Five Favorite Florida Getaways Sure to Put a Smile on Your Sweetheart's Face

    By Kanika Jelks
    Florida promises unforgettable, romantic experiences that are bound to make a Sunshine State getway a memorable chapter in your personal love story.

    Here are some suggestions sure to fan the flames of romance.

    Surprise her with a sunset at the Southernmost Point

    Key West is the continental United States' southernmost geographic point, and the sunsets there always seem a little more special. If you take care of all of the details, you'll make her day: Line up a babysitter, make reservations, find great places to eat, cool places to dance like Mallory Square, and fall in love all over again.

    Be his best girl with a trip to Boca Grande

    We Floridians are willing to share this secret spot with fishermen everywhere. Boca Grande is a seafaring man's dream. Make a plan to find Old Florida in this quaint and lovely escape set on Gasparilla Island, about halfway between Fort Myers and Sarasota. Seven miles of sandy beach and the best fishing of his life wait for you. One of the local fishing guides can help you fish the back country for snook or trout, and then you can head over to The Pink Elephant for a romantic dining experience.

    A shopping spree is always fun

    If you really want to make your darling smile, take her shopping in South Florida. Start in Palm Beach on Worth Avenue, stay at the world-famous Breakers Resort on Friday night, then rent a convertible and work your way down Route 1 to South Beach for some Bal Harbour buying. This is like the all-time fantasy romantic date -- the stuff of legends.  

    If Inland luxury is more your thing

    Discover the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. This beautiful resort boasts some of the Sunshine State's finest amenities, promising to spoil you with great shopping, sports and entertainment.

    It just doesn't get any better than Jacksonville

    The romantic options in North Florida abound and nowhere is this more true than in Jacksonville, where serene sunsets dance across the Atlantic Ocean every night.

    A favorite romantic stop in the Jacksonville area is the One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa. Perfectly tucked away on beautiful Jacksonville Beach, this full-service resort is the epitome of Florida elegance, with decadent amenities you'll both love.

    No matter your choice, if you want to make your sweetheart smile, Florida is sure to deliver.

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