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7 Romantic Weekend Getaways In Florida

Florida was made for couples. While many might associate the Sunshine State with hotel chains and theme parks, they probably don’t know about all the secluded nooks and crannies that are perfect for lovers. There are 4,510 islands in Florida, so you’re bound to find somewhere to spend private time. If you’re going to go away for a romantic weekend getaway, Florida is the place to do it. With sparkling white sands, azure waters, incredible food, and a bustling arts scene, there’s something for everyone here. Whether it’s doing nothing other than spending time with each other or exploring new places together, you’ll find the perfect holiday for you and your love to spend the weekend. Here are some of the most romantic weekend getaways in Florida.

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Florida

1. Little Torch Key

If it’s a hidden gem that you’re seeking, Little Torch Key is the perfect secluded beach getaway. When all you want to do is lounge on the sand, perhaps cuddle on the beach, and just enjoy each other’s company. Spend your weekend sipping wine on the beach, gliding through the turquoise waters, and cycling around this relaxed city. If you’re looking for a different kind of catch than you already have, then you might enjoy Little Torch Key’s famous fishing scene. There are plenty of tours taking you on fun deep sea and fly fishing excursions. And perhaps best of all, there are little to no children on this island. Little Torch Key is known for honeymoons and romantic getaways, so you can relax and get wrapped up in each other. Plus, there’s accommodation to suit every couple, from secluded beach huts to luxury resorts.

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2. Miami Beach

Miami Beach is perfect for the chic couple that wants a mix of a city and beach weekend getaway. Walk hand in hand through the beautiful streets, exploring the art deco buildings, luxury boutiques, and its many art galleries. If you want to chill out on the beach, head to Haulover Beach for some relaxation time and cocktails – on this beach, clothing is optional! And if you’re really pushing the boat out, hiring a sailing charter for the day is the perfect way to make sure it’s just the two of you, enjoying the views and each other’s company.

By night, Miami Beach has some excellent date spots including artsy rooftop restaurants and some of Florida’s best fine dining. If it’s food that you love, we highly recommend the Little Havana Food Tour. And sometimes there’s nothing better than a night on the town and getting tipsy with your love, in which case you’ll love the nightlife scene here.

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3. Sanibel Island

If you and your significant other are seeking sun, sand, and relaxation, it doesn’t get much more laid-back than Sanibel Island. Couples love the island for its serenity and lack of other tourists, so you can swim, sunbathe, and search for shells in peace. This island probably isn’t for those that get bored of lounging around, because there’s little else to do other than relax and swim, so it’s perfect if that’s what you’re looking for. But if you do crave a change of scenery, the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful 6,400-acre protected area of wildlife. You’ll find all kinds of birds, including the roseate spoonbill and the American flamingo. If you get a taste of spotting wildlife, you can head to the Sanibel Island Lighthouse and spot wild dolphins.

The dining scene is like the island, laid-back and casual. There’s no need to get dolled up to the nines for a ten-course meal, this place is all about the chilled vibes. The same goes for the accommodation – think beach huts and charming cottages. But there are boutique hotels and sprawling resorts, too.

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4. Amelia Island

There are few places in Florida as charming as Amelia Island. Lovebirds flock to the island for its lush forests, secluded beaches, abundant wildlife, and leisurely activities. This is perfect for the couple who wants to spend some of their weekends relaxing on a pristine beach while also having the choice of some fun activities. You can rent bikes and cycle through the moss-covered, tree-lined paths and coastal trails, or if you like a bit of golf, Amelia Island is home to world-renowned golf courses. History buffs will love exploring the Civil War-era Fort Clinch or looking for shark teeth at its beach. When it comes to accommodation, Amelia Island is home to many luxury resorts and hotels. With so many upscale hotels, you’ll that offer luxury treatments – there’s nothing more romantic than a spa day!

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5. Sarasota

For couples that love a city feel but aren’t huge fans of the hustle and bustle, Sarasota is the perfect weekend getaway. It’s teeming with incredible art, culture, and food scene. From the wacky and wonderful Ringling Museum of Art to an incredible walking food tour, there’s enough to keep you occupied for a lot longer than a weekend. And of course, it is Florida, so you can be sure that there’s a pristine beach of white sands and turquoise waters. Pack a picnic, rent a bike, and cycle your way down to Siesta Key for sunset – there are few things more romantic than a sunset. And if the art, food, and beach scene weren’t enough, the Myakka River State Park is an incredible place to visit with your love. Walk through wet marshlands, cuddle on swinging hammocks, or hop in a canoe and glide down the river.

Sarasota is such a diverse city, and the accommodation is no different. There are resorts that boast luxury spas and harborside restaurants, or you can stay in boutique hotels, such as the Art Ovation Hotel, and enjoy a curator-led art and wine tour of the grounds.

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6. Anna Maria Island

As far as romantic weekend getaways in Florida go, Anna Maria Island is one of the best. It draws in lovers with its pristine beaches, wonderful restaurants, and laid-back vibe. It’s a popular choice for couples and honeymooners, so you know it’s going to be good. Anna Maria captures that island magic that is effortlessly romantic. And to embrace that island feel, one of the best things to do is explore the island by bicycle. If you want to dial up the romance, you could even rent a tandem. Although, we suspect it’ll turn into fits of giggles rather than a romantic cycle, but that’s even better. But really, you don’t need anything – just you, your other half, and the beach. Not to mention the otherworldly sunsets.

There are many restaurants around the island that cater to just that, they know a thing or two about sunsets. And there’s something very harmonious about island life and nightlife. Think sipping on cocktails with your toes in the sand and dancing on the beach until the early hours. For resting your weary head, you can stay in beachfront bungalows, swanky beach resorts, or boutique hotels.

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7. St. Augustine

If you’re looking for a fun-filled romantic getaway in Florida, St. Augustine is ideal for those that get itchy feet while on holiday. The city has a reputation for being a bit gimmicky, but it is a haven for history buffs. If you and your love like to explore history while having a bit of fun with it, you’ll love St. Augustine. It earnt its nickname of the Ancient City because it was founded in 1565, making it the oldest settlement in the United States. It’s also packed with Spanish Colonial architecture, perfect for exploring with your love while walking along hand in hand. A particularly nice place to walk is along St. George Street, which is lined with old-world buildings, eateries, and galleries.

Come dinnertime, the dining scene is wonderful. Teeming with international gourmet cuisine, you lovebirds will love reminiscing on your time together over some good food and a bottle of wine. The lodging options are varied. You can stay at a historical inn right in the town centre or in a beachfront resort, complete with a pool and private beach club.

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Aleyna Thompson

Aleyna is an appreciator of learning about a culture through its food, whether that's closer to home or being out there in the world. She’s always happiest when experiencing somewhere new, but her base in Manchester is a close second. A blend of her love of writing, food, travel, and culture has naturally led her to travel writing full time.

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