The Best Florida Hotels for Your Honeymoon

From the Gulf Coast all the way down to Key West, the Sunshine State is lined with some of the USA's most beautiful beach resorts—no passport, required. Here, our top picks for the honeymoon crowd

Updated 12/06/12

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Looking for a no-stress beach getaway? The Sunshine State has a little bit of everything, from Art Deco gems in Miami to grand resorts along the Gulf Coast. We've selected our top 17 romantic hotels for couples: Now it's time to get your beach on.

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17. Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key

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The Keys' most exclusive resort (Drew Barrymore's been) is all about the digital detox—no TVs or phones, just a gorgeous private island setting with only 30 plush bungalows. Lunch on oysters, crab fritters, and mango mojitos by the shaded pool, or book a massage with real waves for a soundtrack. No joke, your therapist sets up the table in the water during low tide (how cool?).

Rooms from $690; Little Palm Island

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16. Sunset Key Guest Cottages, Key West

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Pastel-colored cottages dot this islet, just a short ferry ride from action-packed Mallory Square (where everyone goes for sunset photo-ops). It feels like you're staying in for a cozy night at home—with room service: Rolls and coffee are delivered in cute wicker hampers every morning. The spa is superb, and they just added an outdoor treatment cabana.

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15. Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

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Couples rave about the minimalist Eau Spa at this oceanfront hotel, where the pamper-perfect menu offers unique treatments like champagne scrubs, debloat slimming wraps, and facials that use minerals from rubies, diamonds, and sapphires. The rooms and lobby are light and airy, too, after a $130 million renovation.

Rooms from $199; Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

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14. The Breakers, Palm Beach

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Think old-school, old-money, and absolutely fabulous: This 540-room, Italian palazzo-style resort is the grand dame of Palm Beach, with five pools and nine (nine!) restaurants on-site. The latest eatery, HMF (named for Henry Morrison Flagler, the hotel's founder) was designed by superstar interior designer and architect Adam Tihany, and serves divine classic cocktails (dirty martinis and gin fizzes, anyone?).

Rooms from $299; The Breakers, Palm Beach

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13. Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

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This elegant hotel takes its design cues from the sea—imagine a wave-like façade, and the glamorous décor of early 20th-century ocean liners. (And it makes sense—most travelers kick off their Caribbean cruises in Fort Lauderdale.) Rooms are spacious with divans, lovely marble bathrooms, and cool black and white photos of people lounging on Florida beaches in the 1940s. There's also a gorgeous circular pool, with quiet cabanas to rent—they're one floor down, on a private ledge, and overlooking the ocean.

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12. Watercolor Inn Resort & Spa, Santa Rosa Beach

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Set on nearly 500 acres, this David Rockwell-designed boutique hotel is just steps from one of the Gulf Coast's finest stretches of white sand beach. The resort's 60 airy rooms all face the sea, and feature walk-in showers with views of the water, too. You're also close to a coastal dune lake—great for kayaking—and an 18.5-mile trail, awesome for biking.

Rooms from $275; Watercolor Inn Resort & Spa

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11. St. Regis Bal Harbour

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You'll love the Grand Hall's chandeliers and glass-paneled walls (they resemble giant diamonds!) at this Art Deco-inspired hotel. While the 1,000-foot stretch of beach and pool are fab, you also might want to spend some time indoors at the posh Bal Harbour shops, home to every designer under the sun.

Rooms from $629; St. Regis Bal Harbour

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10. Delano, Miami Beach

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The sexy, all-white rooms at this South Beach staple may be a wee bit small (though chic!)—but you're staying here to party. The lobby becomes a dance floor at 1 a.m., when everyone tries to get into the intimate, clubby Rose Bar, with its stunning Venetian chandeliers. You can nurse your hangover at the gorgeous pool, where friendly waiters swing by offering bottles of rosé and killer burgers.

