Year-round warm weather. Postcard-perfect beaches. A vibrant al fresco dining scene. Natural beauty. There are so many reasons Florida cities make wonderful getaways for couples. Whether you’re planning a surprise engagement, celebrating an anniversary or just looking to reconnect with the one you love, there’s a Florida destination for every couple. Here are five of our favorites.
Island getaway in the Florida Keys
While this island chain begins just off of mainland Florida south of Miami, the Florida Keys have a way of making you feel like you’re on a remote island in the middle of the tropics. This archipelago includes hundreds of islands, with the 44 inhabited islands connected by a whopping 42 bridges. Where you and your sweetheart decide to stay depends on your interests and how much time you have. Key Largo is great for a weekend getaway, as it’s the closest to the mainland. It’s also home to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, popular with snorkelers and divers. Road-tripping couples with more time can drive the entire length of the Keys along the 133-mile Overseas Highway, ending in Key West. It’s easily one of the most beautiful drives in the country.
Fun-filled Fort Lauderdale
Just 30 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale has its own vibe: more laid back, absolutely packed with beautiful beaches, and an ideal escape for sun-worshipping couples. You’ll discover 24 miles of beautiful golden-sand beachfront, wide-open natural spaces along the Intracoastal Waterway, and easy access to the winding boardwalk of Hollywood Beach, the perfect place to take a selfie together.
Cultural West Palm Beach
North of Fort Lauderdale is West Palm Beach, a city of roughly 100,000 that is brimming with cultural activities. It plays host every spring to SunFest, Florida’s largest waterfront music festival. Year-round, check out the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the highly respected Norton Museum of Art. Oh, and if you believe that the couple who shops together stays together, shop the designer boutiques along Worth Avenue.
See-and-be-seen Miami Beach is the perfect destination for stylish couples, and your options are nearly endless: Taste your way through Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood on a food tour. Walk through the chic Art Deco Historic District. Treat yourself to a private sailboat charter. Enjoy a romantic meal at one of Miami’s amazing outdoor restaurants. Book a spa treatment for two at one of Miami’s many luxury hotels. And Miami’s nightlife scene is second to none, so pack your dancing shoes.
Endless activities in Naples
On the Gulf of Mexico side of the state, Naples boasts an average of 280 days of sunshine a year — no wonder it’s a popular vacation destination and ideal for couples who like to stay busy. Dining options range from food truck parks to fine dining. There are plenty of places to stroll, like the Naples Botanical Garden and the historic 130-year-old Naples Pier. And, since Naples is on the west side of the state, it’s the perfect place to watch the sun set.
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