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Florida is known for its sunny beaches, warm weather, and fun attractions making it a popular destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway. However, Florida can also be an expensive destination for a romantic trip but, it doesn’t have to be!

You can absolutely experience romantic getaways in Florida on a budget, you just need to do a little planning and research. We’ve done that for you!

I’ve lived in Florida my entire life, so I know what this beautiful sunshine state has to offer.

So get ready for plenty of sun, sand, and romance on your next trip to Florida!

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What season is the cheapest to go to Florida?


The cheapest season to visit Florida is generally during the summer months because it’s very hot and humid (I know, I’ve lived here my whole life). Despite the heat and humidity, Florida is still an amazing place to visit in the summer.

You’ll have beautiful sunny mornings with scattered showers and thunderstorms almost every afternoon. Keep in mind that this is when the kids are out of school. If you want to avoid the summer camp crowd, you may find good prices during late summer/early Fall months like August and September.

To get the best deals, try to book in advance and be flexible with your travel dates. Try being open to exploring different areas within Florida besides the major cities like Orlando or Miami. There are so many hidden gems in Florida and this can help you find better deals too.

For more tips, check out my post on how to plan a weekend trip on a budget.

Tips for traveling to Florida on a Budget

Planning a romantic getaway in Florida on a budget requires a bit of creativity and willingness to explore spots off the beaten path. Here are some tips to jumpstart your planning!

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Choose the right timing: The weekends are usually hectic, especially at the really popular Florida destinations. Travel during the off-season and/or on the weekdays when you can usually find lower prices. Avoid major holidays and school breaks and try booking in advance or snagging last-minute deals on flexible dates.

Look for budget-friendly accommodations: I love the big chain hotels, but sometimes you can find some nice deals on less-known accommodations, like vacation rentals and mom-and-pop beachfront hotels. Try searching hotels on Google Maps or Hoteslash.

Utilize loyalty programs and travel rewards: If you have travel rewards or loyalty points, use them to offset the cost of flights, hotels, or car rentals. Research and compare different loyalty programs to find the ones that offer the best value for your travel style and needs. If you’re not sure how to get started, grab my Free Budget Travel Cheatsheet!

Make your own meals: You can save a lot of money by making your own breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We love getting an affordable place with a kitchen or at least a refrigerator so that we can have breakfast and/or pack a lunch. We’ll then use the money we saved to go out for dinner.

Explore free or low-cost activities: There are so many things to do in Florida that are low-budget. Enjoy long walks on the beach, explore state parks, visit local markets or festivals, and take advantage of activities like hiking, swimming, or picnicking.

Take advantage of happy hour and early bird specials: I’m not a night person so one of my favorite things to do is go out for a happy hour or an early dinner. There are a lot of restaurants that will have discounted pricing anywhere between 3-7 pm. We enjoy half-priced drinks and food and can still be back in time to enjoy the sunset and an evening walk on the beach!

Research local deals and discounts: Check local websites and social media for deals and discounts on attractions, tours, or restaurants. I also like asking the guest service team members at our hotel or vacation rental about where they like to go and what they like to do.

Consider alternative destinations: Popular tourist destinations like Miami or Orlando can be expensive, so you should consider exploring smaller towns or less-known areas in Florida. They often offer more affordable options for accommodations and activities. And they are just as beautiful and fun if not even more so.

For more tips check out my posts How to Plan a Weekend Trip on a Budget and 11 Simple Ways to save money on your next vacation.

A clean and inviting vacation rental interior with a large comfortable bed, a fully equipped kitchenette in the background, and beach-themed decor providing a cozy atmosphere.
We found a cute little budget hotel in Fort Myers Beach across the street from the beach on Estero Blvd. Perfect for on a budget!

The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys is a string of tropical islands stretching off the southern coast of Florida with crystal-clear turquoise waters, and breathtaking sunsets. One of the best of the Keys for a romantic getaway that you should definitely check out is Key Largo.

There are plenty of budget-friendly accommodations, such as beachside cottages, affordable hotels, and vacation rentals. Exploring the Keys’ natural beauty with opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming in coral reefs. The Keys are also known for their fresh seafood at local seafood shacks and waterfront restaurants on a budget. You’ll really enjoy taking a scenic drive along the Overseas Highway.

Check out these tours in The Florida Keys.

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Key West

Key West, the southernmost point of the United States, offers a romantic getaway in Florida that can fit any budget. Our favorite things to do in Key West include visiting Old Town which is perfect for leisurely walks and exploring historic streets lined with colorful houses, art galleries, and fun bars. Mallory Square is also a must-visit spot to catch breathtaking sunset views and enjoy street performances.

You’ll find budget-friendly accommodations, including guesthouses and bed and breakfasts, hotels, and vacation rentals. There are plenty of free or low-cost activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, and strolling along the shoreline. Key West also offers affordable dining options, including local seafood shacks and casual eateries.

Check out these tours in Key West.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, and its rich history, charming cobblestone streets, and Spanish architecture create the perfect setting for a romantic getaway in Florida on a budget.

