Discover the Best Beach Vacations: Tropical Paradises and Stunning Destinations Await

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Looking for the perfect beach vacation? Look no further! In this article, we have compiled a list of the best beach vacation destinations from around the world. From the picturesque shores of the Bahamas to the exotic paradise of the Maldives, we have something for everyone. Whether you're a couple seeking a romantic getaway or a family in search of fun in the sun, our booking tips and top recommendations will ensure you have the beach vacation of your dreams. So grab your sunscreen and get ready to explore the world's most breathtaking beaches!


The Bahamas

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The beautiful islands of the Bahamas are conveniently located just a short plane ride away from many Americans. The only challenge you'll face when planning your trip is deciding which of the enchanting islands to visit. If you're traveling with children, Nassau is the obvious choice with its wide range of activities for kids. However, if you're looking for an adults-only vacation, we encourage you to think beyond the obvious and consider Grand Bahama Island. This equally exotic destination offers upscale hotels without being overly touristy, preserving its local charm. We highly recommend a visit to Port Lucaya, where you can explore unique handmade straw goods during the day and enjoy live music and dancing at night. For your accommodations, Pelican Bay Hotel is a boutique-style resort located right by Port Lucaya and just steps away from the beach. It offers all the amenities you desire and multiple outdoor pools for those who love water activities.

For a more off-the-beaten-path experience, Eleuthera is the perfect choice. This island boasts endless pink beaches and rustic resorts, and it's just a short flight from Miami. One of our personal favorites is Marriott's French Leave Resort, a stunning property filled with luxurious villas overlooking the crystal clear waters of Governors Harbor. While it offers all the amenities you'd expect from a high-end resort, the villa accommodations make your stay truly unique and unforgettable.

Where to Stay in the Bahamas

Where to Stay on Grand Bahama Island

Where to Stay in Eleuthera


Sint Maarten/Saint Martin

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This island offers two distinct experiences, one on the French side and one on the Dutch side. While either choice is excellent, we personally prefer the Dutch side, Sint Maarten, renowned for its famous Maho Beach. You may have seen this beach in various YouTube videos, where planes fly incredibly close to the beach while landing at the adjacent airport, creating a thrilling spectacle (rest assured, you can't actually touch the planes!). For this reason and more, we recommend staying at the Sonesta Ocean Point or Maho Beach All-Inclusive Resort, Casino and Spa, which are two connected hotels offering adults-only and family-friendly experiences, respectively. These resorts are located right on Maho Beach, but they are strategically designed to provide a more exclusive and enjoyable experience, avoiding the crowds that gather from all over the island.

If you prefer a quieter beach experience, there are other well-known beaches within walking distance that receive less air traffic. As you explore these two interconnected resorts, you'll discover breathtaking views in every corner. The on-site restaurants cater to various dining preferences, from casual to ultra-romantic, and the swim-up bar offers endless entertainment. The Ocean Point Resort even offers rooms with direct access to the pool, either as private or shared accommodations. However, we highly recommend exploring beyond the resort as well. Rent a kayak and venture to Pinel Island, a small uninhabited island with two restaurants catering to visitors. It's a tranquil and beautiful spot that shouldn't be missed.

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Saint Lucia 

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St. Lucia offers much more than just stunning sandy beaches. This Caribbean island showcases dramatic mountain vistas, perfect for hiking and exploring after enjoying the local rum punches. With its 19,000-acre National Rain Forest, hot springs, and exceptional snorkeling excursions, St. Lucia provides a wealth of natural wonders to discover. While it's a popular honeymoon destination, everyone can find adventure, relaxation, and unforgettable moments around every corner. The island is home to exceptional five-star resorts, including Sugar Beach and Jade Mountain. However, our love for chocolate draws us to the Rabot Hotel by Hotel Chocolat, a unique eco-friendly resort situated on a working cacao farm amidst the lush jungle hills. Here, you can indulge in wellness classes like yoga and participate in the exclusive "Tree to Bar" experience, where you witness the ethical harvesting of cacao for the renowned British brand's chocolates. For a serene and secluded experience, we personally recommend the adults-only Ti Kaye Resort & Spa. Nestled into the hills overlooking the beach, this resort offers standalone villas and all-inclusive packages, providing a peaceful and tranquil retreat.

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Situated just 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Bermuda is a sunny paradise that is conveniently accessible with a short two-hour flight from both New York City and Boston. However, don't be fooled by its proximity to the East Coast, as this British overseas territory offers a tropical experience with its stunning pink sand beaches, turquoise waters, limestone caves, and rich history. For accommodations, consider staying at the Hamilton Princess hotel, affectionately nicknamed "the pink palace" by locals. This historic hotel, which served as a communications center during World War II, provides a glimpse into the island's past. Whether you choose to relax at the hotel's beach club or go on a boat tour to explore Bermuda's fascinating history, there are plenty of activities for couples, families, and history enthusiasts. Additionally, a visit to St. George is a must. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts colonial architecture dating back to the 17th century.

