While it might be tempting to spend big bucks on a post-nuptial trip to an exotic locale, you don’t have to break the bank to have the honeymoon of your dreams in the. In fact, some of the most beautiful (and affordable) island honeymoon spots are right here in Florida!
Whether you’re ready to book or still adding inspiration to your Pinterest boards, our list of the most romantic Florida destinations can help you decide where to kick off your married life together.
Florida’s Top Honeymoon Destinations
Located just south of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Cocoa Beach is near the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. A stop by this attraction can include access to historic launch sites and working spaceflight facilities. Depending on the timing of your visit, you might be able to catch a rocket launch. It’s also one of the most famous surf destinations in the world and offers some of the best surfing on the United State’s East Coast. Make sure to stop by Ron Jon, the world’s largest surf shop, during your visit. You can also visit the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame to learn more about the city’s surfing roots.
You’ll discover fun places to eat and drink right along the beach. In general, Cocoa Beach has a calm atmosphere that’s ideal for honeymooners. While you can certainly enjoy a laid-back week of sunbathing on the beach, you can find plenty of things to do to keep you occupied if you prefer to be active.
And remember this: Cocoa Beach is only an hour’s drive east of Orlando, making it a great day trip for theme park visitors.
Every year 50 million people head to Orlando to experience thrilling rides and flawless weather. You can ditch the umbrella. You’re mostly guaranteed sunny, clear skies with temperatures hovering around 80 degrees daily. Couples flock here during romantic getaways and throughout the summer months.
Orlando’s earned its reputation as the happiest place on Earth. The Magic Kingdom, plus new and improving theme parks like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios, make the area a must-visit for couples.
Time your honeymoon to visit during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. More than two dozen international marketplaces, each offering moderately priced small food and drinks, surround the World Showcase Lagoon. Attend daily events such as wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and free concerts.
Upscale, charming Naples serves as a perfect backdrop for a glitzy Florida honeymoon. This sophisticated beach destination is located right along the Gulf of Mexico, on southern Florida’s “Paradise Coast”. Miles of fine sand beaches, gentle turquoise waters, and friendly locals are synonymous with this area. Shoppers delight in searching for antiques, home furnishings, clothes and jewelry. With its beautiful neighborhoods and grand architecture, the atmosphere is elegant, yet relaxing.
Snowbirds flock here during the winter as it’s popular among honeymooners and those looking to escape the harsh northern winters. World class dining and shopping draw wealthy travelers to the area. Hunt for seashells while you pack together sand for the perfect castle. Take a fan boat through the Everglades to experience southern Florida’s amazing ecosystem. Don’t forget to pack your clubs – this city is famous for its incredible golfing.
When someone tells you “Florida beach” you should immediately think of Clearwater. Named by TripAdvisor as the best beach in America for 2018, which is high praise and deserved. Almost a million visitors come here every year to enjoy the award-winning sun, sand, and surf along Clearwater Beach. You’ll never run out of things to do seaside or on land, you simply have to know where to look. But your search, as always, should begin at the ocean.
Walk toward the more residential north side of the beach for a little serenity away from the bustling scene of Pier 60 and Clearwater Marina. Speaking of Pier 60, it’s located at the promenade and provides visitors a gathering place for a daily sunset festival with artists, craftsman, music, and more. There’s also a park featuring two unique covered playground areas that include swings, slides, monkey bars, and a replica ship to play on.
Beach Walk has transformed the look and feel of south Clearwater Beach. It’s a broad, winding promenade surrounded by resorts, beautiful white sand, entertainment and artwork. It offers a unique environment for pedestrians to enjoy a view of the Gulf of Mexico dotted with palm trees, resting areas and lush landscaping bordering the meandering two-lane drive.
High end shopping, the finest of dining, and dazzling turquoise waters are synonymous with Miami Beach. Of course, any discussion of the top honeymoon activities in this area starts with South Beach. Miles of pristine sand and sun worshippers dot the coast. There’s plenty of opportunity for body surfing, boogie boarding, and windsurfing along the ocean. Nearby, take a bike ride in Flamingo Park or play tennis. For a more active beach day, consider a trip to Hobie Park where water sports like windsurfing and snorkeling are popular.
With all due respect to NYC, this city never sleeps either. You’ll find plenty of fun on the Miami Beach Boardwalk, a scenic 40-block path with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and funky architecture on the other. Speaking of, the Art Deco area showcases bold, bright coloring on buildings of various heights.
If you and your new spouse are in the mood for a serene stroll and a perfect sunset, make South Pointe Park your destination at dusk. If you’re art lovers, the installations at Miami Beach Botanical Garden and the Holocaust Memorial are absolutely incredible. You’ll marvel at the skill it took to create these masterpieces.
Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Key West offers visitors ample natural beauty and great swimming beaches. History buffs love the island’s maritime history and legends of its famous residents, while partygoers can’t get enough of Duval Street. Located closer to Cuba than to Miami, Key West offers endless Latin and Cuban cultural influences from the cuisine to the music and art. Running four miles long and about two miles wide at its widest, this is a small island. The popular Old Town makes up about half of this area.
Even getting to Key West is an adventure. The Overseas Highway is one of the most beautiful drives in the country. Completed in 1938, it connects a string of cays and coral rock with 113 miles of concrete roadway. The aptly named Seven Mile Bridge is the longest and most scenic of the entire route.
Hop on the Conch Tour Train for a fun way to see the surrounding area. You’ll get a narration of the city’s past from an experienced tour guide as you cruise around the streets. Walking tours are one of the best ways to see the city, too. Peek in at the area’s intriguing architecture, courtyards, and gardens.
For a more low-key Florida honeymoon, check out Sanibel Island. Most visitors spend their days sunbathing on the sand, collecting seashells on the shore, or going for a relaxing swim in the calm, emerald waters.
One of Sanibel Island’s main attractions is its natural surroundings. Rather than the well-groomed white sand beaches along Florida’s western shore, Sanibel has darker and slightly rougher sand with plenty of sponges, driftwood, sand dollars, and seashells scattered throughout. The island features bright flowers and lush vegetation. You’re likely to encounter some fascinating wildlife, including colorful birds, tree frogs, and chameleons. Many people visit the island’s J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for birdwatching.
Couples visiting Sanibel Island for a honeymoon can partake in plenty of other activities besides spending their days on the beach. You can rent bikes or scooters to explore the island or book a ride on a sightseeing boat. Fishing, kayaking, and snorkeling are popular activities here, as well. Rather than lots of fast-food chains, you’ll find charming local restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a delicious and affordable meal.
Indian Shores, west of Tampa, Florida, is the quiet escape you’ve been seeking. This barrier-island community is small, friendly, and fun. The pace is slower here, but you’ll settle right in as soon as you unpack. The white sand beaches are the top attractions here in Indian Shores, and next door Indian Rocks Beach. Visitors love the ample free parking and soft sands, only one of which you can find in bigger locales like Clearwater.
There’s always something to do in Indian Shores. The community center in town hosts a number of events annually – including hikes, garden tours, book drives, painting classes, and more! In March, in nearby Indian Rocks Beach, the Greenfest event helps preserve local beaches.
The white sand beaches are the top attractions here in Indian Shores, and next door Indian Rocks Beach. Visitors love the ample free parking and soft sands, only one of which you can find in bigger locales like Clearwater.