With hundreds of miles of sensational shores and exciting entertainment, Florida is brimming with adventure and romance. Fall in love with this radiant state and these top-notch locations
Words by Amber Connolly
Already a destination on the radar for thrill-seeking couples, Orlando is teeming with world-class theme parks and attractions. From Universal Orlando to Walt Disney World, visitors are spoilt for choice with resorts and rides to experience an adrenaline rush. However, although Orlando is renowned for these thrills, there is more to the city than just roller coasters and Disney characters. For a fix of designer shopping, head to the Mall at Millennia. The centre is home to big names such as Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Prada. Alternatively, you can unwind at one of the cities many luxury spas. To encounter some culture, Orlando Museum of Art is certainly worth a visit. As a leading institution in the region, the Museum was founded in 1924 to provide excellence in the visual arts, collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works. The venue is also a beautiful and unique location for wedding ceremonies and receptions. There are multiple spaces to tie the knot in the venue, including the extraordinary galleries.
THE PALM BEACHES
Blessed with crystal clear skies and enticing white sands, the 47 miles of sensational shores in Palm Beach County are a picturesque paradise. Unwind on one of the secluded beaches and indulge in the tropical rainforest climate. Alternatively, head to shores bursting with entertainment for restaurants, bars and shops, or to give water sports a try. With snorkeling, fishing and boating, there are activities for everyone. In addition to the beaches, the acclaimed Worth Avenue is a must-see. As one of the most iconic streets in America, this upscale district is a shopaholic’s haven. Brimming with luxurious outlets, celebrated boutiques and exquisite eateries, Worth Avenue is enchanting and glamorous. As a distinguished and captivating location, the street also offers regular historic walking tours.
Resting at the southern tip of Florida is the 120-mile coral cay archipelago of Florida Keys. With sparkling waters, pristine beaches and a tropical climate, the Keys are truly stunning. Experience a vast array of water activities on the dazzling shores, from snorkeling and diving to encounters with dolphins. The protected waters ensure that the Florida Keys remain an alluring site for ecotourism, allowing opportunities to witness a multitude of tropical plants and wildlife. For some of the least disturbed reefs in the region, journey to Dry Tortugas National Park. Only accessible by seaplane or boat, the passage to the park is an adventure in itself. Possessing vibrant coral reefs, abundant sealife and legends of sunken shipwrecks and treasures, Dry Tortugas offers some of the best snorkeling in North America. In addition to preserving the seven Dry Tortugas islands, the park also protects Fort Jefferson. A grand but unfinished coastal fortress, Fort Jefferson is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere and is
Connected by bridges to mainland Miami, the coastal resort city of Miami Beach is an awe-striking scene, picture-perfect for a postcard. Home to spectacular architecture and majestic coastlines, this city should not be missed by honeymooners in Florida. Stroll along the scenic Miami Beach Boardwalk to observe the beauty of both the city and ocean. A few blocks from the beach is Lincoln Road Mall, a complex that prides itself on being South Florida’s premier outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The mile-long promenade is pedestrian-only and abounding with national retailers, specialty stores, bars, galleries and fine dining. After a day of shopping, enjoy a refreshing cocktail at Juvia, located on the penthouse level and overlooking the Mall, Juvia occupies a stunning space. The cuisine is a delectable mix of French, Japanese and Peruvian influences in which only the freshest ingredients are used.
The South Beach neighbourhood of Miami Beach is a trendy and quirky area boasting a buzzing nightlife. Associated with celebrities and famous faces, the neighbourhood has been a backdrop for many television and film scenes. A must-see location is Lummus Park Beach, one of the most popular destinations in Miami. The turquoise waters and tall palm trees provide enviable photo opportunities. The thoroughfare of Ocean Drive is also worth a visit, primarily renowned for its Art Deco hotels. The boutique-inspired hotel of Colony Hotel is known as the most photographed art deco hotel and has made appearances in many movies and TV shows, including the hit series Dexter. The Art Deco architecture is adorned in beautiful colours Gianni Versace resided in the renowned Miami Art Deco District, home to about 900 preserved buildings. Whether you desire idling beside the sea or exploring the local area, there is plenty to do and enjoy.
UNWIND ON ONE OF THE SECLUDED BEACHES AND INDULGE IN THE TROPICAL RAINFOREST CLIMATE