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Chase your bliss to Central America, where you can embark on a journey through the natural wonders of Belize. Experience snorkeling in the second largest barrier reef, where you can swim alongside harmless nurse sharks and southern stingrays, all while basking in the warm Belizean sun.




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Jamaica offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers. You can indulge in the luxurious offerings of an all-inclusive resort or immerse yourself in the vibrant culture by exploring the bustling towns on the island. Alternatively, you can embrace the natural beauty of Jamaica by visiting its stunning waterfalls and parks. To experience a combination of these experiences, we recommend the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa. Located close to popular destinations like Montego Bay and Negril, this resort boasts multiple pools, a private beach, and a spa that will leave you feeling pampered. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the local gastronomy, experience the Jamaican way of life, and admire the island's picturesque topography.

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


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Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is a preferred destination for many, from celebrities to trendy teens and golf enthusiasts. Offering easy access from both the west and east coasts of the U.S., Cabo provides something for everyone. Luxury resorts, fine-dining restaurants led by celebrity chefs, world-class golf courses, pristine beaches, and vibrant nightlife are among the many attractions. For a taste of all that Cabo has to offer, consider staying at the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa. Situated in San Jose del Cabo where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, this beachfront resort features a 27-hole golf course, six restaurants, and a stunning design that extends throughout the property.

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Our Booking Tips For Beach Vacations for Couples


If you're planning a Sandals vacation, we recommend booking directly on Sandals prioritizes beachfront real estate, ensuring a truly beach-focused experience.

For a variety of adult-only all-inclusive resorts with incredible beaches, visit for the best rates.

Consider working with an experienced travel agent who can assist you in selecting the perfect beach resort for couples. Travel agents provide personalized planning assistance and access to VIP perks such as resort credits, complimentary breakfast, and a welcoming bottle of champagne.


Ambergris Cay Resort, Turks & Caicos


Couples seeking an ultra-luxurious all-inclusive resort in Turks & Caicos will be enchanted by Ambergris Cay Resort. This secluded paradise is nestled on a thousand-acre private island surrounded by shallow turquoise water and coral reefs. Lounge on the pristine white sand beach lined with swaying palm trees or take advantage of complimentary watersports in the crystal-clear Caribbean. Explore the island by bike or golf cart, or embark on a boat excursion. Indulge in spa treatments and swim in the lovely pool or your own private plunge pool. The accommodations at Ambergris Cay Resort include suites and villas with chic and bright decor. Rates at the resort may be steep, but the inclusions are extraordinary, including a private plane transfer from Providenciales airport, all dining at two restaurants, unlimited beverages, non-motorized water sports, guided nature walks, and much more.

Google Rating: 5

TripAdvisor Rating: 5


Serenity at Coconut Bay, St. Lucia


For couples seeking a truly unforgettable honeymoon experience, look no further than the award-winning Serenity at Coconut Bay in St. Lucia. This all-inclusive, adults-only resort was crowned the winner of the prestigious 2019 Brides Honeymoon Award. Prepare to be immersed in luxury as you indulge in the exquisite accommodations, featuring private plunge pools and decks adorned with coconut palms and hammocks-for-two, all designed to enhance the serene island ambiance.

The breathtaking white sand beach is lined with private thatched-roof cabanas, where you can fully surrender to the tranquility while sinking into the comfort of plush loungers. No need to lift a finger, as a dedicated butler will be at your service to deliver refreshing drinks and delectable snacks right to your side.

Immerse yourself in a truly personalized experience, as the staff at Serenity at Coconut Bay tailors every detail to your preferences even before you arrive. Special dietary needs and allergies are effortlessly accommodated, and the fully-stocked in-suite bar is customized with premium liquors of your choice. Indulge in a culinary journey with 24-hour room service, casual fare at the Pool Bar, and farm-to-table gourmet dining at the renowned Greathouse Restaurant. Throughout your stay, dedicated butlers ensure that every moment is pampered, leaving you with a stress-free and enchanting honeymoon or romantic escape.

Google Rating: 4.9

TripAdvisor Rating: 5


Small Hope Bay Lodge, The Bahamas


Nestled amidst the beauty of serene beaches and swaying palm trees, Small Hope Bay Lodge in the Bahamas is the epitome of chic and relaxed all-inclusive luxury. Its prime beachfront location offers private cabins where you can revel in the soothing sounds of the waves, while hammocks and sun loungers invite you to unwind and soak up the sun's rays.

Culinary delights await, as mouthwatering meals and refreshing drinks are served to satisfy your taste buds. Whether you're interested in scuba diving lessons, water sports rentals, exploring the library lounge, or engaging in a friendly game in the game room, Small Hope Bay Lodge offers an array of amenities to enhance your stay. Embark on a guided fishing excursion for an additional fee, or simply enjoy the balance between relaxation and adventure.

What sets Small Hope Bay Lodge apart is its affordability, with daily all-inclusive rates starting at just $295. Discover the perfect beach vacation that combines luxury and value at this remarkable Bahamian retreat.

Google Rating: 4.7

TripAdvisor Rating: 5


Secrets Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


Escape to the secluded paradise of Secrets Cap Cana, nestled within an exclusive gated community on one of the Dominican Republic's most stunning beaches. Renowned for its warm and attentive staff, exceptional service, and delectable cuisine, this resort promises an unforgettable romantic getaway.

