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The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide To A Romantic Florida Getaway

LGBTQ Guide to a Romantic Florida Getaway
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Known popularly as the Sunshine State, Florida is rife with white-sand beaches, bustling nightlife, and picture-perfect landscapes for the ultimate romantic getaway. Enjoy these inclusive popular date spots and activities for you and your partner.

Are you and your loved one gearing up for an unforgettable romantic getaway in Florida? This guide will list some of the state’s top LGBTQ favorites.

Romantic Hotels & Resorts In Florida

Whether you prefer a private beach, luxurious spa treatments, or a suite just walking distance from some of Florida’s best nightlife hotspots, you can’t go wrong at these resorts.

Little Palm Island Resort

28500 Overseas Hwy, Little Torch Key, FL 33042

If you love the hustle and bustle of the Florida Keys but want to retire to a quiet getaway in the evening, book a suite at the Little Palm Island Resort. Nestled on a private beach, Little Palm is only accessible by seaplane or boat. There’s a Balinese-type indoor pool, shores surrounded by palm trees, a tropical bar with delectable cocktails, or a luxurious spa treatment.

Do you want to disconnect from society while you enjoy time with your special someone? You won’t find a television or telephone in your suite – the only things you’ll hear are the quiet rush of waves and the sound of birds from outside your window.

Little Torch Key is also a hotspot for charters, perfect for a picnic out by sea and watching the sunset.

Casa Monica Resort & Spa

25 Cordova Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Located in St. Augustine’s historic district, the Casa Monica Resort and Spa is a charming Moroccan-style resort and private beach club. The resort offers an LGBTQ Pride and Joy package, complete with a champagne welcome, breakfast in bed, and delicious chocolates.

Art enthusiasts will love the Grand Bohemian Gallery, which features stunning artwork by local and international artists. After a long day sightseeing, grab a bite at the Mediterranean-themed Costa Brava restaurant.

Because of its rich history, St. Augustine is rife with romantic things to do – take a ride on the Old Town Trolley, join the Harbor Cruise, visit a Love Tree, or venture out into nature on a bicycle ride.

The Henderson Park Inn

2700 Scenic Hwy, Destin, FL 32541

Destin may not be your first choice when planning romantic getaways in Florida. However, this quaint island has a lot in store, including The Henderson Park Inn, a mansion-like seaside resort with stunning ocean views.

For couples who want to spice things up, the Henderson’s Romance Package welcomes you to your suite (which comes with a beautiful private oceanfront balcony) with rose petals and champagne. Meanwhile, a “Toes in the Sand” reservation at the Beach Walk Cafe allows food-loving couples to enjoy an intimate seafood dinner by the beach.

Other romantic excursions around Destin include helicopter rides over the sea, sunset cruises, Gulf-facing restaurants, and leisurely hikes along the Henderson Beach State Park Nature Trail.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Book a room at the Disney Resort and Spa if your idea of a romantic getaway is theme park hopping. With Magic Kingdom just one monorail away, you can get your fix of rollercoasters, live shows, and your favorite Disney characters.

Die-hard Disney fans should book a room in the Outer Building, which boasts a spectacular direct view of Cinderella’s Castle. For a bit of romantic flair, toast a glass of champagne at the Enchanted Rose or enjoy a Mediterranean meal at Citricos. 

Cheeca Lodge & Spa

81801 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

For couples with an eye for photography, the Cheeca Lodge and Spa offers 27 acres of picture-perfect tropical, unspoiled foliage and over 1,000 feet of white-sand beaches for the ‘Gram. This top-rated Florida Keys lodging option also boasts a 525-foot fishing pier, seven spa treatment rooms, three heated indoor and outdoor pools, and a state-of-the-art Xbox arcade.

Cheeca is also one of the most romantic getaways for food lovers. There’s artisanal pizza, an extensive wine-tasting menu, and authentic sushi at Cheeca’s three restaurants and two outdoor bars.

If venturing into Islamorada, drop by some of its unique attractions, like the Florida Keys Brewing Company, History of Diving Museum, and Old Road Gallery. 

The Vinoy

450 7th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Located in the heart of St. Petersburg is The Vinoy, an elegant golf resort with unique hotel events that make every staycation worthwhile. Enjoy daily happy hour, Mediterranean dining experiences, and awe-inspiring performances at the Mahaffey Theater.

Couples who love nature and fresh air shouldn’t miss a tour of the Sunken Gardens, which is home to St. Petersburg’s most beautiful ancient tropical plants.

