If you are planning a honeymoon in Florida, chances are you want to spend time at the beach. But, you might also want to sample interesting foods, get out in nature, party the night away, or simply stay in an ultra-luxurious resort.
Using our own experience and a ton of research, we’ve compiled a short and snappy list of the best honeymoon destinations in Florida. And we’ve made sure to include off-the-beaten-path destinations and places that appeal to lots of different kinds of couples.
Keep reading to discover 13 fabulous honeymoon destinations in Florida!
When Is the Best Time To Visit Florida?
The best time to visit Florida is in March and May unless you plan to stay at a popular college Spring Break destination. During this time of year, the weather is warm, but not sweltering or densely humid like it is in the summer months. December, January, and February comprise the peak tourist season in Florida, which means accommodation prices are higher and the beaches get crowded.
It is important to note that September and November are comparatively less humid and busy, but these months also fall in hurricane season.
Situated just off the coast of Sarasota, Siesta Key is the perfect place for romance. In fact, if we could only choose one honeymoon destination in Florida, this would be it. While the sandy beaches and turquoise waters are reminiscent of the Caribbean, the boutique shops, cute cafes and romantic restaurants of Siesta Key Village will transport you to a slower, more charming time.
Siesta Key Beach is often called “The Most Beautiful Beach in America”, and when you get there, you’ll believe it. However, there are lots of other things to do just a short walk from the sand, including eating oysters at Siesta Key Oyster Bar and having a date night at Siesta Key Summer House Steak & Seafood.
Accommodation highlights: The Residences on Siesta Key Beach is an upscale, condo-type property that will feel like your (super nice) home away from home.
Have you ever visited the southernmost city in the US? Known for its gorgeous beaches, entertaining nightlife, and once-in-a-lifetime drive along the Florida Overseas Highway, Key West is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Florida. Scuba diving, swimming, beach lounging, and snorkeling are just a few of the water sports you can enjoy. History buffs will love visiting the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum or the well-preserved Truman Little White House.
But, the real reason to honeymoon in Key West is the variety of luxurious resorts and boutique stays with laidback atmospheres. While most of the resorts are on the higher end, there are plenty of mid-range options.
Accommodation highlights: H20 Suites is an all-suites, adults-only (guests must be at least 25 years old) resort that offers sophisticated accommodations in the heart of Key West. The private plunge pool suites are divine!
Known as “the Shell Capital”, Sanibel Island is a quiet place with a laidback atmosphere and beaches perfect for long strolls. Located just off the coast from Fort Meyers, Sanibel Island has just enough facilities to keep you comfortable. However, the natural beauty is the real draw.
Nature lovers can walk or bike through J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to alligators, manatees, crabs, and all sorts of mangrove birds. Sanibel Lighthouse is quaint and a great place to spot dolphins playing in the surf. Captiva Island, Sanibel Island’s neighbor, can be reached by bridge and is even quieter. Here you can try some amazing Key Lime Pie and relax on the pristine beaches.
Accommodation highlights: ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa is a full-service vacation destination with pools, tennis courts, sun loungers, beach access, and adorable cottages.
'Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa is a premier destination nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound on Captiva Island, Florida. With its historic charm, tropical ambiance, and stunning waterfront views, this resort offers a unique blend of relaxation and adventure.
Anna Maria Island
Although not nearly as famous as Key West or any of the uber-popular keys, Anna Maria Island is a hidden gem. The atmosphere is peaceful and you won’t feel pressured to join tours or do anything you don’t want to.
You won’t find high-rise condos or loud beach clubs, but you’ll be able to walk along 7 miles of white sand beach, stay in cute cottages, and dine at award-winning yet unassuming restaurants. The town itself is charming and the kind of place where everyone wears flip-flops – there’s no pressure to dress up in designer clothes here!
Accommodation highlights: From quaint beach houses to waterfront hotels, there are a variety of low, mid-range, and slightly expensive accommodations on Anna Maria Island. Anna Maria Island Inn is one of our favorites!
The Anna Maria Island Inn is a quaint and charming beachfront accommodation located on Anna Maria Island, Florida. With its cozy cottages and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, it provides a serene and idyllic escape for visitors seeking a laid-back coastal experience.
Honeymoon Island State Park
With a name like “Honeymoon Island”, it’s no wonder this state park is popular among nature-loving newlyweds. Part of a string of barrier islands along Florida’s west coast, this beloved state park is comprised of almost 400 acres of trails, beaches, and incredible sunset spots.
Couples can rent bicycles, hike along Osprey Trail, bird watch, picnic, fish, relax on white sand, or take a ferry to the pristine beaches of Caladesi Island State Park. Honeymoon Island is also considered one of the best kayaking destinations in Florida so make sure to rent a kayak at Café Honeymoon.
Accommodation highlights: Honeymoon Island State Park is not developed and there are few amenities; however, you can stay in a hotel at nearby Clearwater Beach.
If you’re embarking on the famous road trip along the Florida Overseas Highway, Key Largo will be your first stop. The drive itself takes about 2 hours with no stops, but it’s best to make an entire day of it and take your time stopping to snorkel, grab lunch, and take in the sights.
From Key Largo, you can also explore the surrounding beautiful beaches and take day trips to Islamorada. There are tons of relaxing beachfront resorts and inns to choose from, and the shoreline is perfect for an evening stroll. In addition, the seafood is fantastic! We recommend the Lobster Roll and the Lobster Ruben at Lazy Lobster Seafood Restaurant.