The rooms at Secrets Cap Cana boast modern Caribbean décor, while the suites offer private balconies or terraces with luxurious soaking tubs and marble bathrooms featuring two rain showers. For added indulgence, opt for the Preferred Club and enjoy access to exclusive room levels, including ocean-front swim-out bungalow suites. Experience additional amenities such as a private lounge, an exclusive pool, enhanced concierge service, and afternoon hors d'ouevres.

From the sugar-white sands of Juanillo Beach to snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, Secrets Cap Cana offers a myriad of opportunities for relaxation and adventure. Immerse yourself in the infinity pool with mesmerizing ocean views, or unwind in the outdoor hot tubs. To further explore the area, a variety of exciting excursions are available at your fingertips.

Savor a culinary journey at nine restaurants offering a range of flavors from French and Italian to Mexican and fresh seafood to Pan Asian. With six bars, including a beach bar, a swim-up bar, a theater bar, and a music lounge, there's always a perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing drink. At Secrets Cap Cana, your senses will be delighted at every turn.

Google Rating: 4.7

TripAdvisor Rating: 5


Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa, Grenada


While all of Sandals' all-inclusive luxury beach resorts offer an exceptional experience, Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa stands out as one of the best of the best. Located on 17 lush acres next to the picturesque Pink Gin Beach, this resort invites you to bask in romance and luxury.

Firepits, gazebos, and swinging chairs adorn the courtyards, providing intimate spaces for stolen moments of affection. A pier offers the ideal vantage point to witness the mesmerizing sunset hues over the shimmering Caribbean Sea.

Experience true indulgence in the Love Nest Suites, where personal butler service awaits. Expansive balconies with Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ for two and private infinity-edge plunge pools create an enchanting retreat. Sandals Grenada & Spa boasts five innovatively designed pools complete with waterfalls, lagoons, swim-up bars, and a firepit at the center. If you prefer the ocean, complimentary watersports such as windsurfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and jet skiing are readily available. Additionally, the resort offers a fitness center, a spa, tennis courts, and ten restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines to satisfy every craving.

Google Rating: 4.6

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5


Eden Rock St. Barths, St. Barts


Indulge in the elegance and uniqueness of Eden Rock St. Barths, a beloved haven for celebrities and considered the ultimate hotel in St. Barth and the Caribbean. This iconic resort, the first to open on the island, underwent an extensive renovation in 2019, enhancing its luxurious appeal.

Experience opulence in the ultra-luxurious private villas, including the renowned Rockstar Villa, which even features a recording studio. For those seeking a more intimate option, oceanview guest rooms and cottages offer private verandas and stylish furnishings, ensuring a blissful stay.

Situated along St. Jean Beach, one of the most magnificent beaches in St. Barts, Eden Rock offers pristine white sand and calm turquoise waters. Complimentary equipment is provided for kayaking and paddleboarding, allowing you to fully immerse in the beauty of the surroundings. The resort boasts a fabulous spa, a fitness center, and VIP airport or port transfers for a seamless arrival and departure experience.

Savor leisurely breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at Sand Bar, the resort's beachfront restaurant. Under the guidance of the world-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, indulge in a culinary journey. The resort also features several bars and offers 24-hour room service, ensuring that your every desire is met.

Google Rating: 4.6

TripAdvisor Rating: 5


Couples Sans Souci, Ocho Rios, Jamaica


Set amidst lush landscaping on a mesmerizing beach adorned with swaying palm trees, Couples Sans Souci in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, unveils a truly unique experience. The resort's mineral grotto and mineral springs pool provide the perfect setting for rejuvenating soaks, creating a blissful haven for adults seeking luxury and relaxation.

This adults-only all-inclusive beach resort features an array of amenities, including five restaurants, seven bars, four pools, three hot tubs, a fitness center, a full-service spa, and nightly entertainment. The sleek tropical décor of the rooms adds to the allure, with the Prime Minister's Penthouse offering over 1200 square feet of living space, a furnished veranda with ocean views, a powder room, a walk-in shower, and a Jacuzzi for two. For a secluded escape, the Hibiscus Cottage boasts a private balcony with ocean views, a walk-in shower and Jacuzzi for two, and an outdoor Jacuzzi.

Google Rating: 4.6

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5


Sandals Negril, Jamaica


Sandals Negril stands as one of the six stunning Sandals resorts in Jamaica, offering a relaxed and idyllic experience perfect for honeymoons or romantic retreats. Positioned along the longest and most beautiful stretch of Seven Mile Beach, the resort offers endless opportunities for relaxation, quality time, and fun.

This adults-only all-inclusive resort boasts an incredible beachfront setting, an array of complimentary amenities, gourmet cuisine, unlimited premium liquor, impeccable service, spacious and luxurious rooms, and lush landscaping. The resort embodies the essence of romance and luxury, making it an ideal choice for a Jamaican honeymoon or romantic getaway.

