidad and Tobago

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 55 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Best time to visit: January to May

Like the perfect love story, together Trinidad and Tobago embrace one another. As a pair, the dual-island Caribbean nation offers its own version of unmatched beauty. Trinidad does the heavy lifting as the larger commercial hub, while Tobago is the more exotic island of natural wonders. While Tobago’s shores are fringed with white-sand beaches lining almost every side of the island, Trinidad’s appealing qualities are its peaceful mangrove swamps, rainforests and seasonal birdwatching. If you’re up for a real razzle, plan your romantic rendezvous later in February, and experience the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, one of the biggest Carnival events in the Caribbean. There’s really nothing you cannot experience on this off-the-beaten-track escape.


33. Marco Island, Florida

Island getaway less than one hour away from Miami.

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  • Distance from New York: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 50 minutes
  • Best time to visit: January to May

An unexpected oasis just off the shores of Florida sits Marco Island. The largest and only developed island of the Ten Thousand Islands, Marco island panders to couples in need of a tropical getaway, that’s also right on their doorstep. Almost infinite stretches of panoramic beaches, luxury resorts, and untouched wildlife parks, makes it an enticing vacation destination for couples who want to unwind together. Boating and fishing among the mangroves islands, more watersports than you can fit in a 24 hour day, and relaxing spa days are just a few of the activities couples can delight in on their romantic getaway.


32. British Virgin Islands

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  • Distance from New York: 3 hours 46 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 2 hours 44 minutes
  • Best time to visit: September to November

You never know who you two will bump into while casually strolling the exclusive yacht-fringed beaches of the British Virgin Islands. If you love the idea of being star-struck, Guana Island has welcomed honeymooners such as Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig, while the nearby island of Necker is home to Sir Richard Branson. Known locally as “nature’s secret”, the islands’ blue waters and sheer opulence offer something for even the most elite of couples. Here you will find a plethora of water sports, remote locations for those intimate and seductive moments, deliciously prepared cuisine and the promise of adventure. Don’t miss out on The Baths - a collection of sky-high boulders, near the island’s southwest corner, that flood with seawater, making them an exhilarating and unique location for swimming and snorkeling.


31. Freeport, The Bahamas

Tropical island getaway less than one hour away from Miami.

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 50 minutes
  • Best time to visit: mid-December to mid-April

Don’t be fooled by the name. Freeport is more than just a free-trade zone. Dating back as far as 1955,
Financier Wallace Groves was instrumental in helping to bring what was a pine forest, in a swampy Southern part of Grand Bahama island, into a blossoming paradise for its visitors.

While in Freeport you and your love can explore the beautiful Lucayan National Park, which boasts six distinct ecosystems, and get lost among the natural beauty of the Bahamas. If scuba diving is your passion, you can also enjoy nature at its best and visit the area’s famous underwater cave system. It is the largest in the world, stretching out 6 miles long, and promises an experience you can’t find anywhere else. Prefer an intimate and romantic stroll? Walk along any one of the two boardwalks that take you through the local mangroves, at the journey’s end you will meet Gold Rock Beach, a sight of pearly white perfection. There you can take in the sea breeze, and curl up in the sand to watch the waves dance.

Beneath the shimmering waters, the island’s coral reefs teem with wildlife. Common, larger creature sightings include turtles, nurse sharks, dolphins and so much more. Due to its close proximity to the US, Grand Bahama island has become a prime holiday destination.


30. Martinique

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 25 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 3 hours 35 minutes
  • Best time to visit: December to May

French Urban flair gives Martinique a vibrant personality that you will only find on this small island in the middle of the Caribbean Lesser Antilles. As you would expect, here you will find striking landscapes, stunning beaches, and exquisite hiking trails that prove this island is a magnificent natural wonder. Escape the civilized world and meander through the rain forested, mountainous north of the island, while exploring parts of still-smoldering Mont Pelée volcano.

