Looking for the best romantic Florida getaways to add a little spice to your love life? Whether you’re a Florida local, a northerner wanting to escape the cold, or just need a break from the every-day, the Sunshine state has no shortage of beautiful beaches, palm trees, and activities for everyone.
Here are the 15 Best Ranked Romantic Florida Getaways:
Romantic Florida Getaways #1 – #5
#1: The Don CeSar at St. Peach Beach
Nick-named ‘The Pink Palace’, the Don CeSar regularly welcomes couples looking to tie the knot and doubles as a wedding venue with their lavish roaring 20s ballrooms, bar, and restaurant. Couples who are already married (or just looking for a romantic time) will enjoy the luxury spa, outdoor swimming pools, fire pits, and white sand beaches.
#2: The Ritz-Carlton at Key Biscayne
Key Biscayne is a white-sand island just south of downtown Miami, but guests have said it feels like another world away. This luxury destination is perfect for anyone wanting a Caribbean-like experience. Climb the historic lighthouse in Bill Baggs Cape State Park and enjoy a panoramic view of the ocean. Eat all the seafood and champagne you could ever want while lounging by the waves.
#3: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa at Torch Key
A secluded island only accessible by seaplane or boat, this “adults only” resort promises paradise. The bungalow style suites included details like vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters, and private decks. There is no end of activities to enjoy including kayaking, scuba diving, paddle boarding, poolside cocktails, couples messages, and more. But Little Palm Island’s most notable feature is their “no tech” rule. To help couples disconnect and relax, there is no wifi or phone connection!
#4: Lovers Key State Park
Located near Fort Myers, Lovers Key State Park is another popular wedding destination. In addition to picturesque white sand beaches, Lovers Key offers miles of hiking trails through maritime hammocks where lucky explorers could spot lots of wildlife including manatees and dolphins. You can camp there in an overnight cabin, or take a boat to Captiva Island for a more luxurious stay in the South Seas Island resort.
#5: Henderson Park Inn at Destin
Voted #1 Most Romantic Hotel in North America, the Henderson Park Inn is a adults-only all inclusive hotel overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. They offer all kinds of amenities from bicycle rentals to explore the laid back town of Destin, to couple’s yoga, to Happy Hour beverages on the beach.
Romantic Florida Getaways #6 – #10
#6: St. Augustine
If you and your partner like history, pirates, or Spanish colonialism, St. Augustine, Florida is the city to explore. Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States and features lots of romantic details including cobblestone streets and horse drawn carriage rides. Drink from the magical springs in Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Explore old-world structures that house boutique shops, eateries, and art galleries. When you’re ready to retire for the night, retreat to one of several properties located within the town center.
#7: The Breakers at Palm Beach
This extravagant adults-only property will make you feel as though you’ve gone back in time to the Roman Renaissance. Every detail has been meticulously crafted to be pleasing to the eye. Spend a romantic night in with flat screen TVs, endless movie channels, and a mini bar all located in the comfort of your room. During the day, head to the resort’s private beach for snorkeling and paddle boarding, enjoy the infinity pool, or play a round of golf.
#8: The Florida Everglades
If you and your spouse love nature, exploring the Florida Everglades is a must. The ‘10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge’ is home to more than 200 species of fish, 180 species of birds, and a diverse list of mammals you won’t see anywhere else. When you’re done, you can stay at the lovely Marco Island Marriott hotel.
Local residents of Naples, Florida enjoy the finer things in life and it’s a popular destination for older, more refined couples. This seaside town offers uncrowded beaches, high-end restaurants, and designer clothing boutiques. Stroll the Naples Pier or dial up the romance with a catamaran tour at sunset. Fair warning, the Naples experience is expensive. Be paired to overpay.
#10: Amelia Island
As you can tell, Florida is home to many islands. But locals and guests both agree that none are as endearing as Amelia Island. It’s Spanish moss covered trees, desolate beaches, and Appalachian quartz sand offers a more laid-back vibe to explore and lose yourself in. Guests can enjoy horseback rides along the beach, biking and hiking the many trails, or for a more luxurious time, check out the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island or the Omni Amelia Island Resort.
Romantic Florida Getaways #11 – #15
#11: Miami Beach
For couples who love a chic atmosphere with endless activities, Miami Beach is the perfect spot. Head to Haulover Park for some beach fun sans clothing. Rent water sports equipment like paddleboards, jet skis, and kayaks. Tired of the sand? Take in the contemporary art at The Bass, explore the lush Miami Beach Botanical Garden, or admire the incredible structures that comprise the Art Deco Historic District. Foodies should also save time for a South Beach food tour or a food tour of Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.
#12: Sanibel Island
Laid-back couples will love the serenity of Sanibel Island. Sunbath, swim, or spend hours looking for seashells amongst the many beaches. Take pictures by the Sanibel Island Lighthouse (possibly of wild dolphins). Do a little shopping along Periwinkle Way and take in some casual dining at the Blue Giraffe Restaurant or the Paper Fig Kitchen. There’s a wide range of cozy cottages, inns, and resorts to stay the night.
#13: Fort Lauderdale
If you and your partner want the Miami experience on a budget, Fort Lauderdale is your place to be! Fort Lauderdale offers numerous must-see attractions that are either free or charge low entrance fees. You’ll want to prioritize Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a lush oasis in the heart of the city. Sign up for a bike tour to get an overview of the city’s Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District. Or explore Fort Lauderdale’s famous waterways – this is the Venice of America, after all.
#14: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
If you and your lover are Disney fans, look no further. While other Disney resorts cater to kids, this one caters to couples who are kids at heart. While you can obviously spend your day exploring the Disney theme parks, you can also spend it never setting foot outside this hotel. Listen to live piano music inside the grandiose lobby. Enjoy the adults-only zero-entry swimming pool. Make s’mores by a fire pit and watch movies beneath the stars. Toast to your love at the Enchanted Rose, an elegant lounge with four areas inspired by Beauty and the Beast, including a garden terrace and a library. Then treat yourselves to dinner at Narcoossee’s, overlooking the Seven Seas lagoon.
Eccentric couples will love Sarasota’s smorgasbord of activities. Because of its history as the former winter home of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, couples can check out a variety of Ringling-affiliated attractions on The Ringling campus. Lovebirds with an interest in the Roaring 20s can tour the extravagant Ca’ d’Zan, a Venetian Gothic-style abode once occupied by circus-owner John Ringling and his wife Mable.
Foodies can sample Sarasota’s best dishes during a walking food tour. Meanwhile, beach lovers can head to the shorelines to swim, picnic, or enjoy an electric bike ride at sunset.
Sarasota’s lodging options are just as diverse as its activities. At Art Ovation Hotel Autograph Collection, twosomes can take a curator-led art and wine tour of the property’s collection, or serenade each other with the in-room ukuleles when they’re not mesmerized by the panoramic city views at the rooftop pool and bar.
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