If you and your partner are avid travelers, there’s a good chance that you have a travel bucket list for couples – whether it’s an official one or not. The two of you may dream of seeing the Eiffel Tower, suntanning on the sunny shores of Maui, or taking a gondola ride in Venice together.
And while those should definitely be on your couple’s bucket list, there are so many other places to add! You can snorkel in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh, soak in the hot springs of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, and enjoy the wines of Chile’s Colchagua Valley.
Simply put, if you’re looking for the ultimate travel bucket list for couples, this guide has you covered! As the famous quote says, “Oh darling, let’s be adventurers!”
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14 Romantic Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List for Couples
Every bucket list for couples is going to include Paris in some form. After all, Paris is known as the city of love and it’s one of the most romantic cities in Europe. In fact, I honeymooned in Paris and some of my favorite travel memories are from there.
Just about every attraction in Paris can be a romantic experience. You can stroll along the Seine, dine at an adorable little café, or visit the Wall of Love in Montmartre.
But the most romantic thing to see in Paris is, of course, the Eiffel Tower. And while the Eiffel Tower is romantic during the day, it’s even better at night when it sparkles every hour on the hour.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam seems to just exude romance. Without even looking for romantic attractions, you’ll just stumble upon them.
You can stroll along the canals hand in hand, buy blooming bouquets from the floating Amsterdam Flower Market, and pop by one of the food stands to purchase tiny shareable pancakes known as poffertjes.
And while Amsterdam has always been a romantic city, its reputation got a major boost in 2014 with the release of The Fault in Our Stars movie, which was based on a book by John Green. In this sappy, heart-wrenching love story, the two main characters eventually make their way to Amsterdam and have a heart-to-heart on a bench. And this bench, found where the Herengracht and Leidsegracht canals meet, is now considered to be one of the most romantic spots in all of Amsterdam.
Maui, Hawaii, USA
The island of Maui should be on just about every bucket list for couples. After all, it has firmly established itself as one of the best couples’ vacation destination spots in the entire world and one of the best islands in the United States!
While on Maui, there are loads of romantic things to do. You and your partner can sip on pineapple wine at Tedeschi Winery, catch the sunrise from Haleakala, and get pampered with a couple’s massage at one of Maui’s best spas.
And if you both have adventurous tendencies, your Maui bucket list for couples can get even longer! You can tackle the road to Hana, hike the Waihee Ridge Trail, and snorkel at Molokini Crater.
Since Santorini is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, it by default makes it onto just about every bucket list for couples.
With its sunshine-filled beaches, gorgeous ocean views, and iconic architecture, there’s no question of why Santorini is such a popular vacation destination.
During your trip to the island, you can certainly take it slow. You can spend the day hopping from beach to beach before finally enjoying the picture-perfect sunset.
Or you can also fill your days with adventure. You can hike to the peak of Santorini Volcano, explore the ruins that inspired Atlantis at the Akrotiri Archeological Site, and visit a few of the famous blue-domed churches.
With gorgeous canals and romantic gondolas, Venice is one of the prettiest cities in Italy. Therefore, it obviously had to make it onto this bucket list for couples. After all, there’s nowhere else quite like this water-oriented city.
The best thing to do in Venice for couples is to enjoy a gondola ride. During your journey, you’ll get to see many of Venice’s best sites, including the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. And, as an added bonus, you’ll get to listen to your gondolier sing Italian songs at the top of his or her lungs.
And while a gondola ride should be at the top of your list of things to do in Venice, there are other things the two of you will enjoy as well. You two can walk across the many bridges hand in hand, buy a piece of Murano glass art for your home, and split a tasty scoop of gelato.
A lot of people spend just one day in Venice. While there’s nothing wrong with that, I highly recommend spending three days in Venice so you can experience everything it has to offer. Venice is brimming with restaurants and attractions and you’ll need more than just a day if you want to enjoy it all.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
When you picture Bora Bora, you likely picture glimmering turquoise waters, pristine sand, and overwater bungalows – and you can add this magical landscape to your bucket list for couples!
Bora Bora became known for its overwater bungalows in the 1960s when the first of its kind was built at the Hotel Bora Bora. But now there are dozens of different hotels with overwater bungalows for you to choose from!
While each of these resorts offers different amenities with its overwater bungalows, they all have something in common: their location. If you want to take a dip in the water, all you have to do is take a step outside!
While you might be tempted to spend the entirety of your trip to Bora Bora in your overwater bungalow, there are a few other romantic activities that you’ll want to experience. You can swim with turtles, enjoy a massage on the beach, and take a sunset boat tour.
Savannah, Georgia, USA
The charming little town of Savannah, Georgia is perfect for a quiet, romantic getaway. During your time in this town, you can simply enjoy the laid-back atmosphere.
But if you want to add a specific Savannah activity to your bucket list for couples, I recommend taking a carriage ride through town or having a picnic at Forsyth Park.
There are quite a few other romantic things to in this little Georgia town as well. You can wander along the beautiful Jones Street, stop and smell the flowers at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, and enjoy a fancy dinner at Cha Bella. And if you’re not afraid to get a little spooked, you should consider taking a ghost tour of the city.