Indulge in unique culinary experiences, though heavily influenced by the French, provide something unlike anything you will find in France. You will find Caribbean specialties across the island that deviate from the traditional European cooking style, like fresh fish prepared in a mix of both Caribbean and French spices, often accompanied with delicious sugary rum. Unparalleled beauty is waiting for you both at this little piece of French-heaven, in the heart of the Caribbean.


29. Guadeloupe

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 3 hours 25 minutes
  • Best time to visit: December to May

With a twist of French culture, the warm Caribbean vibes give the island of Guadeloupe something different that you won’t find in any other direction. Visit any of the cafes or walk out onto any of the island’s white sandy beaches and you will feel the lifestyle massage its way into you both. Practice your Parlez-vouz, indulge in French-Creole cuisine, and get a tan, while simultaneously sipping on rum laced with fruit-juice.

Like the perfect butterfly, the wings of the west and east sides are joined together by bridges and a primordial mangrove swamp. Basse-Terre, the mountainous west, is host to the superb Parc National de la Guadeloupe, which is crowned by the astounding La Soufrière volcano. Grande-Terre, on the east, is home to stretches of secluded beaches buzzing with activities that will provide hours of fun on your getaway.


28. St.Kitts & Nevis

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 2 hours 55 minutes
  • Best time to visit: May to June

Both splashed with history, beaches, mountains and outdoor activities St. Kitts & Nevis are the perfect destination combination. This dual-island serves up a diverse vacation experience with luxury at its epicenter. The wilder-at-heart St. Kitts offers beaches, resorts and a bustling party strip.

New roads and developments are quickly generating more excitement too. Comprised of just a handful of pristine beaches, Nevis, the more refined of the two, promotes hikes up the flourishing Nevis Peak, and guided tours of historic sites. The stories of yesteryear are of massive significance to this island’s history.


27. Catalina Island, California

Island getaway less than one hour away from Los Angeles.

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  • Distance from New York: 7 hours
  • Distance from Los Angeles: 36 minutes
  • Best time to visit: January to June

One of Southern California’s best-kept-secrets and a welcoming respite from a bustling Los Angeles, Catalina Island is a great opportunity for couples living on the West-Coast. Accessed via the Catalina Express, this destination is just a 22-mile trip to the quaint waterfront city of Avalon. See the island by sea on a rented boat or kayak. Follow the trails of Native Americans and pirates on horseback or explore the island at your leisure by renting a bicycle or gas-powered golf cart. While quaint, this charming resort island has much to offer you as a quick and close getaway.


26. Roatan, Honduras

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  • Distance from New York: 6 hours 54 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Best time to visit: December to May

If you love nature and being surrounded by it both above and below the ocean, Honduras is the place for you. Cascading falls and lush greenery host exotic birdlife, friendly monkeys, and iguanas all across Roatan’s sprawling parks. If that isn’t enough to get you packing for two, Roatan is also famous for being a diver’s paradise. Having over 170 dive sites, the east side of Honduras is heaven for couples who love to explore the underwater world together. Above the waters the wildlife splendor continues. Explore the West End and its comforts, a lively traveler’s scene where visitors can enjoy spectacular white-sand beaches, all-inclusive resorts, amazing Spanish cuisine and a few nights out on the town with locals and visitors alike.


25. Dominica

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  • Distance from New York: 7 hours 2 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Best time to visit: February to April

Locally known as nature island, Dominica defies all the common island attributes of blindingly white beaches, crystal blue waters and rum-fueled parties. In fact, the island is hell-bent on preserving itself as one of the most pristine islands of the Western hemisphere. While there is little commercial development and no hotel chains, the island boasts many natural wonders that are friendly for eco-tourists and nature-lovers. Boiling Lake, Champagne Reef, sulfurous hot springs, superb diving and the Caribbean's first long-distance hiking trail are just a few of the island’s top attractions.


