Are you in search of best winter vacations for couples or warm places to visit in December? When drab skies, frosty temperatures and the onset of the seasonal slump get the best of us, there’s no better time for a winter retreat to a sunny locale for a little R & R.
Whether you’re searching for a convenient, close-to-home winter retreat or an off-the-radar hot spot where the cocktails are flowing and the wifi is weak, I’ve put together my top list of the best winter vacations for couples so you can swap the frigid temperatures for sunshine, sand and beaches.
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Best Winter Vacations For Couples
1. Andros, Bahamas
If you are looking to head to the Bahamas, consider making Andros your stop! Here you can explore the Andros Barrier Reef and enjoy a relaxing beach vacation with your spouse. There are a ton romantic all-inclusive resorts too if you are looking for a great vacation spot!
The Bahamas Tourist Board has said the Andros Island is the least explored island in the chain. The locals call the island the ‘ The Big Yard’ because of the wetlands, palm forest, mangrove swamps and pine forests.
Andros Island reefs – is the third largest barrier reef in the world – are home to a huge range of impressive and beautiful marine life and on land there’s a myriad of birdlife.
WHAT NOT TO MISS
- Some of the best diving and snorkelling can be found in this area of the Caribbean
- Explore the Blue Holes National Park
Where to stay in Andros
Bungalows tucked into a tropical landscape, chic villas so close to the ocean you can taste the salt water, branded 4-star boutique hotels and quaint Bahamian vacation rentals that welcome guests like long-time friends into their homes.
This embodies the Out Islands of the Bahamas, where even the largest resorts have fewer than 200 rooms, and many have less than a dozen. Staying in the Out Islands of the Bahamas is an experience in and of itself.
Click below to check out my list of the best romantic resorts in Andros Bahamas:
2. The Big Island, Hawaii
If you are visiting Hawaii this winter, take a trip to The Big Island! Hawaiian culture is amazing! Plus, you’ll never find a beach like in Hawaii anywhere else in the world!
The Big Island is the warmest and most tropical of the Hawaiian Islands. There are tons beaches both Green and black sand beaches, forests and mountains that stretch across the island.
The Big Island is perfect for you next romantic winter getaway from exploring the rainforest, hiking to a waterfall, laying out on the beach with a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other Hawaii has just the romantic getaway you need to reconnect with your spouse.
Check out my list of the best romantic hotels in Hawaii:
- Holualoa Inn
- Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
- Fairmont Orchid
- Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
3. Cancun, Mexico
If you are looking for a great place to hit the beach and enjoy the warm sun, head to Cancun! Cancun has a ton of great romantic resorts that have everything you need for a getaway with the hubby and is one of the best warm places to visit in December.
From its swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, and turquoise blue waters there are tons of activities in Cancun for couples. Cancun is one of my favorite romantic Caribbean destinations.
Most resorts offer unlimited water sports, stunning marine life, breathtaking ruins, and a nightlife that extends till the wee hours of the morning.
For a good romantic getaway in Cancun, you need to do three things – book your flights, book your hotel and pack your bags for Mexico.
Get inspired by my list of the best romantic hotels in Cancun for couples.
4. Dallas, Texas
While you won’t find temperatures quite as warm as Florida, it is still going to be a lot warmer than it will be anywhere else! From zoos, aquariums, and historical sights, there is no shortage of things to do here.
Dallas, Texas, is one of the most exciting cities to visit in North America, home to beautiful parks, historic sites,shopping, free attractions, date ideas, wedding venues, hotels, excellent sports teams, cultural centers, romantic parks, drive-in theaters and a vibrant arts scene.
Plan a quick weekend getaway with the hubby and have fun cooking with your sweetie at Central Market Cooking School. The classes can be social or intimate, depending on whether you like chatting with strangers.
Pick a hands-on class so you can help cook instead of just sit and watch. There are lots of options, including ones with a full dinner at the end and wine throughout. Reservations are required at centralmarket.com/cooking-school.
Get inspired by my list of the best romantic hotels in Dallas for couples.
5. 5. Key West, Florida
If you want to be able to take a road trip, why not head down to the Florida Keys! Key West and other parts of southern Florida barely get any cold weather! You can visit the cats at Hemingway House, visit the Southernmost Point, and even see Mile Marker 0!
