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Romantic Tropical Destinations Couples Can Go For a Weekend

Tropical vacations don’t need to be a week-long excursion to be romantic and enjoyable. Weekend getaways are a quintessential way for couples to recharge the batteries and reconnect with each other. Looking for somewhere to sweep your significant other away for a few days? Any of these Tropical destinations are reachable within 12-15 hours from anywhere in the continental United States.


Daily flights go in and out of Queen Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, Aruba making it a perfect getaway for shorter trips. With flight times from Miami at less than three hours non-stop, it’s easy to maximize your time even on a tight schedule. Aruba offers couples parasailing, snorkeling, miles of white sand beaches.

From February 12th-24th, The Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino in Oranjestad, Aruba offers last minute deals for couples wishing to escape. Starting at 328 U.S. dollars per night, couples can enjoy a kid free section of the hotel to unwind in privacy and quiet. There’s an on-site spa for couples massages, both casual and upscale dining, with ocean view room and suites available.




U.S. Virgin Islands

If you don’t have a passport – and don’t have time to acquire one – the U.S. Virgin Islands is an ideal spot to jet-set for the weekend from the U.S. Additionally, with the official currency being the U.S. dollar and the official language being English, money worries and language barriers won’t apply.

Where else is better to spend a romantic weekend than Love City (Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands)? Saint John doesn’t have an airport, but it’s just a short 20-minute ferry ride away from Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas which Delta, American, Spirit, and United all fly into from major U.S. connection hubs.

For a simple getaway retreat, try the Caneel Bay Resort. It’s a beautiful, quiet haven with both modest rooms near the tennis courts all the way up to a private cottage that once belonged to the Rockefeller family.

"StJohnTrunkBay" by Ben Whitney - Photo taken by me, Benito78, 10/20/2003. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -

“StJohnTrunkBay” by Ben Whitney – Photo taken by me, Benito78, 10/20/2003. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons –



While most typical men have the twenty-second short term memory span of a chimpanzee and often forget special days like Valentine’s Day or for couples too busy at the beginning of a new year, consider a belated celebration in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Brazil, is a day set aside for lovers celebrations on June 12th. June 12th is set aside because it’s close to the day of death of Anthony of Padua, or St. Anthony who was a Portuguese priest who died on June 13th, 1261. The Brazilian Valentine’s Day is celebrated in a similar fashion as the U.S. and Europe. Chocolates and flowers are usually involved and couples generally go out to dinner and/or exchange gifts.

Direct, non-stop flights from the states to Rio are hard to come by, but connecting flights through American, Delta, and United are plentiful.

As good as place as any to start off your hunt for accommodations is the Santa Teresa Hotel in Rio, the Superior Room can be booked for as little as $282 per night which includes a mini bar, internet access, a king size bed, and, of course, an LCD TV. While not flashy in design, it lacks nothing a couple needs and offers the most important luxury of all – privacy.



On site at Santa Teresa, couples can indulge in a side-by-side massage at the spa or relax in the sauna. There are two bars on site – one is pool-side and offers up light meals with views of the surrounding neighborhood.

Looking for something more romantic and upscale? Santa Teresa has you covered there too. While still casual, Restaurant Tereze is slightly more cosmopolitan offering a full dinner menu and over 200 wines in a private cellar.

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Eric Plummer is a freelance writer living in Des Moines, IA where he was born and raised. He blows off steam by downhill skiing in the winter and hitting horrendously awful golf shots during the summer. When he's not busy writing, entertaining one of his various other hobbies, or making futile attempts to stay on his girlfriend's good side, he gets tremendous joy out of tormenting his younger siblings by over-spoiling his nieces and nephew.