The Seven Best Romantic Vacations

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Truth be told, we could care less about Hallmark holidays like Valentine’s Day. But we do believe that romance can be embraced, reinforced, and rekindled by traveling with a significant other. So, in an effort to keep the world goin’ round, we present our favorite adventures for you and yours.

Wine Touring in Mendoza
Get drunk on the intoxicating tastes of Argentina’s famed vineyard district on this three-day, two-night tour. The landscape of the High Andes Mountain Range makes for the perfect lover’s backdrop.

Tour Costa Rica from Arenal to Tortuguero
Tour Costa Rica from Arenal to TortugueroActive couples will take to this Central American hotspot, where they can explore seething volcanoes, flourishing rainforests, and turquoise bays teeming with marine life. Rappel down thundering waterfalls and sail through the trees on a zip line. Float the canals of Tortuguero National Park to a soundtrack of exotic birdsong, watching for manatees, caimans, crocodiles, and turtles. Tackle the epic Class III-IV Pacuare River, and then enjoy a glass of wine at the Arenal Observatory Lodge.

Stay at Honduras’s Mango Creek Lodge Eco
Located on the shores of Port Royal on the secluded East End of Roatan, Honduras’s most populated of the three Bay Islands, Mango Creek Lodge is the perfect, eco-friendly launchpad. Explore the island’s mountainous terrain and pristine reef—the second-largest in the world—by  hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and sailing, and then retreat to the quiet comfort for your own room each night for more than a week of sinful indulgence. 

Beautiful Bali / Indonesia
Discover the collective you when you escape to another world in this Indonesian hotspot for nine blissful days of smoldering volcanoes, idyllic beaches, colorful reefs, ornate customs, and a welcoming culture.

Stand-Up Paddle & Snorkel at the Arch / Mexico
Make this daylong adventure the highlight of your time in Mexico’s beautiful (and safe) Los Cabos. Perfect your balance on a stand-up paddleboard, then snorkel at Pelican Rock, well known for its abundance of marine life.

Sonoma Wine Country – Alexander Wine Country Weekend Bike Tour / California
Touring the California vineyards? Not exactly original… at least not until you factor in that this weekend-long tour is on bicycles. Spend three days touring the Alexander Valley, rolling along quiet country roads bordered by immaculate rows of vineyards. Sample the amazing pinots and zinfandels at boutique wineries, dine in quaint restaurants, and retire each night to the comforts of an intimate inn.

Brazilian Beach Hopper / Brazil
Setting out from the picturesque colonial town of Paraty, spend three days kayaking the warm waters of Brazil's only tropical fjord through protected bays and mangrove forests. Stop off at islands and beaches to discover your own private paradise, and then take in views of Sugarloaf Peak, hang with local fishing communities, and flirt with Brazilian wildlife—if you can manage to take your eyes off your companion.

Published: 31 Jan 2013 | Last Updated: 1 Feb 2013
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

Best Hotels in Costa Rica

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Volcano Lodge and Springs
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Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose
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Pumilio Mountain and Ocean Hotel

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