A couple vacations on a beach.

From breezy Caribbean tropical escapes to a scenic Southern California isle, these alluring getaways deliver dreamy settings and plenty of natural beauty. (Getty Images)

Wishing you could whisk your better half away for a weekend? Maybe you need a break from your everyday routine. Or perhaps you've been yearning for a digital detox so you can unwind, recharge and reconnect. While you could travel anywhere, an underrated destination that's located close to home could be the key to rekindling your romance. If you're angling for an escape that's convenient and stress-free, pack your bags for these eight under-the-radar romantic islands.

[Read: 12 Top All-Inclusive Resorts for Romance.]

Dominica


Dominica

Dominica
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Known as the "Nature Island," Dominica offers a picturesque tropical climate with a dynamic range of landscapes and idyllic settings. This island boasts natural hot springs, its own tropical rainforests and a boiling lake, along with falls and gorges galore. What's more, Dominica isn't overrun with tourists, making it the perfect spot for seclusion and romance. Best of all, you can easily catch an early flight from top hubs across the U.S. and arrive within a few hours. As for accommodations, check out the wellness-oriented Rosalie Bay Resort for the chance to connect with nature and enjoy an upscale atmosphere on serene, black-sand beaches.

Nevis


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Nevis is a small island that affords sweeping views of both the Caribbean and Atlantic oceans and nearby islands. This island wraps around the scenic Nevis Peak, which offers its own range of activities, including hiking and climbing. Nevis is easy accessible by ferry from St. Kitts, but it hard-to-reach from many cities in the U.S., adding to its allure as a secluded and rugged isle. If you want to get away with someone you love, you'll find an array of activities and restaurants without feeling overwhelmed. For a luxurious retreat to remember, consider slipping away to the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, which offers idyllicbeachfront property with sweeping views of St. Kitts and the surrounding waters.

Tybee Island, Georgia


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Tybee Island, Georgia (Getty Images).


This tucked-away island is easy to access from anywhere in the U.S., making it an ideal spot for those who only have a few days to relax and recharge. Tybee Island is known for its unforgettable sunsets, bird-watching opportunities and its romantic atmosphere. It's also a dream for outdoorsy types and recreation lovers, as you can rent a kayak or participate in any number of watersports during your visit. Avoid the commercial resort chains and take advantage of added privacy by booking a secluded and quaint vacation home rental through a reputable company like NaturalRetreats.com, which offers a robust and high-quality selection of romantic properties on Tybee Island.

Anguilla


Sunrise at Shoal Bay Beach

Shoal Bay Beach, Anguilla
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Anguilla's charm lies in its authenticity and beautiful coral-filled waters. This island offers long, sandy beaches with stunning views, crystal-clear waters and plentiful alfreso dining options. For even more seclusion, you can take a boat to one of the island's lesser-visited coves. Plus, recreation abounds on Anguilla, and you can partake in a variety of watersports. But, don't overlook the island's beautiful beaches; the soft sands offer a great spot to read a book or curl up in an oceanfront hammock. Check into the Four Seasons Anguilla for an indulgent romantic escape. The property sits on one of the most famous beaches in the world, offering its own spa and an array of fine dining options.

[See: 10 Romantic Getaways to Cross off Your Bucket List.]

Marco Island, Florida


Sunset at Tigertail beach, Marco Island, Florida.

Marco Island, Florida (Getty Images)


Marco Island has long been considered a top leisure destination in Southern Florida. Just an hour south of Fort Myers, Marco Island is easy to reach by plane or car. This low-key island offers jaw-dropping sunsets, versatile dining options and pristine white-sand beaches. Whether your ideal weekend getaway plans entail relaxation or action, Marco Island's proximity to an array of South Florida attractions makes it an ideal choice for adventurers and R & R seekers alike. Spring for a stay at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort to enjoy a 3-mile white-sand beach, outfitted with private beach huts and poolside cabanas, an on-site spa, an adults-only pool and diverse on-site dining options.

