(Closed) Honeymoon in Florida??

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@LuluInLove:  Took the words right out of my mouth, well 8 hours earlier but you know lol!!

We go to Kissimmee/Orlando every year. We always rent a vacation home, very, very affordable and almost every house has a pool. Wouldn’t do this for my Honeymoon but great family vaca! Well we had just watched something on the Travel channel about how amazing Siesta Key was, so I googled it and we decided to take a day trip there while we were in Kissimme last June.

OMG it was goregous!! I could be their like spokesperson. I loved it! They had seashells, but not filled with them so they would hurt your feet. It was like a dream beach-seriously. The sand is cool, baby powdery. We all loved it! Definitely is our Plan B honeymoon just in case something goes wrong with our Plan A. (I’m going to post a picture of the sand, you can see a little bit how powdery it is, not grainy like other beaches. My baby girl was having the time of her life!!)

I’ve been to Daytona a few times and would be perfectly fine never going back there. It is nothing at all like Siesta Key. There is a reason it is rated # 1! We didn’t go to Destin this time because they were having a bad problem with jellyfish at that time for some reason- so we skipped it.

Seriously-Siesta Key is awesome!!

Post # 19
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Blushing bee

I second Clearwater! There is so much to do all around you, but you can relax and do nothing if you want too! However, whenever I’ve gone the water hasn’t been very clear, so thats kinda a negative.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Check out Sanibel Island if you’re looking for a private beachy vibe.  It’s south of Anna Marie Island but north of the keys. The nightlife is non existent, so if you were looking at going to bars/ parties it isn’t the place for you. But it’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL and very private. If you rent a condo, most of the time you will get access to a private beach.  There’s also nothing but a few grocery stores and mom/pop shops. A large chunk of the island is a nature reserve, if you’re into that kind of thing. I have been there 3 times and plan on going again this summer, it’s my favorite place in the world to just get away 🙂   Also if you stay near naples/sanibel/fort myers etc. check out getting a ferry to Costa Coya Island, it’s a state park and is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been on.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I suggest Pensacola/Navarre/Destion as a first choice. They are absolutely beautiful and very relaxing. They have beaches, woodlands, museums, shopping, outdoors/ziplining, good food. 

Second: St. Augstine. So much history with some decent beaches. 

Third: Miami, awesome groupons for hotels and food here!

Feel free to PM me. I gre up in North Florida and went to school in south florida. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@mrsredmond:  Florida is a great state to vacation in… so much to see and do.  It is one of our favourite places to visit.  I recommend a Road Trip, then you can move around as you like (also tons cheaper than flying) and see so your Honeymoon can be a patchwork of adventures.  And the stops enroute can be just as great as anywhere you visit in-state.  Here are some suggestions along the way and in Florida that you might want to consider… some of our personal faves…

Myrtle Beach SC – Charleston SC – Savannah GA – St Augustine FL – Daytona Beach Fl – Cape Canaveral FL – Cocoa Beach FL – West Palm Beach FL – Fort Lauderdale FL – Miami / Miami Beach FL – ANY and EVERYWHERE in The Florida Keys – The Florida Everglades – Marco Island FL – Sanibel Island FL – Naples FL – St Petersburg / St Pete Beach FL – Clearwater FL – Tampa FL – Orlando FL – Walt Disney World Florida

I could blab on forever about the positive attributes of each Destination … but honestly your best source for info is going to be a combo of the following resources… Wikipedia – a good On-Line Map (I like GOOGLE MAPS) – and a Travel Planning / Info Website like TripAdvisor.

Be aware, that although The Florida Keys are AWESOME… sooo want to live there someday.  They are surrounded by a reef (great for fishing & scuba diving) and so naturally they don’t have a lot of beaches… this is particularly so if you pay a visit to Key West.  BUT they make up for that small issue by having amazing weather (best in all of Florida), friendly people, great food (and booze), entertainment and lots to do.  All things that make it a fabulous Honeymoon Destination (we talked about having our Destination Wedding there, but just couldn’t make it work due to timing… lol, not enough days off from work at Christmas)

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I grew up in Sebastian/Vero Beach, and if you’re looking for quiet, with decent restaurants and almost secluded beaches you’ll find it here. We go back every year and stay in Sebastian in a super cheapy (not fancy at ALL) cottage on the river for about $400. There is also a Disney resort in Vero that is more expensive. Sebastian Inlet and Vero beaches are awesome.

I have family in Daytona/Ormond. It is touristy like Cocoa. Think Spring Break. Fun for me but not ideal for my honeymoon.

We are having our wedding on Sanibel Island. Super secluded, NO noise, fast food, nightlife…we are renting several cottages for a week…good restaurants, and Ft Myers is right over the bridge if anyone wants some “scene”. It’s more a “let’s all hang out on the beach all day and meet for dinner” kind of vibe.

The Keys, though….you can’t go wrong!

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Siesta Key is fantastic. I saw someone mention Savannah. We love it there and go for our anniversary every year. It’s incredibly romantic. 

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