Gently swinging palm trees, balmy sea breezes and the warm tropical climate of Florida beckons lovers everywhere. The Sunshine State really is for couples, from its glorious sunshine to luxurious hotels and fresh seafood, not to mention miles of beach. Check out our top five ideas for the most romantic escapes in Florida.
Take a Trip to Lover’s Key is Southwest Florida
Nestled beside Fort Myers, Lover’s Key State Park is the perfect destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Make sure you pack a tasty picnic and laze about on the sand. Better still, the island is rife with wildlife, including manatees and dolphins. As the name suggests, this little haven really is a lover’s paradise.
Smooch Underwater in the Florida Keys
Home to the continental United States’ only living-coral barrier reef, the Florida Keys boasts 120 miles of tropical islands where holidaymakers can enjoy supreme diving and snorkelling experiences. Water-loving couples can snorkel through schools of vibrantly coloured fish at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and take a trip to the Spiegel Grove, a sunken U.S. Navy ship that accommodates its own flourishing underwater ecosystem. It’s a great opportunity to kiss your other half under the ocean – we’re sure the fish won’t tell anyone!
Indulge in Oysters on St. George Island
Free of glaring city lights, St. George Island sits remotely, around 20 minutes from Apalachicola (where 90 percent of Florida’s oysters come from). You can enjoy these delicious little aphrodisiacs at eclectic oyster huts like Eddy Teach’s. As well as offering ocean breezes and unparalleled star gazing, St. George Island is the home of white sand beaches, fishing, boating, trail hiking and water sports, and is also known as The Forgotten Coast.
Explore the Florida Everglades
Nature-loving couples will be blown away by the natural beauty at the Florida Everglades. You’ll find the 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve between Marco Island and Everglades City, which is a treasure trove of massive mangrove forests, over 200 species of fish and 189 bird species on top of a wide-ranging variety of mammals, including bottle-nosed dolphins, river otters amongst more.
Admire Beautiful Sunsets at St. Pete Beach
There’s nothing quite like watching a sunset, is there? St. Pete beach is king when it comes to sunsets and offers a raft of romantic spots to enjoy the viewing. Why not head to the rooftop of the Hurricane on the Pass-a-Grille where you’ll be wowed by the breath-taking views (as well as wowed by the delicious cocktails they have to offer)? Alternatively, as the sun dips low, treat your ears to the live music at the Paradise Grille.