Updated: Jan 25, 2021
#Baecationgoals anyone? For years, I was all about living my best single life. I was not waiting for that special person to see the world with. However, little did I know that in 2017, God would have special plans for me. I met #theone. Since meeting in 2017, bae and I have traveled to 7 countries, 10 states and DC, and many day getaways. We travel at least a couple of times a year and incorporate a balance of long weekend trips to a nearby state and 1-2 week international trips. We even got engaged abroad!
Now that we are entering cuffing season and Valentine’s Day is only a couple of months away, I thought that it would be a perfect time for people to start planning baecations. I also wanted to highlight couples of color -- that kind of love is just beautiful!
For each traveler you will find:
Top Baecation Spot
Why this is a great baecation spot
Favorite Food Spot
Current COVID Travel Rules
Resources from Traveler
Table of Contents
1. Panama1. Panama
2. Maldives2. Maldives
3. Costa Rica3. Costa Rica
4. Fort-de-France, Martinique4. Fort-de-France, Martinique
5. Thailand5. Thailand
6. Santorini, Greece6. Santorini, Greece
7. Big Island, Hawaii7. Big Island, Hawaii
8. Mendoza,Argentina8. Mendoza,Argentina
9. Morocco9. Morocco
10. South Africa10. South Africa
11. Egypt11. Egypt
12. Iceland12. Iceland
Check out 12 top destinations for romantic baecations from 11 couples who frequently travel with their bae!
BONUS: My Bae & I's favorite baecations at the end of this article!
Baecation Destination #1: Panama
Recommended by: Tashana from Travels Byy T
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Why: There were special moments in both places for us and our relationship.
Top Recommendations: Monkey Island tour to sailing on the Panama Canal while you feed the monkeys along the canal. Visit Las Islas de las Perlas (Pearl Islands).
Current COVID-Travel Rule: The Government of Panama requires a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen) within 48 hours prior to traveling to Panama.
If you do not have a test, or the test was done more than 48 hours before traveling to Panama, you will be required to take a test at the airport at your expense ($50.00).
If you test positive, you will be required to quarantine at a designated hotel. After seven days, you will be tested again; if you test negative you will be allowed to leave, otherwise, you must remain in quarantine for 14 days or until you test negative
Tio Navaja: Order the rice and chicken dish. It had an Asian flare with the addition of a delicious sweet and sour tangy sauce (Latin style of course).
Tacos La Neta: You have a selection of delicious tacos to choose from (also vegetarian friendly). These are affordably priced. You also have a rooftop bar a couple floors up from this location with outstanding drinks, amazing views and such a chill vibe that anyone can enjoy.
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Baecation Destination #2: Maldives
Recommended by: Ronnie from Road to 100 Countries
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Why: The luxury and service that comes with being in the Maldives.
Top Recommendation: The must-do for at least a day is to stay in an overwater bungalow. Just to experience it once. Maldives was the second country where we've experienced the overwater bungalow and now we have sought after all locations that have overwater bungalows. French Polynesia 🇵🇫, Fiji 🇫🇯, Vanuatu 🇻🇺, etc. Another must-try while there is booking an underwater restaurant experience!
Favorite Food Spot: Conrad Maldives for the underwater restaurant experience.. It’s more so about the experience because it’s not cheap. $200 per person for lunch and $400 per person for dinner. Dinner is best because you go in early enough to see the daylight too. They served us a 7 course meal!
Current COVID Travel Rules: Maldives opened some resort islands for tourism on July 15, 2020. The Maldives Ministry of Tourism website has guidelines for visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic. A detailed explanation of the process for tourists can be found on the Ministry of Tourism website.
According to Maldives Health Protection Agency, effective September 10, all tourists will be required to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival.
Maldives will provide a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival
Traveler Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel. You may submit the form electronically via http://imuga.immigration.gov.mv.
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Baecation Destination #3: Costa Rica
Recommended by Vanessa from Latino World Travelers
Why: I am an adventurous person and Costa Rica is the tasting menu of adventure. On this one trip, Bae said he would be willing to do any of the activities I chose and it was a bonus that he actually enjoyed them.
Top Recommendation: A must see is Manuel Antonio. Not only will you be able to enjoy a fabulous orange-red sunset at the beach, but you will also see squirrel monkeys, sloths and other animals as well.
Favorite Food Spot: Even if it is just for a drink, you must go to El Avión. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a hollowed out C-123 cargo plane. Its history is super fascinating!
Current COVID Travel Rules: U.S. citizen tourists wishing to enter Costa Rica are no longer required to present the results of a negative PCR test for CV-19. However, all U.S. citizen tourists must still complete an epidemiological Health Pass and provide proof of health insurance to cover any medical treatment and quarantine lodging related to COVID-19 illnesses while in Costa Rica.
