Whether you want to relax on the beach, sip on a cocktail, or venture through a museum, these Florida locations are some of the most romantic places for a couples getaway.
Finding love may just be one of the best things you can do for the soul, knowing that there is someone that is your first and last call of the day makes all the in-between details easy to bear. Part of your journey together should include embarking on fun and romantic getaways. They are the perfect way to refuel and reconnect. If you do not have the time or money for a week-long adventure, try a daycay. It could be just the quick-fix you need.
Here are trip ideas that are perfect for celebrating your love.
This island paradise, which is within a collection of state parks, is cooled and shaded by aging oaks. For the ultimate in couple time go horseback riding from the woods to the beaches of Amelia Island State Park. The natural beauty of your surroundings makes for memorable Instagrammable moments.
Enjoy cuddle time and luxury at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. It has the largest poolscape in northern Florida, plus an infinity-edge adults-only pool and two hot tubs. There are several dining options, from casual to gourmet, a full-service spa, two championship golf courses and 23 tennis courts.
The mix of eclectic neighborhoods, foods, culture, and architecture that ranges from Victorian to Prairie makes Jacksonville a must-see. Stroll hand in hand along the St. John’s River or hop on the water taxi where you can enjoy views of the skyline. Since romance is synonymous with flowers, you won't want to skip Landon Park and its blooming magnolias, crepe myrtles, and roses.
Then for a modern twist on American cuisine, head to Black Sheep restaurant located in the historic Five Points district of Jacksonville's Riverside neighborhood. It has a lively bar where you can sip on signature cocktails, craft beers, or vino from their impressive wine list. Its rooftop bar and lounge offer views of Riverside, downtown, and the St. John’s River. Choose from its menu of local and regionally sourced ingredients that can include seasonal favorites like crispy duck confit and wild Georgia shrimp and grits.
While your idea of romance may not include a shrunken head, a mummy, and Sir Winston Churchill’s stuffed lion, Lightner Museum also has a treasure trove of Victorian art. It’s location Henry Flagler’s Alcazar Hotel, was built in 1888 and closed in 1932 during the Great Depression. Wandering through the museum allows you to travel back to 1900, when wealthy Gilded Age tourists visited St. Augustine. Plus, you can lunch at the Café Alcazar, which used to be the hotel’s pool.
Then head to Casa Monica Resort & Spa, where there is no shortage of things to do. This iconic landmark offers guests the chance to dine on coastal cuisine at Costa Brava, sip on handcrafted cocktails and check out the featured works in the Grand Bohemian Art Gallery. But since this is all about romance, may we suggest a relaxing couple’s massage at its Poseidon Spa.
While Palm Beach is known for its famed Worth Avenue, you may not be familiar with the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. Ringed by 8-foot hedges, the grounds of the sculpture gardens may be just the place to have lunch. This hidden gem also hosts concerts, including gospel and jazz.
Cool off at the Four Seasons Resort on South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach. Guests can take advantage of cold-water spritzes and chilled towels while lying by the freshwater pool. Not to be missed is the live-fire cooking with views of the show kitchen at the onsite restaurant Florie’s.
The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami features a main house filled with exquisite treasures, 10 acres of formal gardens and native forest. The museum which has hosted Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, will also host your wedding. Additionally, it has a variety of events, including yoga and meditation classes and wine tastings.
Do not miss out on the glam and glitz of the Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club in Miami, which is inspired by the European Riviera. Nosh on Italian cuisine at Donna Mare and sip on one of the varietals rose wines. And please don’t skip dessert because well, they have homemade Tiramisu. It is the perfect ending to a day spent at the adult’s only pool where we hope you have a massage.
Built in 1888, the Naples Pier was initially used as a freight and passenger dock. Today, it’s one of the most popular places in Naples to walk along the flat beach or for fishing. Even if you don’t want to cast your own line, watching the collection of characters who do is fun too. The pier, which stretches 1,000 feet out into the Gulf of Mexico, is an excellent place to watch the sunset.
End your day by snuggling in the fluffy bedding provided at the Inn on Fifth & Club in Naples located within the heart of shops and restaurants on Fifth Avenue. The hotel provides a SUV Bentley for quick runs to the Emerald Gulf Coast, but we think that you may just want to hang out and enjoy the view from the rooftop pool terrace.
Tagged as the home of Honeymoon Island, Dunedin is a small bit of paradise located by the Gulf. There is a definite warm and friendly feeling to this small town that offers major league baseball, craft breweries, and almost four miles of a scenic waterfront. It is most appealing for those wishing to enjoy a low-key getaway.
Book your stay at the Fenway Hotel, where they have events that include a swing dance on Valentine’s Day and afternoon tea throughout the year. But since romance is in the air, you can check out the often time lavender-colored sunsets from the rooftop bar, Hi-Fi while enjoying an after-dinner nightcap.