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Whether you're taking a honeymoon or a mini-moon, Florida is one of the best locations for a beach honeymoon in the U.S.
A Florida honeymoon will delight just about every couple. Depending on which region of the state you enjoy, you can opt for tropical and romantic, urban and fast-paced or nostalgic and whimsical. With tropical or subtropical climates that favor warm weather and ample sun, not to mention easy access to the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean, a Florida honeymoon is a little slice of paradise.
When to Go
The majority of Florida is humid subtropical, which means the summer months are wet and stormy with chances of hurricanes peaking in September. You can certainly take your Florida honeymoon in the summer, but prepare for occasional rain showers and be sure you aren’t in the path of any major storms. The best time to visit Florida, though, is the dry season from October to April when temperatures reach the mid-70s to mid-80s and average rainfall is at its lowest.
Where to Go
From the Panhandle to the Florida Keys, there’s lots to choose from once you’ve decided on a Florida honeymoon. While all the regions and cities are unique, in general the northern and central regions have more of an inland, urban feel while the southern cities and islands feel more tropical.
Walt Disney World
With just as many activities for adults as for the kids, Walt Disney World should definitely be a contender for your Florida honeymoon. The theme park’s resort is just as luxurious as any five-star resort with tons of adventures for couples who want to enjoy the balmy Florida weather. Inside the park, enjoy the non-stop activity of Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot with inclusive passes. Fine dining, top-notch live entertainment and perks like golf courses are easy to come by with a Disney honeymoon.
A diverse archipelago of hundreds of tiny islands, the Keys are the perfect getaways for couples who are looking for an intimate and low-key Florida honeymoon. Choose from larger inclusive resorts or smaller cottages, but the draw is the normally the same: relaxation, beach bumming and fresh seafood galore. The islands are divided into the Upper Keys, Middle Keys and Lower Keys and Key West (lower), Islamorada (upper) and Marathon (middle) are some of the more well-known islands.
Home to the southernmost point in the continental United States, Key West tourism is an interesting mix of Caribbean charm and top-notch pampering. Retaining a small-town feel, Old Town Key West is full of bed-and-breakfasts, local shops and historical landmarks.
If you want your Florida honeymoon to feel more like a steamy trip to Havana or Kingston, Miami is the perfect place to start. Full of Caribbean culture, food and music, a trip to Miami shouldn’t end with a relaxing swim on South Beach. Head to Little Havana for authentic Cuban cuisine or check out Little Haiti for some culture. Grab an Everglades airboat tour for the chance to see some of those famous Gulf alligators or traipse to Coconut Grove for a glimpse of an elusive Hollywood celebrity.
In a lot of ways, Tampa is small slice of every region in Florida. Located off the Gulf of Mexico, this urban center offers world-class museums, a stylish riverwalk and is home to the Florida Aquarium. But it’s not just city living that make Tampa a contender for Florida honeymoon destinations. An African safari-themed Busch Gardens is perfect for adrenaline junkies while stylish bars have made Tampa a haven for craft cocktail enthusiasts.
Florida’s Panhandle may feel culturally more like Georgia or Alabama — it’s bordering states, but true to form, there are still excellent beaches to discover in the northern end of the state. Hotspots in the Panhandle include the National Naval Aviation Museum, St. George Island and Apalachicola, a fishing village with a maritime museum and historical sights.
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