Located on Jamaica's famous Seven Mile Beach, you'll find yourself immersed in the stunning beauty of the Caribbean. The calm and crystal-clear waters provide the perfect backdrop for swimming and engaging in watersports such as wakeboarding, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Snorkeling right off the beach allows you to explore colorful reefs and abundant marine life. Additionally, the resort features three pools (including one with a swim-up bar) and three whirlpools.

As a Sandals Resort, your stay includes unlimited fine dining, with seven extraordinary restaurants offering a variety of cuisines for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Several beachfront restaurants, including the open-air Cucina Romana, Bayside, the Beach Bistro, and Barefoot by the Sea, ensure a delightful culinary experience. Immerse yourself in the laid-back ambiance of Sandals Negril and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Google Rating: 4.5

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5


Jumby Bay Resort, Antigua


Welcome to Jumby Bay Island, the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Five-Star Award from Forbes Travel Guide. At Oetker Collection's Jumby Bay Island resort, you will find every luxury and amenity imaginable. Indulge in intimate private beachside dinners, soak in romantic sunsets, and experience the lavishness of our sumptuous rooms and exquisite restaurants. Immerse yourself in relaxation at our spa and enjoy flawless services throughout your stay. Located on a secluded 300-acre private island just off the coast of Antigua, our all-inclusive retreat offers the perfect setting for a honeymoon or romantic beach getaway. With only 40 suites, each equipped with a private pool, you can relish in the privacy and seclusion of our lush tropical grounds. Take leisurely strolls along the pristine white beach, explore the crystal clear waters through snorkeling or swimming, embark on sailing adventures, rejuvenate at our spa, indulge in nature walks, or enjoy a bike ride around the island. Every meal and drink are included during your stay, allowing you to sip champagne at our elegant 1830 bar or relax at the beach bar with a tropical cocktail. Delight in gourmet cuisine at our fine dining restaurant or savor a casual beachside meal by the water. Experience the unsurpassed luxury of Jumby Bay Island.

  • Google Rating: 4.7
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5


Kandolhu Maldives, Indian Ocean


Escape to the idyllic Kandolhu Maldives, a luxurious resort located on a lush emerald-green island with pristine sandy beaches and a vibrant coral reef. Situated southwest of Male in the North Atoll, this exclusive adults-only island resort can be reached in just 25 minutes by seaplane. Kandolhu seamlessly combines modern architectural design with the natural elements of the Maldives, providing both comfort and an unforgettable experience. Each day, admire the colorful sunset from the private deck of your spacious overwater or beachfront villa. Our all-inclusive package includes meals at our five intimate, à la carte gourmet restaurants, unlimited premium beverages, a private snorkeling tour or sunset cruise, and complimentary watersports. Embrace the beauty of the Maldives at Kandolhu Maldives.

  • Google Rating: 4.9
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 5


Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia, South Pacific


Experience the unparalleled service and luxury of the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, located in the mesmerizing French Polynesia. Nestled in the shadow of Bora Bora's iconic Mount Otemanu, our resort offers a range of adventures both on water and land. Toast to breathtaking sunsets from your private plunge pool, relax on the white sandy beach, gaze at the enchanting Tahitian night sky, or immerse yourself in the vibrant lagoon teeming with exotic reef fish and colorful corals. Our recently enhanced resort features thatched-roof overwater bungalows, allowing you to feel truly secluded from the world. Choose from a Specialty Overwater Bungalow with a Plunge Pool or an Overwater Bungalow Suite, each adorned with traditional teak furnishings, high ceilings, oversized tubs, and a private deck with lounge chairs, providing direct access to the calm and clear waters of the lagoon. Indulge in a variety of culinary experiences at our four restaurants, each offering a vast selection of creative cuisine. Our full-service spa provides breathtaking views of both the lagoon and the Pacific Ocean, ensuring a truly rejuvenating experience. Discover the ultimate in romance at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

  • Google Rating: 4.8
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 5


Hamilton Island Beach Club, Whitsunday Islands, Australia


Indulge in a luxurious and romantic getaway at the Hamilton Island Beach Club, located near the Great Barrier Reef on one of the 74 Whitsunday Islands in Australia. Offering breathtakingly beautiful views of the Coral Sea, our boutique beachfront resort is renowned for impeccable service, including 24-hour room service and exclusive airport transfers. With only 57 stunning beachfront rooms, each boasting a private furnished balcony or patio, we ensure a truly intimate experience. Lounge by the infinity-edge pool or on the beautiful beach, partake in complimentary watersports such as paddleboarding, snorkeling, windsurfing, or catamaran sailing. Engage in activities such as tennis or bushwalking, or take advantage of our additional services, which include scuba diving, fishing, parasailing, local tours, and more. Golf enthusiasts will delight in the opportunity to play at Australia's only golf course on its own island, the adjacent Hamilton Island Golf Course, featuring incredible views. Enjoy al fresco dining under the sun or stars at our Beach Club Restaurant, situated by the pool, offering glorious views. Experience the wonders of the Whitsunday Islands at the Hamilton Island Beach Club.

