Couples massages and poolside cocktails are nice, but wouldn’t it be nice to get away with your one and only without completely tossing your active lifestyle to the wind? Forget about Netflix and chill—couples who sweat together, stay together. The thrill of sharing a new adventure, combined with all those endorphins, is a surefire way to draw you closer and increase your bond, especially once you break away from your home routine and 9-5 life. Give your vacation and your relationship a whole new dimension with one of these thrill-seeking escapes.
If you’re a couple that prefers the island life and thrives in tropical locales, consider Martinique, a French-Caribbean island loaded with charm and a diverse topography that offers endless scenic workouts. On the northern tip of the island, lace up your hiking boots to take on Monte Pelee, an active volcano with jaw-dropping ocean vistas that just get more beautiful the higher you climb. Don’t forget to stock your backpack with a few local pastries and fresh juices for a celebratory picnic for two once you’ve conquered all 4,583 feet together. Nearby, you and your boo can explore the region’s lush rainforests and waterfalls, where hidden hiking trails lead to tucked-away, white-sand beaches that feel completely yours.
With a year round palm-trees-and-eighty-degrees lifestyle and an organic cafe on every block, Miami is a utopia for fitness fanatics in search of a romantic getaway. At sunrise, head out for a morning run together along the Miami Beach Boardwalk, which stretches from the gorgeous South Pointe Pier all the way through the trendy Mid-Beach area. Or, for a more leisurely pace, rent bikes for the day and get lost exploring the world-famous street graffitti in the Wynwood Arts District. As the sun goes down on the Magic City, do like the locals and head to Sunset Harbour for an evening paddleboard or kayak session, and watch Miami’s incredible skyline light up in a neon display. Pro tip: Adjust your route to hit the dock at The Standard Spa for a quick PDA-and-champagne pit stop.
For globetrotting couples looking to go completely off-the-grid and submerge themselves in an unfamiliar culture, Nepal is a spiritual, colorful and beautiful locale waiting to be discovered. It’s also ripe with a million ways to quench your need for adventure. First and foremost, the country is home to the tallest peak in the world, Mount Everest, if you’re feeling ready to take your relationship to new heights. For a less extreme alternative, take a walking tour of Durbar Square to explore the spectacular ancient temples, and then opt for some major cardio with the 365-step ascent up to Swayambhu, a majestic Tibetan architectural site atop a hill overlooking a peaceful valley. Also known as The Monkey Temple, you’ll be greeted by some funny and friendly primate friends the entire way up. West of Kathmandu in the Nepalese city of Pokhara, couples can pay just a few ruppees to rent a paddleboat, and row out together over the stunning and serene Lake Phewa.
Just 50 miles off the coast of South Florida, Bimini is the closest Caribbean island to the United States, making it an ultra-accessible couples’ escape. Once you arrive to this charming, seven-mile-long island, take your pick from island excursions like riding a catamaran out to snorkel the nearly 100-year-old S.S. Sapona shipwreck, channeling your inner-Hemingway with a big game fishing excursion, or for the daredevil lovebirds, scuba diving with hammerhead sharks, cage-free. After a day of taking on the clearest blue water in the Bahamas, cheers to your bae with Bahama Mama’s at the island’s only luxury hotel option, Resorts World Bimini, where couples can also opt for a suite that opens directly into a 600-foot lagoon pool, right from their balcony. Midnight swims, anyone?
Soak up the west coast sun and California vibes with a trip to the City of Angels. What could possibly be more LA than a hike to the iconic Hollywood sign with your boo thing? Choose from three routes: Hollywood Trail, the Canyon Drive Trail, or the Cahuenga Peak Trail, to reach the jaw-dropping views of the downtown skyline and the true blue Pacific. For a fun 80s throwback, rent some rollerblades and go cruising hand-in-hand down the world-famous Venice Beach Boardwalk, where you can spot hundreds of vendors and performers along the funky oceanfront strip. To catch some waves, take a quick drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to Zuma Beach, just north of Malibu, and paddle out for a couples’ surf lesson. Baywatch was filmed here, so you already know the romance factor will be on point.
Located in the Southern Caribbean, the Dutch-Caribbean island of Curaçao is home to over 35 cove-like beaches, stunning European architecture and sunshine 365 days a year, making it the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. The off-the-beaten-path island offers more than its share of Instagrammable spots, ranging from brightly colored buildings in Willemstad—a UNESCO World Heritage site—to stunning waterfronts. For more unique photo opps, couples can ATV across the island’s rugged East Side or hike Mt. Christoffel, Curaçao’s highest point, which sits 1,150 feet above sea level. For couples looking for an adrenaline rush, spend the day diving the Superior Producer wreck, which sits 100 feet below sea level, or boating to the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao.