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Most Relaxing Destinations for Couples in Florida

  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 13 February 2024
  • Revised 13 February 2024
Most Relaxing Destinations for Couples in Florida
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 13 February 2024
  • Revised 13 February 2024
Most Relaxing Destinations for Couples in Florida
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 13 February 2024
  • Revised 13 February 2024
The Sunshine State has cemented itself as a family-oriented destination for many, not least because of its world-famous theme parks and the allure of a certain big-eared mouse. Coupled with gorgeous weather and picture-perfect beaches, this is a place that affords wonderful holidays for every age.

However, if you’re in search of more romantic vibes, Florida also offers plenty of old-world charm, laid-back coastal bliss and a decidedly slower pace, where couples can enjoy rest and relaxation away from the chaos of the cities and larger resort hotspots.

Fort Myers, Sanibel & Captiva Islands

The picturesque Fort Myers Beach really shows off its Gulf of Mexico location as being ideal for vacationing couples, particularly in the suitably named Lovers Key State Park, just a short drive south. Its collection of striking barrier islands, sugar-sand beaches and heavenly sunsets makes for a spectacular wedding and honeymoon spot not to miss. Here, you and your significant other can enjoy the simplicity of nature on a paddleboard, serene bicycle ride or walking a lush wildlife trail together.

Nearby along the coast you’ll find the exquisite barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva, with their desirable white-sand beaches, delectable seafood eateries and dreamy sunsets, mixing up the perfect cocktail for a romantic getaway. 

For a unique, effortless island activity, head to Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island. This beautiful spot boasts ample shelling opportunities and is famously swathed with shells and treasures of all shapes and sizes – grab a bucket and collect your bounty arm in arm with the wind in your hair and sand between your toes.

We love… Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa for a touch of five-star island luxury amid 85 stunning acres!

St. Augustine

Perhaps Florida’s most romantic city – and its oldest – St Augustine is a place to connect to the Sunshine State’s historical side with your loved one and discover charming landmarks, picturesque beaches and tranquil nature trails on offer. 
Amble hand in hand down the city’s main thoroughfare, St. George Street, a cobbled, pedestrianised avenue where you can soak up the old architecture, boutique shops and art galleries of downtown and wander at your own leisurely pace. 

If your holiday aim is of the proposing kind, we highly recommend a trip to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and popping the question on a romantic sunrise or sunset tour with stunning views, complete with a glass of champagne at the top of the tower. Can you get any more romantic than that? 

We love… Hammock Beach Resort for its oceanfront restaurants and two championship golf courses!

Florida Keys

Down in the very south of the state sits the idyllic, 1,700-strong cluster of islands collectively known as the Florida Keys. Here, couples can explore bountiful reefs above and below the water’s surface, whether on a moonlit cruise or diving experience amid a world of tropical fish and mysterious shipwrecks.

The laid-back Caribbean vibes in the Florida Keys mean you and your beau can also indulge in the simple pleasures like dining on fabulous food and drink, trying out new water sports activities together or even hiring a car and cruising the Overseas Highway, movie-star style.

We love… Cheeca Lodge & Spa on Islamorada for its excellent restaurants and one of the best private sandy beaches in the Keys!


Couples with discerning taste will relish in the upmarket, small-town ambiance of Naples, situated on Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast. Lazy days can be spent lounging on lightly toasted sands, playing golf or exploring the boutique shops and fine art galleries of trendy Fifth Avenue. While nights beckon a relaxing dinner overlooking the ocean, followed by cocktails and dancing in one of its upscale bars.

Beyond the town and beaches, head out and explore the stunning Everglades for an unforgettable trip into its tropical wilds and ultimate seclusion.

We love… Inn on 5th for its stunning rooftop pool and luxurious full-service spa – the perfect spot for an indulgent couples’ massage!

St. Petersburg

Boasting award-winning sands and showstopping sunsets, St Petersburg is utter paradise, and you could easily spend all day by the beach or poolside at your hotel. Yet alongside its gorgeous scenery, St. Petersburg also features a host of cultural hotspots including art galleries and museums like the Dali Museum and the Duncan McClellan Gallery, ideal for unhurried afternoons out.

For an extra special experience, take to the water with your loved one for a magical guided dolphin sightseeing cruise and witness these majestic creatures frolicking up close in the sea foam – perhaps you could splash out on some bubbles of your own with a cheeky glass of champagne.

We love… The Don CeSar for its oceanfront elegance, chic Art Deco style and proximity to the outstanding St. Pete’s Beach!


While Orlando isn’t usually celebrated for its calm, romantic feel, it’s still a terrific destination for couples to spend quality time together doing shared, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. From a loved-up ride on the Wheel at ICON Park to heart-stopping loop-the-loops on ‘Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’, Orlando has fun in abundance for you and the one you love – grab the chance to relax in your own special way!

In Orlando, winding down is just as easy as revving up. Take an afternoon out and wander the beautiful Lake Eola Park, tucked away in the heart of the city, on foot or on a blissful swan-shaped pedalo for a serene ride on the water.

We love… Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort for its world-class spa, adults-only pool and fantastic in-resort location!

When looking to book that perfect break away from it all with an extra dash of romance, consider the Sunshine State for your next couples’ holiday. Browse our Package Holidays to Florida 2024 & 2025 to find your perfect escape.

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