The Sunshine State ranks 25th on the list of the most romantic states in America, despite being home to the sexiest city in the world – that would be Miami, of course. But we think Florida is a beautiful destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway. From the alluring and tropical Florida Keys to strolling uncrowded beaches on idyllic islands to dancing in the city, there are endless possibilities for a loved-up escape. Ready to make precious memories on vacation? Here are some of the most romantic places in Florida.
7 Romantic Places in Florida
Miami tops our list of the sexiest city in the world, so it is a super destination for a romantic escape. One of the best things about Miami is the stunning hotels for couples, like the Fontainebleau Miami, where you can enjoy relaxing spa days or simply spend the day snuggling up in a suite with some of the best views of the ocean. In Miami, you can also stay at The Setai on Miami Beach, which perfectly combines the destination’s sleek Art Deco style with a serene Far Eastern vibe. This is also one of the most romantic hotels in America. When it comes to romantic things to do in Miami, you and your lover can watch the sunrise and sunsets with the sand and sea between your toes. You can then dance the night away to sexy salsa beats.
2. Amelia Island
Amelia Island is the perfect romantic weekend getaway known for its exclusive luxury resorts. Located a few miles away from the Florida-Georgia line, Amelia Island has miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters perfect for swimming, snorkelling, or just splashing around with your special someone. There are also fabulous restaurants where you can dine by candlelight and listen to the sound of the ocean. It truly is enchanting and one of the most romantic places in Florida.
3. Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island is a barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, which is famous for its broad, beautiful beaches and inviting, clean, clear, and warm waters. Strict regulations govern the type of buildings and businesses allowed on Anna Maria Island, giving it an old-time feel – the pier dates from 1911. This destination is a popular choice for couples, honeymooners, and those looking to pop the question (hint, hint).
4. St. Augustine
In St. Augustine, you feel like you are strolling the streets of Spain, but everyone speaks English. This romantic place is full of heritage, history and heart. Founded in 1565, it is the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the U.S. You can wander the colourful, characterful streets hand-in-hand and wonder at the stunning Spanish colonial attractions and sights. The old buildings now house charming boutique shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and art galleries.
5. Little Torch Key
Little Torch Key is an island in the lower Florida Keys at mile markers 28–29 along U.S. Route 1. It is the perfect place for a romantic, secluded beach getaway away from the crowds. You can really get to know each other and relish each other’s company as you stroll on the beaches, play in the water and take in the sights on a bicycle made for two.
6. St. Petersburg
St Petersburg is full of incredibly romantic things to do, for instance, chilling out on the beautiful beaches of St. Pete, Fort de Soto Park and Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge. There are many cultural activities too, like the marvellous museums, such as the Morean Arts Center and Salvador Dalí museum. But the most romantic destination and activity of all is watching the sunset with your loved one from the world’s longest fishing pier at the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.
7. Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island is justly famed along the Gulf of Mexico for its sunsets, lighthouse and luxurious resorts. It is one of the most romantic places in Florida for those looking for a low-key, quiet beach setting. One of the most popular things to do here is to stroll the beach looking for gorgeous pastel-coloured seashells, for which the island is famous.