The city’s historic district is home to art galleries, boutique shops, and quaint cafes. Its crown jewel, Castillo de San Marcos, offers stunning views of the bay. If you’re seeking outdoor adventures, the nearby Anastasia State Park offers gorgeous beaches and nature trails to explore. St. Augustine also has a variety of affordable accommodations, including cozy bed and breakfasts and budget-friendly hotels.

If you’re ever planning a girls trip, check out this post for the perfect girls weekend in St. Augustine.

Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island, located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, offers beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and a laid-back atmosphere. Exploring the island’s shell-laden shores for unique seashells is a favorite amongst visitors to the island.

The island’s nature preserves, such as J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, offer opportunities for scenic walks, birdwatching, and wildlife encounters without any admission fees. Sanibel Island is also home to several affordable accommodations, including charming beachfront cottages and cozy inns.

Enjoy romantic sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, fresh seafood at local restaurants, and take leisurely bike rides along the island’s scenic paths. With its natural beauty, secluded white sand beaches, and affordable options, Sanibel Island is a romantic getaway in Florida on a budget.

View through lush foliage of a tropical beach at sunset, with tall palm trees silhouetted against a warm, glowing sky and a calm sea in the background.

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is known as the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” and provides the perfect setting for romantic strolls along the shoreline. Bask in the sun, take a dip in the ocean, or even try some relaxing beachfront yoga together.

The Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier is a popular spot offering amusement rides, games, and breathtaking views of the ocean. For some adventure, check out Daytona International Speedway offers tours and opportunities to get up close to the world of racing.

Fort Myers

Fort Myers, located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is one of my favorite hidden gems a romantic getaway in Florida on a budget. We spend a week almost every summer there at Estero Island on Fort Myers Beach, the sunsets are just magical.

It’s also known for beautiful nature parks, such as Lovers Key State Park, where you can walk amidst the lush tropical landscapes and spot wildlife. There’s no shortage of affordable accommodations between boutique beachfront hotels and vacation rentals. Make sure you check out the beachfront dining, there are so many great places!

Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is a barrier island that offers beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The island’s small size lends itself to a cozy and intimate atmosphere, with plenty of lovely cafes, beachfront restaurants, and local shops.

If you love the outdoors, you’ll appreciate the island’s natural beauty, with kayaking, paddleboarding, and cycling. Its idyllic scenery, and romantic ambiance, make Anna Maria Island is a great choice for couples seeking a romantic getaway in Florida.

Cedar Key


Cedar Key, is a hidden gem on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and a perfect setting for a peaceful and intimate retreat. It has picturesque views of the Gulf of Mexico and mesmerizing sunsets.

There’s an abundance of wildlife and you’ll want to explore the pristine nature preserves and nearby islands. Affordable accommodations, including waterfront cottages and cozy inns, can be found in Cedar Key.

Mount Dora

Mount Dora, located in central Florida and known for its small-town charm, this picturesque town offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and historic appeal. Enjoy the tree-lined streets, exploring the quaint shops, art galleries, and antique stores that line the downtown area.

Mount Dora is also home to beautiful lakes, providing a serene backdrop for romantic boat rides or leisurely picnics. The town hosts various events throughout the year, including art festivals and live music performances.

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Apalachicola

Apalachicola is on Florida’s Forgotten Coast and is a charming and affordable destination for a romantic getaway. This historic town offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and coastal charm. Explore the quaint streets lined with historic homes, browse through art galleries and boutique shops, and enjoy fresh seafood at local eateries.

The pristine beaches of St. George Island are just a short drive away. Apalachicola is also known for its oyster industry, and you can enjoy oyster shucking classes or take a scenic boat tour to learn more about the area’s maritime heritage.

Crystal River

Crystal River, Florida, is nestled along the Gulf Coast and is renowned for its crystal-clear springs and abundant wildlife. Embark on an affordable adventure by renting kayaks or paddleboards to explore the pristine waters of Kings Bay and encounter gentle manatees up close.

The area also offers budget-friendly accommodations, including waterfront cottages and lovely bed and breakfasts. You can appreciate the natural beauty of Crystal River Preserve State Park, hike along scenic trails, and spot various bird species.

Check out these tours in Crystal River.

Fernandina Beach

Fernandina Beach is nestled on Amelia Island in Florida and exudes old-world charm. Fernandina Beach’s historic district is fun to explore, with its Victorian-era architecture and quaint shops.

Enjoy sunbathing, picnicking, or taking a romantic stroll. The island also offers affordable accommodations, including cozy inns and beachfront rentals. There are plenty of opportunities to appreciate the island’s natural beauty, with kayaking, fishing, and wildlife watching.

Check out these tours in Fernandina Beach.

Vero Beach

Vero Beach, Florida, is a picturesque coastal town with amazing beaches, a tranquil atmosphere, and natural beauty. Take a stroll along the soft sandy shores, bask in the warm sunshine, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

If you’re a nature lover you’ll appreciate the nearby Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, where you can observe diverse wildlife in their natural habitat.