  • Google Rating: 4.8
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5


Four Seasons Maui at Wailea Resort, Maui


Welcome to the luxurious Four Seasons Maui at Wailea Resort, one of the most exquisite beachfront resorts in Maui. Set along the stunning golden sands of Wailea Beach, our resort is renowned for its exceptional service and attention to detail. As you relax on the beach, our staff will cater to your every need, delivering drinks, food, and cold towels. Embark on snorkeling adventures right from the shore and encounter the majestic sea turtles that call these waters home. Delight in our salt-water infinity-edge pool exclusively for adults, as well as two other swimming pools, a full-service spa, fine-dining and beachside restaurants, tennis courts, a games room, and a range of complimentary daily activities. Our elegant and spacious rooms and suites feature large private balconies or lanais (Hawaiian patios), deep soaking tubs, and breathtaking views of the gardens, mountains, or ocean. Indulge in culinary delights at our five onsite restaurants, and take advantage of our exceptional tailor-made trips and experiences to make your stay truly extraordinary. Experience the epitome of luxury at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea Resort.

  • Google Rating: 4.7
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 4.8


Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, Mexico


Prepare to be captivated by the stunning white sands of Akumal Beach at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya. Voted one of the top ten beaches in Mexico, this resort offers a true snorkeler's paradise with its calm Caribbean waters and native sea turtle population. Explore our spectacular grounds, featuring winding paths amidst tropical landscaping. Our spacious suites offer breathtaking sea views from private balconies or terraces, complete with whirlpool tubs for two. Delight in exquisite dining experiences at our eight restaurants and choose from five bars, including a swim-up bar, a beach bar, and a music lounge. Engage in a multitude of activities, such as non-motorized watersports, tennis, archery, bike tours, dance classes, and Spanish lessons. Our onsite facilities include three pools, two hot tubs, a fitness center, and a full-service spa. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy complimentary greens fees at the Riviera Maya Golf Club. Experience the ultimate in luxury at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya.

  • Google Rating: 4.6
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 5


Excellence Playa Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico


Escape to the relaxing and romantic environment of Excellence Playa Mujeres, one of the best adults-only all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. Situated on a sandy beach with stunning ocean views, our resort offers exceptional service, a variety of culinary experiences, and beautiful spacious rooms and suites. Enjoy the soft white sand beach and take a dip in our winding pools, all while marveling at the gorgeous views. Indulge in romantic extras, such as couples' massages and treatments at our world-class Miilé Spa, private beachside dinners, and even an indulgent champagne breakfast in bed. Our accommodations feature ocean views, swim-up access, and rooftop terraces with plunge pools. Immerse yourself in the luxury of Excellence Playa Mujeres.

  • Google Rating: 4.9
  • TripAdvisor Rating: 5


Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is located on the most sought-after swimming beach in Cabo, making it an ideal choice for couples who enjoy an active vacation. The resort boasts spacious and luxurious rooms and villas with stunning views of the ocean or lush gardens. Guests can indulge in three open-air culinary experiences, relax at the full-service spa, engage in various watersports activities, and enjoy the magnificent three-tiered zero-edge pool that leads directly to the sandy beach.

Let Chileno Bay Resort set the stage for a truly romantic experience with an unforgettable dinner overlooking the cascading infinity pool. The floating platform offers a 360-degree view of the resort and the ocean, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the breathtaking surroundings. For a more intimate dining experience, the platform can be adorned with light curtains or vibrant floral arrangements.

Google Rating: 4.8

TripAdvisor Rating: 5

Just south of Mexico, the charming Central American country of Belize is a wonderful destination for couples seeking a romantic beach vacation, especially those who love scuba diving and snorkeling.


Cayo Espanto, Belize


Cayo Espanto is a private island resort located just off the coast of San Pedro, Belize. This hidden tropical paradise, boasting a lush natural setting and a limited number of accommodations, offers couples the opportunity to escape to their own private oasis.

For the ultimate privacy, guests can book the exclusive over-the-water bungalow, Casa Ventanas. This intimate one-bedroom villa spans 1000 square feet and treats guests to breathtaking views from every angle. Whether lounging on the private deck or dipping into the warm Caribbean waters, couples will feel as though they have the entire island to themselves.

Situated at the end of a private dock, this incredibly romantic overwater bungalow comes complete with a butler, personalized meals, concierge services, and more. A glass insert in the floor offers a unique glimpse of the vibrant sea life below, while a light allows guests to observe the nocturnal activities of marine creatures.

At Cayo Espanto, activities and meals are tailored to each couple's preferences. The second-largest barrier reef system in the world is just nearby, offering opportunities for diving and snorkeling. Guests can also enjoy fishing, non-motorized water sports, or take tours of the Mayan ruins on the mainland. For an exclusive experience, couples can spend a day on the resort's private yacht, complete with an afternoon picnic on a secluded beach, or embark on a thrilling helicopter tour over the Great Blue Hole.

Google Rating: 4.8

TripAdvisor Rating: 5

For a weekend beach getaway alternative, Bermuda offers a romantic island vacation that is conveniently located just a couple of hours from the East Coast of the United States.


Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, Bermuda


Cambridge Beaches Resort is the only adults-only resort in Bermuda. Situated on a peninsula on the western end of the island, this resort offers couples four private beaches, including the famous pink sand beaches, and 30 acres of tranquil tropical paradise.

Having first opened its doors in 1923 and gaining popularity among celebrities, the resort has recently been fully renovated. Guests can choose from a variety of accommodations, including rooms and suites with water views or private cottages with furnished patios. The cottages are scattered throughout the property and feature classic Bermudian decor with modern luxury touches. Some even come with private swim-up plunge pools.

When not relaxing in the comfortable accommodations, guests can enjoy an infinity edge pool overlooking the water, a full-service spa, tennis and pickleball courts, croquet fields, putting greens, and a range of watersports. Activities such as scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, jet skiing, and sailing are available, as well as golfing and exploring the island on a scooter.

To truly indulge in the Bermudian experience, couples can sip on a Swizzle, the classic Bermudian cocktail, while watching the sunset at one of the resort's waterfront restaurants and bars. For a maximum level of romance, private beach dinners can be arranged in secluded coves.

Google Rating: 4.5

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

If you're looking for an affordable beach vacation closer to home, a beach destination within driving distance, or a quick weekend beach getaway, here are some of the best beach vacations for couples in the U.S.


Tranquility Bay Resort, Marathon, Florida Keys


Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort in Marathon lives up to its name, offering a stunning beachfront location. Guests can choose to stay in beautifully decorated rooms or private beach houses and enjoy various watersports activities and three onsite pools. Additionally, they can explore the exciting and unique attractions in the fun and funky Florida Keys.

The resort boasts a wide and peaceful white sand beach, lined with swaying palm trees and inviting lounge chairs. There is plenty of space for couples to relax and feel as though they have their own private island.

All accommodations at Tranquility Bay feature cheerful and airy decor, plush bedding, and upscale amenities. Guests can choose from spacious rooms with scenic views of the tropical gardens or opt for beachfront, waterfront, or waterview villas with two or three bedrooms. The two-story beach houses offer unparalleled proximity to the sand and boast gorgeous views from double balconies.

Indulge in world-class cuisine and Florida Keys specialties at the Butterfly Café, which offers indoor seating as well as outdoor seating on a breezy porch. For a more casual experience, the beachfront Tiki Bar is the perfect spot for an alfresco lunch or a tropical cocktail while witnessing the mesmerizing sunset.

Google Rating: 4.7

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5


Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, Florida


Experience the luxury of a Ritz Carlton hotel combined with the natural beauty of Amelia Island at this romantic beach vacation destination, known for its numerous travel accolades. Amelia Island, a secluded barrier island off the northeastern coast of Florida, offers an untouched and serene environment.

The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island spans 13 miles of pristine beachfront, providing guests with ample space to roam and relax. The resort offers activities such as guided exploration with a naturalist, biking, kayaking in the Intracoastal Waterway, and access to indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools.

Golf enthusiasts will love the 18-hole championship golf course, while tennis lovers can enjoy a match on the available courts. A fitness center is also available for guests looking to stay active. When it's time to unwind, guests can sway in a hammock or indulge in a rejuvenating treatment at the full-service spa. For those wanting to venture beyond the resort, the island offers historic sites, museums, and a charming downtown area to explore.

All rooms and suites at the resort come with private balconies, ocean views, and luxurious amenities, including Frette linens. Guests can choose from six restaurants, each offering gourmet farm-to-table cuisine in elegant settings. Several of these restaurants boast breathtaking views of the dunes and ocean, while one features an outdoor terrace with romantic ambiance. With five cocktail lounges and a coffee shop, there is no shortage of options for drinks and refreshments.

Google Rating: 4.7

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5


San Diego, Hotel del Coronado


Couples on the West Coast seeking a romantic weekend getaway will be captivated by the iconic Hotel del Coronado located on Coronado Island, just off the coast of San Diego. Established in 1888 and immortalized in the classic film "Some Like It Hot," this Victorian-style beach resort is a grand dame that has recently undergone refurbishment.

Once guests arrive via ferry from San Diego, they can enjoy leisurely walks, search for seashells, or relax on the spacious and shimmering sands of one of the finest beaches in the San Diego area. Adventurous couples can even try their hand at surfing or paddleboarding, with lessons available for those wanting to learn. The resort's boutiques offer a chance for some retail therapy, while bike rentals allow for exploration of the island. For ultimate relaxation, guests can take advantage of the full-service spa or book a private beach bonfire complete with s'mores.

Dining at Hotel del Coronado presents a combination of beautiful water views and delicious cuisine. Guests can choose from multiple beachfront restaurants, each offering a unique culinary experience. Afterward, retire to your room, which can be found in one of five distinct areas. These include elegant rooms in the historic main building, modern beachfront rooms with private patios and fire pits, sleek poolside rooms with shaded terraces, and private beachfront cottages.

Google Rating: 4.5

TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5


Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Florida


As the only private island resort in the United States, Little Palm Island offers a destination of barefoot luxury and breathtaking beauty. Located just off the coast of the Florida Keys, this resort boasts thatched roof bungalows, lush tropical landscaping, and an indoor-outdoor Balinese-inspired spa.

