Vacationing outside of the United States right now is a bit tricky due to lingering COVID-19 travel restrictions and lower vaccination rates in other countries. For that reason, many couples are opting for U.S.-based honeymoons rather than traveling abroad and dealing with all of that red tape. A honeymoon hotspot that has come about as a result of that trend is the Florida Keys. This southernmost spot has so much to offer in their string of islands and could make for the perfect place for you to toast your new marriage.
What Do the Keys Have to Offer?
You may be wondering what makes the Florida Keys a great honeymoon location. Well, these islands are versatile in the fact that Key West itself is bustling and busy—great for couples looking for a lot of action. To counter that, some of the other Keys are more relaxed and laid back, offering serene relaxation. All of the islands are rooted in the beauty of nature, surrounded by water and offering activities like water sports, fishing, snorkeling, and a lot of sightseeing. (And of course, let’s not forget the warm weather!)
Key West: Charm and Entertainment
As mentioned above, Key West is perhaps the center of activity in the Florida Keys. Duval Street is both historic and chock full of things to do, such as shops, historical sites, bars, and restaurants. There’s no shortage of nightlife in Key West, from drag shows to hoppin’ bars that are known to give visitors a memorable time. The island also has a lot of charm to it; from boutique bookstores to delicious donut shops, you’ll love every experience you have in Key West. You could spend an entire week in Key West and not run out of things to do, as just walking along Duval Street or along the water offers endless entertainment and fun.
There are tons of places to stay in Key West, from big name resorts, like the Waldorf Astoria or Hyatt Centric, to boutique hotels like Parrot Key Hotel & Villas. There are also many charming B&Bs that are the perfect place for a romantic getaway, such as The Conch House.
Islamorada: Laid Back Romance
You may recognize this lush and beautiful island as the filming location of the popular Netflix show Bloodline, but it’s also the perfect laid back romantic escape to enjoy as newlyweds. Enjoy the beach, go snorkeling with the sea turtles, or kayak to the smaller surrounding island of Indian Key. Islamorada also has wonderful dining options, which is a perfect way to mark the special occasion of a honeymoon.
Islamorada has lots of boutique hotel options, such as Casa Morada, Amara Cay, and Cheeca Lodge. These are all bespoke and romantic, making them a great place to make memories as newlyweds.
Little Palm Island: A Relaxing Oasis
For a completely luxurious experience, splurge on a stay in Little Palm Island, which is a resort island that was recently completely redone. This resort features a romantic and relaxing spa, sweeping views of the sea, its own restaurant, and chic suites. Each suite boasts an ocean view and its own private decks and outdoor showers, which is a nice touch. Plus, this resort is adults-only, making it the perfect oasis for a couple of honeymooners.
Duck Key: Unique Adventures
A lesser-known part of the Florida Keys is Duck Key. This island features a resort called Hawks Cay, which is a wonderful place to spend a few days. Here, you can swim with dolphins, go on water excursions including fishing trips, enjoy the spa, or watch boats come in at their onsite marina. Although Hawks Cay doesn’t feature a traditional beach, it has a saltwater lagoon for a more unique experience. Guests can rent their own cabanas to enjoy a special waterside day to commemorate the special occasion here. Plus, getting to Duck Key is easy: it’s just about an hour from Key West itself.
The Florida Keys are very versatile, offering something for everyone. Consider flying south to the Keys for an unforgettable honeymoon.