Grenada


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Grenada (Getty Images)


Still relatively undiscovered by tourists, Grenada is an often-overlooked Caribbean isle that's within easy reach for American visitors. The island features white-sand beaches, impressive waterfalls and rainforests and a beautiful typical tropical environment. While dotted with small vacation condos, luxury resorts and an array of dining and shopping options, the island never feels crowded or overrun. In Grenada, you can enjoy hiking, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. If you would rather unwind and relax on a beach, there are plenty of places to stretch out with your one and only. If you're looking to splurge, check into the Mount Cinnamon, a resort that's legendary for its charming villas and suites and access to sugary white sands and turquoise waters.

Catalina Island, California


Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California.

Catalina Island, California (Getty Images).


Catalina Island is located just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. You can access this lovely island by boat or helicopter, before making your way around the car-free isle on a golf cart, bicycle or foot. What's more, Catalina island has numerous accommodations suitable in search of a romantic setting, and the area features a perfect place for watersports and outdoor recreation. Stay at the Avalon Hotel for luxurious and conveniently located waterfront digs.

[See: 9 Top Affordable Overwater Bungalows Around the World.]

Bermuda


Walking west past the end of Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda the large beach ends and we find amazing rock formations with pockets of pink coral sand as seen in this Kite Aerial view.

Bermuda (Getty Images)


A quick flight away from major airport in the U.S., including New York City, Bermuda offers a convenient, hassle-free escape. Known for its iconic pink-sand beaches, Bermuda is perfect for a romantic couple in pursuit of adventure, relaxation and pampering. You won't want to skip strolling along Horseshoe Bay Beach's coral-hued sands. Bermuda is also home to numerous museums, parks and aquariums, along with lighthouses and picturesque caves. Book a room at The Loren at Pink Beach, Bermuda's first new hotel in 45 years. This 8-acre property boasts a magnificent coastal landscape, dramatic ocean views and special packages for couples.


9 Secluded Beaches to Visit This Summer


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A couple spends leisure time at the beach.
East Beach
Crescent Beach
Starfish on beach, Turks and Caicos.
Mya Earhart, Johnny Longo and Raven Caspolish, left to right, walk on the beach in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Orange boat parket at Milia Beach on Alonissos in Aegean Sea, located near Patitiri.
Sunset on Kahaluu Bay in Kona, Hawaii.
A woman sitting near a tree at Bamboo Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand.
Sunrise on a small, rocky beach in Aracruz, Brazil.
Surfer stands in ocean watching sunset at Santa Teresa Beach.
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Escape to crowd-free, secluded stretches of surf, sea and sand the world over.
Nothing says summer like skipping town for a serene coastal retreat with cool sea breezes, shell-covered sands and beautiful natural scenery. But if you're longing for a lesser-known locale without hordes of sunbathers, you'll need to dodge tourist-heavy beach towns brimming with boardwalk amusements and congested attractions. Happily, there are still beach hideaways in remote pockets of the globe that haven't been overrun with surfers, swimmers and sun-worshipers. U.S. News tapped industry experts to spotlight unexpected, low-profile sandy retreats near and far.
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East Beach
St. Simons Island, Georgia

Cobblestone streets, Spanish-moss draped trees and white-sand beaches draw visitors to this remote isle. "It's almost like if you took Savannah [Georgia] and put it seaside," explains Clara Sedlak, executive editor at travel site Jetsetter.com. Hikers, golfers and fishermen all head here, while swimmers, windsurfers and sun-seekers venture to East Beach to enjoy its calm, shallow waters. After a relaxing day outdoors, stroll past the storied St. Simons Lighthouse. For even more seclusion, venture farther afield to the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, a private isle perched on a 10,000-acre nature reserve that boasts spacious rooms and cottages well-suited for families and couples alike.
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Crescent Beach
Block Island, Rhode Island

When people think of beaches along the East Coast, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard come to mind, Sedlak says. But Block Island offers a beautiful, laid-back alternative, she explains. The main selling points: an unpretentious island attitude coupled with serene sands. Sedlak highlights Crescent Beach, a 3-mile stretch that extends from the Old Harbor to Mansion Beach, as an idyllic spot for surfing, sunbathing, solitude and dramatic sea views. For more activity, take in the staggering 200-foot-high bluffs along the Mohegan Trail, which affords far-reaching views of Montauk Point, the easternmost tip of New York's Long Island. At the end of the day, slip away to Victorian-infused accommodations like the National Hotel.
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Long Bay Beach
Turks and Caicos