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The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

4750 Amelia Island Pkwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034

The Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island lies on 1.5 miles of unspoiled beachfront, easily accessible from one of the resort’s luxurious private cabanas. As a dream wedding destination, The Ritz Carlton offers other unique romantic experiences like horseback riding, couples spa treatments, surfing lessons, and a day with a professional photographer. You can even get hammock massages (the perfect sunset activity) or golf on the 18 championship hole course.

For those venturing into the rest of Amelia Island, you and your special someone shouldn’t miss out on the beautiful sunsets along Walker’s Landing, the Twilight River Cruise, and horseback riding on the beach.

The Breakers

1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480

The Breakers at Palm Beach has been an extravagant Florida staple since the late 1890s, complete with a 25-room hotel-within-a-hotel for total exclusivity. The Medici-style luxury resort offers a Tesla car service, a private lounge, a rooftop bar, and dozens of amenities for couples.

Athletic couples can try their hand at paddleboarding, snorkeling, and surfing, while food lovers can feast on delectable dishes at the Breaker steakhouse, an Italian-style restaurant, and seafood bar.

Marine life lovers will love exploring the rest of Palm Beach’s nature-forward attractions, including the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society and Loggerhead Marine Life Center.

Acqualina Resort & Residences

17875 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

Book a room at the Acqualina Resort and Residences if you love Miami Beach nightlife! The resort is just ten miles from South Beach and a stone’s throw away from some of the best attractions in the city. 

The Royal Spa Suite has a romantic rainforest shower and an adults-only pool. Top off the night with a delectable Italian meal at Il Mulino, where you can take in the view from one of its beautiful terraces and choose from an impressive selection of wines.

Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

3500 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963

With charming tropical-themed guest rooms and private balconies, the Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa is the perfect romantic getaway for nature-loving couples who want to get away from it all. Near the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park on Florida’s east coast and the McKee Botanical Gardens, the Kimpton offers romantic strolls on a seemingly secluded island. 

The island also has its fair share of art galleries, including the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

The Boca Raton Beach Club

900 S Ocean Dr, Boca Raton, FL 33432

If oceanfront pools, modern rooms equipped with a soaking tub, and sun decks with breathtaking views suit your fancy, book a suite at The Boca Raton Beach Club. Located on a private peninsula in Palm Beach, The Boca Raton has an exclusive vibe. It also boasts fine dining experiences, such as the Marisol for Greek cuisine and cocktails and the Japanese Bocce Club for authentic sushi.

Do you need a break from the water? There are other ways to spend time under the sun at The Boca Raton, including teeing off on its 18-hole golf course or enjoying a rally at one of its 16 tennis courts.

When exploring the rest of Boca Raton, don’t miss out on live music at The Funky Biscuit, a go-kart ride at Xtreme Action Park, and a game or two at the SilverBall Retro Arcade.

The Tampa Edition

500 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Along the Channelside Drive in the Water Street neighborhood, The Tampa Edition is Tampa Bay’s first five-star hotel. It’s also home to a social lobby, rooftop bar, spa, and fitness center.

The Tampa Edition has seven bars and restaurants spearheaded by Michelin award-winning chef John Fraser, who is known for masterminding some of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the nation.

Pet-loving couples will be thrilled to know that The Tampa Edition’s 172 guest rooms are all pet-friendly!

Alexander’s Guesthouse

1118 Fleming St, Key West, FL 33040

Alexander’s Guesthouse is one of the few LGBTQ accommodations in Florida that hold an especially safe place for community members. The charming three-story house is a restored Key West Conch dressed in tropical accents and elegant fixtures.

The guesthouse has a pool, spa, and complimentary tropical breakfast featuring delectable juices, bread, cereals, and homemade pastries. It’s also located in the heart of the historic Old Town district, a stone’s throw from local shopping and dining experiences in Key West.

The Grand Resort

539 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Are you looking for the perfect all-male Florida staycation? Book a room at The Grand Resort! Located just steps from the beach, The Grand Resort is rife with water activities. Plus, it has a full-service spa, complimentary continental breakfast, and spacious, oversized guest rooms.

Regarding LGBTQ accommodations in Florida, you can’t get any more award-winning than The Grand Resort. This humble all-male abode has received accolades like TripSavvy’s Editor’s Choice for Best Gay-Friendly Hotel, SFGN’s Best Celebrity Choice Guesthouse, and TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, Hall of Fame. 

Romantic Dinner Date Destinations In Florida

Florida’s coasts are peppered with some of the most renowned five-star restaurants in the country, so you won’t be short of choices. Florida cuisine is wildly diverse, ranging from seafood comforts to dishes with Hispanic influence. If you want to take your special someone for a food adventure, don’t forget to add these LGBTQ-owned restaurants to your itinerary.

