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Valentine's Day: 5 Romantic SUP Getaways 

By: Rebecca Parsons

 Valentine's Day is upon us and love is in the air, and also on the water. While others are focused on flowers and heart-shaped chocolates, we're dreaming of tropical beaches and turquoise waters. Take a break from the Hallmark madness and start planning your next SUP vacay. Here, we've rounded up five dreamy destinations, perfect for you and yours.

Tulum, Mexico. Nestled on the southern tip of the Riviera Maya, Tulum offers white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and an assortment of beachfront bars and restaurants, making it the ideal SUP destination. Paddle through Caribbean seas over a bustling reef in front of historical Mayan ruins or navigate the calm waters of one of the hundreds of cenotes native to the region. Lodging options are vast and include cute Airbnb's, cozy campsites, or romantic hotels lining the waterfront. End each day with drinks under the stars and be lulled to sleep by the melodic sounds of the ocean.

Bora Bora.  Located in the South Pacific, this French Polynesian island is as romantic as they come, making it a popular honeymoon destination. The view from above is stunning and no doubt will be love at first sight when you touch down on the island. Stay in a picturesque overwater bungalow, with the translucent lagoon under your feet and lush green mountains serving as a backdrop. Snorkel with sharks, explore the island via paddleboards, lounge on the beach, and fall even deeper in love.

Maui, Hawaii. Hawaiian culture is rich in romance and Maui is no exception. With stunning scenery, balmy breezes, sunset cruises, and traditional luaus, Hawaii has a little something for everyone. Park it at your hotel or drive the famous road to Hana and experience everything Maui has to offer. From classic surf breaks and downwind runs to paddling over calm reefs, Maui has adventures for couples of all experience levels. After a day of paddling, unwind by the pool while listening to the rhythmic sounds of steel drums and ukuleles drifting through the warm air.

Key West, Florida. Known for its lush mangrove forests, friendly manatees, strong drinks and tasty seafood, Key West is the perfect destination for standup paddlers and romantics alike.  In addition to being a beautiful island oasis, Key West is also home to a unique SUP shop, Nomadic SUP. Nomadic offers nude SUP tours, so you and your loved one can have an intimate paddling experience through breathtaking tropical scenery. If nudity isn't your thing, paddling fully clothed is always an option—whatever floats your boat.

Playa Avellana, Costa Rica. Power couple, Beth Alfonso and Daniel Alvarez, offer a unique SUP/surf/yoga retreat through their company, Real Surf Trips. You'll stay in the couples' beautiful home and experience professional surf lessons, yoga sessions, healthy meals, and fun games/activities alongside the other guests. If retreats aren't your thing, go it alone and stay at one of the many beachside hotels and visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the Tamarindo area.


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