Now more than ever, it’s important to keep the flames of romance burning year-round. Fortunately, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach make it easy to get into a romantic mood. Here are 7 ways to get romantic on Florida’s Historic Coast.
1. Get a room
Preferably at a Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn. St. Augustine is considered one of the most romantic cities in the U.S. and staying at a bed & breakfast in the Historic District puts you in the heart of all the action. From brick-lined streets to quaint sidewalk cafes and architectural wonders, there’s lots to see and do. At The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, you’ll actually be staying in an 18th-century property with well-appointed rooms, rare antiques, freshly made gourmet breakfasts, and a warm welcoming innkeeper ready to make your stay a memorable one. It’s the perfect start to get romantic on Florida’s Historic Coast.
2. Wake up to a glorious sunrise
With 42 miles of pristine beaches, you won’t mind getting out of bed and going for a romantic walk along the coastline. The early birds get to see the sun peek over the Atlantic while they hunt for shells and shark teeth (think of the lovely necklace you can make).
3. Dine al fresco
Florida’s Historic Coast is a foodie paradise with culinary choices that leverage the city’s access to the freshest seafood and farm-to-table produce. A walk along the bayfront, St. George Street, and the oldest street in the nation, Aviles Street, offers plenty of restaurants with romantic outdoor dining. Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille is a favorite for classic Louisiana and Creole cuisine in the courtyard. Sip a glass of wine under the stars in the charming secret garden at Casa de Vino 57. So sit back, relax, and get romantic on Florida’s Historic Coast with the best food around.
4. Enjoy some free tastings
Sip a selection of bold Florida red, white, and rose wines at the San Sebastian Winery. Take a tour of the St. Augustine Distillery and sample award-winning, handcrafted spirits including vodka, gin, rum, and bourbon. And, if you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll want to leave room to savor the hand-crafted chocolates as you tour Whetstone Chocolates.
5. Take a moonlight tour above it all
The view from atop the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is simply breathtaking. It’s no wonder that it has become one of the most popular spots in the area for marriage proposals. Stunning by day, the experience is even more spectacular at night by the light of the moon. A perfect spot to sip champagne and snuggle beneath the stars.
6. Pamper yourself and each other
Who couldn’t use some TLC from a luxurious spa? That’s exactly what you’ll experience at this crown jewel of Florida’s northeast shore. You’ll be just steps away from the beach as you sip coffee from your private balcony overlooking the ocean at the AAA Five Diamond-rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Relax in the award-winning spa, enjoy a gourmet meal with a spectacular view, and take in the sun on the sand in your own private cabana. Heaven on earth.
7. Top it off with a sunset sail
Finally, toast the end of another spectacular day aboard the Schooner Freedom. Sail aboard the only tall ship in the area for a completely different view of St. Augustine’s Historic District as the sun sets on the iconic skyline.
Of course, there are even more ways to stoke the embers of love. So when you’re ready, be sure to start with a visit to Florida’s Historic Coast.