Vows have been said. Rings exchanged. Now, the fun begins and what better place to be than Florida. With its pristine beaches and crystal waters, year-long temperate climate, and basis for adventure, this southern peninsula is a romantic place to begin your lives together.
Whether you want to celebrate at Disney World Orlando, glamp in style, or embrace your romantic side on Sanibel-Captiva Island—you’ll discover Florida is a world all its own. Boasting such places as Honeymoon Island and Lover’s Key, this place was made for honeymooners. Talk about riding off into the sunset!
Where to Honeymoon in Florida
There are so many places to choose on the Florida mainland from the historic St. Augustine to the fun of Orlando, the Cuban influence of Miami, or the sparkling beaches away from it all in the Florida Keys, the best honeymoon is what you make of it. Personally, we chose the Keys and the furthest point south to Key West. The best souvenir we picked up was a skeleton key charm. It will always remind me of our time in Key West and that my husband holds the key to my heart.
Orlando, known sometimes as the “theme park capital of the world” for its numerous theme parks anchored by Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, and Universal Studios or “Hollywood East” for its film-and music-making industries. With so much to see and do, places to stay that cater to your imagination, and its proximity to beaches; you can have the best of both worlds when you are honeymooning in Orlando. Stay at any number of honeymooner resorts and hotels both on and off the Walt Disney World campuses, experience the energy of city life and relax on the beach.
Hotels With Honeymoon Packages in Orlando
Four Seasons Resort at Disney
If you have the money, the Four Seasons is our top recommendation for honeymoon stays at Disney for many reasons. The Four Seasons Luxe rooms feature marble bathrooms, in-mirror televisions and are the largest guest rooms by the square foot in Orlando. Honeymooners will enjoy the simple detail of having do not disturb buttons at the side of the Four Seasons bed. Out of the balcony, you will have a perfect view of the evening fireworks show Here you will also find the only adult-only hotel at Disney.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
A fairy tale Happily Ever After isn’t complete without a castle for the princess and her Prince Charming. Where else to begin your happily ever after but with the magic of Disney. Evoking Palm Beach’s golden era, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Sp combines the elegance of the Victorian-era with today’s modern amenities.
Want to let out your inner child? Take a ride on the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. Go for a dip in the resort pool and enjoy some of the water slides. Enjoy world-class spa services and delicious dining while tunes. End your day with fireworks on the water; an electrical water pageant. Room rates begin at $574 per night.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas
The best part about staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is being in the middle of all the animals. From Savannah rooms, guests are able to see animals out in the fields. There are even viewing station at night with night vision binoculars.
For dining, there are several options with the most well known being Jiko – The Cooking Place. This fine-dining restaurant serves African style food cooked in wood-burning ovens. You can even book a safari combined with a meal on the same night.
Key West’s laid-back lifestyle, vibrant culture and music scene, and the Caribbean and Victorian-influenced history make this eclectic city a unique destination for honeymooners. While you are here, enjoy the beautiful sunsets with a sunset cruise or dining at one of the restaurants with a view like Latitudes, only accessible by ferry ride from the Margaritaville Resort, or Hot Tin Roof at the Ocean Key Resort & Spa. For dessert, enjoy the intimate feel of the playful dessert restaurant, Better Than Sex.
When you aren’t enjoying the beach, take some time to see some of the sites like the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museu, where he lived for nearly 10 years, the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, filled with shipwreck antiquities or the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. If you have the time, make it out to the Dry Tortugas National Park, an Island where you can tour Fort Jefferson, see a variety of bird life and go diving in the picturesque blue water. You can get there by boat, but even more fun is going by seaplane.
Where To Stay in Key West
Catering to honeymooners are a number of hotels and resorts offering world-class services and amazing views.
Featured Honeymoon Hotels in Key West
The Perry Hotel Key West
Inspired by the industrial nature from which Stock Island has developed, The Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina blends smooth wood finishes with rustic metal details that recall the area’s iconic maritime heritage. The boutique hotel’s pool deck overlooks the working waterfront. Two “boat-to-table” seafood-driven restaurants.
Pier House Resort & Spa
Get that Margaritaville feeling at the resort where Jimmy Buffett played his first Key West gig. Walk barefoot in the sand on Pier House’s private beach and dip your toes in the warm waters of the Gulf.
Offering such world-class services as a couple’s massage, spa services, poolside bar, restaurants, lounges, and a concierge to help you plan your day or evening activities. There is something for everyone’s tastes at this resort and spa at the southernmost point of the United States.