Dunedin


Dunedin, Florida, is a charming and underrated destination located near Clearwater on the Gulf Coast and is known for its small-town charm, beautiful beaches, and stunning sunsets. Explore the delightful downtown area, filled with quaint shops and art galleries. The Pinellas Trail, a scenic trail that runs through the city, provides perfect or leisurely bike rides or romantic walks.

Honeymoon Island State Park is another highlight, offering pristine beaches and nature trails. The town also hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year.

Check out these tours in Dunedin.

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Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida, is one of my favorite destinations for a romantic getaway. It’s a quiet west coast beach town with stunning beaches, cultural events, and a cool arts scene. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, you can’t go wrong with lounging on the powdery white sands of Siesta Key Beach or watching the sunset.

Make sure to explore St. Armands Circle, filled with boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. Sarasota is also home to numerous parks and gardens, perfect for romantic walks and picnics. You can also enjoy free live performances at the Sarasota Bayfront Park or check out the art and culture at the Ringling Museum.

Pensacola

Pensacola, located on Florida’s Panhandle is a coastal city with beautiful white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a relaxed atmosphere perfect for a romantic escape. Enjoy long walks along the beach, watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, and even spot dolphins playing in the distance.

Pensacola’s historic downtown area, with its charming streets lined with cafes, boutiques, and art galleries, provides the perfect setting for a romantic stroll or a cozy dinner. During your getaway you should visit the area’s natural beauty at the Gulf Islands National Seashore or explore historic sites like Fort Pickens.

Gulfport

Gulfport, Florida, is a hidden gem for a couples getaway on a budget. Nestled along the Boca Ciega Bay near St. Petersburg, it’s a charming coastal town that offers a relaxed and inviting environment.

Take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront promenade, enjoy live music at one of the local venues, or enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at one of the cozy, budget-friendly restaurants. Gulfport also hosts various events and festivals throughout the year.

Check out these tours in Gulfport.

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New Smyrna

New Smyrna Beach is a charming coastal town located on Florida’s east coast near Daytona. It offers couples an ideal romantic getaway on a budget.

You can enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, surfing, or kayaking, or explore the area’s quaint shops, art galleries, and local eateries. New Smyrna’s natural beauty, serene ambiance, and affordability make it a hidden gem for couples seeking a romantic getaway in Florida on a budget.

Check out these tours in New Smyrna.

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Waiting for the sunset on Fort Myers Beach

Florida State Parks

For those of you that enjoy the outdoors, I didn’t forget about you! Florida State Parks may not sound romantic, but Florida is blessed with an abundance of breathtaking state parks that offer couples a chance to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature. Plus, these parks have affordable camping and cabin options and outdoor activities.

Anastasia State Park (St. Augustine): Located near St. Augustine, Anastasia State Park offers pristine beaches, nature trails, and opportunities for bird-watching. Enjoy a romantic picnic on the beach, go for a leisurely bike ride, or take a sunset stroll along the shoreline.

Honeymoon Island State Park (Dunedin): Honeymoon Island State Park is known for its picturesque beaches, nature trails, and stunning sunsets. Take a romantic walk along the sandy shores, spot wildlife like ospreys and dolphins, or rent a kayak to explore the surrounding waterways.

Lover’s Key State Park (Fort Myers Beach): Lover’s Key State Park is a secluded barrier island that offers pristine beaches, mangrove forests, and abundant wildlife. Take a romantic beach walk, rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the park’s waterways, or have a picnic overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Bahia Honda State Park (Big Pine Key): Located in the Florida Keys, Bahia Honda State Park boasts beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and stunning views. Relax on the beach, go snorkeling or kayaking, or take a hike on one of the park’s nature trails.

Grayton Beach State Park (Santa Rosa Beach): Grayton Beach State Park is known for its unspoiled white sandy beaches and scenic coastal dune lakes. Enjoy a romantic beach picnic, go fishing, or take a peaceful hike through the pine forests.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park (Hobe Sound): Jonathan Dickinson State Park is an expansive park that offers a variety of activities, including hiking, biking, and kayaking. Take a scenic boat tour on the Loxahatchee River, have a romantic picnic near the riverbanks, or go wildlife spotting.

Rainbow Springs State Park (Dunnellon): Rainbow Springs State Park features crystal-clear springs, waterfalls, and lush gardens. Take a swim in the natural springs, go tubing down the Rainbow River, or enjoy a peaceful hike through the park’s trails.

Myakka River State Park (Sarasota): Myakka River State Park offers scenic beauty with its expansive wetlands, lakes, and diverse wildlife. Take a boat tour on the river, go hiking or biking, or rent a canoe or kayak to explore the waterways.

Torreya State Park: Nestled along the banks of the Apalachicola River in the Florida Panhandle, Torreya State Park is known for its dramatic bluffs and panoramic views. Take a hike along the challenging trails and be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes.

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What are some of the most picturesque state parks in Florida?

  • Bahia Honda State Park
  • Torreya State Park
  • Myakka River State Park
  • Anastasia State Park
  • Grayton Beach State Park

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