What is it about the sight of clear azure waters and the sound of gently lapping surf against a stunning sandy shore that fills us with such longing and sets our hearts aflutter? What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to plan an epic escape with your loved one to an idyllic, sunny seashore guaranteed to promote passion? Here are some of the world’s most romantic beaches.
Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
Seychells always ranks high when it comes to dream destinations. Located on La Digue, Seychelles’ third largest island, Source d’Argent is among the most photographed beaches in the world. Stunning white sand, clear cerulean blue seas and picture-postcard perfect weather all await you here. There are also amazing prehistoric rock formations that add to the impressive, oh-so-Instagrammable landscape.
Crozon Peninsula, Brittany
Who knows more about l’amour than the French? Skip the popular and very touristed beaches in the south of France and head north to Brittany for a much more secluded and romantic beach escape. Peppered with hidden coves, lush landscapes and quaint cafes, this destination is an underappreciated treasure. Brittany is also famous for its crepes and cider, so be sure to fill up in-between swim sessions.
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Playa de Las Teresitas, Spain
Set at the foot of the imposing Anaga mountain, the breathtaking seashore of Playa de Las Teresitas is lined by palm trees. The toasted golden sands highlight the rich blue waters that lap gently against the shore, and the protected cove and shallow waters ensure a safe, smooth swim. Afterwards, head to the quaint fishing village of San Andrés and dine on a delicious meal of freshly caught seafood.
Lucky Bay, Western Australia
With its alabaster, smooth-as-silk sands and turquoise waters, this beach is aptly named. Located in Cape Le Grand National Park, this spot is said to have the whitest sand in the world. Adding to its allure is the fact that beachgoers are allowed to camp here and, best of all, you could well be joined in your sunbathing endeavors by resident curious kangaroos.
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As Catedrais, Spain
This is Mother Nature’s work at its finest. Visiting Catedrais beach, meaning “Beach of the Cathedrals,” is indeed a spiritual experience. This series of archways, best seen at low tide to be fully appreciated, also hide caves and craggy nooks and crannies that can only be discovered when the water recedes. Stay for sunset and try to get a shot of the sun melting into the sea through the archways.
Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire
If you’re looking for an underappreciated destination where you might possibly snag a beach all to yourself, then head to the little-known Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire. Part of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire) it’s the smallest and least developed of the trifecta. In return for a more rugged experience, you’ll have access to lovely, uncrowded, sunny beaches. Bonaire also has some of the best off-shore diving and snorkeling in the world.
Palm Beach, Aruba
If, however, crowded beaches don’t deter your romantic inclinations and you like being active on holiday, Aruba’s Palm Beach is a good option. It’s one of the country’s most famous sandy spots thanks to its miles of white sands and warm turquoise waters. The area is famous for its water sports like windsurfing and parasailing, and if you want to tap into a romantic Titanic vibe you can check out Aruba’s most impressive shipwreck, the SS Antilla, which can be seen on a dive or even while snorkeling. At night you can hit one of Aruba’s many casinos.
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Ambergris Caye, Belize
You’ll have your pick of beaches on Ambergris Caye, Belize’s biggest island. The island is essentially surrounded by surf and most of the resorts ringing the coastline claim their own little sandy expanse (complete with hammocks). The laid-back vibe is intoxicating but there’s still plenty to do, including exploring the Belize Barrier Reef, the planet’s largest living reef and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Splurge on a trip to the famed Great Blue Hole, a captivating attraction that is seemingly endless—just like your love!