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Slideshow: 20 Breathtakingly Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways

If you’re stuck on ideas for Valentine’s Day getaways, consider these destinations
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Arenal, Costa Rica

Arenal, Costa Rica

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For a relaxing Valentine’s Day getaway, take a trip to Arenal. Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa is one of the several resorts in the area that has its own comforting hot springs. Take a horseback ride through the countryside and end the day with a lovely dinner at Restaurante Cafe Mediterraneo

Click here to learn about Costa Rica’s eco-friendly lodges.

Budapest

Budapest

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Many will tell you to spend a day in Budapest soaking in the Szechenyi Baths, but due to their popularity, the baths can get incredibly crowded and lose some of their magic. A more intimate alternative for Valentine’s Day would be to soak in the Gellért Thermal Baths on the Buda side of the city. Cruise down the Danube as the sun sets and watch the lights illuminate the city from the water. 

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

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Get close to your significant other in Buenos Aires and start your trip by learning to tango. You’ll be locking eyes and feeling the romance in the air by the time your lesson is over. Keep those sparks flying with a picnic in the Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur nature reserve or a casual bike ride through the city. If you like museums and art, check out the Museo de Bellas Artes and the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. 

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Cambridge, England

Cambridge, England

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For a magical stay in Cambridge, England, spend your nights at the boutique Hotel Felix, walk alongside the riverbank, and take a bike tour of the city landmarks. Visiting a college may not sound like the ideal Valentine’s Day retreat, but you’ll be surprised by the stunning beauty of the univewrsity’s Gothic-style campuses. 

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

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With colorful buildings and cobbled streets within its confined colonial walls, Cartagena is a romantic destination any time of year. Visit the fortress Castillo San Felipe Barajas, take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city, and stay at the quaint Hotel Agua, was once a colonial house, with only six rooms and personalized treatment.

Here’s why Cartagena should be at the top of your South American list

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is a unique city still surrounded by its medieval walls. Head to the top of the wall and walk for a mile overlooking Dubrovnik’s Old Town on one side and the Adriatic Sea on the other. Stay at the boutique hotel Villa Orsula, where you’ll have views from your room of the sea and Old Town. Once owned by a local family, the hotel only has 13 rooms, making your experience even more exclusive and special.

Click here for 10 foods they eat in Croatia.

Florence

Florence

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When you’re in Florence, Italy, for a romantic getaway, you have to take a stroll through the remarkable Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace. Watch the sun set over Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo or over the Arno River from the Ponte Vecchio bridge; and make reservations for dinner at Borgo San Jacopo overlooking the Arno. Enjoy gelato as you marvel over the city’s allure and iconic landmarks like the Duomo di Firenze. 

Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef, New Zealand

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Up in the mountains of New Zealand‘s South Island is the town of Franz Josef. The Franz Josef Glacier is the main attraction here, and it’s romantic in its isolation and stunning grandeur. Take a helicopter ride above the glacier to capture the scenic view from above, and then unwind with a rejuvenating massage or a private dip in one of the Glacier Hot Pools. 

To read about New Zealand’s most successful grape variety, sauvignon blanc, click here.

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

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Hawaii is known for being a romantic destination, and the remote feel of Kauai makes it the best island for romance and stunning scenery. Rent a car on the island and explore. Go to the Waimea Canyon State Park lookouts for breathtaking views of the canyon and drive to the white sand beaches of Hanalei for amazing snorkeling opportunities. For a hotel that matches the serenity of the island, stay at the Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa.

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Kyoto

Kyoto

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If you’d like to feel like you’re in a world that’s all your own for Valentine’s Day you should spend Feb. 14 in Kyoto. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the Sagano Romantic Train ride along the Hozugawa River, and the Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine are just a few of many peaceful and romantic attractions in Kyoto. Stay at the luxurious Hoshinoya Kyoto resort in Arashiyama, Kyoto, only 30 minutes away from the center of the city. Immersed in the natural beauty of its surrounding landscape, this resort has a floating tea room, lessons on traditional ceremonies, and rickshaw rides that will take you through the bamboo grove.