Rooms from $350; Delano, Miami Beach

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9. SLS South Beach

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This boutique newbie brings loads of style and playfulness to SoBe: Rooms offer a mod take on 18th-century French décor, courtesy of Phillipe Starck (envision a pink, white, and silver color palette and mirrored ceilings). For brilliant tapas from star-chef José Andrés, head to Bazaar, an over-the-top penthouse designed by none other than Lenny Kravitz. But our favorite touch is the cheeky, 10-foot tall silver rubber ducky, straddling the two pools.

Rooms from $325; SLS South Beach

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8. W South Beach

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South Beach foodies flock to the W's onsite Mr. Chow for haute Chinese, and Andrew Carmellini's The Dutch, a homespun, white brick-walled restaurant serving hearty crispy lamb belly and oyster sandwiches. And then, there's the beach: All 312 rooms look out over the Atlantic, and feature dramatic nine-foot ceilings, private balconies, and Bliss amenities.

Rooms from $499; W South Beach

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7. Cheeca Lodge, Islamorada

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This recently-renovated resort draws a mix of couples and well-heeled families looking for an activity-packed resort with a low-key vibe. Cheeca Lodge fits the bill to the tune of two pools, six tennis courts, and a 1,100-foot stretch of beach. Fishing is the thing to do in the Keys, so drop your line off the 525-foot wooden pier, or charter a boat and try to reel in a big blue marlin.

Rooms from $199; Cheeca Lodge

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6. Casa Morada, Islamorada

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Run by a trio who trained under famed hotelier Ian Schrager, this 16-room inn is a little pocket of chic in the Keys with its gorgeous, white-washed rooms, outdoor terraces, and lovely pool. Couples can borrow stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkel gear, play bocce, or do free yoga in the morning.

Rooms from $259; Casa Morada

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5. Postcard Inn, St. Pete Beach

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The vibe is super-casual (flip-flops and bikini in the lobby, A-okay) at this budget-friendly boutique hotel. St. Pete Beach rules for surfing, so boards and photos of major waves kitsch up the retro-chic rooms, and instructors will teach you how to hang ten. Or, just kick back with beers at the PCI beach bar. P.S. Book the cabana level for easy access to the pool.

Rooms from $89; Postcard Inn

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4. LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort, Naples

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You two will love the pristine, white sand beach, where sea turtles nest in the summer, and guests gather 'round a fire pit for evening s'mores and cocktails. The elegant rooms are done up in sunny, tropical colors, and there's a world-class championship Bob Cupp golf course.

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3. Costa D'Este, Vero Beach

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This boutique, 94-room beachfront hotel offers chic, Art Deco-inspired interiors—sans the hefty Miami Beach price tags (you're 135 miles north in Vero). And you'll still be treated like stars with free foot massages at the pool! Gloria and Emilio Estefan own the resort, and you'll find nods to their Cuban roots in the excellent dishes at Wave—bistec de churrasco, served with plantains and rice, or a hearty paella with clams and mussels.

Rooms from $179; Costa D'Este

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2. W Fort Lauderdale

This 517-room, high-design hotel features bright rooms with plush linens, private balconies, and a Bliss Spa, where you can book a couples' massage to relieve any post-wedding stress. And after logging some serious pool time in a private cabana, work with the hotel's Honeymoon Concierge to book a moonlit cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway or a private dinner for two on the beach.

Rooms from $229; W Fort Lauderdale

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1. Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, Amelia Island

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This antique-filled, shingled inn just steps from the sea offers loads of value—hearty breakfasts, evening wine and cheese, even free parking—for couples on a budget. Spend your days exploring the island's 13 miles of beaches, horseback riding, kayaking, or exploring historic Fernandina Beach, an adorable, time-stands-still Victorian-era town. Don't miss Palace Saloon, Florida's oldest bar, serving the thirsty since 1903. We flipped for the embossed tin ceilings and in-laid mosaic floors.

Rooms from $235; Elizabeth Pointe Lodge

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