Instead of retreating to resort-heavy Grace Bay on Providenciales, venture to Long Bay Beach, an equally enticing and quieter alternative along the southeastern coast, says Gabe Saglie, senior editor for Travelzoo.com. The coconut tree-fringed beach offers beautiful tropical scenery and a surf well-suited for water sports including kitesurfing and horseback riding. "To save a buck, rent a house just off the beach. It's only a five- to 10-minute walk to the beach, so you get the best of both worlds," Saglie says. If you want to stay in the lap of luxury, snag a room at The Shore Club, which boasts four pools and a spa.
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The Barrier Islands
Mississippi

For an under-the-radar beach getaway, head to the Barrier Islands, suggests Rebecca Warren, managing editor at Lonely Planet. "These little-known barrier islands off the coast of Biloxi [Mississippi] offer miles of unspoiled beaches and ecologically rich environments for nature lovers," she explains. Beyond the beach, the isles provide an ideal setting for wilderness camping, she adds. "You can take a chartered boat out for a day exploring one of the islands, or for the more adventurous, you can take a kayak and paddle out from the mainland for an extended stay on the islands," she advises. Plus, swimmers can enjoy calm, shallow waters.
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Milia Beach
Skopelos, Greece

Santorini, Mykonos and Crete are the most-commonly cited picture-perfect Greek isles, but Skopelos is just an hour's ferry ride from neighboring Greek island Skiathos and is filled with equally enchanting natural surroundings, blue-domed buildings and cliffside vistas of the Aegean Sea, Sedlak says. A well-kept secret, Skopelos brims with authentic tavernas and even served as the stunning backdrop for the 2008 film "Mamma Mia!" Milia Beach is lined with aromatic pine trees, powdery sands and calm waters. You can also enjoy fishing, hiking through lush forests, admiring ornate Byzantine churches and relaxing at a romantic villa or hotel like Adrina Beach Hotel, which offers reasonable nightly rates and spectacular sea views.
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Kaihalulu Beach
Maui, Hawaii

When you picture Maui's captivating coastline, the legendary Road to Hana likely conjures images of breathtaking lookouts and hair-raising turns. But beyond this tourist-heavy route, "you come across this famous, red-sand beach," Saglie says. "Not many people make it that far down the island, and it's a bit off the beaten path, making the unique experience more intimate than your typical Maui beach," he says. After all, the area's crimson-hued sands offer a stark contrast to the surrounding turquoise waves and craggy lava rocks. Just keep in mind, navigating the cliff trail to access the beach can be challenging, so bring a sturdy pair of walking shoes and exercise caution.
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Bamboo Beach
Koh Lanta, Thailand

With its rugged beauty and isolated location, far from the crowds of popular Phuket, Koh Lanta draws visitors craving pristine, untouched coastlines. Bamboo Beach, with its clear, shallow waters, fine sands and unique sea critters (think: red lionfish, groupers and chestnut-headed bee-eaters), stands apart from Thailand's spectacular beaches. Enjoy snorkeling and fishing before soaking in gorgeous sunsets and unwinding at one of the isle's many lively beach bars. Time for Lime, an outdoor restaurant that offers cooking lessons, is a cost-effective and crowd-pleasing local haunt. As for accommodations, spring for a stay at the Pimalai Resort & Spa, which offers an indulgent escape amid tucked-away coves, lush mountains and sparkling sands.
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Dois Rios
Ilha Grande Island, Brazil

Brazil has no shortage of magnificent beaches, but Ilha Grande appeals to serenity-seekers with its little-known sands, azure waters and sense of seclusion. Warren points to Dois Rios as especially alluring, thanks to its untouched areas that provide peace and solitude. Another beach spot nearby is Lopes Mendes, which boasts a dramatic mountainous backdrop, and serves as an ideal place for sunbathing, swimming and hiking. After soaking up the sun, unwind in Vila do Abraão, a lively village with plenty of eateries, shops and places to stay, including Asalem, a rustic-chic seaside hideaway with bay views and unique tropical species such as monkeys and blue butterflies.
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Santa Teresa Beach
Costa Rica

