Romantic Places in Florida
-Florida Keys- Located off the tip of Florida, the Keys are a 110 mile long archipelago filled with 800 islands, warm water, and a languid tropical air. Darting between the Atlantic and the Gulf waters, US Hwy. #1 skips over the photogenic seas and links the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys. Lower Keys The bustling 19th century Old Town section of Key West housed Hemingway and Tennessee Williams and is still home to writers, artists and Conchs (locals) who come for the fishing, diving and drinking. The hippie-like outpost of Key West is the southernmost town in the U.S. Marquesa Hotel 600 Fleming St. Key West, Lower Keys, Florida T: +1 305 292-1919. 27 rooms in 4 houses, US$ 245- www.marquesa.com A gracious historic district hotel dating back to 1884 possessing high ceilings, ceiling fans and marble baths. This romantic hotel has an inventive contemporary restaurant with grilled fish specialties. Paradise Inn Key West, Lower Keys, FL T: +1 800 888 9648. 18 rooms, b&b only.US$ 240- www.theparadiseinn.com One acre flower-filled compound located one block off busy Duval street. Gardens Hotel 526 Angela St. Key West, Lower Keys, Florida T: +1 305-294-2661. $295- www.gardenshotel.com Five buildings, including an 1870′s era mansion, set in an acre of tropical gardens and pool, one block off Duval street. Little Palm Island 28500 Overseas Highway Little Torch Key, Lower Keys, Florida T: +1 305 872 2524. 30 duplexes. US$ 895- www.littlepalmisland.com Five acre private island with thatched roofed suites and British colonial furnishings. Upper Keys The Moorings Village 123 Beach Road Islamorada, Upper Keys, Florida T: +1 305 664-4708. 18 cottages. US$ 420- www.themooringsvillage.com Most of the cottages have tin roofs, plantation style porches, Bahaman shutters and cypress interiors. Once part of a coconut plantation, these fully equipped 1930′s cottages draw the fashion crowd looking for a retro backdrop. The white sand beach is ideal for windsurfing, fishing and sea kayaking. Located midway between Miami and Key West.
Casa Morada 36 Madeira Road Islamorada, Upper Keys, Florida T: +1 (305) 664-0044. 10 rooms. $400 - www.casamorada.com Renovated motor inn transformed into a secluded small boutique hotel with prvate beach, pool, dock and beach bar. Activities include yoga, biking and sunset eco-boat cruises. This peaceful romantic hotel does not allow children under 16. -Florida Panhandle- Birdwatching, swimming and beachcombing. Cape San Blas, Gulf County Explore the beaches, nature, and historic towns found in this simpler, ‘olden days’ quiet side of the panhandle. The Cape is located on the Florida Panhandle’s "forgotten coast", a sliver of land jutting out into the Gulf of Mexico between Panama City and Apalachicola. Turtle Beach Inn 140 Painted Pony Road Port St. Joe, FL 32456 T: +1 850 229-9366. 4 rooms + 2 cottages. US$ 140- www.turtlebeachinn.com Rambling wooden oceanfront beach house with idiosyncratic touches.
Northeast Florida Escape the urbanized grid of Central Florida’s largest inland city, Orlando, and venture an hour & a half north to find Florida like it used to be: boiled-peanut stands, artesian springs and horses grazing in fields. The rolling green hills reminds you of Kentucky’s bluegrass country and indeed, six Kentucky Derby thoroughbreds were raised or trained in Marion County.