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Video:Plan a Romantic Beach Escape

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Is there a better way to recharge your batteries and rekindle your romance than to the sound of the ocean lapping the shore? Even if it's just for a long weekend, see how to make your next beach trip a romantic, relaxing getaway.See Transcript

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Transcript:Plan a Romantic Beach Escape

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. Tuesday nights at Chili's and Sunday afternoons at Grandma's can provide a little respite from the ol' work-sleep-eat routine we all fall into, but they're not exactly a day at the beach. But with a little planning, and just a little extra dough, your next romantic beach vacation is just around the corner. Check it out.

Find a Time to Get Away

Step one: Coordinate schedules. Between work and soccer practice and book club meetings and other family get-togethers, finding the right time to get away can be tough. But remember that you don't necessarily need a whole week to fully recharge the batteries - taking off Friday and Monday can create a super-long weekend that does just the trick.

Plan a Secluded Trip

In favor of keeping your trip romantic and not touristy though, you might want to avoid the typical summer holiday weekends. Spring break is another time of the year to generally avoid, unless of course all-you-can-drink bar specials and late night motel parties are part of your ideal romance.

Find the Perfect Beach

Step two: Pick a beach. Do you see yourself getting into ocean activities like snorkeling or surfing, or are you more into laying out by the pool with a view of the ocean? Or, are you looking for a private slice of your own beach to enjoy just the two of you? Discount travel sites are likely to be able to offer you packages for air, hotel, and activities if it's the former - if it's the latter, you might want to consider beach camping, or renting a little bungalow on a private beach.

Again, it all depends on what you and your partner find romantic. For some people, the wave pool at Disney World does the trick - but whatever you do, just make sure you are both on the same page as you plan your trip. One of the biggest vacation ruiners of all time is having differing expectations, or ones that aren't met or even talked about. So, do yourself a favor, and dream up this trip together.

Tie Up Loose Ends at Home

Step three: Lock it up at home. There's no bigger romance-killer than a call from home alerting you to some detail that needs your attention. Before you go, make a list of everything that you need to make arrangements for: babysitters, kennels, someone to water your plants and collect your mail. If you can delegate a trusted friend or family member to be the point person for your everyday concerns, you'll be way more likely to kick back and thoroughly enjoy your time away.

And then live it up - take walks on the beach, swim together in the water, and most importantly, don't forget the sunscreen. Trust me.

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