Key West is a couple’s heaven on earth packed with romantic things to do from renting beach cruisers from Eaton Bikes and exploring the stunning architecture to sharing a picnic for two on the beach. After hanging out on the beach all day head atop the 1847 Key West Lighthouse Museum which overlooks the city and enjoy each others company.
Take a seaplane to the isolated Dry Tortugas or if you aren’t looking for adventure book a couples massage on the beach at The Spa at Sunset Key.
After resting up from your day out enjoy an upscale night on the town at the Little Room Jazz Club.
Get inspired by my list of the best romantic hotels in Key West for couples.
6. Nassau, Bahamas
Wondering is hot in January? Head south for warmer weather and to visit Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort. This resort has aquariums, a water park, and even sandy beaches the whole family will love! There’s also shopping and casinos for adults. Nassau Paradise Island is one of the most romantic place for couples. From the beautiful views, easy-going lifestyle, luxury amenities, and unique romantic activities make Nassau a top destination for a couple’s getaway.
Nassau Paradise Island is a food-lover’s dream, with some of the best fine dining, unique local cuisine, and restaurants with breathtaking views of the Island.
Nassau Paradise Island is home to some incredible world-class spas, so why not treat yourself and your partner to a luxury spa experience at Sandals Red Lane Spa?
No matter the spa experience you’re craving, the experts at Sandals Emerald Bay help you and your loved feel like royalty.
A sail through pristine turquoise waters on a private boat, romantic picnic on a deserted island so book a boat excursion in Nassau Paradise Island! You can’t explore the Bahamas without snorkeling in the warm Bahamas waters. With so much to do and see you’ll be making memories together that you won’t soon forget.
Get inspired by my list of the best romantic hotels in the Bahamas for couples.
7. Newport Beach, California
If you are looking for a place to take it easy and catch some waves, consider visiting Newport Beach. Make sure to add a visit to Balboa island while you are there!
Newport Beach has pristine beaches, restaurants for any budget, and tons of outdoor adventures which makes Orange County one of the most romantic destinations on the West Coast.
Whether you’re planning the perfect for a weekend getaway with your special someone, stopping by for the day or live there as a full-time resident, there are plenty of things to do in Orange County that appeal to a variety of different tastes—from the outdoor enthusiast to the high-life socialite, you’re sure to find something romantic.
8. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Not only is it going to be warm in San Juan, but they have a fantastic rainforest that is worth checking out! You can go hiking or take a bus tour of the rainforest.
- San Juan has very romantic hotels and restaurants, but unlike many destinations, the capital city is romantic all on its own.
There are plenty of romantic activities sure to spark romance, many of them are free and very budget friendly. Old San Juan is truly an all-inclusive romantic destination offering something for every type of couple. Best of all, travel to San Juan is hassle free with many direct flights from the U.S., Canada, and Europe with no passport required for US Citizens.
Choose to stay at one of the hotels in Old San Juan, as you step outside the door you’ll have easy access to many wonderful activities and unique attractions. Some may seem simple to you, but once you get here, you’ll realize that something as ordinary as walking becomes an extraordinary romantic experience.
No need to travel to Europe to experience the romance and charm of its architecture, because it’s here, right in San Juan, with the added colorful touches and warmth of a tropical paradise like no other place in the Caribbean. As you tour the city, you’ll be walking past hundreds of couples, of all ages, holding hands and falling in love all over again.
9. St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
St. Thomas is a touristy yet fun place to get away when it’s too cold. Here you’ll be able to tour Blackbeard’s castle, go shopping, and enjoy fun in the sun!
Whether you’re taking your first couples vacation, honeymooning, or your anniversary, you need time for romance in their vacations. Work, kids, schedules, and general life gets in the way, so we vacation to escape and rebuild ourselves. Where better to let go of the world and reconnect with your love for a while than on St. Thomas vacation?
