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Love is forever! And it sure as heck doesn’t stop when it rains or when the economy takes a dip. Romance and love is something to be cherished and appreciated all the time. But, there obviously is one day outside of anniversaries that takes love and celebrates it in a more grandiose fashion and that’s Valentine’s Day. After all the chocolate, red-enveloped cards, oversized stuffed bears, have been bought there comes the conundrum of figuring out-where do you take your date on Valentine’s Day? We know that’s a common question leading up to the big heart-themed day, so for that reason, we’ve compiled a list of the most romantic vacation spots for every budget on Valentine’s Day. Check out our other posts on hidden gems in Europe that you might want to check out.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Some may think of South Park, others may think of the Colorado Rockies major league baseball team. In any case, it’s safe to say that a lot of people don’t think about Colorado when it comes to romance. But put the Valentine’s Day gifts aside for one second and hear us out because Colorado Springs can be the perfect little Valentine’s Day getaway this year. From doing Yoga to Horseback riding, there’s plenty of activities that scream romance. Take your date out on Colorado’s Pikes Peak. Or take them to see the very popular Gardens of the god’s collection. Once you’re done doing all that, top the trip off with a memorable meal at the famous Peppertree restaurant. Named as one of the “100 most scenic restaurants in American” by Open Table.
After you’ve finished picking out perfectly colored red Valentine’s Day cookies and you have realized that Valentine’s Day’s cliches aren’t up your alley, then maybe Whitefish Montana is where you’ll find your out of the box idea for a romantic getaway. Of course, not many associate the great state of Montana with love, but once you dabble in something like a Yogakoh retreat or Snowshoeing, you’ll soon realize it’s perfect for that adventurous, romantic. While you’re adventuring with your loved one, check out the very popular Dancing Spirit Ranch. Whitefish Montana proves that for some, the perfect date can include some outdoor adventure!
Enough with buying candy every year, go on a romantic getaway instead. This next location falls under the category of hidden gems when it comes to romantic vacation spots. The reason being it’s not as well known as the other locations on our list. That place, of course, is the very tranquil yet populated island known as St. Lucia. St. Lucia has a long storied history. It’s a great vacation destination for tourists, and it can also brag about its year-round ability to host a good time. In terms of romantic getaways either for anniversary trip ideas or a Valentine’s Day getaways, you’ll want to check out Coconut Bay. The scenery there is enough to last a lifetime. When you’re done checking that out, books a cruise on a Catamaran or go swimming under a waterfall. Any of those activities are sure to wow your special someone.
San Francisco, California
What a great location to open some Valentine’s Day chocolates, with your love. San Francisco is a historic city, with a pizza scene that could give Chicago and New York a run for their money. San Fran actually boasts a highly talked about romance factor. So much so that millennials today find themselves booking a plane ticket to go see for themselves. Whether it’s the Golden Gate bridge or all those love songs about the city, San Francisco is sure to not disappoint for a Valentine’s Day getaway. Plus, if your special someone likes Full House, you can take them to go see that ever so famous red doored house!
Dublin is next on our list and falls under the category of historically romantic vacation spots. Mostly for all the historic landmarks, breathtaking scenery, and royal feels it will leave your love’s heart yearning for more. Why do we call it historic exactly? Because Dublin boasts many landmarks that have stood tall throughout the centuries which also feature a romantic feel to them. Cross the rolling hills to the Cliffs of Moher or venture out to one of the many castles and manors and you will have one of the most memorable Valentine’s Day getaways ever. With the scene set on the cobbled streets of Dublin, take your date to a whiskey tasting or eating your way up and down the Temple Bar scene. If you’re on the more traditional side of the fence then try one of Dublin’s spas. We include more info on the Cliffs of Moher and other western European cities here.
