Known for its warm, sunny weather, stunning beaches and nature reserves, and of course Walt Disney, Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, encompassing approximately 1,350 gorgeous miles, and is the only state to border both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Florida culture is a reflection of many influences, from Native American and European to Hispanic and African American, all expressing themselves differently in the architecture, lifestyles, and cuisine of the state. Florida is also a haven for great honeymoon sports like golf, auto racing, and tennis, in addition to every kind of water sport under the sun. A whole world of romantic resorts await couples at all of Florida's best honeymoon destinations: the Paradise Coast, Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, and others, competing with the top destinations in the world for the best in romantic couples' fun.
Read on to explore everything Florida has to offer for the perfect honeymoon, wedding, intimate anniversary trip, or even an unforgettably romantic proposal.
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HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- EXPERIENCE IT FROM ALL SIDES: Some couples like to enjoy two different honeymoon lifestyles. Consider buying one way air tickets and enjoying a car trip between two different destinations. Rent a convertible, don your sunglasses and enjoy the scenery as you explore Florida's back roads and highways. For example, visit sophisticated Miami, then take a leisurely romantic drive down to the Keys to enjoy a laid back lifestyle of pristine islands and beaches. Or, shop, dine and live in the lap of luxury at a resort in Naples, then take off for the simple life of Marco Island, then enjoy the natural beauty of the Everglades. Beach buffs can share romance on Atlantic Ocean beaches or Gulf of Mexico sands. Many are less than 100 miles apart!
- PICK YOUR PORT: After you've chosen your honeymoon destination or destinations, check a map. Florida has 21 airports and some of the major ones are only 20-40 minutes' drive away from one another.
- LOW BUDGET HONEYMOONS: If you've always wanted to go to Florida but haven't been able to afford it, honeymoon in the summer months when the crowds have gone home and hotel rates and some restaurant prices are lower.
- RENT A CAR: Be sure to get a car rental confirmation number and take it with you. If you are honeymooning in peak season, December-Easter, double check the reservation directly with the rental agency before leaving home.
- TWO TIME ZONES: The western part of Florida's northern "Panhandle" is on Central Time. The rest of the state is in the Eastern time. Keep this in mind when booking appointments and making reservations!
- TRY SOME CUBAN SPECIALTIES: A refreshing lime colored Mojito is the perfect introduction to a hearty Cuban sandwich. Be sure to try them both and don't forget to stop for a quick, tiny cup of Cuban coffee just about any time of the day!
- TO GET INTO SOUTH BEACH CLUBS: Ask your Concierge to arrange it in advance so your name will be at the door. If you want to visit more than one, ask him to arrange entry to all of them, and be sure to dress for a night on the town.
- ROMANCE A NIGHT AWAY: Spend a day and night in Miami’s trendsetting South Beach. Start with sophisticated sunning and trendy shopping and, when night falls, enjoy dinner in an ultra romantic restaurant. Then dance the night away to sultry rhythms at an outrageously chic club for a full day and night of honeymoon dreams come true.
- FISHING: Head to Destin, and you can access the fishing grounds for big game fish faster than almost anywhere. Experienced captains will take you out on full or half-day excursions to help make sure that your luck at catching a big one is more than good. Lady Luck will also smile on your chances of hooking a record breaking-bass in Palatka, Lake Kissimmee, or Lake Okeechobee.
- WALT DISNEY WORLD: Your love is even more magical at Orlando's Magic Kingdom, where you can meet one of the world’s most famous couples, Mickey and Minnie. Expert wedding planners at their Wedding Chapel arrange memorable weddings, and can even provide beautiful wedding wear and trousseau items right on the premises. Remember, this fun-filled world has 4 theme parks and is twice the size of Manhattan, so you have seemingly endless fun and romance to explore.
- THE EVERGLADES: Take a swamp buggy tour or an airboat ride through one of the most unique and exotic ecosystems in the world.
- ST. AUGUSTINE: Step back in history as you stroll the narrow streets and surround yourselves with the aura of the past. Hold hands over lunch at a tiny restaurant, browse the boutiques, and explore the town that Spanish settlers inhabited over four hundred years ago.
- GOLF: The state is sprinkled with great golf courses, many of which have spectacular water views! A world renowned golf museum and courses are just outside Jacksonville.
- THE KEYS: A road trip from Key Largo to Key West at the very tip of the state will introduce you to some of the most romantic getaways on this planet. Take time to steal a kiss as you enjoy the spectacular sunsets and the breathtaking natural beauty of the 800 islands that comprise the area.
- CIGAR AFFICIONADOS' DELIGHT: Florida's cigar culture intersects with Miami's Cuban flavor, making it one of the most unique in the world.