Baecation Destination #4: Fort-de-France, Martinique
Recommended by Selena & Kamau from The City Beyond
Why: It was an unexpected gem. We went there with no expectations after realizing we were going without our friends. It ended up really impressing us with how easy it was to drive around and find really secluded spots. The language barrier didn't keep us from enjoying ourselves. However, as a result, a lot of our time was spent with just the two of us. Our Airbnb was a beautiful villa all to ourselves. So serene! Our one true vacation where we leisurely went through our days there.
Top Recommendation: You definitely have to find a random beach and dip in or at least roll up your pants and dip your feet into the water. La Trinité is where we spent a day and just randomly drove through and stopped by the water.
Favorite Food Spot: We got pizza a couple of times. It was easy to order and great for take away. We really watched the locals to see what looked and smelled amazing and then pointed and said we wanted what they had. Best way to order haha. So, we just snuggled up at our bnb and ate Hacienda Pizza.
Current COVID Travel Rules: Since Martinique is essentially France, U.S. Citizens are currently not allowed to enter.
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Baecation Destination #5: Thailand
Recommended by Tia from Tia Takes the World & Hanging with tha Coppers
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Why: Our fave baecay would have to be our first trip to Thailand. It was our first trip and I (Tia) was so nervous about how we would interact with one another on an international trip. But luckily, the trip was such a bonding experience. We really grew together and were able to see how we reacted in high pressure situations and scenarios outside of everyday life. I think Thailand is a dope baecation spot because you can easily get to both the city and the beach! I also love it because it is so affordable. Baecays don’t always have to be lavish and expensive.
Top Recommendation: A must do is to visit Phuket. We stayed at the Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort, Phuket and did a really fun biplane tour. We would suggest anyone that loves a night out to visit Bangla Road. It was one of the most fun nights bar hopping and just hanging out with one another.
Favorite Food Spot: A schwarma stand at the end of Bangla Road lol. We literally ate the best schwarmas on God's green earth there and they were like 1 USD.
Current COVID Travel Rules: Thailand’s borders are still closed for all foreign nationals including US citizen with few exceptions (see Entry and Exit Requirements below) such as (check link for full list):
Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parent, or child of a Thai national.
Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to reside in the Kingdom.
Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid work permit or allowed to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
Carriers of necessary goods subject to immediate return after completion
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Baecation Destination #6: Santorini, Greece
Recommended by Katrina from the Global Midwife
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Why: The view is very romantic -- The breathtaking view of pristine white buildings with ocean blue domes cascaded on a mountain that overlooks a vast sea of blue is one that shouldn’t be missed in this lifetime. Nothing is more romantic than watching the sun set over a vast, entrancing work of art while consuming fresh seafood and local wine. Everyday in Santorini felt like a date night out of a romance novel.
Top Recommendation: Must do a sunset yacht tour. During our time in Santorini, we decided to book a yacht tour with Santorini Sailing. We took the 4-5 hour sunset tour, which allowed us the opportunity to view the famous sunset of Oia from the water.
Favorite Food Spot: A cliff side restaurant called Ambrosia
Current COVID Travel Rules: Greece will currently only allow EU citizens, EU residents, and residents of certain other specific countries to enter. The United States is not one of those countries. U.S. citizens traveling to Greece will not be permitted to enter unless they meet one of only a few narrow exceptions detailed in the Greek Embassy’s information on entrance into the European Union/Schengen Area. There is no projected date when entry will be permitted. A long visit in a third country will not help you get around EU restrictions.
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Baecation Destination #7: Big Island, Hawaii
Recommended by Nina from Wilson Tribe Adventures
Why: We found a vacation rental with 3 bedrooms. We even carved out time to have dinner "alone" right out on the porch and sat a far enough distance on the beach to let the kids play and have a quiet moment with each other.
Top Recommendation: You must visit both sides of the island and take time to explore the volcano. The best snorkeling is at Kailua Beach.
Favorite Food Spot: Great local spot is a food truck on the Kona side called Shaka Tacoz
All travelers must have a negative test result BEFORE beginning the final leg of their trip. Anyone without a negative test result PRIOR to departure must quarantine upon arrival. The negative test result must be uploaded onto Safe Travels prior to departure or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawai‘i.
Trans-Pacific travelers arriving WITHOUT a confirmed negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Baecation Destination #8: Mendoza, Argentina
Recommended by Mel & Kyle from The Baileys Go
Why: It’s the wine capital of South America - what more could you want? In the region, you can find wine tastings and experiences for every budget (usually for a fraction of US based wine tours).
