Put the words romantic getaway together with the state of Florida and a number of wonderful opportunities for special time with a significant partner arise for consideration. Perhaps the first decision to make is how secluded and private a romantic getaway needs to be. If privacy is a must, then most likely Disney world is not the best option! However, even Disney world has its flagship resorts, complete with relaxing spas and elegant and romantic dining options.
Try An Island that Offers Private Beaches
For many people, the top choice for a Florida getaway involves a warm beach somewhere, and this is easily accomplished on both the west and east coast of Florida. On the northeast coast, Amelia Island, with its lighthouse and relatively uncrowded beach areas, is a good romantic destination. There are elegant resorts and charming inns that can easily cater to a secluded getaway weekend. Some inns have romantic weekend packages with amenities like carriage rides for two. Amelia Island Williams House combines history and romance in a lovely Victorian inn furnished with antiques and crystal chandeliers. Sit on the wide veranda or wander through the large southern gardens with that special someone. For an interesting and unique getaway, the Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast in Amelia Island offers guests the use of its private yacht for 1/2 day, full day, sunset cruises and overnight accommodations.
Elizabeth Pointe Lodge
If walking out the inn door directly onto a sandy beach spells romance, then try the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge on Amelia Island. This waterfront inn built in a Nantucket style is directly on the beach. Let the attentive staff at the inn pamper you with full room service and wonderful sea side breakfasts. Since Amelia Island is in the northeast section of Florida, a getaway is best timed for late spring through fall, rather than the chillier winter season. The interesting and historic city of St. Augustine is also close by for easy touring. If the history and charm of a weekend in St. Augustine seems like the perfect getaway, then try the St. Francis Inn in the heart of the historic district of St. Augustine. Its gourmet breakfasts, cozy fireplaces and private gardens are sure to bring out the best in a couple.
Windemere Inn by the Sea
A delightful area that is quite quiet on the east central coast of Florida runs from Indialantic through Melbourne Beach. The beaches here are lovely and there are some fantastic small hotels and special romantic inns. Windemere Inn by the Sea is just such a delightful oceanfront bed and breakfast featuring large gourmet breakfasts and well appointed guest rooms. Sit together on the porch and watch the waves roll in along a wide and very private section of beach just east of Melbourne. There are restaurants within walking distance and the well-maintained Melbourne Zoo is a very enjoyable half day outing.
Caribbean Court Boutique Hotel
On Orchid Island, the Caribbean Court Boutique Hotel is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. The resort offers guests a Caribbean retreat without leaving Florida, including a fine dining French cuisine restaurant, Havana Nights piano bar, and 18 guest rooms. In addition to all of the luxuries that can be enjoyed at the inn, guests can also partake of all of entertainment, dining and recreational opportunities of Vero Beach.
Moving over to the west or gulf coast of Florida, one of the most romantic getaway destinations is Sanibel Island. This southwest barrier island has something for everyone, including a wide range of accommodations, from luxurious resorts to inns and intimate beach cottages. Although Sanibel can be crowded at times, the pace of life is slower; there are not even any traffic lights. The shells on the beach, the interesting restaurants and the unique shops, all make for a perfect getaway. Sanibel has strict regulations against over development and almost a third of the island is dedicated nature reserve. Hiking, biking and kayaking through these wildlife areas are wonderful ways to share time with a loved one. Even though the island is dark at night since there are no streetlights, there is still plenty of enjoyable night life with colorful sports bars or fine dining at excellent local restaurants. Be sure to save extra room in the suitcase for all those remarkable shells, and pay a visit to the island’s shell museum, the largest of its kind in North America.
Go Fishing at Pine Island
If fishing, boating and seclusion are high priorities, and sandy beaches are not needed, then try Sanibel’s large neighbor, Pine Island. The pace of life is truly old Florida there. A good combination of excellent tarpon fishing and white sand beaches would be the community of Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island, halfway between Sarasota and Fort Meyers.
St. George Island
For a quiet and romantic time on the Florida panhandle, consider renting a beach house on St. George Island and spend time together watching the sunsets from the beach. Or choose the lovely Coombs House Inn in Apalachicola. Its located on the northwestern gulf coast below the panhandle in an area that is both romantic and unspoiled. There are 23 guest suites in three Victorian houses and each one boasts hardwood floors, oriental carpets and elegant antiques from around the world. Breakfast, afternoon tea and wine tasting are sure to please, and there are bicycles as well as beach equipment available to guests. Prepare for wonderful sunsets, excellent fresh seafood restaurants and interesting art galleries in this romantic and natural area.
Key West has a big party reputation, but there are wonderful hotel and inn options and many opportunities for romantic walks in Old Town, plus fun shopping and exploration of old Hemingway haunts. The 118 year old, 4 diamond Marquesa Hotel is perfectly located one block from historic Duval Street. It is considered one of Florida’s top inns. It also has plenty of privacy with lush landscaping and two refreshing pools. Indulge in the luxurious marble bathtubs and soft fluffy bathrobes provided for each guest.
The key to a successful getaway is finding somewhere that spells romantic charm for both individuals. Florida’s warm weather and variety of activities and good restaurants are sure to create the right recipe for a romantic getaway. A good resource for finding the perfect inn accommodation on the perfect part of Florida that creates the perfect blend of romance for a couple is Select Registry. Select a travel experience under travel tools and an interactive map will show select inns along a route. Also check out the suggested itineraries and attractions for each region. An inn search can also be tailored to search for certain included amenities like spa services. Be sure and check out the site’s special Romance Package. If you are ready for romance, Florida is ready for you!