The possibilities for romantic getaways in Florida seem endless. While Florida is home to some of the most spectacular vacation spots in the world, finding the destination that is right for you and your partner can be challenging.
Florida is a large state with many attractions, a diverse environment, and seasonal weather. Understanding where and when to visit will help you enjoy your perfect romantic getaway in Florida.
Is Florida good for couples?
Florida is known internationally as a world-class family destination. When looking for a couple’s getaway, the Sunshine State shines even brighter than the rest. There are so many things for a couple to do in Florida.
Florida has so much more to offer than just beaches and theme parks (which are amazing). Nature’s offerings include incredible natural springs, coral reefs, and waterfalls. Florida is great for that golf getaway, party trip, or quiet retreat. Accommodations range from campsites to some of the most exclusive resorts in the world.
No matter your style or budget, there’s no end to what a couple can do in Florida. And, there are always plenty of opportunities for spontaneity.
What should I do for my anniversary in Florida?
A Florida vacation is a dream way to celebrate your anniversary. You’ll want to plan your vacation around the season, as the weather can impact your plans. No matter when you visit, though, you’re certainly going to have a fantastic time. And, of course, a romantic beach vacation is always in season.
What’s more romantic than enjoying some of the best weather in the country? The cool, dry winter is the perfect time for outdoor activities — golfing, hiking, kayaking, and even the beach (though the water is probably too cold to go in). Theme parks are less busy during winter. In general, though, this is the most crowded time of the year. Don’t shy away — the amazing weather makes it well worth it.
If your anniversary is during the summer, you are in luck. Really. Sure, it’s hot and humid. But the crowds are smaller, and, most importantly, so are the prices. Look for summer resort offers and great deals on vacation rentals. Outdoor activities should be enjoyed in the mornings before it gets too hot. The warm water makes this the best season for water sports. Don’t fret the stormy afternoons. They’re the perfect opportunity for indoor activities — museums, aquariums, shows, and casinos.
Spring & Fall
Both seasons are an outstanding balance between winter’s dry weather and summer’s low crowds. The days are warm, but the evenings are cool. Indoor or outdoor, there’s really nothing you can’t do. This may be the best time to visit — don’t miss out on a Spring or Fall Florida vacation.
Where can I spend a romantic weekend in Florida?
You can fit a lot of romance in a short amount of time in Florida, and weekend getaways are a great way to do it. To get the most enjoyment in a weekend, try a beachfront resort with onsite amenities and dining options, like Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on Sanibel Island or The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Imagine having your own private balcony looking out onto the water and enjoying restaurants, shopping, and other amenities without leaving the property.
What’s the most romantic beach in Florida?
Florida is known for having some of the most romantic beaches globally. Couples from around the world travel here for the experience. But with 825 miles of beaches in Florida, you’d be hard-pressed to choose just one. The best beach for your romantic trip depends on whether you’re looking for quiet relaxation or prefer a little more excitement.
If you desire a more relaxed beach experience, you’ll find that one of these beaches may be just what you’re looking for:
The nearest neighbor of well-known Sanibel Island, Captiva Island is just as beautiful and even more serene. It is a quaint throwback to yesteryear, where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. If you enjoy funky shops and eclectic dining, look no further than Captiva Island. It’s a little gem off the beaten path. The island is famous for shelling.
While there are no dogs roaming this panhandle island, as the name may suggest, there is wildlife abound. This relatively unknown island’s incredible beaches are virtually untouched — so much so that there are no restaurants or even public amenities. It can only be reached by boat or plane. You’ll feel like you have your private beach.
Bordering Georgia, it’s a lovely, quiet beach on Amelia Island. Lined by sand dunes and sea oats, the island juxtaposes luxury and unspoiled charm.
Honeymoon Island State Park
You can tell by its name that it’s the perfect spot for a romantic trip. The state maintains the island’s natural beauty. But as a popular Tampa Bay-area park, it can get busy. If you’d prefer a less popular and more secluded beach, take the short ferry ride to the neighboring Caladesi Island State Park — an undeveloped island with concessions and restrooms.
Lovers Key Beach
This aptly named beach is part of Lovers Key State Park, a collection of natural barrier islands. Located between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs, it is a popular location for beachfront weddings, hence the name.
Beautiful beaches of soft sand line this picturesque island. There are no traffic lights, and the pace is wonderfully relaxed. It also has some of the world’s best beaches for shelling. Learn more about Sanibel Island beaches.
St. Augustine Beach
While the oldest city in the U.S. may be touristy, its beach is quiet and great for couples looking for a romantic getaway.
St. George Island State Park
Just west of Dog Island, this 28-mile barrier island is more developed and is reachable by car. Most of its beaches are quiet and secluded.
Does your idea of a romance involve a little more adrenaline? If so, check out these fantastic beaches that also have an active social life:
It’s known as one of the best surfing spots on the east coast, and it is, appropriately, home to the largest surf shop in the world, Ron Jon. It’s also Orlando’s closest beach, at just a 45-minute drive. This classic “surf town” is active but not overwhelming.
Another great place to surf, the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” is a major spring break destination and a popular spot for water sports.
Fort Myers Beach
Another popular spring break locale, Fort Myers Beach is a fun, lively beach town. It’s often referred to as the World’s Safest Beach because of its gradual slope, gentle waves, and lack of undertow.
The westernmost region of the Florida Keys is known for its beautiful beaches and its nightlife. The (in)famous Duval Street is family-friendly fun during the day but transforms into a raucous spectacle as the night falls. It’s not for the faint of heart.
Its fine sand and turquoise water are just part of the appeal of what is arguably the country’s biggest party beach. South Beach’s nightlife is the stuff of legend. It’s trendy, upscale, and will get your heart pumping. You may even bump into a celebrity or two.
What are romantic activities?
If you want to dazzle your sweetheart, here are some of the most romantic activities you can do in Florida:
- Picnicking on the Beach – Florida’s gorgeous beaches is the perfect backdrop for a romantic picnic. Just bring your food, a blanket, and that special someone. Some beaches do not allow alcohol, so check before you break out the wine.
- SCUBA Diving & Snorkeling – Exploring Florida’s diverse marine life is wonderful to connect with your partner. Holding hands or kissing underwater can add that little something extra.
- Spa Day – There’s no better way to relax and unwind together than sharing a day getting the full spa treatment.
- Stargazing – There’s nothing quite as romantic as sitting under the stars with your sweetheart. While open space is abundant in Florida, you’ll need an area free of light pollution. Great places are national and state parks, like the Everglades, or St. George Island.
- Sunset Cruise – Florida’s sunsets are unmatched. Being on the water during sunset is a must if you’re visiting the West coast.
- View a Rocket Launch from the Beach – Looking for a unique romantic experience? Watch one of Cape Canaveral’s rocket launches from an area beach. Two of the best beaches to view launches are Playalinda Beach to the north of Cape Canaveral and Peacock Beach to the south.
Where is Sanibel Island located?
Sanibel Island is a beautiful barrier island located off of the coast of Southwest Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. Couples and families come from around the globe for its gorgeous powder-white sand beaches. They are world-renowned and enjoyed without the hustle and bustle of many other premier beach destinations.
If you dig shelling, there’s nowhere better to find shells. Sanibel is known as the shelling capital of the world. And for good reason — you can find over 250 species of shells. You’ll see scores of people slowly walking along the shoreline, bent over as they go. Locals and visitors alike affectionately refer to this as the Sanibel Stoop. And no shelling aficionado should leave Sanibel without a trip to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, an accredited natural history museum spotlighting shells and mollusks.
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