The Gardens Hotel
With only 20 rooms, this boutique hotel will give you the individual attention you may want during your honeymoon. It may not be oceanfront, but it is located near all the main attractions of Key West. Guest can relax in the heated pool and enjoy the complimentary breakfast each day. There are a few other add-ons and packages to make your visit more romantic, including flowers, champagne, massages and more.
Miami is known as one of the best beaches in the USA. The city also offers great vintage shopping, art galleries, and an upbeat vibe. Visit the Art Deco District with architecture and style remaining from the 20’s. Visit Lincoln Road to see up and coming artist and small cafes and bookstores.
W South Beach
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Nothing says Miami like pure luxury, and the W South Beach, built just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, certainly knows how to deliver it. Guest rooms range in size from 574 to over 3,000 square feet are boasted to be the largest of any on South Beach. Each of these spacious rooms comes equipped with a private balcony to enjoy the gorgeous ocean views. The beautifully kept pools and afternoon DJ parties ensure that this modern hotel keeps the real Miami vibe. – Alicia – Miles Less Traveled
Step back in time to the city of St. Augustine, Florida; the oldest city in the continental United States. Discovered by the Spanish in the mid-16th century, this city has faced pirate invasions, been under both Spanish and English rule, and in the early 20th century was transformed into an architectural and transportation hotbed of activity.
For a romantic way to get around, go for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. When you aren’t experiencing the rich history of the city, head to the miles of beaches St. Augustine has to offer. For a romantic evening, take a sunset cruise and enjoy a glass of champagne as you enjoy the sunset. You can also spend a day 45 minutes north where there are several romantic things to do in Jacksonville.
Hotels & Honeymoon Packages in St. Augustine
Casa Monica Resort & Spa
Located in the historic district, Casa Monica Resort & Spa offers couples luxurious rooms accommodations that have been renovated from their original 1880 state. Pricing varies greatly based on seasonality, starting at around $170 a night to $600+.
For honeymooners, the romance package includes breakfast for two, a bottle of champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, in-room flower arrangement and a romantic carriage ride for two around the city’s colonial buildings, downtown parks, and historic bayfront.
There are several other packages available including the Sip, Sleep and Sail; Rogues and Riches; and Love, It’s a choose-your-own-adventure way to celebrate your nuptials. Spend your honeymoon on the Schooner Freedom, a 19th-century replica of a blockade runner, let loose your inner pirate or historian with a Captain Morgan rum toast for two and a visit to the Pirate & Treasure Museum, or a take carriage ride for two around historic St. Augustine and a Champagne toast.
The Cozy Inn
One great thing about having a well maintained historic district is the bed and breakfasts that you can stay at. The Cozy Inn is an affordable place to stay with several options of rooms from standard to suites. Price range from around $89-$189 dollars. It is located about 2 miles from the historic area and known for its cleanliness and hospitality.
Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast
At the Carriage Way, you will be met with amazing hospitality at the well-maintained bed and breakfast in a great location. There are fourteen unique rooms available at different price points depending on your budget, ranging from around $200-$400. The honeymoon package includes a dozen roses and a carriage ride around the historic downtown.
When to Honeymoon in Florida
Though the climate is temperate all year long, there are actually two seasons in Florida; the “wet” season which is June to October and the “dry” season which is November to May. Avoid the crowds for an “away from it all” getaway by traveling in the offseason from June to October. No matter when you choose to go, you’ll enjoy privacy and seclusion no matter where you land
What to Pack for Honeymoon in Florida
You’ll pack light for a honeymoon in Florida. Its temperate climate suggests sundresses and shorts, flip-flops and sandals, an umbrella in the wet season and sunscreen for the dry season. But, the most important thing to pack is your bathing suit for swimming in the ocean, tanning on the beach, or soaking in a Jacuzzi.
Florida Travel Tips
Like many honeymoon destinations, the cost can often be a factor. But, Florida honeymoon options are as diverse as its history and culture. Ways to save include traveling in the off-season, which as it turns out, is the peak season for weddings. Other ways to save include becoming an AAA member or joining a hotel loyalty program.
All-inclusive resorts offer a variety of dining options and activities. But, to truly take in your chosen destination, you’ll want to step outside and check out local eateries and activities. Look for coupons in the event and daily magazines. Enjoy Happy Hour small bites and soak up the local culture; live music, art, and shopping.
As your day winds down, sit back and relax with a glass of champagne or wine, and watch the sunset over the water and just breathe. Your adventure awaits.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.