Capa

10100 Dream Tree Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836

Capa is a Michelin-rated rooftop steakhouse with expertly grilled dishes and fresh Florida seafood, which will surely satisfy luxurious palettes. Named on Wine Enthusiast’s list of Best 100 Wine Restaurants in the U.S. in 2016, Capa also won’t disappoint wine fanatics.

Equipped with a stunning open patio, Capa is the perfect place for couples to share a dish and drink over nightly fireworks.

Better Than Sex

1905 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804

Better Than Sex is a speakeasy-like dessert venue perfect for kicking off your romantic evening. Pair delectable chocolates and pastries with caramel-coated wines and house-made cocktails for a sensual dining experience like no other.

Known for reimagining the concept of intimate dining, Better Than Sex features dining cubicles with privacy curtains and even has a Friends with Benefits loyalty program.

Enzo’s On The Lake

1130 S US Hwy 17 92, Longwood, FL 32750

Enzo’s on the Lake is a family-owned Italian restaurant that has claimed the top spot as Florida’s best Italian dining experience since the 1980s. It’s the perfect place for couples to enjoy a glass of delicious wine over fresh pasta, beef short ribs, and soup.

Plus, couples tying the knot have their choice of event spaces at Enzo’s. The Il Dolce Angolo is a quaint and elegant space that can accommodate up to 30 guests, while the Lake Patio offers a stunning view of the water – a great backdrop to newlyweds sharing their vows.

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La Mar By Gaston Acurio

500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131

Miami is home to the state’s best South and Latin American cuisine, so fans of these impeccably delicious culinary choices shouldn’t skimp on La Mar by Gaston Acurio. Diners get an awe-inspiring view of the Miami Skyline while enjoying authentic Peruvian and fusion dishes. 

Salt At Ritz-Carlton

4750 Amelia Island Pkwy, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Simple, flawless, and elegant, Salt at the Ritz-Carlton is one of the most popular and intimate dining spots for couples. As its title suggests, Salt utilizes over 40 unique salts on famous menu items like lamb loin, snapper ceviche, and foie gras terrine.

Couples can get up close and personal in the action-packed kitchen through Salt’s exclusive Dine with Chef experience.

Gianni’s At The Versace Mansion

1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Gianni’s is Florida’s most exquisite dining experience, located within the former Versace mansion. Enjoy the taste of delicious Italian-Mediterranean dishes poolside and get a beautiful view of the stars. You’ll never run out of aphrodisiacs from the raw oyster bars – the Kusshi oysters are a fan favorite!

Romantic Activities For Couples In Florida

Hit The Beach

Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, so you’ll find them everywhere you go. Not to mention, most of Florida’s most luxurious hotels have direct beach access – perfect for dinner and drinks in the sand.

When planning romantic getaways in Florida, these beaches belong on your list of places to see:

  • Saint George Island: Neighboring the Florida Panhandle, Saint George Island is relatively secluded and located away from the city center. The best seafood Florida offers is at the renowned Paddy’s Raw Bar. Plus, you’ll get an excellent view of the Saint George Island Lighthouse, a piece of Florida’s history!
  • Marco Island: Sandwiched between the Everglades National Park and Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Marco Island is more than just a gorgeous beach. It’s also great for birdwatching, fishing, snorkeling, or simply strolling along a beautiful, off-beaten path. Book a guided airboat tour across each National Park if you want an unforgettable view of the birds and alligators.
  • Fort Lauderdale: Fort Lauderdale is home to some of Florida’s best clear-water beaches. There are bike tours available along its stunning waterways and, after working up an appetite, hit up fresh seafood restaurants by the pier. End your day at any of the area’s acclaimed accommodations, such as the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, Hilton Honors, and Marriott Bonvoy.
  • Pass-a-Grille: Quaint, charismatic, and perfect for cruising, Pass-a-Grille is the perfect balance of well-populated and remote. There are so many ways to enjoy the stunning Florida sunset: on a bike, via sailboat, or on foot along the white-sand shores. If shelling is something you and your partner enjoy, you can photograph dozens of species along Shell Key.

Relax At A Spa

There is no shortage of spas in Florida, but did you know that queer-only spas are just as abundant? Sure, your private island resort probably has a regular spa, but gay spas and bathhouses take your romantic connection to another level. Get in on the action with your partner at one of these top Florida spa destinations:

  • The Cabana’s Gay Guesthouse and Spa: Located within the Wilton Manors community, the Cabana’s Gay Guesthouse and Spa boasts ultra-large jacuzzis and stunning pools. Not to mention, it’s a stone’s throw from some of Fort Lauderdale’s best nightlife destinations.
  • The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental: Couples looking to connect over spiritual experiences will enjoy the traditional Chinese, Thai, and Balinese healing sessions at the spa at the Mandarin Oriental. Bask in the floating scent of sandalwood, relax on contoured lounge chairs, and take in spectacular views of Florida’s gulf coast through its floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • Waldorf Astoria Spa Orlando: For a bit of Arabian flair, the Waldorf Astoria Spa is adorned with Moroccan accents. Top off your swim in the whirlpool, then get luxurious caviar facials.

