Romantic Seaside Charm
Whether sailing, swimming, building sand castles, or horseback riding, couples revel in exploring the wide Atlantic beaches of northeast Florida. Here sunrise is an occasion worth waking for (you can always draw the curtains and go right back to bed afterwards).
A secluded island located on 1,350 acres between the sugary beaches of the Atlantic and the tidal marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway, Amelia Island Plantation offers championship golf, pristine beaches, nature programs, and several restaurants.
Local attractions include Amelia Island’s scenic Victorian seaport village and Jacksonville Landing, a festive waterfront marketplace.
When it comes to the Old South, it doesn’t get much older than St. Augustine, founded 1565. Today St. Augustine offers a mix of history, golf, and Florida sunshine.
Carriage rides through the historic district, art galleries lining narrow, ancient streets, and sights like Castillo de San Marcos provide romantic Old World experiences.
Like much of northeast Florida, Ponte Vedra Beach was little more than sandy wilderness a century ago. Its transformation into a refined seaside community coincided with the 1928 opening of the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (check rates). Today, it stills lures guest with its palm-fringed beach, golf courses, spa, swimming pools, and restaurants.
Nearby, the newer and utterly charming Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach (check rates) has recreated a seaside European village. A fountain courtyard, wrought-iron lampposts, classic archways, and lush trellises add to the romantic ambience. Rooms feature an oceanfront patio or balcony, an ideal place to share a kiss under the stars.