Escape The Cold At This Caribbean Couples Vacation Destination

We've reached that horrid time of the year again when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Chilly days are upon us, so if you and your partner are pining for a getaway to the warm tropics, we really can't blame you. While there are a plethora of warm, sunny destinations calling travelers names, especially when temperatures are becoming as unforgivable as ever, there's one destination in particular that, thanks to its stretch of white sands and relaxing atmosphere, just might outrank them all.

Platinum Coast, Barbados, is a luxurious getaway and an ideal destination for couples who want to kick back and relax. Located on the west coast of Barbados, the Platinum Coast is so picturesque that it's naturally romantic, with signature clear water that's warm year-round. If the temperature dip is getting you down, jump on a flight or a cruise and plunge into the waters of Barbados at one of the most intimate destinations in the Caribbean.

Best beaches on Platinum Coast

Barbados is home to over 80 beaches, and many of the best ones for relaxation and recharging can be found on the Platinum Coast. Brandons Beach is closely situated to the hustle and bustle of Bridgetown, the island's capital, and is a well-known stop for cruises that come to the island. Paynes Bay Beach is ample for snorkeling, where seeing turtles is not a rare occurrence. If you're looking to swim, nearby Fitts Village is a fantastic option, thanks to its tranquil, calm waters.

Sandy Lane is the one for a beach that's simply a cut above the rest. Sandy Lane Beach proves that Barbados is a luxurious travel experience, lined with multi-million dollar homes and mansions. The beach can be difficult to reach due to some rocky areas, but once you arrive, you'll be treated to an exclusive experience since this stretch of paradise is seldom crowded.

Another great way to explore the waters and beaches of the Platinum Coast is by taking a catamaran tour. Local tour operator Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises can ensure you get the best of the bright blue Barbadian waters by bringing you around to see several parts of the island. Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises offers guests private cruises, lunchtime cruises, or sunset cruises, all providing the opportunity to go snorkeling and swimming.

What else to do in Barbados

Barbados is small, and if you can beat unfavorable traffic conditions, you can drive around the island in three hours. While it's hard to leave the beauty of the Platinum Coast, Barbados offers plenty more to see and do that's well worth venturing out for. If you're a pop music fan, a visit to Rihanna's house on the designated Rihanna Drive is simply a must. Here, you can see the actual property the superstar grew up in.

You'll also want to dig into some local eats. If you're around on a Friday night, head to Oistins Fish Market, where you can try the national dish of flying fish and cou cou. Make sure to try it with some fiery Bajan pepper sauce. You also won't want to miss local fast-food joint Chefette. Chefette is especially great after a long night of trying local rum, which you should do in Barbados since it's where the Caribbean's most notable spirit was first made at Mount Gay Distillery. At Mount Gay Distillery, you can take a tour to learn about the process behind the world's oldest rum.