Travel and Leisure — January 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

6 of the Most Romantic Beach Destinations in the World

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If you’re looking for an unbelievably romantic vacation destination, look no further than the beach. Sun, sand, and total utter relaxation—there’s no better place to connect with that special someone.

Whether you’re seeking out a honeymoon destination, a romantic getaway, or just a backdrop for your next daydream, we think you’ll fall head over heels in love with these 6 beach destinations.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia
If luxury is what you’re after, look no further than Bora Bora. For most of us, it’s not the easiest place to get to, but we guarantee that it’s worth the extra hours of travel. Bora Bora is postcard perfect, with impossibly bright turquoise water, gorgeous fine sand beaches, palm trees swaying in the wind, and your very own private five-star hut perched above the sea. If you’re looking to splurge on an extravagant island trip of a lifetime, Bora Bora is where you need to be.

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Picture four and a half miles of pristine beachfront stretched over white sand, and you’ve got Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays. Accessible by boat only, this super clean beach (no smoking, no dogs) is known for its white silica sand: this super fine grain of sand is resistant to heat, so it won’t burn up your feet on even the hottest of days—just keep your electronics away, as the grains can get into anything. Remote and wild, this beach is so vast that you and your loved one will easily feel like you’ve got it all to yourself.

Nantucket, Massachusetts
The beaches of New England really are their own breed. The waters are dark blue, not azure, and the ocean definitely isn’t as hot as it is elsewhere—but there is something utterly irresistible about the surf against the dunes on a sultry summer day. The Atlantic-facing South Shore is the place to go for bigger waves and more action. Don’t forget your seersucker!

Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
If you’re after something a little more wild and rugged, check out the beaches of Tofino, B.C. This small town is no-frills in the best of ways (you won’t find a Starbucks here), and so are the beaches. Test out your surfing skills—don’t forget the wet suit—or just settle on a piece of driftwood and watch others in action. The soothing greys of Tofino are the perfect antidote for stress, so if you and your partner are looking to chill out, start planning your trip to the West Coast.

St. Bart’s, Caribbean
There’s a reason the rich and famous flock to St. Bart’s, arguably the most elite island in the Caribbean: it’s the closest thing to paradise on this planet. With 22 different beaches to choose from, your guaranteed to find a spot to soak up the rays. After you’ve satisfied your beach craving, check out the boutiques, scope out the local architecture, or perhaps take a tour aboard a private yacht… decisions, decisions!

La Digue, Seychelles
It’s hard to describe La Digue in words. “Stunning” doesn’t quite capture the cloudless skies, crystal clear water, lush forests, and absurdly beautiful rock formations of La Digue, the third largest inhabited island of Africa’s Seychelles. A trip to the beaches of La Digue is unlike any other: you’re more likely to see ox carts than cars, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of exotic animals like the critically endangered paradise flycatcher. For the adventurous couple seeking out a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, you simply can’t beat La Digue.

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