‘Tis the season of roses, chocolates and good old romance. Valentine’s Day is coming up and everyone is starting to get romantic. If you were planning to just sit through the whole week, we urge you to reconsider and head out for a quick getaway to make this year’s VD a little special. And if you are going on a getaway, make it exotic. Here, then, are some great picks for international destinations for a romantic escape this Valentine’s Day. CHECK OUT: Valentine’s Day 2018: Best Romantic Places in India for February 14
Golden tower (Torre del Oro) along the Guadalquivir river, Seville
Located just around an hour from the southern end of Spain, the city of Seville offers incredible historic monuments and some beautiful architecture. The Seville Cathedral is the largest of its kind in the world, and the Royal Palace of Seville is the stuff of fairytales. The Plaza de Espana is another big sight here, and there are tapas of different kinds to eat and wonderful rooftop villas and little palazios to stay in.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco City Hall illuminated in rainbow colors in honor of Pride Week
In America, our pick for a romantic destination would be the city of San Francisco. There is nothing more romantic than taking a walk across the Golden Gate bridge, the Pacific Ocean on either side and the skyline of the city and Alcatraz Island within view. There is also the delicious food available everywhere in coffee shops and small eateries and the Ferry Building farmers’ market. Couple that with a romantic dinner and a stroll along the city streets at night.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague cityscape in the evening
The capital city of Czech Republic, Prague is a popular destination for romantics in Europe and America and for good reason. Here, you will find narrow cobblestone lanes lit by old-world gas lamps, romantic boat cruises along the Vltava River with views of the Old Town on either side, ancient Gothic churches and much more. Eat out at the small but intimate eateries, enjoy the pastel colored homes around you and the intricate bridges and immerse yourself in the charm of Old Prague.
St. Lucia, Caribbean
View of the coast of the island of St. Lucia from the deck of a cruise ship during sunset
Next up is the Caribbean island paradise of St. Lucia. The island is one of the most romantic options among the Caribbean islands, and that is saying a lot. There are plenty of romantic spots right here in the island, many of them by the beach and many atop the nearby hills, offering incredible views of the deep blue ocean and the hills that rise out of the waters like the end of sharp spears. Very romantic.
Na Pali coast, Kauai, Hawaii view from sea at sunset during a cruise tour
Hawaii is full of romantic destination, but Kauai is where you can head to for a quiet and peaceful getaway. Here, you can find secluded beaches where it is just you, your Valentine and the ocean and some incredible trekking trails along the Na Pali coast. You will also find more waterfalls here than on any other Hawaiian island, and trek to these waterfalls for a private dip in the pools below. ALSO READ: Valentine’s Day 2018: Where to Go in India If You’re Single
Beautiful view of Positano and the Amalfi Coast from an antique terrace
We round off this list with the little Italian town of Positano along the Amalfi Coast. The town is full of pastel buildings built along the mountain slopes, making it seem like they are slipping down into the Mediterranean waters below. You will find incredible seaside sunsets, winding streets and some of the best beaches in the country right here in this idyllic town.