24. Anguilla

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  • Distance from New York: 7 hours 45 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 5 hours 25 minutes
  • Best time to visit: May to August

Unwind, relax, get pampered… repeat! If you are seeking seclusion, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that there really isn’t much else to do but enjoy the luxuries offered on island of Anguilla. Unlike many of the surrounding islands, the local government banned cruise ships from their ports, and the building of casinos and high-rise hotel buildings across the island. Anguilla’s environment is calm and uncorrupted, which you will experience when you both spend your days sidling under shady coconut palms and sea-grape trees.

The two of you can also have a fun time bar-hopping, sampling local barbeques and perfectly mixed cocktails, all while swaying to the sounds of reggae. When the long days end, you will be met with some amazing alfresco dining options and a festive live music scene. For you lovers of live music, you will be pleased to know that the likes of Quincy Jones (Jazz artist) to Bankie Banx (Reggae artist) and Jimmy Buffett (famous for the song Margaritaville) have been known to perform on these shores, so keep an ear out, and you may get lucky to hear famous tunes.


23. Bonaire

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 40 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 3 hours
  • Best time to visit: May to October

If the words ‘adventure trip’ don’t pique your interest, then this may not be the trip for you.
Sea life trumps land on Bonaire island, and its main coral reef, now a national park, is within walking distance of the shore, making dozens of stunning dive sites easily accessible.

If it’s not sea dwellers you’re after then kite-surfing on Lac Bay, kayaking among the mangroves, or a bike trails off the beaten path are equally thrilling. Complete with mid-range resorts and restaurants, Bonaire makes for the perfect romantic outdoor getaway.


22. Haiti

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  • Distance from New York: 3 hours 34 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Best time to visit: November to March

Once one of the busiest tourist attractions in the Caribbean, Haiti’s tranquil beaches and coves, and crystal-like waters are enough to spark excitement in any couple. The island’s breathtaking waterfalls and flourishing landscapes easily rival the natural beauty found anywhere else in the Caribbean.

Haiti is richer than you think, in so many other ways, and the cuisine is a testament to this. Unlike the rest of the Caribbean, Haitian food will be unlike anything you've ever tasted. Combining French, Spanish, and African flavors, foodie couples will be chomping at the bit to get their hands on another mouthful.

With a rich history, culture, and the world's largest population of endangered species, any couple looking for a romantic getaway would do well to consider Haiti as one of their top pics.


21. St. Thomas

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Best time to visit: April to June

For first time visitors to the US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas makes for a lovely introduction. Often referred to as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, St. Thomas serves up turquoise waters powdery-white beaches and sun-kissed days. The atmosphere of this luxury island is truly sophisticated, with one of the most cosmopolitan populations in the Caribbean. Vacation here and you will experience exquisite dining, a spectacular nightlife, and some of the finest duty-free shopping anywhere. When outdoors you can windsurf, go island hopping on yachts, and even kayak through peaceful mangroves.


20. St. John

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 6 hours 48 minutes
  • Best time to visit: April to June

Evident by how much the local government cares about its island, you will find that two-thirds of St. John is a protected national park. What the island lacks in airports, cruise ship docks and Caribbean resorts, it makes up for in self-guided hikes along the Cinnamon Bay Beach trail, snorkeling at Trunk Bay, exploring the Reef Bay Trail with a park ranger, and many other exciting activities.

Comprised of two towns, Cruz Bay is the main village and home to the ferry landing for all visitors. Here tourists are welcomed to indulge their guilty pleasure of a daily happy hour, before setting the night on fire. Coral Bay on the eastern end of the island, exudes a far more temperate atmosphere. Days here include picturesque sunrises and sunsets, nature walks, kayaking and paddle boarding through Hurricane Hole.


19. St. Lucia

The 'Hidden Gem' of romantic getaways.

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  • Distance from New York: 7 hours 25 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 8 hours 50 minutes
  • Best time to visit: mid-December to mid-April

Comprised of two islands in one, St. Lucia is brimming with activities and entertainment, for couples in love. Visitors leave with a heavy heart as they tear themselves away from a life of beach-bliss. The list of must-do’s features a tour of Soufriere drive-in volcano, the world’s only volcano that you can drive into.