New York City, New York
If you’ve been browsing the many Valentine’s Day gifs, or have ever watched a romantic comedy then you know New York City is one of the most romantic vaction spots in the world to take your date on a Valentine’s Day getaway. If you’re already a native, then check out one of the restaurants in your borough as Valentine’s Day in NY always promises a dinner scene like no other. Most of the eateries are so booked for the day that you most likely need to make a reservation. If you’re not from the big apple then you have a plethora of options for taking your date around the city for the first time. There’s the top of the Empire State Building which is so notorious for love that it sees many marriage proposals all year-round. There’s Broadway which is always a favorite for dates before or after dinner. There’s the world-famous Bronx Zoo, Central Park, numerous museums, comedy clubs, bars, you name it! New York City has a little bit of everything. You really can’t go wrong when taking your love to New York City for a Valentine’s Day getaway.
It’s almost silly to explain this next one but we sure couldn’t keep one of the most romantic cities in the world off our list–Paris, France. You won’t need a bunch of Valentine’s Day chocolates when traveling to Paris because the city is ripe with beautiful scenery, a plethora of places to get that candlelight dinner, and plenty of boutiques to get whatever your romantic heart desires. When you’re not showering your date with French chocolate and maybe a plate full of truffles, just taking a stroll through the city can be enough to make a great date even better. And of course, there are the other traditional activities to do in Paris such as visiting the world-renowned Eiffel Tower, the many museums, and of course the shopping.
This next location has been in the news for major flooding as this city is famous for its canals and romantic backdrops. But don’t let the flooding stop you as most of the city remains in great condition. Venice is well known for great food, romantic gondola rides and a long storied history that dates back to a time where the only entertainment to talk about on dates was books. It’s this mix of geography, history, and setting that make Venice a place like no other. And that’s even leaving out how great the weather can be all year-round. But, just because a city thrives on great food and wine, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring some great Valentine’s Day candy on your date too.
You won’t need to buy a whole lot of Valentine’s Day treats for this next location as Jamaica is already chock full of great activities, cool weather, music, nightlife, food, and so much more. When you take your Valentine’s Day date to Jamaica, you won’t be in the traditional snowy and wintry weather that’s usually experienced around this time of year, you’ll instead be able to lounge with that special someone on places like a white sandy beach, a swim-up bar, and more. You will be able to enjoy the warm climate of Jamaica, its great party atmosphere, and a culture like no other. Jamaica makes for one of the most romantic islands locations for Valentine’s Day.
The next location on our list of Valentine’s Day getaways is a small secluded island that has a Jamaica type feel to it although more special. The name of this island is the Grenadines. You may have heard of this small unique location but if not, some notable things about this place are that it is completely unlike the other places on our list in that you actually arrive to the Grenadines by ferry. If that isn’t romantic and secluded enough how about lounging on white sandy beaches with the sound of the wind blowing through the fronds of the palm trees. With the limited access, your romance starts when you step off that ferry and you will have the options of great food, awesome music, time at the beach, and the ability to visit their wildlife reserve.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Much like the Grenadines, this location for your Valentine’s Day getaway is surrounded by a beautiful body of water. Necker Island is part of the British Virgin Islands. Fun fact, Richard Sir Branson actually owns this island. Necker Island is, of course, a private island, so don’t expect this location to be on the modestly priced side of the fence. But, if you do find that your Valentine’s Day budget is optional for a private island getaway then you’ll be getting that Caribbean vibe with great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and obviously memories to last a lifetime. Plus you get to brag that you got to spend Valentine’s Day on a private island owned by Sir Richard Branson. So cool!
Big Sur, California
If you are not really looking for a wintry Valentine’s Day getaway and you also aren’t looking to travel to a destination rich in tropical weather? Then the Post Ranch Inn at Big Sur is probably your best bet! Sitting high atop the 1,200 feet high cliffs of Big Sur, the Post Ranch Inn creates a romantic vacation spot taking you out of the daily hustle and bustle and plucking you down in your own secluded environment where it’s just you and your significant other. Put a twist on Valentine’s Day and try something out of the box. Romance deserves time devoted off the beaten path and Post Ranch Inn is just the place to experience that.
As you have now seen, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a stressful planning event. There are plenty of locations around the world that scream romantic just by mentioning their names. So, keep this list handy, and surprise your loved one with a Valentine’s Day getaway and memories to last a lifetime! If you have a place you highly recommend we would love to hear about it in the comments or on our social media!