5 of the Most Romantic Places in Florida

Planning a romantic weekend getaway to the Sunshine State? Florida is the perfect tropical paradise to enjoy white sand beaches, palm trees, and luxury resorts without leaving the United States. We’ve put together a list of the most romantic places in Florida that aren’t Walt Disney World.

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Trying to plan a trip to the Sunshine State, but stumped on where to go?

No worries, we’ve done enough vacationing for you (I know, what a drag) to know that there are plenty of intimate and romantic places to go with your better half. Although it was tough, we narrowed it down to our top 5, so all the guesswork is taken care of for you. Bon voyage!

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So whether you’re looking for a relaxing trip filled with spa days, wine, and days spent lounging on the beaches or exploring, kayaking, watersports, and grand adventures, there’s something here for everyone!

1. St. Augustine

Facade of the Lighter museum in St Augustine Florida.

St. Augustine is located in north Florida on the east coast side and is the perfect place for a couples’ trip. It is most well-known for its Spanish-style architecture and is the oldest city in the United States. It’s the perfect spot for couples to enjoy a romantic vacation exploring the beautiful sandy beaches, like St. Augustine Beach, and immerse themselves in the city’s rich history, fine dining, and the Atlantic Ocean.

The historic district is quite enchanting, filled with quaint shops and delicious food all along St. George Street. It’s also home to the claimed fountain of youth, the oldest schoolhouse, and other fun tourist attractions like museums and the Castillo de San Marcos, known as the oldest masonry fort in the US. You can walk around the outside of it or pay to take a self-guided tour inside via the National Parks Service. There are so many gems in St. Augustine you’ll have the best time making new memories with your partner!

2. Florida Keys

Sunset over a pier in the Florida Keys.
Photo Credit: YayImages

When you think of Florida, you probably think of white sand beaches, coral reefs, and relaxation. The Florida Keys is the perfect destination for couples who want even more of that island feel than you get throughout the rest of the state. The Keys are a popular destination known for their white sandy beaches.

Aside from beautiful beaches, The Florida Keys have tons to offer, including kayaking, scuba diving, picnicking, sunset cruises, old town, and so much more. Book yourself a lovely romantic hotel and relax along the beaches of the Florida Keys, enjoy local restaurants, ocean views, and quality time together. Book yourself a luxury stay in Key West in the Sunset Key Cottages. You’ll find yourself situated right on the beach in a stunning hotel with all the amenities you need to make this your most romantic trip yet.

Sunset Key Cottages massage spa on the beach at sunset.
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Hotel recommendation

Sunset Key Cottages

A truly breathtaking island oasis situated on 27 acres of white sands and crystal blue waters. Sunset Key Cottages will make you feel like you’re living your wildest fantasy. You’ll feel like you’re on your own private island in the Florida Keys. 

Check it out

3. Miami

City illuminated over a canal in Miami Florida.
Miami, Florida, United States. Photo Credit: Deposit Photos

If you want more of the big city vibe—Miami is the place to go. You’ll find tons to do while also having access to Miami Beach and other fun water activities. Explore Coral Castle Museum, book a couple’s massage, or explore all the city has to offer, from shopping to restaurants and more! You’ll have easy access to beaches, luxurious hotels, and so much more. Check out a winery, or take a short drive to West Palm Beach or Key Largo! There are so many romantic things to do in Miami and around the area you’ll never run out of things to see.

4. St. Petersburg

Facade of the Dali museum in St Pete Florida.
Exterior of Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. The museum has one of the largest collections of the works of Salvador Dali in the world.

St. Petersburg is a city on Florida’s west coast, situated right near Tampa. Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, Florida, are home to some of the most pristine beaches in the world. You have to check out St. Pete Beach, Clearwater, Treasure Island, and more! The sands are stunningly white, and the ocean is a brilliant blue-green with incredibly calm waters. It’s like taking a bath in paradise! 

Be sure to check out downtown St. Pete. It is alive with personality and an array of enchanting shops and restaurants. If you were hoping to visit some theme parks, make the 30-minute drive into Tampa to check out Busch Gardens and the Tampa Bay Zoo while you’re in the area. Before you head out, make a pit stop at Vinoy Park in St. Pete for a chance to see a dolphin or two! If you want to treat yourselves, consider staying at the Don Cesar for the ultimate romantic St.Petersburg experience.

Bonus: Take a day trip to one of the nearby springs, like Weeki Wachee or Silver Springs State Park! At the former, you can kayak and swim with the manatees. At the latter, you’ll get the chance to see some monkeys!

5. Sanibel Island

Iconic Sanibel lighthouse at dusk.
Sanibel Lighthouse, damaged during Hurricane Ian – Point Ybel Light. Sanibel, Florida, USA. Photo Credit: Deposit Photos

Although hit hard by Hurricane Ian in September 2022, Sanibel Island is still one of the best places for a perfect romantic getaway spot. Located in South Florida, it’s a gorgeous island set apart from the rest of Florida. Book a stay in a luxury hotel or beach house and enjoy access to sandy beaches and charming shops. Sanibel is a great spot to book a romantic sunset cruise, bike along its many trails, or enjoy a scoop of ice cream at one of its local shops. You could even spend the whole day on the beach hunting for seashells. For more adventurous couples, there are plenty of water sports. Sanibel has it all and is a must-visit if you’re in Florida.


When is the best time to visit Florida?

If you want to avoid the tourist crowds and save some money, late September is your best bet! It’s still warm enough to enjoy the beaches and outdoor activities but without having to battle the hordes of other tourists.

Plus, there are usually plenty of great deals on flights and hotels during this time of year. If you want to go during the warmer months, April-May is also a great time to visit. You’ll still get some sunshine and avoid the peak-season crowds!

What should I pack for my trip to Florida?

No matter what your destination is in Florida, it’s important to pack the essentials. Here are a few items you won’t want to forget:

– Sunscreen
– A hat
– Flip flops
– An umbrella or rain jacket
– Light, breathable clothing
– Swimsuit
– Sunglasses
– Plenty of bug spray

What to do in Florida at night?

Nighttime in Florida is a great time to explore and have fun! From vibrant nightlife in Miami to the bustling bars of St. Petersburg, there’s something for everyone. Take a romantic cruise on Biscayne Bay or watch the sunset over the Gulf Coast while sipping cocktails. Or take a stroll around historic Ybor City and enjoy Cuban cuisine and live music.

Pack your Suitcase…

These are only a fraction of the incredible places in Florida, but I hope you found a few great places to help you plan your next romantic getaway! The Sunshine State is the perfect way to enjoy a tropical beach getaway without leaving the States! There’s so much to see and do; you won’t be disappointed anywhere you choose to go! Did I miss a spot? Comment on your favorite romantic destinations in Florida.

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