Here nature lovers can take in the beauty of the Pigeon Island National Park, or visit Reduit Beach, one of the most popular sandy getaways on the island. Reduit beach is dotted with restaurants that will light up the strip, while glowing in the sunset. If you desire a day of snorkeling and diving, you can visit Anse Chastanet Beach and get your fix of marine exploration.

Insider Tip: Only Sandals gives you three vacations in one. Stay at any one of Sandals’ romantic all-inclusive resorts in St. Lucia and experience more with the “Stay At 1, Play at 3 Program”.



18. St. Croix

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  • Distance from New York: 5 hours 25 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Best time to visit: April to June

Located 40 miles south of the other Virgin islands, St. Croix makes for the perfect sanctuary to escape the buzz of everyday life with your love. Divers and snorkelers can hit the waters of Buck Island National Park, while plant lovers will find tranquility amidst the flower-filled oasis in the St. George Botanical Gardens. Any sun-worshipers will be happy to know that they can unwind on the pristine shores of Sandy Point. Known as a “Culinary gateway” to the Caribbean, food lovers will be happy to indulge in the many deliciosity available.


17. Curaçao

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours and 35 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Best time to visit: May to November

Couples with a penchant for history will have their work cut out for them as they learn about Curaçao’s fascinating cultural heritage. Historic downtown Willemstad will give you your first taste of Curaçao, a Unesco World Heritage site filled with candy-colored Dutch colonial buildings. You wouldn’t expect it, but Street art lines the walls of the Otrobanda and Pietermaai neighborhoods, paving the way to the city’s coolest new avenue for food and nightlife. While a drive around the island will take you less than two hours, it’s home to over 37 beaches, giving visitors ample opportunity to soak up some much-needed vitamin sea.


16. Cozumel

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  • Distance from New York: 6 hours 14 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Best time to visit: March to June

Apart from diving at some of the best reefs in the world, the island tells a fascinating story of old and new, including a large variety of famous Mexican sights. The best way to explore the island is on the back of a scooter made for two. The coastal road leads to some small Mayan ruins, of which 24 sites have been discovered thus far. At the site there is also a marine park where you and your significant other will have the opportunity to swim with manatees, sea lions and dolphins, drink at cliffside bars, and pass jaw-dropping scenery along the staggering shore. There certainly isn’t a shortage of things to do once the sun goes down.




15. Molokai, Hawaii

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  • Distance from New York: 10 hours 17 minutes
  • Distance from Los Angeles: 5 hours 50 minutes
  • Best time to visit: April to November

Are you and your significant other dreaming of a Hawaiian getaway? Welcome to Molokai, the 5th largest of the Hawaiian islands. Known as “the most Hawaiian” of them all, it’s not likely to get more authentic than this. Without a building in site, at least not one taller than the nearest coconut tree, your list of things to do will be limited to exploring your magnificent surroundings and eating the delectable Hawaiian cuisine. Swim or snorkel in the turquoise-blue waters of Papohaku Beach (see image above) on Molokai’s West End, or take a guided tour through the magnificent tropical paradise of Kamakou Preserve. You’ll feel revived and rejuvenated after this getaway.


14. Exuma, The Bahamas

Tropical island getaway close to Miami.

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  • Distance from New York: 5 hours 16 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Best time to visit: December to mid-April

Exuma, the quintessential sanctuary to unwind and soak up the views of some of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas. Whether you’re tearing through the waters on a power boat, making friends with the world-famous swimming pigs on Pig Beach, or snorkeling amongst some of the longest coral reefs in the world, this island has all the makings for the most relaxing weekend for you and your loved one. For that “away-from-it-all” feeling, stay at the Sandals’ Emerald Bay all-inclusive resort in Exuma, and get access to the “Quiet Zones”, where not even a blender is allowed to encroach on your peaceful tranquility. You’ll also have access to world-class golfing, exceptional global dining options, and a plethora of water sports.


