With white sandy beaches and jaw-dropping sunsets, it’s no wonder that Florida is at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to honeymoons. Read our guide to discover the most romantic destinations in the Sunshine State for newlyweds, from Naples to Orlando.
With snorkeling, fishing and shimmering shores that extend for miles, Melbourne Beach is as romantic as it is versatile. Depending on your honeymoon dates, you may even catch one of the beach’s annual festivals, such as the Independent Filmmaker’s Festival, the Arts Festival, Aviation Day and Oktoberfest.
After a day at the beach, cozy up in one of the dreamy cabana rooms at Port d’Hiver. This bed and breakfast also rents out a private Carriage House Suite, complete with a gourmet breakfast delivered to your private porch. Opt for their Tranquility Package, which features plenty of pampering and a one-hour Swedish couples massage and fresh chocolate-dipped strawberries with a bottle of champagne, along with other extras. In the evening, relax by the fire under the beautiful bougainvillea in the garden courtyard with a complimentary glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres. (Tip: Request the romantic package to surprise your loved one with a bed of silk rose petals, soft candlelight, champagne and romantic music with a special note from you!)
Just a few miles north along the same strip of land, Cocoa Beach is brimming with three waterfront parks that boast scenic views of the sunset. Take a relaxing stroll in the park and have a picnic or play a game of tennis at the public tennis courts. Plus, with the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station just a few miles away, you can watch space launches from the beach.
Retreat to an airy guesthouse at Beach Place Guesthouses, located just at the edge of the ocean. Each spacious guesthouse is complete with a full kitchen and private patio overlooking the gardens and the beach. Take a nap on the cozy hammocks underneath the shade of a roofed deck while you listen to the birds and soothing splashes of the waves. A retreat to relax the senses, the property even offers a free yoga class every Saturday morning.
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort sits within the boundaries of all major Disney theme parks and offers perks such as preferred seating at shows and VIP tours at Epcot, Animal Kingdom and other parks. Grand and luxurious, the hotel is undeniably a couple’s wonderland, with an adults-only pool and an adjacent jacuzzi overlooking the lake. Couples massages are available at the spa, and couples can play a round of golf for two at the newly renovated golf course. To top it off, dine al fresco on the 17th-floor rooftop terrace of the steakhouse restaurant Capa to watch the spectacular views of the fireworks from Magic Kingdom Park.
Experience the glitz and glamour of the iconic city of Naples, nestled on the West Coast where the shores are home to multi-million-dollar mansions and golf courses that stretch for miles. Here, you can savor the best of fine dining, enjoy the breathtaking turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and walk along the famous pier to spot dolphins.
Have a luxurious, romantic weekend getaway at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples. The property boasts a lavish spa where you can enjoy massages and relax in the saunas, aqua lounges and outdoor mineral pool. The swanky Terrace Suite offers a sprawling balcony with a dreamy view, a luxurious bed, as well as a soaking tub complete with bath essentials by Asprey. Also a plus? There’s no need to leave the property for a bite to eat, as the hotel houses a handful of restaurants, a sleek bar and even serves afternoon tea in the chandeliered lobby lounge with live entertainment.
No place exudes a lustrous sexiness quite like Miami Beach. With decadent nightclubs, an incredible food scene and water sports, you can enjoy plenty of entertainment on your romantic escape. Go sightseeing along Ocean Drive to explore the Art Deco buildings or have a piña colada at Nikki Beach. There’s plenty of shopping to do on Lincoln Road, as well as delicious Cuban cuisine to devour.
Book a few nights at the Setai at Miami Beach. The glamorous oceanfront hotel oozes a sumptuous sleekness, with dark wood furnishings in an Asian-style decor. Enjoy views of the iconic Collins Avenue and the three beachfront infinity azure pools each kept warm at 75–95F (24–35C) – the right way to enjoy the Miami heat.
The small-town atmosphere of this island along the West Coast features dazzling clean beaches, with Caladesi Island State Park just a ferry ride away. Also close by is Honeymoon Island State Park, boasting pristine sands with a variety of pastel-colored seashells that are deposited from the currents of the Gulf of Mexico. Shelling, snorkeling and osprey-nest hunting are perfect for bonding with your spouse.
Mesmerizing with a sprawling beachfront lagoon-style pool, the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach offers an island holiday escape – imagine you and your spouse lounging on deck chairs with cocktails in hand. Unwind in the tropical oasis dotted with lovely palm trees, and spend a tranquil moment with your sweetheart resting on the secluded beach, or opt for an adrenaline rush riding jet skis. Aside from watersport rentals, such as paddleboards and kayaks, at the resort, there is also the Clearwater Marina down the street where you can secure your boat (if you have one).