By Kara Franker
Ready to plan the ultimate Florida honeymoon? Florida has miles of white sand beaches, year-round warm weather, hotels to fit every budget and even a state park called Honeymoon Island. It’s no wonder that the Sunshine State is such a popular destination for honeymooners.
Travel on Island Time
There’s something hopelessly romantic about escaping with that special someone to an island paradise. Lovebirds tend to flock to Florida on their honeymoon because there are thousands of islands dotting the coastline, from secluded archipelagos like Ten Thousand Islands to sultry social hotspots like South Beach. Located on Florida’s northeast border, Amelia Island offers a combination of Southern charm and historic luxury. Go horseback riding on the beach followed by a candlelit dinner for two in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Or visit St. George Island, off the coast of Apalachicola, and eat your fill of a popular aphrodisiac on the half shell—this off-the-beaten-path locale on the Gulf of Mexico happens to be the oyster capital of the country. There are hundreds of islands flanking the west coast of Florida from Clearwater Beach down to the Florida Keys. The best of mode of transportation on both Anna Maria Island and Captiva Island is via golf cart, so let the wind blow through your hair as you bar hop to funky beach shacks and soak up those spectacular sunsets that are infamous on Florida’s west coast.
Save or Splurge
Whether you’re on a budget or spending the big bucks, there are a variety of romantic places to stay for your Florida honeymoon. With so many hotel options in Florida, you can choose from luxurious and historic resorts to all-inclusive and cozy boutique hotels. A family-owned bed and breakfast offers a relaxing getaway with a true sense of that Florida-style hospitality. And nature lovers will adore rustic retreats like the waterfront stilt houses at Bahia Honda State Park or the campground at the secluded Dry Tortugas National Park—located 70 miles off the coast of Key West.
Table for Two
There are plenty of romantic restaurants, but the best ambiance for Florida honeymooners is usually on the waterfront. Bring your appetite because there are a variety of delectable options, especially if you like fresh Florida seafood and farm-to-table eateries. Toast to your new life together at one of the many wineries or local breweries popping up across the state. No matter where you dine, make it a sweet ending with a slice of Key lime pie—one of the most popular desserts in Florida.
Whether you would like to spend the day relaxing on the beach or hoping to get both your hearts pumping with some adrenaline-fueled action, there are plenty of activities for your Florida honeymoon. Talk a walk on the wild side and explore the Florida Everglades, where you can buzz across the water in an airboat searching for alligators, egrets and more. Head to Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, and check out the floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforest at Pandora – The World of AVATAR at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, or take the plunge down the 200-foot-tall Krakatau Volcano at Universal Resort’s Volcano Bay water park.
No matter your style of travel, we hope you kick off your happily-ever-after in the Sunshine State.