13. Grenada

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 3 hours 35 minutes
  • Best time to visit: January to April

Dotted with colorful colonial towns, aromas of nutmeg wafting through the air, and surrounded by idyllic beaches, Grenada is a sight to behold. From the depths of the ocean, to isolated waterfalls along spectacular nature trails, the island’s beautiful topography offers couples the chance to explore Grenada’s natural wonders. The culture is so rich that you only have to witness any one of the many festivals running throughout the year, to get a true feel of the Grenadian culture and hospitality. A little off the beaten track, Grenada should definitely be on your list of top romantic getaways.


Insider Tip: Only minutes away from St. George's lively expanse, right on the Pink Gin Beach, you’ll be able to escape back to Sandals Grenada resort for a bit of peaceful luxury.



12. Grand Cayman

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours and 5 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Best time to visit: May to October

Unlike the islands preceding it, Grand Cayman is not quite your secluded Caribbean paradise, but rather a metropolis. Dotted with resorts beset by honeymooners, world-class dining establishments, wild parties, and a myriad of boutique shops, Grand Cayman will charm any couple who visits.

Holiday makers can enjoy interactive swims with stingrays, explore the Northern side of the island and the Grand Cayman’s Sister Islands, to discover lush forests, diverse birdlife and mysterious caves. Sample a rum cake at Tortuga Rum Co. or even join in the festive fun after dawn with parties that explode with excitement.


11. Bermuda

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  • Distance from New York: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Best time to visit: March to April

In spite of its tiny size – just 20 miles by 2 miles, Bermuda has a medley of British, North American, African, Portuguese and West Indian influences. Pastel colored homes share the island with a dramatic backdrop of lush greenery, dotted with fragrant frangipani and vibrant bougainvillea. Enclosed among intricate reefs, the island of Bermuda’s landscape is a diver’s paradise, accentuated by its picture-perfect pink sand beaches, a rarity even across the region. With architecture of British sophistication coupled with the luxury that is the Caribbean, Bermuda has earned its spot as the No. 1 island destination in the Caribbean and Atlantic by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.


10. Antigua

Home to the World's most romantic resort.

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Best time to visit: May to November

Drawing couples from all over the world, the beaches of Antigua are some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. With 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, it’s easy to overlook the many things Antigua’s historical charm has to offer. Sites not to be missed include: Shirley Heights, decorated with panoramic views, or the captivating history of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Love freshly caught seafood? Snapper, grouper and wahoo are just a few of the delights you can enjoy daily in Antigua. Wash your meal down with a tour of the Antigua Distillery, a spirited way to experience a true taste of the island.

Insider Tip: For a truly romantic island getaway, check out Sandals Grande Antigua. This luxurious all-inclusive resort got voted "World's Most Romantic Resort" year after year.



9. Turks and Caicos

Home to the best beach in the world of 2018.

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  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Best time to visit: April to May

Though there are 40 Islands to enjoy, three in particular stand out, each with their own distinct personalities to make your vacation memorable. First there’s the charismatic Providenciales or "Provo," home to the main cruise ship port and an array of luxury resorts. Then there’s Grand Turk, where you can uncover the region’s history at the Turks & Caicos National Museum. Salt Cay stands last as the host to the best dive sites, where couples can explore one of the largest reef systems in the world. Sparsely populated and still evading the clutches of the tourist trap, the Turks and Caicos are a true luxury island getaway.

Did you know that Grace Bay Beach (see image above) was voted the World's Number 1 Best Beach by TripAdvisor's 2018 Travelers' Choice awards? Beaches Turks & Caicos all-inclusive resort is located on the best stretch of this famous beach.



