The 8 Best Florida Honeymoon Resorts of 2020

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Looking for a no-stress beach getaway? The Sunshine State has a little bit of everything, from the gems of Key West to the grand resorts along the Gulf Coast. Florida has long been heralded for having some of the most amazing beaches in the U.S., complete with its very own eclectic mix of style. Looking for a sexy honeymoon destination with Latin flair and Art-Deco vibes? Check out Miami and South Beach for a hedonistic stay. If some retro elegance and a slower pace is more your style, post up at one of the ultra-luxe hotels in Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale. Whatever your honeymoon style, you'll find your perfect fit at one of these top romantic hotels for couples: Now it's time to get your beach on.

From South Beach to the West Coast, read on for our roundup of the best Florida destinations for your post-nuptial retreat.

Best Key West: Ocean’s Edge Key West Hotel & Marina, Key West

Ocean’s Edge Key West Hotel & Marina, Key West

  Ocean’s Edge Key West Hotel & Marina, Key West

It really feels like you’re at the end of the world at this exquisite resort, located on Stock Island attached to the north side of Key West proper. The hotel offers a short, complimentary shuttle ride to and from the heart of town, so you have the benefits of accessing the best of Key West, but the luxury of being removed from it all, as well.

The 165-slip marina ensures there is always a flow of beautiful boats and colorful characters pulling up to the hotel, and a range of complimentary aquatic activities like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding means you’ll get out on the water, too.

After you’ve worked up an appetite, visit the Yellowfin Bar & Kitchen for some of the best Keys cuisine around, like whole-friend snapper with red chili glaze, grilled pineapple, and fried plantains. The resort is proudly “Dock to Dish,” meaning that all fish and shrimp are sourced directly from the Marina the day of the catch.

Best Legacy Resort: The Breakers, Palm Beach

The Breakers, Palm Beach

The Breakers, Palm Beach

Call it the grande dame of South Florida—but this sprawling, luxurious, iconic, perhaps even infamous Palm Beach resort is about as good as it gets if old school Floridian glamour is what you’re after. Everything about this place is stupendous, from the five-acre beachfront to the world-famous golf courses, eight restaurants, as well as on-site Lily Pulitzer store.

The service and attention to detail are unparalleled, as well—you name it, this concierge can do it, whether it’s organizing a pampering spa day for two, or a historic bike tour of Palm Beach, or reserving tee times or tennis courts.

Opt for the “Flagler Club Level” for added perks like free breakfast and afternoon tea, as well as access to a personal concierge to oversee every detail of your stay.

The two of you will have no shortage of things to do here—just make sure you take a romantic picture together on the property’s instantly recognizable palm tree-lined Main Drive before check-out. 

Best “Center of Everything": Delano, Miami Beach

Delano, Miami Beach

Delano, Miami Beach 

This art deco monolith is one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Florida, but it’s also known as one of the most enduringly popular South Beach hotels. The beach, the Fillmore theater, and the New World Center are all just steps from the front door. That being said, you will probably want to spend most of your days taking advantage of the hotel’s legendary pool scene, where the cocktails are good and the people-watching is even better.

Have the concierge reserve a poolside cabana for the two of you, and then spend the afternoon working on your tan as you enjoy whimsical drinks like the Blueberry Moscow Mules and Jasmine Margaritas. Also, if the two of you are brunch fanatics, it’s worth noting that the hotel’s restaurant Bianca offers one of the best brunches in Miami, complete with made-to-order eggs, waffles, sushi and more.

Best for Golf Lovers: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples

Golf is king at this Gulf coast resort. Designed by Robert Rupp, this 18-hole links golf course is as scenic and engaging as it gets for South Florida. The kind of course that appeals to pros and novices alike, it winds its way over meticulously maintained greens, over rolling hills, and around no fewer than 14 lakes and water features.

After a long day on the links, book a treatment at the resort’s fantastic spa. Not only do they offer all sorts of Swedish, hot stone, and sports massages and so forth, but they also offer indulgent body treatments like “Advanced Sunburn Relief,” which calms sunburnt skin and events peeling with a gentle salve made from cooling botanicals.

