Ask the locals what they like best about the Florida Keys, and they’ll happily point you towards the Lower Keys and Key West for the historical side of the area, and the Upper Keys for beach exploring, windsurfing, and fishing. The Florida Keys offer an idyllic setting for a romantic getaway, a prime spot to explore local history and culture, relax on the sandy shores, and picnic on the beach. Local inns and hotels offer unique accommodations with plush amenities. For Valentine ‘s Day, a honeymoon, or a surprise getaway with your loved one, here are your top picks for that special trip:
The Moorings Village, located in Islamorada in the Upper Keys offers a set of distinct cottages with plantation style porches. These cottages are remnants of the 1930s, with cypress interiors and the beach right at your doorstep. The 18 acres of this property were formerly a coconut plantation, and each cottage is fully equipped with a full-service kitchen, furnishings, and access to the 25-meter lap pool. If you pick this spot for your stay, make sure you spend some time enjoying the pier and harbor nearby; it’s the ideal place to watch a Florida sunrise! Call (305) 664-4708 for more information.
Little Palm Island is a private, five acre property located in the Lower Keys in Little Torch Key. Here you’ll find classic British-inspired décor, a complete resort and spa, tucked secretly within a forest of dense palm trees. This paradisiacal island offers beautiful ocean views, and verandahs along each villa provide a taste of the exotic. Choose a boat cruise, sailing, or just a walk along the sandy beach after your relaxing rest in the hammock. SpaTerre, the resort’s luxury spa, offers customized treatments and couples massages that will leave you relaxed and content as can be! Call (800) 3GET-LOST for more information.
The Marquesa Hotel in Key West is an early 1880s palace, complete with high ceilings, luxurious amenities, and marble baths in each gorgeous suite. Within walking distance of Mallory Square, this hotel is a picture-perfect setting for a romantic respite. Each house features restored rooms, and the outdoor pool and deck are furnished with contemporary patio furniture and poolside dining options. Café Marquesa recently received the Triple A 4-Diamond Award for 2006-2007. The menu offers contemporary American cuisine, and the famed specialties are served in a theatre-kitchen. Call (800) 869-4631 for more information.
Venture further out to the Florida panhandle, and you’ll find the Turtle Beach Inn in Port St. Joe. This bed and breakfast is tucked between acres of palm trees and just a short walk from the lagoon. The area is famous for its unspoiled beaches, turtle and wildlife sanctuaries, and tours of the bayou. If you need some solitude and a reconnection with nature, this is the place to enjoy your outdoor activities. Canoeing, motor boating, fishing, swimming, and kayaking are all available along the coast. The inn itself features sun decks, oceanfront dining, and a hot tub. Call (850) 229-9366 to book your stay.
No matter where you go in the Florida Keys, you’re sure to find a secluded spot to enjoy a romantic moment with your sweetheart. Take a break to a world of palm trees and the beachfront oasis, and escape to a world where time just disappears–even just for a few days!