Consider one of these romantic domestic destinations when pondering a destination for a romantic getaway.
The island chain known as Islamorada extends off the coast of mainland Florida into the crystal blue waters between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. It is made up of six separate isles, including Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key and the offshore islands of Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key. Islamorada translates to "purple island" - a name that was introduced by Spanish explorers during the early voyages to the New World.
Islamorada is a bit more secluded than some of the other islands in the Florida Keys, and has become quite a desirable honeymoon spot for American newlyweds. It presents guests with a wide array of scenic vistas and breathtaking ocean views, but there is a lot more than just a pretty landscape here. Islamorada is home to a variety of superb beachfront cafes and secluded island bistros that present a sublime atmosphere for a romantic dinner for two. The Morada Bay Beach Cafe, located bayside along the Overseas Highway near mile marker 81.6, is a great option for couples hoping to enjoy a meal while basking in each other's affectionate gaze. The menu presents a wide spectrum of island delights, focusing mainly on fresh seafood, but also a number of sweet treats off the dessert menu. Stop in for a bite to eat if you're feeling famished on your Islamorada getaway.
While the island chain lacks a structured "downtown" area, there are a number of quaint boutiques that reside along the Overseas Highway. One such spot is the Lion's Lair, which presents a wide selection of beach apparel, jewelry and seductive lingerie that is sure to arouse a lot more than your curiosity. If you're hoping to set the mood at your HomeAway accommodation later in the evening, stop in and peruse the candles, soaps and New Age products at the Mystical Mermaid. This oceanside establishment is also located just off the Overseas Highway, near mile marker 82.2.
Any of the islands in Hawaii would make a fun destination, but Maui presents a certain exotic appeal for travelers hoping to enjoy a romantic getaway for two. From watching an intimate sunrise snuggled up together under a blanket atop the Haleakala Crater to enjoying a sunset cruise along the golden Kihei coastline, the island of Maui is just bursting with romantic possibilities.
Spend a day with your significant other relaxing on one of the island's numerous beaches. Maui has more than 30 miles of pristine coastline, which gives romance seekers an array of options to choose from. If you're hoping to ride a few waves during your trip, stop by the Hookipa Beach Park on the east side of the island. This beach is known around the world as one of Hawaii's best surf spots, and has played host to more than a few international competitions over the years. If seclusion is what you desire, then Kihei Beach is the spot for you. This particular area stretches along 6 miles of Kihei coastline, and features a series of beaches, coves and tide pools, where visitors can easily find a quiet alcove to enjoy a more intimate beachfront experience.
If you’re in the mood for a rejuvenating experience for two, stop into the Maui Spa Retreat for a couples massage, body wrap or a number of other therapeutic treatments. The skilled staff and their healing hands will melt away your stress and muscle tension, and help both you and your sweetheart achieve a greater sense of inner balance and tranquility. Give your skin the glow of youth with one of their signature body scrub and skin revival sessions, or discover the healing power of scent during an intoxicating aromatherapy-inspired facial. If your goal during this vacation is to rekindle a lost love, then cleansing the mind and spirit of past conflict is a helpful step to restoring romance.
This city contains all the great food, shopping and culture found in other Californian cities, but the big upside is it doesn't have the traffic, noise and congestion found in areas like Los Angeles or San Francisco. For a romantic weekend for two, you won't find a better destination along the Pacific Coast than sunny Santa Barbara.
Wine tasting and winery tours are seemingly limitless in Santa Barbara, and makes for a romantic activity for couples of any age. While Santa Barbara lacks the nationwide reputation associated with an area like Napa Valley, you can be certain that the city's regional vineyards have yielded a vast number award-winning varietals. Take a trip down Santa Barbara's Urban Wine Trail, which is located right along the beach in the downtown area. Here you'll find an awesome collection of tasting rooms, all within a few blocks of one another, that will let you sample some of the best vintages to come out of the Santa Ynez Valley.
If you're searching for some scenic beauty, plan a day trip to Channel Islands National Park. This majestic natural sanctum gives visitors a chance to see splashing dolphins, elegant whales and an abundance of other marine life on a guided kayak tour around the archipelago. Hoping to stay on land? No problem! The park features a wide array of plants and botanicals that offer a magnificent serenity found no where else on the planet.
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