And even if golf isn’t your thing, the beachfront here is as picturesque and relaxing as you’ll find anywhere.

Best Hidden Treasure: Costa d’Este, Vero Beach

Costa D'Este

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If you know, you know. Florida connoisseurs have long hailed Vero Beach as a quiet hideaway, and this stunning oceanfront property is one of the region’s most exclusive resorts—and did we mention it’s owned by Grammy award-winning musician Gloria Estefan and her husband?

The overall vibe is clean and contemporary, with many of the guest rooms finished with teak furnishings and spacious marble bathrooms, and much of the same art that adorns the hotel’s walls are also found in Estefan’s home.

Pull up a lounge chair by the oceanfront pool and work on your tan, or opt for a scuba excursion or an afternoon of ocean kayaking.

Back at the spa, the two of you can sign up for the invigorating “Mint To Be” couples massage, which incorporates eucalyptus, rosemary, and mint. It’s a feast for the senses at Costa d’Este, and this is the kind of resort that appeals to the couple who wants something a little off the beaten path, but still expects nothing short of the best.

Best Newcomer: Isla Bella Beach Resort, Marathon

Isla Bella Beach Resort, Marathon

Isla Bella Beach Resort, Marathon

It’s a whole new era for Florida Keys travel thanks to this surprisingly luxurious mid-Keys resort that opened in 2019. Perched on 24 oceanfront acres, there is over a mile of pristine white sand beach right outside your door, and every single room comes with both an expansive outdoor terrace and sweeping ocean view, so you can fall asleep and wake up to the gentle sound of waters lapping the shore.

Adventure awaits around every corner, from fishing charters departing from the resort’s marina to guided kayak expeditions through mangrove forests. The spa is basically its own adventure, too, offering luxe treatments like the “Earth to Heaven Massage,” which combines a detoxifying skin conditioning body wrap with a customized massage, full-body exfoliation, and foot massage.

And of course, the best thing of all is to just kick back and relax—with a beach bar, five pools, and plenty of private shoreline, it’s easy for the two of you to find somewhere private for a few moments of solitude.

Best for Beach Lovers: The Henderson, Destin

The Henderson, Destin

The Henderson, Destin

Even by Florida standards, the beach here is extraordinary. Nestled between the pristine white beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast and 208 acres of state parkland, the best part of The Henderson isn’t just its amenities and beach access—its that it manages to have a real sense of place.

Every artwork int he hotel was specially commissioned by local artists (many of whom have works available in the hotel’s gift shop), and each of the 170 guest rooms is finished with hardwood furniture and pristine linens.

You hardly have to lift a finger after checking in here, either, with services such as the complimentary hotel chauffeur, who will bring you to nearby shopping and dining when you want to experience the best that Destin has to offer.

But at the end of the day, what it all comes down to is location, location, location, and The Henderson’s unbeatable access to Henderson State Park’s stunning hiking and biking trails is a truly unique way to experience the Gulf of Mexico’s natural beauty. 

Best Hideaway: Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, Amelia Island

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 floorsRooms from $235; Elizabeth Pointe Lodge.

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While most tourists flock to South Florida, this hideaway on Florida’s northern Atlantic coast has long been a getaway for in-the-know beachgoers. And that’s all part of the charm of Elizabeth Pointe Lodge—it feels less like a mainstream resort, and more like a glamorous friend’s beach house.

The three-story home features a beautiful wraparound veranda lined with rocking chairs perfect for admiring the unobstructed ocean views with a cocktail in hand during the daily hors d’oeuvres hour. Inside the rooms, there are charming touches like antique model sail ships, shells, sea glass and vintage cartography prints.

So while it might not stack up to the nightlife of Miami or the adventure of the Keys, Amelia Island more than delivers its fair share of long walks on the beach, relaxing afternoon naps in the sun, and all-around chill vibes. 

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