8. Dominican Republic

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  • Distance from New York: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Best time to visit: July to August

The Dominican Republic is said to be the most visited country in the Caribbean, and for good reason. The Damajagua Waterfalls are an absolute showstopper. 27 glimmering waterfalls and natural rock pools line the edge of Puerto Plata on the Northern Corridor mountain range, creating a view that you and your loved one won’t want to miss.

Never seen a whale before? Go on a romantic whale watching cruise between January and March, and listen out for male humpback whales serenading their female mates, as 2,000 whales descend on the waters of Samaná. Be wooed by the beautifully restored monasteries and cobblestone streets of Domingo’s Zona Colonial. Let the heat and passion of Merengue music, the heart and soul of the Dominican culture take you on a journey through the streets of Santo Domingo and to the ruins of San Pedro de Macoris.


7. Aruba

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  • Distance from New York: 3 hours
  • Distance from Miami: 4 hours
  • Best time to visit: December to May

If you are seeking refuge from the cold north in the depths of winter, Aruba is one of the most perfect romantic island getaways for you and your love. The constant cool breeze on hot summer days makes for a blissfully relaxing environment amongst the native divi-divi trees.

Taking a cruise? Aruba’s capital city of Oranjestad is an entertaining playground for cruise ship passengers looking for a bit of fun in the sun, with plenty to see as you walk around.

Looking to have a long-term getaway? The more alluring spots are found away from the resorts at the far ends of the island where blond beaches and craggy limestone landscape are found. There the waters are crystal clear, teeming with sea life and home to several ship and plane wrecks.

Located outside of the hurricane belt, you can expect good weather year-round, making Aruba perfect for avid snorkelers and divers.


6. Nassau / New Providence, The Bahamas

Tropical island getaway one hour away from Miami.

Nassau Bahamas

  • Distance from New York: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 1 hour
  • Best time to visit: December to mid-April

Though rightly popularized as a stunning wedding and honeymoon destination, for its picturesque white sandy beaches, Nassau also has a culture beyond that of just magnificent beaches. The island of New Providence is an urban mix of luxurious all-inclusive resorts, world-class duty-free shopping, and high-rolling casinos. From street food to à la carte gourmet restaurants, the culinary experiences here offer a unique blend of international dishes, often with a Caribbean twist.

Nassau is charming, with local hot spots like the “fish fry”, where you can sample Bahamian nightlife (or daylife). Don’t forget the various historical pirate forts around the island, still kept alive as tourist attractions. On walking tours you can explore the old-world of Nassau, including historic events such as the abolition of slavery in the region, and the country gaining independence from British rule.

Below the water both novice and advanced divers suit up for open-water adventures in the clearest waters in the world. All around, Nassau will not disappoint, as one of the top 10 island getaways for couples.

Insider Tip: The Sandals Royal Bahamian all-inclusive five-star resort (see image above) is famous for more than its well-known international name. The adults-only resort is the perfect getaway for couples.



5. Cuba

cuba

  • Distance from New York: 3 hours
  • Distance from Miami: 4 hours
  • Best time to visit: December to May

Bereft of modern interference, Cuba takes center-stage as the most authentic of the Caribbean islands. Timelessly beautiful, Cuba has remained largely undiscovered. There is something rather fetching about the dated colonial architecture as you meander through Havana. Snap away at the colorful facades in the UNESCO-listed Old Havana.

Due to the embargo on American imports, you’ll be rolling in an American-style classic car, dating back to the 1950s. While there are plenty of hotels in Cuba, nothing is quite as immersive as staying in a local homestay. Make sure to learn the basics of Spanish, as English is not widely spoken!

Once the sun goes down, it’s unlikely that you’ll make it to the street corner without hearing the vibrant sounds of Regaetton, celebrated with Cuban Salsa. A favorite pastime amongst the locals.


4. Barbados

barbados

  • Distance from New York: 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 3 hours 35 minutes
  • Best time to visit: December to mid-April

You can tick every box when it comes to Barbados. You’ll find dreamy beaches, swaying coconut palms, idyllic beach resorts and a sea painted every hue of blue. Relive the time when British influence was king, as you wander through the Unesco-listed quarter of the nation’s capital.