The beach vacation experience begins at the Shore Station, where guests can enjoy a refreshing cocktail before boarding a classic speedboat for a short ride over the sparkling water. Each romantic bungalow features British West Indies decor and offers ocean views, a private furnished deck, separate living area, soaking tub, and both indoor and outdoor showers. The Island Romance Suites provide additional amenities such as outdoor soaking tubs and exclusive access to a secluded sand beach with a fire pit, ensuring the utmost privacy.

Guests can enjoy water views while savoring delicious fresh cuisine at the resort's stunning restaurant. Afterward, they can unwind in one of the waterfront lounges, enjoying a peaceful evening by a cozy fire under the starlit sky. It's no surprise that Little Palm Island has been recognized as one of the best new hotels in the world and one of the top ten resort hotels in Florida.

Google Rating: 4.5

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5


Henderson Park Inn, Destin, Florida


Experience ultimate privacy and indulgence at the breathtaking adults-only all-inclusive resort, Henderson Park Inn, nestled adjacent to the pristine Henderson Beach State Park on the stunning sugar-white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. This elegant and romantic sanctuary is the exclusive all-inclusive resort in Destin, catering exclusively to guests aged 25 and older. Unwind in charming rooms and suites that offer captivating ocean views, private balconies, soothing whirlpool tubs, and luxurious furnishings.

Indulge in a divine culinary experience at the award-winning fine dining restaurant, which boasts magnificent Gulf views from both indoor and veranda seating. For a truly memorable evening, reserve the VIP Toes in the Sand candlelight dinner on the beach. In addition, there is a beachfront grill that serves delightful lunch options and refreshing cocktails.

Your stay at Henderson Park Inn includes a delectable breakfast and lunch, satisfying snacks, and refreshing nonalcoholic beverages. Take advantage of the daily happy hour and enjoy complimentary access to beach cruiser bicycles, beach chairs and umbrellas. As a guest, you will also have access to the exceptional amenities at the neighboring Henderson Beach Resort, including an adults-only pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a rejuvenating spa. Enhance your stay by selecting the Romance or Celebrate by the Sea Package, which offers additional extra indulgences.

Google Rating: 4.7TripAdvisor Rating: 5


Puerto Rico


If you're longing for a Caribbean getaway without the inconvenience of needing a passport, Puerto Rico is the ideal destination for you. As an American territory, Puerto Rico presents a sun-drenched paradise that encompasses pristine beaches, delectable cuisine, and incredibly friendly locals.


Dominican Republic


Discover the beauty of the Dominican Republic, one of the Caribbean's most geographically diverse countries. With its extensive coastline stretching for miles, this tropical paradise offers a splendid variety of white-sand beaches, rugged cliffs, and secluded mangrove lagoons.


Cape Cod


Cape Cod, consisting of 15 unique towns, each with its own distinctive ambiance and energy, beckons visitors with its enchanting allure. The Cape Cod National Seashore, spanning over 40 miles of protected coastline, offers a plethora of exciting activities catering to everyone's preferences.




Immerse yourself in the rich history and timeless charm of Charleston, consistently ranked as one of the top destinations in the United States. Experience the epitome of southern hospitality as you explore Sullivan's Island, which boasts thrilling water activities, superb restaurants, and intriguing shops.




Indulge in the irresistible allure of Miami, with its pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Relax under the warm sun, whether it's lounging in a hammock or engaging in thrilling water activities such as windsurfing, kayaking, or waterskiing.




Enjoy endless fun in the sun at Santa Monica Pier, located near the vibrant city of Los Angeles. Catch a wave at Venice Beach before strolling through the bustling beach town. Alternatively, embark on a scenic drive to Malibu, where you can marvel at breathtaking oceanfront homes and witness captivating sunsets.

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Embark on an unforgettable journey to Portugal's Algarve region, where you'll be greeted by golden beaches, charming castle villages, and awe-inspiring cliffs offering panoramic vistas. Observe the picturesque sight of colorful fishing boats gently bobbing in the sea, wander along quaint cobbled streets, and savor the flavors of the region while sipping delicious local wines. In Algarve, leisure is truly a specialty.




Nestled along the sparkling Adriatic Sea, Croatia epitomizes the essence of a Mediterranean beach destination. Whether you're captivated by the allure of Dubovica Beach, renowned as one of the most stunning beaches in Hvar, or yearn to explore the hidden gems of Croatia's secret islands, this beach destination promises an unforgettable experience that will surpass all expectations.


Best beach vacation destinations in the USA — No passport needed


If you're seeking a beach vacation closer to home, the United States boasts an array of breathtaking beach destinations that can be easily explored without the need for a passport. Spanning both the east and west coasts of the country, here are some of our top recommendations for US citizens:


1. San Diego, California


From Miami: 4 hours and 45 minutes

From New York: 5 hours and 20 minutes

From Los Angeles: 2 hours and 30 minutes (by car)

San Diego, a haven for beach enthusiasts, is one of the finest vacation spots along the west coast. The city offers a diverse range of beaches, including traditional sandy shores, picturesque cliff-side havens, and lively beach towns. Whether you plan to embark on a weeklong getaway or escape for a quick weekend trip, San Diego is conveniently accessible by plane from major US cities and easily reachable by car from Southern California.