Accommodation highlights: There are lots of mid-range options, but Coconut Palm Inn is our favorite boutique stay.
Miami Beach and South Beach
For lovers of vibrant nightlife, beaches, and shopping, there is no better place than Miami Beach! But, whatever you do, just don’t book your honeymoon during the Spring Break season!
After a leisurely morning enjoying your suite, head to Bal Harbor Shops, one of the most upscale shopping malls in Miami where celebrities are often spotted. You can also browse the trendy shops and boutique cafes of Lincoln Road or explore the colorful streets of Little Havana in search of the best Cuban Sandwich. After a day of shopping, we recommend relaxing by the pool, indulging in spa services, and recharging your batteries before a night out.
In terms of eateries, Casa Tua is one of the most romantic restaurants in Miami and feels surprisingly old-school. However, Pane & Vino also should not be missed.
Accommodation highlights: There are so many hotels in Miami and South Beach that you really can find anything you want. Mandarin Oriental, Miami, and The Savoy Hotel & Beach Club offer outdoor pools, palm tree views, and exquisite rooms.
The Savoy Hotel & Beach Club is an elegant oceanfront retreat located in the heart of Miami Beach, Florida. With its Art Deco-inspired design, luxurious amenities, and direct access to the pristine sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this boutique hotel offers a stylish and rejuvenating experience for discerning travelers.
It’s the oldest city in the US and a quirky honeymoon destination filled with Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and plenty of history. One of the must-visit places is Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, which is a fort that was built over 340 years ago to defend St. Augustine. However, the ghost tours are absolutely the best activity in the area!
Even if ghosts aren’t your thing, you will enjoy the boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants along St. George Street. The culinary scene is incredibly delicious and diverse due to the Spanish, Cuban, and Indigenous influences. Local specialties include Empanadas, Stone Crab served with tangy mustard sauce, spicy Datil Pepper Sauce, and Minorcan Chowder (a flavorful tomato-based seafood chowder with Mediterranean influences).
Accommodation highlights: The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens is an upscale hotel with buildings that date back to the 18th century. It’s ideal for a romantic getaway!
The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens is a historic and enchanting boutique inn nestled in the heart of St. Augustine, Florida. With its meticulously preserved 18th-century architecture, lush gardens, and elegant accommodations, this inn offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern luxury.
Walt Disney World
Disney fans will agree that Walt Disney World is where the magic happens. But keep reading even if Disney isn’t your cup of tea, as you might find the idea intriguingly playful! Couples can book honeymoon packages through the theme park, which promises “fairytale experiences and enchanting accommodations”. To learn more about these packages you can request a digital brochure through the Disney Weddings website.
However, a more budget-friendly alternative is to book a hotel near the park and spend your days at the most magical place on earth.
Accommodation highlights: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is definitely the most romantic place to stay, while Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will transport you to a tropical paradise with a bit of Disney pizzazz.
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a flagship luxury resort located at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. With its Victorian-inspired architecture, lavish amenities, and stunning views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella Castle, this resort offers an unparalleled Disney experience.
If you’re looking for beaches, nature, and all the creature comforts, you will love Amelia Island. Situated along the coast of northeastern Florida, Amelia Island is an off-the-beaten-path destination that’s known for its quiet beaches, outdoor activities, and distinct history. At various points in time, the island has been under the control of Spain, Britain, Indigenous tribes, and the US. This means that the culinary offerings are diverse and the historic district has Victorian architecture as well as Spanish colonial elements.
If you take a short drive down the coast, you can explore Amelia Island State Park, which offers fishing, hiking, kayaking, soft, white sand, and even horseback riding on the beach. The “downtown area” has plenty of shops and restaurants. We recommend trying Lowcountry Boil (a one-pot meal that includes shrimp, crab sausage, corn, and more), Fried Green Tomatoes, and Conch Fritters (these are usually found in the Caribbean, but you can also get them here).
Accommodation highlights: Sea Cottages of Amelia is a super cute stay!
For couples who truly want to get away from it all and gain a few stories along the way, this is the best destination. Cedar Key is so small and secluded that it’s actually hard to find on a map. However, this historical spot is located a little over an hour from Gainesville.
Less than 1,000 people live in this town, but you can still find funky bars, affordable seafood restaurants stilted over the water, a picturesque waterfront, and a bunch of historical buildings that may or may not be haunted by ghosts. In fact, the historic Island Hotel & Restaurant is rumored to be haunted by over 10 ghosts! While Cedar Key may not be for everyone, it’s the most interesting honeymoon destination on our list.
Accommodation highlights: Cedar Key Harbor Master Suites is rated highly by guests and has tons of character.
If you are seeking unparalleled luxury and the polar opposite of Cedar Key, look no further than Palm Beach. Located on a barrier island in South Florida, this upscale destination is known for its expansive beaches, endless shopping, and gourmet restaurants. Palm Beach and West Palm Beach are both great places for golf enthusiasts!
We recommend booking a room in a fancy resort, indulging in a spa treatment or two (the Spa at The Breakers has a beautiful indoor-outdoor space), and enjoying a few romantic evenings out on the town. While nature-loving honeymooners should look elsewhere, couples seeking exciting activities can enjoy jet skiing, tennis, and waterskiing.