For a low-key surfer's retreat with an eco-tourism focus and laid-back vibes, make your way to Santa Teresa Beach, Sedlak says. Despite Costa Rica's rising popularity, you won't find soaring skyscrapers or overdeveloped properties in this lesser-known beach town set along the southern edge of the island's Nicoya Peninsula. Plus, you can enjoy Pilates, yoga and scenic hikes in addition to riding the constant swells. The area is hard to reach, but that's part of its appeal. Hardcore surfers flock here to catch the area's large waves, while seclusion-seekers are drawn to the wellness-centered spas, eco-lodges and opportunities to get off the grid, unwind and recharge.
(Getty Images)

A couple spends leisure time at the beach.
East Beach
Crescent Beach
Starfish on beach, Turks and Caicos.
Mya Earhart, Johnny Longo and Raven Caspolish, left to right, walk on the beach in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Orange boat parket at Milia Beach on Alonissos in Aegean Sea, located near Patitiri.
Sunset on Kahaluu Bay in Kona, Hawaii.
A woman sitting near a tree at Bamboo Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand.
Sunrise on a small, rocky beach in Aracruz, Brazil.
Surfer stands in ocean watching sunset at Santa Teresa Beach.

Escape to crowd-free, secluded stretches of surf, sea and sand the world over.
Nothing says summer like skipping town for a serene coastal retreat with cool sea breezes, shell-covered sands and beautiful natural scenery. But if you're longing for a lesser-known locale without hordes of sunbathers, you'll need to dodge tourist-heavy beach towns brimming with boardwalk amusements and congested attractions. Happily, there are still beach hideaways in remote pockets of the globe that haven't been overrun with surfers, swimmers and sun-worshipers. U.S. News tapped industry experts to spotlight unexpected, low-profile sandy retreats near and far.
(Getty Images)

East Beach
St. Simons Island, Georgia

Cobblestone streets, Spanish-moss draped trees and white-sand beaches draw visitors to this remote isle. "It's almost like if you took Savannah [Georgia] and put it seaside," explains Clara Sedlak, executive editor at travel site Jetsetter.com. Hikers, golfers and fishermen all head here, while swimmers, windsurfers and sun-seekers venture to East Beach to enjoy its calm, shallow waters. After a relaxing day outdoors, stroll past the storied St. Simons Lighthouse. For even more seclusion, venture farther afield to the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, a private isle perched on a 10,000-acre nature reserve that boasts spacious rooms and cottages well-suited for families and couples alike.
(Getty Images)

Crescent Beach
Block Island, Rhode Island

When people think of beaches along the East Coast, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard come to mind, Sedlak says. But Block Island offers a beautiful, laid-back alternative, she explains. The main selling points: an unpretentious island attitude coupled with serene sands. Sedlak highlights Crescent Beach, a 3-mile stretch that extends from the Old Harbor to Mansion Beach, as an idyllic spot for surfing, sunbathing, solitude and dramatic sea views. For more activity, take in the staggering 200-foot-high bluffs along the Mohegan Trail, which affords far-reaching views of Montauk Point, the easternmost tip of New York's Long Island. At the end of the day, slip away to Victorian-infused accommodations like the National Hotel.
(Getty Images)

Long Bay Beach
Turks and Caicos

Instead of retreating to resort-heavy Grace Bay on Providenciales, venture to Long Bay Beach, an equally enticing and quieter alternative along the southeastern coast, says Gabe Saglie, senior editor for Travelzoo.com. The coconut tree-fringed beach offers beautiful tropical scenery and a surf well-suited for water sports including kitesurfing and horseback riding. "To save a buck, rent a house just off the beach. It's only a five- to 10-minute walk to the beach, so you get the best of both worlds," Saglie says. If you want to stay in the lap of luxury, snag a room at The Shore Club, which boasts four pools and a spa.
(Getty Images)