The Bajan (Barbadian) people are well known for their hospitality, so time your couples getaway to coincide with one of the numerous festivals. You’ll find opportunities where they have celebrations dedicated to jazz, sailing, gospel, horse racing, reggae and even rum! Days outdoors can be spent parasailing, golfing, and visiting attractions like the Botanical Gardens and Garrison District.



3. Puerto Rico

puerto rico

  • Distance from New York: 3 hours 43 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Best time to visit: mid-April to June

Being the perfect combination of diverse culture, a rich heritage, beautiful landscapes, and warm people, it’s no surprise the island of Puerto Rico is one of the top picks for a couples getaway.

Natural wonders are in abundance here; like the Glowing Bays, or the Guánica Dry Forest, each drawing visitors worldwide. The Glowing Bays are some of the most beautiful bioluminescent beaches, while the Guánica Dry Forest is one of the largest dry forests in the world. Here the two of you will experience sightings of several rare reptilian and amphibian species, amongst hundreds of unique plant species.

One of the most romantic settings in Puerto Rico can be found at the Raices Fountain at La Princesa: Unveiled in 1992, spouts of water flow from artfully sculpted bronze statues – best seen during sunset when the sun floods the streets in colors of gold.


2. Maui, Hawaii

Maui Hawaii

  • Distance from New York: 11 hours 51 minutes
  • Distance from Los Angeles: 5 hours 25 minutes
  • Best time to visit: April to May, September to November

There’s no debating that Maui is one of the most sought-after island destinations across the world. Epitomizing the perfect paradise; the volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls and colorful sand beaches attribute largely to the culture of returning visitors.

“Are we in heaven?” – a phrase commonly uttered while watching the sunrise over Haleakala National Park. The fiery sky blooms brightly as far as the eyes can see, in even hues of yellows, oranges, reds and pinks.

Experience authentic Hawaiian Luaus, or an evening of culinary indulgence where cultural dances are the backdrop of sunset views over the ocean. Hikers, bikers, zipliners and devotees of the sea are welcomed to the granddaddy of all outdoor adventures.


1. Jamaica

Paradise one and a half hour off the shores of the US.

Beaches Negril Resort in Jamaica

  • Distance from New York: 3 hours 37 minutes
  • Distance from Miami: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Best time to visit: mid-December to mid-April

The proximity to the US makes Jamaica the perfect island getaway for couples. Jamaica is surrounded by gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, rippling sapphire waters, and landscapes reminiscent of oil paintings.

This Caribbean island is bursting with unparalleled beauty. Having gifted the world with a global superstar, the legacy of Jamaica’s Bob Marley still lives on as his music echoes through Jamaica’s streets.

Couples seeking a romantic adventure can go on sunset catamaran cruises through the protected waters of Negril Marine Park, go on an exciting ATV safari adventure through the Jamaican backcountry, or raft along the beautiful Martha Brae River in Montego Bay.

End the day in the most romantic way by spending the night in one of Jamaica's amazing overwater bungalows. What a view to wake up to!

Insider tip: Staying at any of the following all-inclusive resorts in Montego Bay, will give you access to all three resorts - including all restaurants, bars and swimming pools: Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean, Sandals Inn. It’s like three vacations in one!

Dining in Sandals Montego Bay

Picture: Romantic dinner in Sandals Montego Bay.


Whether it’s walking into the sunset on white sandy beaches or facing your fears as you tackle rugged mountain trails, tropical romantic getaways are in abundance off the shores of the US. Finding the perfect one for you should be the only problem you encounter.

There’s one solution though, if you still can’t decide. Visit them all! It will undoubtedly time and love well spent together.

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Kylie Morrow

About Kylie Morrow

Lifestyle Writer. Foodie. Dog Mom. I love seeing new places, experiencing new things, and writing about all-inclusive resorts along the way.

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