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Mahé, Seychelles

Mahé, Seychelles

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Mahé is the ultimate getaway for any lovebirds that enjoy pristine beaches and clear blue waters. Tour a tea plantation, go diving with whale sharks, see the islands from above via helicopter, and take a horseback ride along the beach. The romantic options in Seychelles are endless; if you have more than a few days here, make sure to visit some of the smaller islands in the Seychelles archipelago, like Greater Victoria or Praslin.

Click here to discover eight countries you didn’t know have amazing beaches.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley

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For a lovely experience in Napa Valley, take a hot-air balloon ride above the valley at the crack of dawn to peacefully watch the sun rise over the wine country. Have a classic picnic on one of the area’s many hiking trails and, of course, enjoy wine tastings at various wineries. During the winter you’ll find mustard blossoms between the grape vines of the vineyards, which creates a sea of bright yellow and golden flowers spread across the wine country. Stay at the Milliken Creek Inn and Spa, and dine at Goose and Gander or Mustards Grill for a getaway of complete romance.

Click here to learn about the Napa Valley wine train.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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For a low-key island getaway, spend your Valentine’s Day enjoying each other’s company on the beaches of Providenciales. Go kayaking, snorkeling, or paddle boarding, and then get a hot stone massage at the Amanyara resort. The resort is ideal for an intimate escape with everything from spa treatments to secluded romantic outdoor dinner settings. 

Québec City, Canada

Québec City, Canada

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Québec City is a romantic destination during the winter months. With cozy restaurants like Panache in which to escape the cold weather and the unique ice hotel Hôtel de Glace only two and a half miles away, you’ll find Québec City a uniquely charming getaway. Shop along the cobblestone streets of the Petit-Champlain district, and then take the funicular up toward the impressive and grand Château Frontenac. If you can, try to book a room there for a trip that’ll truly stand out.

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Riomaggiore, Italy

Riomaggiore, Italy

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Riomaggiore is a historic village in Cinque Terre, in Italy’s Liguria region,— breathtaking by day and even more vibrant by night. The pathway and hiking trail called the Via dell’Amore (“Lover’s Lane”) from Riomaggiore to Manarola, overlooking the Ligurian Sea, was closed for much of the past few years due to rock slides but most of it is now open. Explore the other three villages of Cinque Terre while in the region, either through hiking trails or by train, to make the most of your romantic getaway. 

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

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The picturesque scene of white houses and blue roofs against the Aegean Sea makes Santorini a dreamlike destination. Take a boat to the volcanic hot spring off shore or a short taxi ride to Red Beach, and watch the sun set from Fira during your idyllic stay in this beautiful island in Greece.

For how the wine industry has responded to the Greek economic crisis, click here.

Seville

Seville

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The architecture of some magnificent landmarks in this ancient city in Spain creates the most romantic backdrops to your Valentine’s Day visit. Get lost in the beautiful Maria Luisa Park and you’ll likely stumble upon the most romantic spot in the city, Plaza de España. In the evening, watch an alluring flamenco show at Casa de la Memoría or at the charming Casa del Flamenco.

Click here for winemaking in modern-day Spain.

St. Augustine, Fla.

St. Augustine, Fla.

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The historic streets and calm beaches of this Florida city, quite possibly the oldest city in the U.S., create a romantic escape for Valentine’s Day. Grab ice cream and peruse the stores down Saint George Street, then walk over to Aviles Street where you’ll find more shops and art galleries. For some great food and live music, have dinner at Mi Casa Café; or for something more romantic, be sure to eat at Michael’s Tasting Room

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

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Ubud is a lovely town in Bali with enchanting trails, hot springs, and intimate dinner options. A particularly romantic restaurant for Valentine’s Day is Swept Away. Located in the Samaya Ubud resort, this restaurant offers a picturesque “Romantic Hundred Candle Light Dinner” immersed in the surrounding beauty of nature. Other must-do activities while in Ubud include visiting the infinity pools of the Hanging Gardens above the jungle and hiking the Campuhuan Ridge Walk, known as Lover’s Hill. 

Click here for five foods that will make you want to jet off to Bali.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

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For the perfect night of romance in Venice, take the Tête-à-tête tour featuring a private gondola ride with a candlelit dinner at the popular Antico Pignolo restaurant. During the day, visit other islands in the lagoon such as Murano or Burano, and explore the colorful buildings, the Glass Museum, and lace-filled boutiques.

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