Picture this: A glorious beach sunset, a frosty tropical drink, and you--snuggled up close to your sweetie in a cozy chaise lounge for two. Florida has long been a popular honeymoon destination, and it's no wonder: there's an amazing honeymoon in Florida available for every style and personality. While there are many options from which to choose, there are five places that are especially romantic Florida honeymoon destinations.
The southernmost point in the U.S., Key West is a honeymoon destination unlike anywhere else on Earth. Casual and laid-back, with a completely tropical flavor, Key West is both exotic and familiar. It's easy to find plenty to do, including renting bicycles to explore the island, taking a sunset sail, or even a "ghost tour" where you get to explore shadowy old houses by lantern light and cling to your honey if you get scared. Accommodation choices range from ultra-plush megaresorts to intimate little bed and breakfasts. Don't miss breakfast at Blue Heaven (729 Thomas St.) while you're there.
Amelia Island is a dreamy island just off the northeastern coast of Florida, offering 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant natural wildlife and exciting nightlife. With its rich and varied history, Amelia Island presents visitors with lovely Victorian-era architecture and a fascinating historic district. World-class golf, tennis, kayaking, and para-sailing are a few of the activities to fill your itinerary with fun. For accommodations, there are numerous bed and breakfasts, resorts, hotels and even a campground. Dozens of charming restaurants dot the island, serving everything from casual beach-side sandwiches to award-winning five-star cuisine.
The Naples area is a lesson in contrasts. On one hand, it's soothing and gentle in its pace and surroundings; on the other, it's vibrant and bursting with excitement and adventure. Daytime activities include numerous hiking and biking trails in and around the Everglades and the beaches; for example, the appropriately named Lovers' Key State Park. There, the two of you can take a romantic canoe or kayak trip down the calm waterways, or rent bicycles and take a leisurely ride around the key. After the day's activities, treat yourselves to a scrumptious dinner at a local restaurant before heading out to take in a play or musical production at one of the many cultural venues around town.
As the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine has had a very long time to develop its reputation as one of the most charming destinations in the world. There's something new to discover around every corner, from cobblestone streets and quaint little restaurants to massive old cathedrals and fascinating museums. On top of that, there's a wide array of outdoor activities such as golf, tennis and 43 miles of beaches for sunbathing and relaxing. A vast selection of restaurants and cooking styles are available, from fresh-caught Florida seafood to sophisticated continental cuisine. There's also no shortage of accommodations: Choices are plentiful and include dozens of historic inns and palatial hotels, plus quiet bed and breakfasts that cater to vacationing sweethearts.
Captiva & Sanibel Islands
If you're looking for a soothing, tranquil retreat by the sea, Captiva and Sanibel Islands is a perfect choice. Sister islands off the west coast of Florida, Captiva and Sanibel offer much more than just beaches and sunshine. There's also the 6,300-acre Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge that's teeming with plant and animal life; near the Sanibel Lighthouse on the east end of Sanibel Island, you can stroll through Old Town Sanibel to visit quaint little shops, restaurants and inns. Accommodation choices include hotels, motels, cottages and even private home rentals. If you're ready for some excitement at the end of a relaxing day, you can head out to set sail on a casino or dinner cruise, or maybe just enjoy a casual dinner while listening to some live jazz at one of the local eateries.
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