The vibrant sunsets, crystal blue beaches, and towering silhouettes of nearby islands create the perfect ambiance for kindling and rekindling those flames. The romance of the islands is contagious, so take some time to soak it in with these romantic places to stay in St. Thomas:
10. Tucson, Arizona
If you are looking for a place where you can experience the history and great scenic hikes, head to Tucson! You’ll find a ton of really awesome air and space museums here as well some of the best desert hikes. There are also a bunch of ranches out there that are worth the trip!
With gorgeous desert scenery and a laid-back charm, Tucson and romance go hand and hand. Whether you and your date are looking for a day of outdoor adventure, or prefer a night out in the city, the list of romantic things to do in the Old Pueblo are varied and unique.
Nature lovers will want to spend a day at Tohono Chul, a sprawling botanical garden that showcases the native flowers, trees, plants and fauna of the Sonoran Desert. Not only is the scenery stunning, the garden is also home to an art gallery and a romantic bistro.
When day draws to an end, you might want to head to Tucson Mountain Park, home to Gate’s Pass, one of the city’s most scenic outlook points. At sunset, the desert becomes flooded with amber light from the setting sun, creating a stunning setting for a romantic evening.
For romance in the city, go for a stroll at the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, where the city’s historical adobe buildings set the stage for a romantic outing. The art museum’s charming cafe, Cafe a la C’art, tucked away in a lovely historic house on the museum grounds, offers a quaint, comfy spot for a gourmet brunch or lunch. Take a look at my most romantic places to stay in Tucson, Arizona:
11. Turks and Caicos
February is the month of love – and here’s my last picks for best Romantic Things to do this winter and last but not least is Turks and Caicos! If you’ve never been to these beautiful islands, you can expect to experience pristine beaches, glorious warm weather and the friendliest people who provide great service.
Whether you’re visiting on a honeymoon, anniversary or just a couple’s getaway, Turks and Caicos is one of the most romantic locales with everything you need to make everlasting memories.
Here are a few romantic things to do this Valentine’s Day in Turks and Caicos:
1. Experience Whitby Beach in North Caicos
A few nights retreat at the charming Pelican Beach Hotel on Whitby Beach in North Caicos is my idea of a private, secluded and romantic getaway. The unspoiled beaches in North Caicos are ideal for beach combing, quiet reading and uninterrupted together time. With very little distractions, you and your partner can beat the masses and escape to this quaint hideaway. We’ve partnered with TCI Ferry to offer packages which include ferry, hotel and an island tour to places of interest on the island.
2. Dinner for 2 at Veranda’s Sky Lounge
While the Veranda Resort is known for its stunning and luxurious suites, it should also be noted that the dining options are among the best on Providenciales. The Sky Lounge which sits on the rooftop of Marin Restaurant offers arguably the best Italian cuisine and also serves a selection of fresh local seafood. You can dine under the stars and enjoy a spectacular raised view of Grace Bay.
3. Yachting with Kenard Cruises
A full day aboard their luxury yachts includes a breakfast of tropical fruits and baked goods, island hopping to cays, a stop at a private beach where you can beach comb and snorkel while the chef prepares your meal on board. You can relax in ultimate comfort while being pampered on the sea.
4. Romantic dinner on the beach with a private chef
The highlight of a romantic getaway to the Turks and Caicos should be a romantic candle light dinner on the beach. Using a private caterer, you can personally pick every detail or leave it to the professionals to create the ambiance and flair that you desire.
The Conclusion of Best Winter Vacations for Couples
No matter why you want to go somewhere warm, I hope these destinations help you plan a vacation to somewhere a little less chilly this winter.
As the cold weather swings around, we often find ourselves wishing for winter wonderlands and tropical beaches in equal measure. With this in mind, look at each of my top 11 best places to escape to this winter—from Jamaica’s pristine beaches, a slice of heaven in the Bahamas, to Valentine’s Day in Turks and Caicos to escape the winter blues with these warm vacation spots.
Best Winter Vacations Travel Insurance
I can’t say this enough but please get insurance when traveling for your romantic getaway! Even if you are only going on a short trip, you should always travel with insurance. Have fun while visiting any of the above destinations but take it from someone who has racked up thousands of bucks on an insurance claim before, you need it.
Make sure to get your insurance before you you start looking for the best winter vacations for couples! I highly recommend Travelex Insurance.
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