Whether you are looking for some R&R for your honeymoon, or just seeking a weekend escape overflowing with romance, Florida is filled with luxurious retreats. Amelia Islands and the Treasure Coast have lavishing getaways right on the water, where you can embark on a seaside walk on the glowing white sand, and dine like kings and queens.
Amelia Island Amour
Amelia Island is a 13-mile-long spit of land where Fernandina Beach's 19th-century shipping village and Victorian B&Bs conjure up romance in an instant.
At the corner at Seventh and Cedar Streets, the palatial Fairbanks House, a four-story, 8,000-square-foot Italianate villa built in 1885, spreads out before you. It is considered a luxury B&B by the owners, which makes perfect sense upon entering a three-room suite with a private entrance, fireplace, private porch, and a bathroom with a whirlpool-for-two.
After exploring your accommodations, hop on the inn's complimentary bicycles and head for the historic downtown. Here, you can sample some delicious chocolate-covered popcorn at Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge on Centre Street, and ride alongside the river and past brightly hued Victorian houses.
Begin your next day with a luxury breakfast, featuring menu items like pumpkin pancakes with a caramel pecan topping, raspberry soup and other gourmet delights before heading off on a fossil hunting expedition for sharks teeth at Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
For romance straight out of a paperback novel, drive to Kelly Seashore Ranch to ride horseback on the beach.
After lunch at Gourmet, Gourmet, take a historical walking tour downtown. For just over an hour, you can hear all about the adventures of the Carnegies and other wealthy families that vacationed here from the 1850s to the 1890s when the island was a bustling port. At the end of the century, Henry Flagler decided to pass the island by with his railroad; with it went the northern elite. Today, Flagler's decision seems like a gift because it helped preserve the town.
For dinner, stroll over to Le Clos; this French restaurant is set in a tiny yellow cottage complete with a white picket fence. The innkeeper's suggestion is the "Theresa Special." The fresh local fish on the menu that night will appear, followed by sinfully rich chocolate cake.
Spanish moss drips from old oaks as you follow the glowing light of the Fairbanks tower as your getaway home.
If you are ready to get moving after days of luxuriating, take a kayak trip in the beautiful salt marshes of the area. Absorb knowledge about local wildlife and admire the natural beauty that surrounds the beautiful island that you will be sad to say goodbye to.
Treasure Coast Tryst
The Treasure Coast is a favorite Florida location for a romantic escape, with the that quiet break of beachfront between Sebastian and Port St. Lucie. Follow Flagler's old rail line to Vero Beach, a laid-back beach city. This is Old Florida, where the scent of the sea floats freely through downtown streets, and locals and tourists alike wear flip-flops year 'round.
The sea oat-covered dunes of the Atlantic shoreline rise up before you as you approach the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. The front desk operator will greet you with a smile before ushering you to your suite with a view of the pristine, white-sand beach below.
These shores are for the adventurous, with strong waves on which to surf or body surf. If you are still yearning to relax some more, don't fret! There are plenty of dunes to lay near while you soak up some sun and read your favorite beach read.
At dusk, walk over to Tangos II, where candlelight sparkled in the mirrored walls of the Art Deco-inspired decor. Cheers with your choice of wine to the languorous meal you are about to experience.
If you and your lover share a passion for the sea, snorkel at Pepper Park Beach, near the wreckage of the 1700s Spanish galleon Urca de Lima, whose scattered remains lay in 10 - 15 feet of water just 200 yards off shore. After you've discovered what lies beneath the waters, take a walk along the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park before heading back to your hotel for a quiet evening.
Spend your last last few hours on the Treasure Coast walking hand-in-hand through McKee Botanical Garden, an 18-acre subtropical hammock off U.S. 1. Strolling here will not disappoint as you are enveloped by your own Eden of banyan trees, lily-filled ponds and tropical folliage.