Romantic Getaways in Northwest Florida

Miles of secluded white-sand beaches, unique historic sites and picturesque small towns make Northwest Florida a welcoming romantic retreat. Throughout the region, couples can beachcomb along secluded shoreline accessible only by foot, canoe down clear, spring-fed rivers and stroll through turn-of-the-century villages.

Downtown Pensacola provides the perfect setting for romantic walks through its charming historic districts. Roam the North Hill Preservation District, with 50 blocks of restored turn-of-the-century Queen Anne, Neoclassical and Mediterranean Revival homes. Admire the authentic wrought-iron balconies and Spanish Renaissance architecture of the city's Palafox Historic District. Nearby, enjoy the unique night life of Seville Square, where many of the restored and converted 200-year-old Creole and Victorian homes now house charming shops and restaurants, which make great hiding places for two.

For secluded beach getaways, head to Perdido Key, southwest of Pensacola. Here, couples can sink their toes in the sand or slip into the surf along miles of powdery white beaches. On nearby Santa Rosa Island, spend the day swimming, snorkeling and diving off the quiet shores of Pensacola Beach and Navarre. For the perfect end to a romantic day, take a sunset stroll through Pensacola's Bay Bluffs Park, where rustic boardwalks meander along Escambia Bay, overlooking Florida's only scenic bluffs.

Along Florida's Emerald Coast, enjoy a romantic twist to the usual dinner date. Begin by sampling some of the freshest seafood in Florida. Whether sharing a quiet dinner at an elegant waterside cafe or an antebellum estate, couples will have dozens of tasty treasures from the Gulf to choose from. Following dinner, head over to Destin Harbor to watch an improvisational dolphin ballet. Dancing dolphins display surprising grace and playfulness as they tumble and twirl in the waters of Santa Rosa Sound and Destin Harbor.

The Beaches of South Walton, with 26 miles of blissfully secluded coastline between Destin and Panama City, are an obvious choice for the ultimate romantic getaway. For a weekend or a week, couples can lose themselves among the pastel-hued village of Seaside, following the red brick streets from the beach to the Mediterranean-style outdoor markets at the town's center. Perhaps resort-style pampering is preferred at Sandestin Resort, a beautiful full-service resort, and the largest golf and tennis resort on Florida's Gulf Coast. Couples may also enjoy a leisurely, romantic picnic lunch at Eden State Gardens in nearby Point Washington.

At St. Andrews Recreation Area, couples can fall asleep under the stars to the gentle sounds of lapping waves, and wake up with an early morning dip in the emerald waters. Waterfront camping here is one of the best and most romantic ways to enjoy the world-renowned shores of Panama City Beach.

For more information on the distinctive natural, historic, cultural and recreational appeal of Florida's Northwest region, call our Public Relations Department at (850) 488-5607 or visit our website at www.flausa.com. For a free Official Florida Vacation Guide, call toll free 1-888-7FLA USA (U.S.) or fill out a request at http://www.flausa.com/souvenirs/index.html

Visitors to the Sunshine State can stop by two Welcome Centers throughout Florida's Northwest region. Locations: Interstate 10 eastbound, 16 miles west of Pensacola; U.S. 231, 3 miles north of Campbellton.

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