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Winter is finally over, the flowers have blossomed and spring has sprung. For couples wanting a romantic seasonal getaway, there are trips offering white sand beaches, quiet wine country, artisan culture, adventure and more. Whether you're looking to stay in the US or go a bit farther out, there are excellent options to choose from. To help you plan your trip, here is a guide to amazing romantic trips to take this spring.
The Exumas are one of the world's most unique and unknown yet idyllic destinations - perfect for an unforgettable trip with your sweetheart away from the crowds. Stay at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, with its colorful waterfront bungalows, delicious local dining and yacht charters. What makes this destination so special isn't just the translucent blue waters, white sand beaches, pristine Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, or the 365 islands and cays comprising the destination, but also the quirky experiences possible. The yacht club can set you up with guides to take you to swim with pigs and nurse sharks, visit an island inhabited only by iguanas and snorkel the same grotto that served as James Bond's hidden lair in Never Say Never Again and Thunderball. A picnic on a deserted island is also a must for any couple, as is a couple's treatment at one of the many local spas. We recommend a Scents of Love Couples Massage, a candle-lit massage infused with local scents like Guava and Fevergrass, from the Red Lane Spa in Sandals Emerald Bay. You can reach the Exumas with a 30-minute flight from Nassau, Bahamas, or a 90-minute flight from Miami, Florida.
While most people think of Napa Valley as the ultimate wine and romance destination in California, there are many reasons to visit Temecula. Possibly the biggest is just that: most couples will be heading to Napa for their spring vacation, meaning more solitude and better deals in Temecula. A wine tour with Grapeline Wine Tours is highly recommended for couples, as you'll travel by comfortable coach through endless rows of Syrah and Pinot Gris, stopping at hilltop wineries for tastings and to enjoy aerial views of the countryside. Another reason to visit Temecula during a romantic spring trip is to explore its Old Town. With its mix of Old West and more modern architectural and vibrant artisan community, you can spend an entire day wandering antique shops, sampling locally-made olive oils, cheeses and spices and eating farm-to-table food fare.
Called Big Island for short, despite its name, Hawaii the Big Island is a tranquil destination with idyllic beaches, romantic local accommodations, adventurous activities and rich agricultural. One recommendation is taking a road trip across Hawaii's Big Island beginning in the Volcano Village to visit the beautiful Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with its contrasting landscape drives and hikes, and making your way to Kona, famed for its delicious coffee and excellent surfing. For an experience you'll never forget, Kona is also one of the few places in the world where you can swim with manta rays. Other not-to-miss romantic experiences include sipping fruit- and tea-infused wines at Volcano Winery, taking a scenic drive along the Hamakua Coast (with a stop at the Hamakua Mushrooms Factory), relaxing in the volcano-heated thermal pools in Ahalanui Park and ziplining through Hawaiian rainforest with Kohala Zipline. While travel insurance is always a smart option when hitting the road, it's especially advised when adventurous activities are part of your itinerary. Don't let worrying spoil the romance; get travel insurance before you leave.
Note: Because spring is a popular time to visit Hawaii, it's recommended to book your trip as early in advance as possible.
Spring is the perfect time to visit Colorado Springs, with temperatures in the low 50s to high 60s and few crowds (meaning great deals on romantic hotels and packages). Some fantastic accommodations include the historic Cliff House at Pikes Peak with its Victorian atmosphere and fireplace and spa tub-equipped suites, or the Broadmoor where couples can enjoy a 16-seat Chef's Table, a complimentary movie theater, golf, art and fitness classes and onsite outdoor adventures. Colorado Springs itself is full of romantic happenings. Summiting the 14,114-foot Pikes Peak, either by hiking, biking or driving, is a true bucket list check mark. Also spend some time in the Garden of the Gods, a natural wonder featuring otherworldly rock and monolith formations, hiking and cycling trails and horseback riding opportunities. Afterwards, head to Pikes Peak Chocolate and Ice Cream for some homemade sweets or Edelweiss Restaurant for German fare, strolling musicians and cozy rooms adorned with European relics.
What could be more romantic than immersing yourself in a world of steak, wine and tango? Buenos Aires gives your romantic spring getaway some Latin flare, with inspiring street art, cozy cafes, al fresco markets, dance clubs and scenic natural spaces. Go bird watching in the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve or tour the grand Teatro Colon with its Eclecticism architecture before perfecting your sultry tango moves at a class with Lucia Y Gerry Tango or savoring a tango and dinner show at Gala Tango. On Sundays, the San Telmo Sunday Fair is not to be missed, featuring unique local items, antiques, rare goods, street performers, tasty dishes and locals wandering around drinking mate and perusing the wares. For a romantic stay, some recommendations include the Alvear Art Hotel for a mix of culture and romance (especially in their onsite spa) or the Miravida Soho Hotel and Wine Bar, with only six rooms (including one suite, all with beautiful views) and a location in the hip Palermo neighborhood.
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Jessica Festa is a full-time travel writer who is always up for an adventure. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia and doing orphanage work in Ghana. You can follow her adventures on her travel websites, Epicure & Culture and Jessie On A Journey. You can also connect with Jessica directly on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, or follow her epicurean adventures on Facebook and Twitter.
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