The Barrier Islands
Mississippi

For an under-the-radar beach getaway, head to the Barrier Islands, suggests Rebecca Warren, managing editor at Lonely Planet. "These little-known barrier islands off the coast of Biloxi [Mississippi] offer miles of unspoiled beaches and ecologically rich environments for nature lovers," she explains. Beyond the beach, the isles provide an ideal setting for wilderness camping, she adds. "You can take a chartered boat out for a day exploring one of the islands, or for the more adventurous, you can take a kayak and paddle out from the mainland for an extended stay on the islands," she advises. Plus, swimmers can enjoy calm, shallow waters.
(Getty Images)

Milia Beach
Skopelos, Greece

Santorini, Mykonos and Crete are the most-commonly cited picture-perfect Greek isles, but Skopelos is just an hour's ferry ride from neighboring Greek island Skiathos and is filled with equally enchanting natural surroundings, blue-domed buildings and cliffside vistas of the Aegean Sea, Sedlak says. A well-kept secret, Skopelos brims with authentic tavernas and even served as the stunning backdrop for the 2008 film "Mamma Mia!" Milia Beach is lined with aromatic pine trees, powdery sands and calm waters. You can also enjoy fishing, hiking through lush forests, admiring ornate Byzantine churches and relaxing at a romantic villa or hotel like Adrina Beach Hotel, which offers reasonable nightly rates and spectacular sea views.
(Getty Images)

Kaihalulu Beach
Maui, Hawaii

When you picture Maui's captivating coastline, the legendary Road to Hana likely conjures images of breathtaking lookouts and hair-raising turns. But beyond this tourist-heavy route, "you come across this famous, red-sand beach," Saglie says. "Not many people make it that far down the island, and it's a bit off the beaten path, making the unique experience more intimate than your typical Maui beach," he says. After all, the area's crimson-hued sands offer a stark contrast to the surrounding turquoise waves and craggy lava rocks. Just keep in mind, navigating the cliff trail to access the beach can be challenging, so bring a sturdy pair of walking shoes and exercise caution.
(Getty Images)

Bamboo Beach
Koh Lanta, Thailand

With its rugged beauty and isolated location, far from the crowds of popular Phuket, Koh Lanta draws visitors craving pristine, untouched coastlines. Bamboo Beach, with its clear, shallow waters, fine sands and unique sea critters (think: red lionfish, groupers and chestnut-headed bee-eaters), stands apart from Thailand's spectacular beaches. Enjoy snorkeling and fishing before soaking in gorgeous sunsets and unwinding at one of the isle's many lively beach bars. Time for Lime, an outdoor restaurant that offers cooking lessons, is a cost-effective and crowd-pleasing local haunt. As for accommodations, spring for a stay at the Pimalai Resort & Spa, which offers an indulgent escape amid tucked-away coves, lush mountains and sparkling sands.
(Getty Images)

Dois Rios
Ilha Grande Island, Brazil

Brazil has no shortage of magnificent beaches, but Ilha Grande appeals to serenity-seekers with its little-known sands, azure waters and sense of seclusion. Warren points to Dois Rios as especially alluring, thanks to its untouched areas that provide peace and solitude. Another beach spot nearby is Lopes Mendes, which boasts a dramatic mountainous backdrop, and serves as an ideal place for sunbathing, swimming and hiking. After soaking up the sun, unwind in Vila do Abraão, a lively village with plenty of eateries, shops and places to stay, including Asalem, a rustic-chic seaside hideaway with bay views and unique tropical species such as monkeys and blue butterflies.
(Getty Images)

Santa Teresa Beach
Costa Rica

For a low-key surfer's retreat with an eco-tourism focus and laid-back vibes, make your way to Santa Teresa Beach, Sedlak says. Despite Costa Rica's rising popularity, you won't find soaring skyscrapers or overdeveloped properties in this lesser-known beach town set along the southern edge of the island's Nicoya Peninsula. Plus, you can enjoy Pilates, yoga and scenic hikes in addition to riding the constant swells. The area is hard to reach, but that's part of its appeal. Hardcore surfers flock here to catch the area's large waves, while seclusion-seekers are drawn to the wellness-centered spas, eco-lodges and opportunities to get off the grid, unwind and recharge.
(Getty Images)

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