Top Recommendation: The best thing to do in Mendoza is visit as many wineries as possible! Argentina is the 3rd largest wine exporter in the world so you can’t miss the wine culture in Mendoza. We chose to do a self-paced bicycle tour but bus tours are also available.
Favorite Food Spot: Be sure to visit Bodega Trapiche, the largest winery in the area. In addition, enjoy a delicious steakhouse dinner at Sancho. (Pro-Tip: keep in mind Argentines eat dinner after 9pm)
Per the latest Argentine government policy, most foreigners who are not a resident in Argentina, including U.S. citizens, will not be permitted to enter Argentina; the U.S. Embassy is not aware of an estimated end date for this travel ban.
On November 28th, the Government of Argentina announced that foreign citizens, with direct relatives who are Argentine citizens, may enter Argentina for a temporary visit under exceptional circumstances if certain conditions are met. U.S. citizens should be advised that whether entry will be authorized is a discretionary decision made by Argentine immigration officials at specific ports of entry; the U.S. Embassy cannot intercede in this process.
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Baecation Destination #9: Morocco
Recommended by LJ & MJ from That Couple Who Travels
Why: Morocco is definitely one of our favorite destinations for baecations. We love the diversity of experiences that you can have here. You are able to soak up the culture in the riads and markets, experience luxury at some of the best spas and hotels in Africa, and have one of a kind experiences in the Sahara desert.
Top Recommendation: Do a luxury stay in the Sahara desert.
Favorite Food Spot: We recommend taking a cooking class at Jnane Tamsna, the only Black Woman-Owned Hotel in Marrakesh
Citizens and residents of Morocco and, as of September 6, foreign nationals of visa-exempt countries (which includes U.S. citizens) with reservations with Moroccan hotels or travel agencies and business people invited by Moroccan companies are allowed to enter and depart. Special operation flights serving these passengers, including a direct flight on Royal Air Maroc between Casablanca (CMN) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), will continue to operate under the Health State of Emergency. U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States should book directly with the airlines.
The Government of Morocco (GOM) has established pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements for all travelers entering Morocco. Travelers entering Morocco must complete a PCR test within 72 hours of travel, with printed results to present on request at check-in and to GOM officials on arrival.
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Baecation Destination #10: South Africa
Recommended by K & P from Two Carry Ons
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Why: It was our first time in Africa and we felt a strong connection there. The people were warm, the culture was very rich, and there were so many natural wonders to take in.
Top Recommendation: Robben Island and the Apartheid Museum evoked so many emotions for us. Our safari, the Madikwe Game Reserve, located on the border of South Africa and Botswana changed our perspective of animal life. If you are ever in Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope is a must-do -- we were fascinated by the natural beauty and how serene it was! It was also great to see so many animals on the drive up like baboons and ostriches.
Favorite Food Spot: Hands down our favorite restaurant was the Codfather Seafood & Sushi in Capetown. We still think about that place today. Wine tasting at several Stellenbosch wineries in Cape Town was also a real treat!
On November 11, 2020, President Ramaphosa announced that the Government of South Africa is opening up international travel to all countries subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a negative COVID-19 certificate.
Any travelers to South Africa will need to present a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure, or will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost if they have not done a COVID-19 test.
BONUS Baecation Destinations from Bae & I
Baecation Destination #11: Egypt
Recommended by my bae, Andy
Why: It’s where I proposed to Princess. The Cruise. The level of intimacy couples can have. The majestic sites.
Top Recommendations: The Great Pyramids of Giza (of course!), The Sphinx
Favorite Food Spot: a falafel from Gad, an Egyptian fast food restaurant
The Egyptian Government has announced that all passengers travelling to Egypt (including Egyptians) must be in possession of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19, taken at a maximum of 72 hours before their flight departure time.
However, passengers travelling from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris, and Frankfurt will be allowed to provide the test certificate performed at a maximum of 96 hours prior to flight departure, due to the long travel and transit period from these airports.
Travelers must present paper copies of the test results; digital copies will not be accepted. Children under the age of six of all nationalities are exempt.
Additionally, we have been informed that incoming tourists must show proof of health insurance upon arrival.
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Baecation Destination #12: Iceland
Recommended by Franny from Franny the Traveler
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Why: It has breathtaking nature, and the cold weather creates cozy vibes. We found it fairly easy to get around and lots to do, whether you are the adventure type, chill type, or somewhere in between. Also, the food is amazing!
Top Recommendations: Blue Lagoons is the most romantic activity by far. To experience the best of nature, I highly recommend doing the South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik. I was in awe of that glacier lagoon!
Favorite Food Spot: Sandholt Bakery for breakfast/brunch/lunch and sweets. Messinn Seafood Restaurant for a traditional Icelandic dish, plokkfiskur (fish stew). You must also get the Arctic char grilled in honey and nuts!
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