Tourists consider Florida a family friendly tourist destination but there are plenty of hidden spots (and a few out in the open) for a romantic weekend with just the two of you. From breezy beaches and sunset cruises to luxury spas and fine dining, Florida has the variety to give any couple the perfect romantic getaway.
Caladesi Island State Park
When the picturesque view of Florida is one of strolling on long, sandy beaches, it is no wonder that many couples choose to make the sand and surf an essential part of their romantic getaways. There are many beaches in Florida, but the most romantic are secluded and provide much privacy. You have to take a boat or ferry to get to Caladesi Island State Park -- a barrier island near Dunedin -- which makes it the ultimate secluded getaway. While there may be other people at the state park hiking on the nature trail or enjoying the picnic areas, you and your sweetie can take a canoe through the mangroves or sunbathe on the white sandy beaches .
Visitors should relax on their vacations. You should not have to worry about where to eat or where to go for entertainment when sunset cruise packages make planning so easy. The Naples Princess Luxury yacht offers lunch buffet, sunset dinner or sunset hors d'oeuvres cruises every day to make planning your special day easy. Ranging from 90 minutes to two hours, a sunset cruise acquaints you with the area and provides an easy choice of a meal while enjoying the sound of waves and skyline views. Other romantic activities in Naples include manatee tours, the Palm Cottage House Museum historical society and the M Waterfront Grille with brunch, lunch and dinner and live jazz five days a week. Naples Princess Cruises 550 Port O Call Way Naples, FL 34102-3402 (239) 649-2275 naplesprincesscruises.com
St. Augustine is the oldest city in Florida and has the historic charm to prove it. Horse drawn carriages are a frequently used mode of transportation by couples in the city and dozens of romantic bed and breakfast inns are nearby to provide you with relaxing accommodations. Because of the rich history here, a romantic vacation would have to include a visit to Castillo de San Marcos, a national monument that was originally a Spanish fort and features historical weapons demonstrations. Live actors bring the city to life through history reenactments and other special events.
Dining is an essential part of a romantic holiday and Florida restaurants have the experience to prepare delicious entrees every evening. Chalet Suzanne in Lake Wales is a Victorian-inspired family-owned inn and restaurant on a 100-acre estate in the middle of quiet, idyllic Central Florida. For over 70 years, tourists have considered this cuisine a rare gourmet treat. Also in Lake Wales is the historic Bok Tower Gardens, a nature sanctuary and 60-bell Singing Tower carillon with concerts daily. For the more adventurous couple, the Florida Skydiving Center offers multiple skydiving activities for beginning and experienced skydivers.
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