Romantic Florida Weekend Getaways

Romantic Florida Weekend Getaways

by Laurie Carpenter

Florida, with 1,197 miles of coastline, offers endless possibilities for a romantic weekend get-away. Choose from picturesque sunrises over east coast beaches, or sit and watch the sun dip into the Gulf from the southwest coast or Florida Keys. Florida has the settings and a romantic weekend can be found most anywhere in Florida.

The Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast

The charm and history of America's oldest city, St. Augustine will add to the romance of your weekend get-away. Set within a 5 to 10 minute walk of quaint shops, restaurants, museums, historic sites and the waterfront, the Carriage Way Inn is convenient and romantic. This charming late 1800s Victorian style home welcomes you with a wicker furnished porch and an inviting old world atmosphere of relaxation and reflection. A special romance package is available and includes an antique filled queen or king bed room, a dinner certificate at the romantic La Pentola's Restaurant in the historic district; tickets for an evening walking ghost tour, a delicious breakfast in bed and a carriage ride through the historic streets. Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast 70 Cuna Street St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-829-2467 carriageway.com

Coombs House Inn

If oysters are truly an aphrodisiac, then head to Apalachicola --touted as the "Oyster Capitol of the World." Voted by Florida Monthly Magazine as the "Best Bed and Breakfast in Florida" in 2008 and 2009, the Coombs Inn offers romantic Victorian accommodations along the "the forgotten coast" of Florida's panhandle. All rooms have Wi-Fi, private baths, television, ceiling fans and robes for guests. Some rooms provide whirlpool tubs, refrigerators and private verandas. Complimentary full breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies and weekend wine receptions are served in the parlor. Use of bikes, beach chairs and umbrellas are also included. Coombs Inn 80 Sixth Street Apalachicola, FL 32320 850-653-9199 coombshouseinn.com

Palm Island Resort

Unlike the more heavily populated eastern coast of Florida, the west coast area offers visitors a quiet,relaxed area of deserted, white sand beaches, enchanted sunsets, turquoise water and breathtaking views for a romantic weekend escape. Palm Island Resort on Cape Haze in southwest Florida is the perfect place to immerse yourselves in your surroundings and each other. The only way to access the island is by boat-- a short romantic journey in itself-- as you leave the traffic behind. Palm Island Resort is a cluster of privately owned villas for rent, along crushed shelled paths. There are five pools at the resort, sugary sand beaches, tennis, bike, canoe, and kayak rentals, snorkeling, 11 tennis courts, restaurant, fitness club and spa services. Palm Island Resort 7092 Placida Road Cape Haze, FL 33946 941-697-4800 palmisland.com

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