The seemingly perpetual sunshine and beaches are popular attractions in Florida, but the state is also full of romantic cities and towns. Book a beachfront Florida vacation rental on Amelia Island or a cabin in the woods in Key Biscayne for one-on-one time with your special someone. From the quiet beaches of Lover’s Key to the busy theme parks in Orlando, you can find ample opportunities to profess your love or simply have a memorable time. Choose one of these Florida cities as your weekend vacation destination.

1. Lover’s Key

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The city of romance is clearly depicted in the name – Lover’s Key. This Florida city is often overlooked for larger cities, but it’s attractions are just as big with access to the Gulf of Mexico and the quiet beaches and backwaters. Head out for a romantic kayaking adventure with rentals from Lover’s Key Adventures and stop off for a picnic for two in Lover’s Key State Park. Enjoy a romantic dinner and a show with reservations at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater or laugh the night away together at the Laugh In Comedy Cafe.

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2. St. Augustine

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Celebrate your anniversary with a weekend getaway in the oldest city in the nation when making St. Augustine your vacation destination. Drum up some romance with a horse-drawn carriage ride with Country Carriages to see the sights of the cobblestone streets and historic homes. Couples who enjoy the historic ambiance can tour Castillo de San Marcos or visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Soak up the sun at St. Augustine Beach or see underwater creatures and birds hovering above with a boat tour from St. Augustine ECO Tours.

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3. Amelia Island

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If your loved one loves the outdoors, treat him or her to a vacation rental on Amelia Island. Take in the golden sand beach with a horseback ride at sunrise or sunset with Happy Trails Walking Horses before enjoying an upscale romantic dinner at Salt. Fort Clinch Park is the ideal spot for a challenging hike with your sweetie while the Amelia Island Historic District is the perfect place to buy each other gifts from the specialty shops.

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4. Little Torch Key

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Enjoy a tropical oasis with some seclusion when choosing Little Torch Key for your romantic weekend getaway. When you make Little Torch Key your vacation destination, you can spend your days hiking the woods of Little Palm Island or exploring the waters together with a scuba diving trip hosted by Looe Key Scuba. Take advantage of the warm weather and the romance in the air when signing up for kiteboard lessons for two with Key West Kiteboarding. Boneafide Charters sponsors boat tours and dinner cruises so you can get up close and personal with the water and each other before heading back to your cozy vacation rental.

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5. St. George Island

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Savor some oysters on a romantic dinner date at Eddy Teach’s before heading out for some star-gazing with your mate when booking a vacation rental on St. George Island. After admiring the views of the Gulf of Mexico from your beachfront rental, explore the city’s natural wonders with a walk to the St. George Island Lighthouse where you can snap an epic selfie together. Stop in at the gift shop and museum to learn more about the island’s history. When you want some fun in the sun, opt for a boat tour with Journeys St. George Guided Boat Tours.

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6. Orlando

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As one of the most popular honeymoon vacation destinations throughout the world, Orlando is an obvious choice for a weekend getaway for the adventurous couple. Visit the three major theme parks – SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and Walt Disney World – or eat your way through International Drive, home to some of the best five-star restaurants such as Maggiano’s Little Italy and the Capital Grille. Find even more adventurous attractions when opting for a hike through Lake Eola Park or the Tibet-Butler Preserve. The Harry P. Leu Gardens offers the perfect setting for romance and even a background for a proposal.

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7. Key Biscayne

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Show your loved one spectacular views and a romantic setting unlike any other when climbing the 109 steps to see the Key Biscayne area from the city’s historic lighthouse. Located at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, this landmark is popular for proposals. The barrier island that spans across the Rickenbacker Causeway and offers you quick access to the nightlife in Miami is also home to Crandon Park, where you can walk along the beaches or wander through the tropical forests that foster loggerhead turtles, butterflies and birds. When you want to take your romance to a higher level, opt for an exciting ride in the sky with Miami Seaplane Tours.

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8. Tampa

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A vacation rental that puts you in the midst of the action of Busch Gardens is ideal for the thrill-seeking couple. Ride the tallest roller coaster that spans 200 feet high and reaches speeds of 70 miles per hour before taming down your romantic getaway with a stroll hand-in-hand through the gardens to see the blooming plants and flowers. Seek out even more adventure when exploring wildlife together at the Big Cat Rescue wildlife center or take in a performance at the Tampa Theatre. The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park provides you with a romantic setting when professing your love and the Mise en Place Restaurant is a popular hot spot for couples wanting a private setting for fine dining.

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