There’s a big change coming. Whether you’re having your first child or your fourth, you deserve a mini-getaway. Sleepless nights await, possibly for years. Wouldn’t you like to spend a long weekend sleeping in and lounging around? Hit the beach and soak in the Florida sun before you’re soaking in dirty diapers.
We’ve highlighted Florida’s 5 best babymoon destinations below. Quaint, quiet locales ready to pamper you at every turn. Consider booking a vacation rental in any of the following destinations. Make sure you choose one with a bed so comfy you’ll sleep like a baby.
Florida Babymoon Ideas
Amelia Island offers 13 miles of unspoiled beaches, calm waters, and plentiful wildlife. Just off the northeast Florida coast, thousands of visitors flock to this barrier island for babymoons each year. Dad’s can play golf or take a romantic stroll along the beach with your partner. The white quartz sand feels so good against your (swollen) feet. Salt is a must-visit restaurant for those who want an upscale meal — it’s one out of only three AAA 5-diamond restaurants in Florida. If you’re more of a sea-faring type, admire the area’s incredible natural beauty from the comfort of a slow-moving kayak.
Get in touch with nature on Marco Island. Right near the gorgeous Everglades, and a short fifteen miles south of Naples, Marco Island offers prime shell-hunting. Pick amongst a huge range of exotic, colorful shells as you slowly walk the beach. At Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge you can walk through a massive forest full of plants and animals native to the Everglades. Stop by Old Marco Lodge Crab House for some of the waterfront restaurant’s famous stone crab claws. The island is a great place to stay if you want to enjoy a rural paradise, but there are still plenty of local attractions. Tigertail Beach Park is a popular spot, featuring a gorgeous lagoon that’s perfect for paddleboarding.
You won’t find a more relaxing locale along Florida’s famous Emerald Coast than Santa Rosa Beach. Buttressing the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the beach is the true star here. Powder white sand (perfect for strolling), calm turquoise water (perfect for frolicking), and plenty of free space to lay in the sun. It’s less crowded than other big beaches in Florida, so if you’re looking to really stay off the beaten path, this is your choice for your babymoon. The area is packed with charming boutique shops and restaurants for you to visit. When hunger strikes, Christiano’s is a great choice, offering mouthwatering traditional Italian cuisine and a cozy, romantic atmosphere.
You like antiques? Saint Augustine is the oldest city in the United States so it boasts a ton of history. Spanish architecture dots the streets just begging to be appreciated and explored. The picturesque beach surely draws a lot of eyes, too. Treat yourself to a soothing day at a local spa after your day in the hot sun. When you feel like doing some exploring, St. George Street is a great choice, offering an eclectic variety of boutique and antique shops, eateries, museums, historic attractions, and more with classic Southern charm. Be sure to stop by Country Carriages so you and your growing family can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride on the cobblestone roads.
Is it cheating to include Fernandina Beach on our list even though it’s technically located within Amelia Island (our first entry)? Yes, it is. We’re going to do it anyway. At the northeast border of Amelia Island you’ll find Fernandina Beach. Known for its golf, shrimp, and world-class spas Fernandina is a perfect location for your babymoon. Downtown Fernandina Beach also offers boutique shopping and a range of scrumptious restaurants.