Florida is one of the country’s most prominent vacation destinations, especially during Valentine’s Day. It is the perfect place to escape cold winter weather, as well as home to numerous romantic attractions. Whether you look forward to enjoying a sunset walk on the beach, sharing a private oceanside cabana, or dining at one of countless fine restaurants, you’re sure to fall in love with beautiful Florida. There are many fantastic Florida vacation rentals to choose from, and most are just a short walk from the best Valentine’s Day events. Here are seven of the most exciting places to find a Florida vacation rental for Valentine’s Day.
A trip to Disney World without the kids can be an incredibly romantic affair. The park is packed with endless romantic things to do, from watching the world-class fireworks show to eating delicious cuisine from all over the world at Epcot’s World Showcase. Enjoy a scenic evening on the water on one of Disney’s IllumiNations cruises. Aside from Disney World, Orlando has plenty of other fantastic Valentine’s Day destinations. Visit The Courtesy for hand-crafted cocktails in a Prohibition era-inspired lounge, and then head to the Hillstone restaurant for an exquisite meal in a serene, enchanting setting. You can choose to sit on Adirondack chairs in a gazebo on the banks of Lake Killarney, relax in rocking chairs, or eat around a bonfire. It’s a dining experience you’ll never forget.
2. St. Augustine
St. Augustine has everything you need for a relaxing Florida Valentines Day, including picturesque beaches, outstanding restaurants, and a charming downtown area. If you’re not sure where to go in St. Augustine, your first stop should be taking a tour of the downtown while you’re snuggled up in a horse-drawn carriage. The Columbia restaurant is one of the area’s most famously romantic restaurants, featuring a gorgeously decorated Spanish decor and authentic Spanish cuisine. Visit the San Sebastian Winery for daily wine tastings and tours, or indulge your sweet tooth at a chocolate tasting tour at Whetstone Chocolates.
3. Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island
Fort Myers and Sanibel go hand-in-hand, and you will too as you walk barefoot along the soft, sugar-white beaches. The Southwestern Florida area is known for its exquisite beaches and breathtaking sunsets. Fort Myers boasts the most romantic park in Florida, Lovers Key, which overlooks the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Captiva Island is also known as one of the most romantic beaches in the United States. Enjoy a variety of water sports, including jet-skiing, parasailing, or just taking a relaxing dinner cruise. Enjoy a lovely dinner at Tarpon Bay, a fine dining restaurant with a casual Old Key West atmosphere, complete with a wine cellar, twinkling palm tree lights, and tiki torches.
Known for its gorgeous Gulf Coast beaches and sunny weather, Clearwater is a tropical oasis in the Tampa Bay area that’s perfect for lovers. Visit StarLite Cruises, and spend an evening dancing and dining aboard the elegant Starlite Majesty Dining Yacht. Take in the sights while you enjoy cocktails, walk along the yacht’s outer decks, or dance to live music performed by world-class musicians. After your three-hour boat excursion, if you’re not sure where to go in Clearwater, head to Coachman Park for a concert on the water, or see what shows are playing at The Capitol Theatre.
5. Key West
Key West exudes romance. Whether you’re enjoying a bicycle ride, a sunset stroll, or just watching the sunset while listening to the crashing waves, Key West has that relaxed old Florida vibe that you just can’t beat. Mallory Square hosts a nightly sunset celebration that’s one of the area’s most famous attractions for visitors and locals alike. Watch as the glowing red, orange, and pink sun sinks into the Gulf of Mexico as you sip a glass of wine and watch the street performers do their thing. The shores of Key West are famous for their perfect sailing and yachting conditions, or relax on the beach enjoying a couples’ massage at Spa al Mare.
6. Amelia Island
The Atlantic beaches of northeast Florida are a favorite destination for couples. Amelia Island is a gorgeous secluded barrier island with pristine beaches, romantic eateries, and fantastic shopping. Take a sunset horseback ride on the beach, or explore the downtown area in a carriage tour. When you get hungry, go to Espana Restaurant & Tapas, and enjoy delicious small plates in the restaurant’s enclosed patio or lush outdoor garden. Brett’s Waterway Cafe is another favorite eatery, featuring fresh-caught local seafood and a covered outdoor patio overlooking the water.
Naples is a wonderful place to look for a vacation rental, especially if you love nature. The area is known for its sugar white-sanded beaches, but there are plenty of other outdoor attractions, including tropical gardens, swamp boardwalk trails, botanical gardens, and tours of the Everglades. Walk hand-in-hand down the historic Naples Fishing Pier, and then take a stroll through Fifth Avenue South, where you’ll find an eclectic variety of shops, galleries, theaters, cafes, and other one-of-a-kind attractions. When you’re ready to unwind, enjoy a luxurious couples’ massage by candlelight at one of the area’s many spas.
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