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Most Romantic Islands in the World

Many places claim to have it all when it comes to romantic vacation destinations. And while it may be true that everyone’s idea of romantic travel is different, sun, sand, and sea are universal languages. If you’re looking for a idyllic location, you came to the right list.

Islands in the South Pacific and the Eastern Caribbean scored our top spots, followed closely by the Seychelles in East Africa, proving that natural beauty, wonderful people, and romance exist in all corners of the globe. No matter where you are or where you’re able to go, there’s likely an island on our list that’s accessible to you or, alternatively, far enough away to truly provide the most romantic retreat from your day-to-day life.

If a destination wedding is on the horizon, Maui or Lanai make accessible spots for friends and family to get to from the continental U.S. If elopement is the way for you, don't limit yourself to any one particular region from this list: take a look at the images and read the descriptions and go where your hearts take you, be it Bora Bora or St. Bart’s.

1. Cook Islands

Aerial view of the Cook IslandsCOURTESY OF COOK ISLANDS TOURISM

The wide and shallow waters surrounding the Cook Islands makes this South Pacific destination ideal for beach lovers and snorkeling enthusiasts.

2. Anguilla

Shoreline in AnguillaCHRISTINA HOLMES

White sands and crystal clear waters line the shores of Anguilla, and with bright, white resorts to match, this Caribbean island is a striking paradise.

3. Seychelles

View of a beach in the SeychellesCOURTESY OF SEYCHELLES TOURISM BOARD

Seychelles is a foolproof honeymoon paradise. Gorgeous beaches and a rich culture of diversity make this archipelago memorable.

4. Maldives

Aerial view of two islands in the MaldivesMOHAMED ABDULLA SHAFEEG/GETTY IMAGES

Craving an above-water all-inclusive bungalow with access to your own, private area in the Indian Ocean? The Maldives is where you need to be.

5. Bora Bora

Resort in Bora BoraLEI TAO/COURTESY OF TAHITI TOURISME

This island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia is known for scuba diving, snorkeling, above-water bungalows, and the turquoise lagoon they’re built on.

6. KauaiGreen canyon landscape on the island of Kauai

JAKOB OWENS/COURTESY OF HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY

With its breathtaking mountains and legendary beach parks, Kauai’s capacity for outdoor adventure is seemingly never-ending.

7. Koh Samui

Koh Samui, ThailandCOURTESY OF TOURISM THAILAND

Quiet yet cosmopolitan, Koh Samui is Phuket’s even more glamorous cousin island. With its variety of wellness and yoga retreats, this is the island for the couple who cares as much for each other as they do for themselves.

8. Ischia

Ischia, ItalyISC

The castles and caves of Ischia, a volcanic treasure of an island off the coast of Italy, make it the island getaway for European culture buffs.

9. Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands

Harbor of Hvar, CroatiaCombine the charm of Croatia’s winding streets, the emerald waters of Sardinia, and striking aerial views unlike any other, and you’ll get the Dalmatian islands.

10. Fiji Islands

Coral and fish off the coast of FijiSEAN FENNESSY

The blues and greens of Fiji’s waters and the fine white sand of its beaches have kept couples coming back year after year, making it our No. 10 romantic island destination in the world.

11. Maui

View of turbines on the Hawaiian island of MauiHEATHER GOODMAN/COURTESY OF HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY

A few hours’ drive around Maui and you’re bound to see everything from black sand beaches, unreal constellations, and even Acacia koa, a tree found on the plains of Africa and Australia. It’s truly an explorer’s paradise.

12. Virgin Gorda

The Baths on Virgin GordaNOE DEWITT

The granite grottos that harbor the lagoons around this Caribbean island make it a must-visit for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts.

13. Moorea

Peaks on the island of MooreaLEI TAO/COURTESY OF TAHITI TOURISME

Deemed "Nature’s Playground," Moorea is the French Polynesian island a ferry ride away from Tahiti. It’s known for its skyscraping mountains and blue-green coastal lagoons.

14. Santorini

santorini-island-greece-14-ROMANCEISLESWB20CLASSIC VIEW OF SANTORINI, GREECE

Stroll through the steep, winding streets of this unmistakable Greek island on the Aegean Sea, meet some of the most hospitable locals in the world, and immerse yourselves in coastal Mediterranean life.

15. Nantucket

View of NantucketROLAND BELLO

From charming boat houses to glamorous coastal mansions, Nantucket is the endearing stateside island offering the best of both small town life and luxe East Coast comfort.

16. Lanai

Beach and cliffs on the Hawaiian island of LanaiHEATHER GOODMAN/COURTESY OF HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY

Known as Hawaii’s hidden travel gem, this small island has views of Maui and Molokai as well as two Four Seasons locations. This is the place if you and and your partner love to relax, enjoy the view, and maybe take in a hike or two.

17. Capri

Capri, ItalyGETTY IMAGES

An island in Italy’s Bay of Naples, Capri’s bright blue waters, picturesque grottos, and rugged coastline make its landscape one you and your lover will remember for years to come.

18. St. Bart's

St Bart'sNOE DEWITT

If your dream vacation includes some serious R&R (and yachts), this French-speaking Caribbean island is your best bet. With countless five-star resorts and miles of white sand beaches, the island country of Saint Barthélemy is a dream come true for couples.

19. Zanzibar

Aerial view of Nungwi, ZanzibarISTOCKPHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

The archipelago of Zanzibar, while technically a part of Tanzania, has a rich history of its own. Swahili is an easy language to pick up, so greet the locals and immerse yourself in this stunning island’s friendly culture.

20. Milos

Aerial view of a small boat off the coast of Milos, GreeceCHRISTOPHER KENNEDY

Foodies in search of an island paradise can look no further than Greece’s Milos. This island’s beaches, rich food history, and bright white architecture make romantic trips as robust as they can be.

21. St. John

St JohnCOURTESY OF U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

Known for its reefs and rainforest, the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands is for the couple who feels at home in nature. Dolphins, hawksbill, green turtles, birds, and more inhabit this island, so you’re bound to cross paths with some amazing animals while there.

22. Exumas

Couple kayaking in the Exumas, BahamasCOURTESY OF THE BAHAMAS MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND AVIATION

This district of the Bahamas has unreal jewel-toned waters and the finest sand you’re likely to find anywhere. Here, swimming with (friendly) sharks, turtles, and even pigs is not only a possibility but a probability.

23. Island of Hawaii

Waterfall on the island of HawaiiHEATHER GOODMAN/COURTESY OF HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY

The largest of the Hawaiian islands is home to some of the best whale-watching in the world. And if hiking, surfing, volcanoes, and fresh poke is your thing, this is your paradise.

24. Paros

Dusk on the island of Paros, GreeceMARCO ARGUELLO

Paros is Grecian seaside living at its finest. If you and your partner prefer local boutiques and charming accommodations to omnipresent luxury brands and over-the-top resorts, this authentically Greek island is for you.

25. Palawan

El Nido, :Palawan, PhilippinesISTOCKPHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

Every corner of this archipelagic province in the Philippines is picturesque: the waters are clear and bright, the mountains are steep and striking, and the list of adventurous things to do is seemingly endless.

26. Harbour Island

Pink sand beach on Harbour Island, BahamasPHILIPPE GIRAUD/SYGMA/GETTY IMAGES

The quiet, simple way of life on this island in the Bahamas makes it the ideal place to get away after getting hitched or just the perfect spot to rest and reset with your loved one.



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