It doesn't have to be your honeymoon to plan the ultimate beach vacation, but finding a sandy shore that's both stunning and not packed to the brim with tourists can be tricky. (It's a little hard to get your groove on when you're surrounded by screaming kids, okay?) These places are just the getaway you need. While they all have their busy seasons, they tend to be more couples-friendly, and are the kind of once-in-a-lifetime locales worth putting on your bucket list.
Can anything beat an island shaped like a heart? Didn't think so. After a long day in the sun, escape to the Matangi Island Resort, which lets you choose between coconut-palm-thatched bungalows or split-level treehouse rooms.
BOOK NOW Matangi Private Island Resort
Sure, there are the coconut groves and nesting sea turtles, but the black sand is what makes this beach on Hawaii's Big Island famous. And whatever you do, don't miss the sunrises and sunsets.
BUY NOW Royal Kona Resort
While the beaches are lovely in this little Italian town, it's the cliffside restaurant that overlooks the Adriatic Sea that makes the evenings feel like something straight out of a movie. We won't judge you for going back for breakfast the next day (and then dinner again).
BOOK NOW Borgobianco Resort & Spa
This tropical destination in the Indian Ocean is made up of hundreds of islands and is known for its blue water and colorful reefs. But what couples tend to love the most are the over-the-water bungalows.
BOOK NOW Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Off the coast of Queensland is the world's. It's got a peaceful vibe, but there are also plenty of activities for adventurous couples. Whale watching? Check. Rainforest hikes? Double check.
BOOK NOW Oceans Resort & Spa
Mediterranean-style oceanfront villas line the coast of this beach town, offering views unlike any other. During the day, you can take on the area's famous hiking trails, which are guaranteed to leave you breathless — figuratively more so than literally.
BOOK NOW Belmond El Encanto
When you tire of the aqua blue water and laying out in the sun on this Caribbean beach (unlikely, but still), there are plenty of excursions waiting for you and bae — like hikes to some of the dreamiest waterfalls.
BOOK NOW Jade Mountain Resort
Off of the southwestern coast of Florida is a shell-lined beach that's much more quiet and serene than the rest of the state's destinations. Free bike loans make getting around easy!
BOOK NOW South Seas Island Resort
Feeling gutsy? There's a secluded cove at this beach destination where you can sunbathe in the nude. Or, if that's not your thing, you can stick to the main stretch to soak in the Mexican sun, where swimsuits are the norm.
BOOK NOW El Aquimista
It seems like everyone's talking about Thailand these days — and for good reason. There's crystal-clear water and enormous rock formations, inexpensive meals that will impress even the biggest food snobs, and tons of history and culture to discover.
BOOK NOW Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort
The big boulders scattered across the sandy beaches of this island create grottos and pools of water that pictures just don't do justice.
BOOK NOW Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Ready for a night in nature? It has become popular to skip the fancy hotel and pick out a yurt or treehouse near this cliffside Pacific Ocean beach instead for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But if you do want an over-the-top luxury experience, the Post Ranch Inn is the spot to have it.
BOOK NOW Post Ranch Inn
There's a reason this beach was the backdrop for Eat, Love, Pray — it's breathtakingly gorgeous. For a truly unique experience, stay at the Desa Seni, a resort made of antique cottages on a rice plantation.
BOOK NOW Desa Seni
If romance to you means quiet time and not a person in sight, you should venture to this South Carolina destination. It's a short ride from Charleston (about 20 minutes) and offers almost complete solitude — with the exception of the occasional starfish.
BOOK NOW The Sanctuary
People come to this destination for its famous turquoise water, coral reefs, and over-the-water bungalows — and we totally see why. You can also go scuba diving or climb the dormant volcano during the day. Can you even?!
BOOK NOW Four Seasons Bora Bora
White-washed villas, black sand beaches, and views of the blue Aegean Sea are a few of the reasons why this Greek island is just begging for couples to check it out.
BOOK NOW Perivolas
This island is considered one of the quieter destinations within theand is perfect for honeymooners. But the real treat comes after the sun goes down and the live music scene revs up.
BOOK NOW Cap Juluca
These beaches are home to some of the softest sand, meaning if all you want to do on vacation is lay on the beach, this is the spot. Between naps, you can also explore the colorful coral by water.
BOOK NOW The Ocean Club
This island is famous for its Blue Grotto and rocky shoreline. Pro tip: If you and your SO prefer to eat your way through vacation, the Da Luigi ai Faraglioni restaurant lets you eat, swim, and sunbathe right out front.
BOOK NOW J.K. Place
This little hideout is tucked just about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But even though it's located between two booming cities, it has the pace of a small beach town, which is exactly the kind of vibe two people need to relax and experience romance.
BOOK NOW Cottage Inn By The Sea