From Miami: 4 hours and 10 minutes

From New York: 2 hours and 10 minutes

From Los Angeles: 7 hours and 50 minutes (with one stop)

Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, both situated in South Carolina, are exquisite beach towns that offer distinct experiences. While Myrtle Beach is perfect for those seeking a traditional boardwalk and beach ambiance, Hilton Head showcases a more upscale atmosphere with its golf courses, luxurious resorts, and exceptional dining options.



3. The Jersey Shore, New Jersey


From Miami: 2 hours and 50 minutes

From New York: 1 hour and 40 minutes (by car)

From Los Angeles: 5 hours and 15 minutes

The Jersey Shore, renowned for its stunning beaches and vibrant atmosphere, stands as one of the most beloved beach destinations in the United States. Whether you seek relaxed boardwalk beach towns, exciting nightlife, or luxurious resorts, the Jersey Shore offers a delightful array of options. Additionally, parasailing over the Atlantic during the summer months presents a thrilling opportunity. The Jersey Shore is easily accessible from major East Coast cities, with just a 1 hour and 40 minute drive from New York City.


4. Cape Cod, Massachusetts


From Miami: 3 hours and 20 minutes

From New York: 3 hours and 20 minutes (by flight) or 4 hours and 40 minutes (by car)

From Los Angeles: 8 hours (with one stop)

Cape Cod, an iconic coastal destination in Massachusetts, exudes cozy small town charm, enchanting eateries, and delightful local boutiques. The region boasts a collection of stunning beaches along the Massachusetts coast. Indulge in the renowned local seafood dishes that Cape Cod is famous for during your stay.



5. Oahu, Hawaii


From Miami: 11 hours and 10 minutes (with one stop)

From New York: 9 hours and 30 minutes

From Los Angeles: 5 hours and 20 minutes

Hawaii, renowned for its stunning white sand beaches, breathtaking scenery, and luxurious resorts, offers an unparalleled paradise. Oahu, in particular, is home to some of the best beaches in the state. While the famous Waikiki Beach steals the spotlight, there are numerous other pristine stretches of sand waiting to be explored. Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture, savor delicious cuisine, and create cherished memories. Surfers will also rejoice in the phenomenal waves found along the Hawaiian coastline.


6. Outer Banks, North Carolina


From Miami: 2 hours and 20 minutes

From New York: 1 hour and 45 minutes

From Los Angeles: 7 hours and 30 minutes (with one stop)

The Outer Banks, a popular beach destination within the United States, offers a tranquil escape. Accessible from major cities by either a short flight or a scenic road trip, this collection of small islands off the coast of North Carolina immerses visitors in natural beauty. Discover captivating shipwreck scuba diving spots, expansive open sea beaches, and breathtaking state parks. The Outer Banks truly has something to cater to every taste.



Bonus beaches — Private islands in the Caribbean!



Sandals Royal Bahamian Private Island


The renowned Sandals Royal Bahamian not only offers luxurious accommodations but also provides access to a private island, just a short five-minute ferry ride away. Step foot on Sandals Barefoot Cay, the private offshore island, and indulge in a range of exquisite experiences. Unwind with relaxing massages and beauty treatments at the island spa, bask in the sun in private cabanas, or dive into the crystal-clear blue waters for unparalleled snorkeling adventures. This private island is perfect for a romantic date or simply immersing yourself in the warm Caribbean sun.

Sandals Royal Bahamian Private Island Bahamas

Insider tip: Guests at Sandals resorts can explore a variety of exciting activities in Nassau. Take advantage of the resort's tour planning services to enhance your vacation.


Sandals Royal Caribbean Private Island


Experience the extraordinary opportunity to indulge in a vacation on a secluded private island at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. Throughout your stay, you'll have exclusive access to this remote island paradise. Discover additional amenities such as a delightful Thai restaurant, a swim-up bar, a luxurious spa, private cabanas, a pristine beach, and remarkable snorkeling opportunities.

Sandals Royal Caribbean Private Island Aerial

This unique combination of resort and private island is perfect for couples seeking an idyllic escape. Let passion and romance flourish as you both experience the epitome of island luxury on one of the captivating private offshore islands in the Caribbean.

Expert tip: Snorkeling in Montego Bay is highly recommended as it offers a remarkable opportunity to explore the beauty of Jamaica beneath the waves.

With stunning white sands, crystal clear waters, and luxurious resorts, these beach vacation destinations offer an unparalleled escape for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Whether you choose to unwind in the Bahamas or explore the vibrant culture of Jamaica, there is a destination to suit every couple's desires. From secluded private islands to lively beach towns, these top picks provide the perfect backdrop for creating unforgettable memories. So pack your bathing suit, grab your loved one's hand, and get ready for the ultimate beach vacation experience. The only question that remains is: which paradise will you choose?

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