From trendy city escapes to charming country getaways, there are plenty of romantic destinations you can choose from but nothing quite compares to the ambiance of a beach getaway. There’s something about the sand between your toes and salty ocean breezes that create a romantic vibe like no other. For couples looking to start a romantic connection or those looking to strengthen theirs, a whimsical beach vacation is a perfect way to spend time with your loved one. Now that you’ve committed to a tropical escape, how do you execute a flawless beach getaway? From choosing the right beach spot to making sure you plan a memorable itinerary, there are plenty of tips and tricks to ensure a successful escape. Here are 5 tips for the perfect romantic beach getaway.

Choose The Right Beach

Set aside some time to think about what type of romantic vacation you’re looking for and what you’ve been lacking. Could you use the excitement and entertainment of a popular beach location or would you benefit from a more intimate destination free from distractions? Once you’ve decided what kind of beach environment you’re looking for, you can begin your research process. Coastal Living’s 10 Most Romantic Beaches in America is a good place to start to help narrow down your search.

Pack Right

Packing right is very important for a successful beach vacation. We all love the sand and sun but beaches aren’t exactly designed to accommodate their guests. Imagine if you forgot to bring all of the essentials to help avoid a bad sunburn (i.e. sunblock, umbrellas, hats, and sunglasses). Your dream vacation would soon turn into a nightmare, spending most of your time indoors treating your painful burn. Most beach bums head to the ocean for rest and relaxation but it’s pretty hard to do so without a comfortable setup. Make sure to pack a few plush towels or recliners if you’re determined to veg out. Speaking of relaxation, don’t forget to pack a few good books so you can spend your time getting lost in an exhilarating page-turner. Not sure what to read on your tropical escape? Check out TripSavy’s 8 Best Beach Reads of 2019. Looking to take romance to the next level? Plan to have a beach picnic and bring all of the essentials to make it a magical evening.

Seek Adventure

Lounging around with your loved one is a great way to reconnect but doing activities together is another awesome way to bond. Before you book your beach escape, make sure the area offers activities you can take advantage of. Whether you want to snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, or even learn how to surf, these fun activities will make your trip that much more memorable. If your relationship thrives on healthy competition, consider bringing a few beach games, such as Cornhole and Spikeball, to lighten up the mood. Some friendly competition could be exactly what you need to reignite the spark.

Give Up Your Gadgets

The beach setting is the perfect atmosphere for a romantic rendezvous. That said, if you or your partner are distracted by the presence of work emails or social media, there’s no amount of sand and sun that can keep you present and connected to each other. Most couples are guilty of trying to multitask, but very few of us have mastered the art of good conversation and scrolling. It might seem scary but try to eliminate your use of cellphones and electronics on your trip. This digital cleanse will force you to pay attention to each other and get creative with your time. If you’re already having technology withdrawals, take baby steps and try to limit your cellphone use to certain hours of the day. Who knows? You might like being off the grid.

Let Go

Most travelers put unnecessary pressure on themselves to make the most of their trip. Sure, we all want to have a great time but there’s no need to force it. Don’t feel like you need to soak in all of the culture of a new place, or turn your trip into an active experience defined by exercise and healthy eating. Allow yourself to enjoy and relax, without all of the expectations and pressure of having a memorable trip. If you want to stay in bed all day and order room service, don’t feel guilty about your decision to lay low. Vacation is no place for judgment or self-doubt. Once you give yourself permission to let go, you’ll be in the right frame of mind for a romantic retreat.

There are plenty of romantic backdrops but none that quite compare to the alluring ambiance of the beach. If you’re seeking romance and intimacy, a beach getaway is the ultimate place to fall in love. Sea for yourself!