Post # 1
OK hive, I need more help, pretty please.
FI and I had previously made the decision to forgo a traditional honeymoon for now due to time constraints at work and budget concerns. Although we both agreed with that decision two months ago when we made it, we’re now having second thoughts. In my own words, I would like to “escape” somehwere even if it’s just for two or three days following the wedding to “decompress.” Since I relate beaches to decompressing, we’re looking into possibly going to FL for a few days.
Does anyone have some suggestions for specific areas of FL or specific FL beaches that we would want to be sure and go to?
Post # 3
My fiance and I took a prewedding honeymoon (because he starts work Sept. 7th and can’t take off more than a few days for the wedding) and we just got back yesterday. We spent one week in Naples, Fl and one week in Orlando, FL.
Naples was extremely romantic and it’s a small town in FL. The beaches are gorgeous and they’re not crowded. There are tons of options for eating out and affordable day-trips. We took a 3 hour shelling cruise to a deserted island, and it was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.
We stayed in a resort in Orlando that had seven pools, multiple restaurants, and more. We got a really good deal on the room for the week, so that’s why we decided to go there for part of our honeymoon. We didn’t go to disney world. Mainly we stayed around the resort, ate out, sipped frozen drinks, and laid out by the pool. It was great but the atmosphere was very “family friendly” with a lot of kid activities.
I highly recommend Naples.
Post # 4
I would recommend St. Augustine. It is a beautiful, historical city. There is a lot to see and do, great restaurants, and the town is very laid back. There’s no traffic, no skyscrapers, just beatiful buildings and white sand beaches.
I definitely say stay away from Orlando. First of all, there is no beach. Then there’s the traffic and kids – everywhere, even on the flights!
My second recommendation would be St. Petersburg. It is just south of Tampa and very serene and beautiful.
Post # 5
Most parts of florida aren’t really too great for saving money! But if you’re set on Florida (it’s lovely 🙂 ), why not go to Gasparilla Island or somewhere a little more remote on the gulf side? Beautiful beaches, seashells, and fishing.
Post # 6
I second the St. Augustine/ Amelia Island suggestion. If you’re flying, it’s an easy drive from Jacksonville and very historic, beautiful, and quiet. Great clean beaches, too.
Post # 7
gasparilla island (boca grande) for sure! its mostly snow birds that live out there so you should be able to get a good deal still at the end of october-its right before they all come back (ugh!). they dont have any hotels out there, its mostly inns and vacation rentals. i also love st. augustine! siesta key (sarasota area) is pretty fun too if you want places to go out at night. you might want to check out cruises though…for what youd pay for a hotel and meals you can probably go on a 4 day cruise!
Post # 8
@legalbee – thanks for the cruise suggestion, I hadn’t really thought of that!
Everyone else – THANKS for all the great suggestions, I’ll definitely check them all out!!
You guys are the best!
Post # 9
Naples is gorgeous, but not exactly cheap.
Key West is a cool place to go!
Also West Palm Beach and Delray are great little towns and I bet you could find great B&Bs there.
Post # 10
I love St. Augustine, and since I’ve grown up in Florida, I’m pretty picky about beach towns. It’s the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the country, so there’s tons of history and tours. It has a very romantic, old world feel.
If you want the best beaches, in my biased opinion you will find them on the Gulf side. The beaches near Sarasota (Sanibel, Siesta Key, Longboat Key) are beautiful, have soft sugary sand, and gorgeous sunsets. I grew up near St. Pete, and there’s tons to do in the St. Pete/Tampa Bay area as well. I have walked out at sunset and seen dolphins coming close to shore to feed…I so miss living near the beach!
I would avoid the Keys because they are extremely expensive and there isn’t much beach. You should be able to get good prices right now because it’s hurricane/rainy season and hot. It’s much more expensive in the winter when the snowbirds come in.
Post # 11
I also vote for cruise! Though I am a bit biased… =)
Post # 12
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I second bananafish, who recommended Sanibel Island…I used to live in Florida and that is by far and away my favorite beach!! It’s also world-renowned for shells…It has very strict zoning laws so there’s no high rises or huge buildings, everything’s pretty small and it has a low-key feel….It’s amazing! If you’re looking more traditional, obviously South Beach is fun fun fun, good shopping and restaurants and clubs…Also the Keys have some beautiful beaches but are harder to access bc the airport there is pretty small but Key West is fun or there’s other, smaller keys that are beautiful as well!