Whether you’re soaking up the sun on a sandy island beach, or cruising along the Gulf of Mexico in a pontoon boat, Florida is one of the most scenic places to enjoy your babymoon. This Southern state is speckled with a wide range of sleepy, under-the-radar Old Florida beach towns, as well as several world-class cities such as Miami and Orlando. Book a stay at one of numerous Florida vacation rentals for your upcoming babymoon. Here are the most easygoing Florida towns and cities where you and your partner can spend quality time before embarking on the next exciting chapter of your lives.
1. Siesta Key
Siesta Key embodies the classic Florida vacation experience. It’s a gorgeous island located right off the coast of Sarasota, which is also a wonderful place to look for vacation rentals. Of course, the tranquil beaches are the island’s main selling point, featuring iconic sugar-white sand and warm, crystalline water. Crescent Beach is a great place to start, as it’s incredibly beautiful and not as crowded as other local beaches. Siesta Beach and Turtle beach are also delightful choices. Water sports are extremely popular in Siesta Key, but that doesn’t mean you have to try water skiing or scuba diving with a baby on the way. Head to Kokomo Charters where you can enjoy a day cruising on the water in a luxurious pontoon boat. For dinner, stop by Cafe Gabbiano for authentic Italian cuisine served in a rustic, romantic atmosphere — the patio is lovely.
2. St. Augustine
Located on the northeast coast of Florida, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. As you might expect, the city boasts plenty of history. The area is famous for its gorgeous Spanish colonial architecture, as well as its picturesque Atlantic Ocean beaches. Start off your excursion right by treating yourselves to a decadent, soothing couples massage at Poseidon Spa. If you feel like continuing the relaxation, head to St. Augustine Beach and stop by Barney’s Beach Service to rent some beach chairs and umbrellas. 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 plenty of other attractions with classic Southern charm. Be sure to stop by Country Carriages so you and your travel companion can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride on the cobblestone roads.
3. Santa Rosa Beach
Santa Rosa Beach is a welcoming community nestled along Florida’s breathtaking Emerald Coast. It’s the perfect gateway to the serene Gulf of Mexico, with a wide variety of vacation rentals dotting the shores, as well as plenty of secluded vacation homes if you prefer something off the beaten path. The beach is everything you would want from a Florida beach, boasting powdery white sand that just begs for a sunset stroll, as well as calm aquamarine water that’s perfect for swimming. 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.
4. The Florida Keys
The Florida Keys are one of the most popular U.S. vacation destinations for a reason. Each island has its own unique feel, offering a quintessential laid-back Old Florida vibe that never gets old. Key Largo is a great place to look for vacation rentals, offering suburban charm in spades. Prana Spa is the place to go for a couples massage in an upscale atmosphere with beautiful decor and soothing ambient music. Be sure to stop by Louie’s Backyard for delectable Caribbean-American food served with a stunning ocean view. Azur restaurant is another fantastic place to grab an exquisite Mediterranean breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a serene indoor or outdoor terrace environment.
5. Marco Island
If you want to connect with nature on your vacation, Marco Island is a fantastic choice. It’s located near the beautiful Everglades, including the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, a massive forested area teeming with plant and animal life. It’s also just 15 miles south of Naples, another one of Florida’s exquisite vacation destinations. The island is a great place to stay if you want to enjoy a rural paradise, but there are still plenty of local attractions if you decide to venture out from your vacation rental. Tigertail Beach Park is a popular spot, featuring a gorgeous lagoon that’s perfect for kayaking and paddleboarding. The island’s scenic sandbars are prime shell-hunting locations, featuring a huge range of exotic, colorful shells. Stop by Old Marco Lodge Crab House for some of the waterfront restaurant’s famous stone crab claws.
6. Amelia Island
Amelia Island is located on Florida’s Atlantic coast. It’s known for its abundance of unspoiled nature, picturesque beaches, and luxurious amenities, including numerous golf courses. Visit Amelia Island Horseback Riding for a sunrise or sunset horseback ride along the beach. Speaking of the beaches, they’re perfect for long walks, featuring white quartz sand that feels wonderful on bare feet. For dinner, Timoti’s is the place to go. Salt is another must-visit restaurant if you want an upscale meal — it’s one out of only three AAA 5-diamond restaurants in Florida. If you’re in the mood for an aquatic adventure, head to Amelia Island Kayak Excursions where a guide leads you down the gorgeous, unspoiled Lofton Creek where you can admire the area’s incredible natural beauty from the comfort of a slow-moving kayak.
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