Love is in the air as February approaches, and what could be more romantic than a trip to paradise? Travel + Leisure has just released a list of the world’s most romantic islands — here are some of our favorites, and a few we think they missed.
Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
With vibrant turquoise lagoons, fine white sand, snorkeling, and secluded beaches it’s easy to see why Bora-Bora was voted #1. Check out our guide for Bora-Bora, “the Romantic Island,” to learn where to stay, what to do, where to dine by candlelight … and more.
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Nature lovers can’t go wrong with this less-touristy and more laid-back Caribbean island. Become one with nature at a national wildlife refuge or a bioluminescent bay filled with glowing organisms, or lesson your carbon footprint and stay in a solar-powered suite.
The dramatic scenery of lush rainforests, colorful flowers and picture-perfect waterfalls are sure to inspire romance. Though some beaches may be crowded with tourists, there still are some secluded gems in Kauai.
Escape from the Italian mainland and embrace “la dolce vita”: stay in a waterfront villa overlooking the clear, blue sea, explore the flower-covered mountain slopes, stroll through the gardens of the 19th-century Villa San Michele, or snorkel at Marina Piccola beach … said to be the spot where Odysseus almost succumbed to the sirens’ song. Capri Palace, the main hotel of the island and a favorite of the rich and famous, even focuses on “the pursuit of beauty.”
This tropical archipelago has everything you could be looking for in a romantic, remote island. The palm tree-cloaked beaches, private overwater bungalows, snorkeling, and adults-only resorts all embody luxury; or visit the underwater nightclub or a shipwreck site for a little more excitement. Don’t miss our guide on how to make the best of your getaway.
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Koh Surin Nua, Thailand
Sweep your loved one off their feet by watching the sunset and camping under the stars on the pristine beaches. With the most extensive coral reef in Thailand and frequent sea turtle sightings, this destination is a great escape from traditional touristy beaches.
Fernando De Noronha, Brazil
Rev up the romance at this little-known island, containing some of the most spectacular beaches in all of Brazil. It’s a wonderland of glinting warm waters, amazing sands, and lush green jungles. While you won’t find any luxury resorts on the island, stay at a cozy pousada (family-run inn) and all your meals will be provided. Get the 411 about Fernando de Noronha with our guide.
Want even more romantic-getaway inspiration? Check out our gallery of Islands Under the Radar.