8 Under-the-Radar Islands for a Romantic Weekend Getaway

Dial up the romance on one of these secluded isles.

By Holly Johnson, ContributorJuly 25, 2017
By Holly Johnson, ContributorJuly 25, 2017, at 10:59 a.m.
U.S. News & World Report

8 Under-the-Radar Islands for a Romantic Weekend Getaway

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.

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

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

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.

Marco Island, Florida

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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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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

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.

Bermuda

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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.


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