Take Romantic Strolls

Animal-loving couples will be pleased to know that Florida is rife with nature experiences. Beyond the world-famous Everglades, you and your significant other should also visit the following nature sites:

  • Lake Eola: Eola Park is a natural playground that provides wonderful opportunities for under-the-sun picnics, romantic strolls, professional photography, and exercise. This 23-acre park sits across East Washington Street and has an amphitheater, fountain, and a Chinese pagoda.
  • Blue Spring State Park: Spanning over 2,600 acres, the Blue Spring State Park boasts crystal clear water where visitors often kayak and observe its animal inhabitants. Be sure to pack a waterproof camera to snap photos of the West Indian Manatees that call this park home.
  • Lake Toho: Lake Toho is a 23,000-acre fishing lake perfect for angler couples who want to put their rods to practice. Home to alligators, turtles, and water snakes. Lake Taho provides exciting opportunities for animal lovers who want a closer look at Florida’s wildlife. 
  • Ocala National Forest: This 383,000-acre natural landscape is the biggest nationally protected forest. With over 600 lakes, springs, and rivers, there is so much for outdoorsy couples to explore. Take your pick of bicycling, horseback riding, diving, snorkeling, or water sports.
  • Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve: Bird lovers who aren’t afraid to take on a slightly challenging hike will love the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve. Its well-preserved trails boast multiple natural habitats, like swamps, lakes, and pine forests. You’ll also see rare birds like the Solitary Sandpiper and Painted Bunting.
  • Crystal River: Crystal River’s warm Gulf waters are the only place in Florida you’ll get to swim with manatees! These gentle giants love cuddling up to tourists. Enjoy other romantic bonding experiences like hiking through unspoiled forests, diving for scallops, and exploring the parks.

Take A Cooking Class

If you and your special someone share an undying love for food, you will find plenty of couples’ cooking classes in all areas of cuisine.

You can get your fair share of savory cooking classes or opt for something sweeter, such as pastries or cakes. Because of Florida’s food-centric history, you’ll also come across couples’ cooking classes that feature all sorts of cuisines, from Mexican to French.

Treat your significant other to personalized cooking classes at Golden Plum Personal Chef Service, Publix Apron’s Cooking School, Sofelle Cake Artistry, and Breaking Bread, among other locations.

Go See A Show

Florida has no shortage of shows, plays, concerts, and musicals, so theater enthusiasts will have no problem picking a venue for date night! 

For comedy connoisseurs, the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner show in Orlando is a must-see. Prefer something a little sexier? Magic Mike Live is a go-to for raunchy couples, and it never disappoints! Otherwise, you can get your fair share of sexy magic shows like the Maximum Magic Show starring Noah and Heather Wells and IN/Magic Show by illusionist Todd Sinelli.

Create Something Together

If you want to mix things up and add a bit of artsy flair to your romantic Florida getaway, consider these places for bringing out your and your loved one’s inner artists:

  • Painting With A Twist: Enjoy a fun evening out while creating a work of art with help from the instructor. Painting with a Twist also allows couples to bring their own drinks to enjoy while they paint. Whether it’s beer or wine, this is sure to make for an unforgettable date night!
  • Super Awesome Cool Pottery: If painting on a canvas isn’t your thing, why not take your date to a pottery class? Super Awesome Cool Pottery invites lovebirds to learn how to throw a bowl and paint them!
  • Board & Brush: Create a truly unique piece of wooden art. With just a bit of guidance, you’ll make something special that you can hang proudly on your walls. Make lasting memories at one of their custom wood sign workshops.
  • Florida Glass House: create a one-of-a-kind piece of art, all while bonding with each other and having a fun experience. From a romantic keepsake to that perfect first impression, glass blowing classes at the Florida Glass House of Fort Lauderdale will be an unforgettable memory!
  • The Candle Pour: This custom candle-making experience makes for the perfect date night. Couples choose between 100 fragrance oils to create their favorite scents.

The Bottom Line

As far as romantic getaways in Florida go, there are so many options for you and your partner to choose from. Hit up a beach near the city center or book a private beach club away from the noise. Not to mention, Florida’s dense LGBTQ population means queer couples are always in for a treat!

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**Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this post contains affiliate or sponsor links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (for which we are extremely grateful).

Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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