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7 Top Romantic Destinations

With full-time jobs, brimming social schedules and family demands, it’s difficult for couples to pencil in date night, never mind a romantic vacation. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation, exciting city break or wild adventure, find the top destinations for lovebirds to flock to around the globe.

Paris

Each year, the City of Love is inundated with starry-eyed couples. From ancient cobblestone streets to the River Seine, it’s impossible to miss couples kissing throughout the amorous metropolis. Pucker up on the Champs de Mars in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower for a smooch your sweetie won’t soon forget.

Home to the second highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, Paris is filled with romantic spots to sip wine and stare into the eyes of your beloved. After sampling Parisian cuisine, treat your special someone to the city’s most luxurious products from Chanel, L'Oréal and Dior.

NYC

Take dinner and a movie to a new level with a couple’s getaway to the Big Apple. Take your pick of award-winning Broadway musicals and the most diverse restaurant selection in the United States. Woo your sweetheart with a boat ride on the Central Park Lake before watching the sun dip below the skyline from dinner at the Loeb Boathouse. After the park, peak into the glamorous Plaza Hotel, host of countless fairytale wedding since its opening over a century ago.

For unforgettable views of the city, shoot to the Top of the Rock, located 70 floors above Rockefeller Center, one of the most popular proposal spots in Manhattan.

Hawaii

Aloha means not only hello and goodbye, but also “love.” With luau dances, exotic cuisine and unparalleled scenery, it’s easy to see how this Hawaiian spirit extends the tiny island cluster’s reign as No. 1 spot for domestic honeymoons. Secluded beaches and hidden volcano paths can convince any couple an island is theirs alone. Watch the sun sink into the Pacific, spilling breathtaking hues across the ocean and sky. Not relaxed enough? Visit one of Hawaii’s luxurious spas for an oceanfront couples massage.

Costa Rica

Ranked in the Top 10 for destination weddings, Costa Rica offers a full itinerary for the adventure-seeking couple. Hike up a volcano and sail across the rain forest canopy on a zip line. Sip tropical drinks in a natural hot spring with your beloved while watching the sunset. To really get away with your one and only, private tree houses in the rain forest are available for rent.

Buenos Aires

Often referred to as the “Paris of the South,” Buenos Aires is easily the most romantic city in the Southern Hemisphere. Porteños are notorious for their passion, and nothing expresses this more than a tango show in the sensuous dance’s birthplace.

Elegant mansions and tree-lined boulevards remind visitors of the city’s European heritage. Drape your sweetheart in butter-soft leather, an Argentine specialty, before devouring a giant steak over a bottle of Malbec. After sunset, the revitalized Puerto Madero district offers beautiful river views and quiet cafes for a nightcap away from the noise of the city center.

Greek Islands

With so many islands to choose from at all price levels, a Greek Isle vacation is within reach for couples on any budget. Secluded inlets and chalky cliffs embrace deserted beaches to sunbathe with your sweetie. Renew your love with a visit to the ancient temple of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, in Ikaria, within walking distance of Nas Beach.

Hotels perched on the hills offer stunning views of the Aegean Sea. Sip Ouzo at one of the cliff restaurants before a sunset stroll along the black volcanic beaches, or swim in the hot springs, accessible only by boat.

Fiji

Three hundred thirty-three perfect islands make up the island nation, and each one provides the perfect backdrop for envy-inducing vacation photos. Arrange a private island picnic for two or lavish your love with fresh tropical flowers found on every island.

If you’re planning to say “I Do” in the South Pacific, Fiji offers diverse venues, whether it's the top of a mountain, white sand beaches or underwater, to fulfill every bride’s dream wedding.

Plan your own trip with our Fiji Destination page.

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Elisabeth

Deal Expert, New York
Friday, August 31, 2012
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