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt is where well-off Egyptians go for their honeymoons. And while it’s popular with Egyptians, Sharm El Sheikh has somehow managed to completely stay off the international travel radar.
The best thing to do in Sharm El Sheikh is snorkel. And I know what you might be thinking: snorkeling in Egypt? Yes, it’s amazing!
Sharm El Sheikh is located on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula along the Red Sea, which has some of the most amazing snorkeling conditions in the world. While there, you can see colorful fish, giant clams, spotted stingrays, and even the occasional dolphin!
With all this awesome marine life, you and your partner will likely want to spend all of your time in the water. But if you need a break, the two of you can visit the Al-Mustafa Mosque, The Heavenly Cathedral, and The Old Market.
Italy is so romantic that it has two cities on this bucket list for couples. In addition to the aforementioned city of Venice, Florence has also snagged a spot.
While many of the best cities for couples have a specific romantic attraction to see, the appeal of Florence just comes from the overall atmosphere.
As you and your loved one explore the city, you can marvel at the marble and terra cotta architecture, stumble along hand in hand down the cobblestone streets and admire the views of the Arno River.
That said, there are still a few things that you must do during your time in Florence. You definitely want to check out Michelangelo’s David statue at the Accademia Gallery, take a stroll along Ponte Vecchio, and climb to the top of the Duomo of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
If you want to add a spot in Asia to your bucket list for couples, Kyoto, Japan would be my first recommendation.
During your trip to this Japanese city, you can stay at a romantic ryokan which is a traditional Japanese-style hotel. And while you might be tempted to spend all your time discovering all of the thoughtful amenities in your room – from the designated bathroom slippers to the quality tea – there are loads of romantic things for the two of you to do around Kyoto as well.
If you happen to be visiting in the spring, the first thing you’ll want to add to your Kyoto bucket list for couples is sailing down the cherry blossom-lined Okazaki Canal. This relaxing, picture-perfect ride will likely be one of the main highlights of your trip.
But, there are other romantic things to do in Kyoto as well! The two of you can walk through the Arashiyama bamboo grove, visit Kinkakuji (the “Temple of the Golden Pavilion”), and soak in an onsen (hot spring).
St. Lucia is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean and garners thousands of newlyweds to its shores every single year. This Caribbean island is perfect for both relaxation and adventure.
If you and your partner want to opt for the relaxation side of the island, you can suntan on La Toc Beach, get a couple’s massage at a spa at one of the island’s fancy resorts, dine at one of the lavish restaurants, and take a champagne sunset cruise.
But if you’d prefer to do a little adventuring, you can test your snorkeling skills, hike to the beautiful Toraille Waterfalls, and head to the top of Petit Piton.
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Everyone knows that the best vacation destinations are the places that the locals go to vacation. Situated just a couple of hours outside of Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula is where all the Aucklanders go to escape the hustle and bustle of life. It’s the perfect day trip from Auckland!
One of the coolest things about the Coromandel Peninsula is that it has something for everyone. If you want to relax, you can head to the hot springs of The Lost Geothermal Spa or dig a hot pool of your own at Hot Water Beach.
If you’d prefer something more adventurous, you can kayak around Cathedral Cove or tackle The Pinnacles hike.
Or if you’d prefer to join the other couples and visitors to the Coromandel Peninsula, you can hop aboard the Driving Creek Railway and take a ride through the native forest.
Colchagua Valley, Chile
There are many well-known wine regions around the world, including Bordeaux in France, Napa Valley in California, and La Rioja in Spain. But if you want to be a cool couple, consider going to Colchagua Valley in Chile instead.
The wines of Colchagua Valley have only started getting some recognition in recent years. Now, you and your partner can take as many romantic wine tours as you like and sip on Carmenere and cabernet sauvignon before the rest of the world figures out this wine gem.
When traveling to Morocco, just about everyone thinks of Marrakesh first. But, I’d actually recommend Fez (also spelled Fes) instead for your bucket list for couples.
There are two main recommendations I have for your trip to Fez: 1) stay in a riad and 2) hire a local guide. First, a riad is a traditional Moroccan house – but these houses are nothing like the ones you’re used to. These massive buildings are filled with ornately tiled walls and floors, thriving plants, and even fountains in the middle of central courtyards!
As for the local guide, you’ll need one. Fez is a maze of streets that no visitor – regardless of their directional skills – can navigate. Instead, you’ll need an expert to take you to all of the best sites, including Fes el-Bali (Old Town Fez), the Chaouwara Tannery, and the Medersa al-Attarine.
It is important to note that you and your partner cannot book a room together in Morocco unless you are married.
Do you have any destinations to add to this bucket list for couples? Let me know in the comments below!
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Disha Smith is the founder of Disha Discovers. She quit her job in 2017 to travel the world to explore new cultures and experience new adventures. She has since been to 95+ countries and counting and has lived in South Africa, Thailand, Croatia, and Australia. She has done all kinds of travel ranging from luxury to budget backpacking, and her mission is to inspire others to discover their own sense of adventure and to help them plan a life full of meaningful experiences through travel.