Photo courtesy of CobaltThe name "Cobalt" is not just a coincidence — rather, the restaurant is named for the picturesque views of the deep blue water that can be enjoyed from every table. Just steps from the sand, Cobalt serves up inventive meals created with fresh, local ingredients alongside craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. Enjoy your meal al fresco by the light of a flickering fire pit for a truly romantic evening. 3103 Cardinal Drive The Tides has graced the Vero Beach coastline since 2000, and still manages to thrill diners with its fresh seafood and multicultural influences. The menu is filled with elegant choices, including a catch of the day prepped to perfection, veal scallopini, cedar planked salmon and more. Accompany the entrée of your choice with a selection from the wine list, which has received the Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator for 17 consecutive years. 1603 South Ocean Drive
Photo courtesy of Maison Martinique RestaurantThe elegant dining room at Maison Martinique Restaurant is enough to make us swoon with its hanging lights, colorful walls and romantic ambience. Settle down at a table by the window (or opt to dine on the patio), and enjoy a three-course meal created with fresh seafood and local ingredients. Afterward, head upstairs to the Havana Nights piano bar for an after-dinner cocktail and live music. 1050 Sexton Plaza The Ocean Grill is best known for its coveted spot on the beach and the accompanying 360-degree views. The view alone makes Ocean Grill a favorite for locals and tourists alike, but the food takes the experience to a whole new level. Expect to find your favorite seafood entrées and appetizers fried, grilled or steamed to perfection. 2045 13th Avenue This culinary gem opened in October 2011 under ownership of Chef Bireley, a Vero Beach native and an expert in the kitchen. The menu represents a variety of flavors from around the world — all influenced by Bireley's travels — but the food is created with ingredients sourced locally to support nearby farms and fishermen. If the quality of the cuisine is not enough to draw you in, perhaps the ambience, complete with lush outdoor gardens and an airy dining room, will do the trick. 4885 Highway A1A Wine enthusiasts will find solace at Vinz Wining & Dining, where the carefully curated wine list is the main event. Enjoy your selection by the glass or the bottle as you take in the romantic atmosphere with your sweetheart. Be sure to order a few small plates from the food menu to share. Bonus: Stop in on Monday, Wednesday or Friday for live music in the courtyard! 1050 Easter Lily Lane
Photo courtesy of the Citrus GrillhouseThe ambience at the Citrus Grillhouse is friendly and casual, and the food is some of the best in the area. Expect inventive dishes such as spicy grilled lamb with feta, scallops on polenta cake with chili-roasted corn, and five varieties of risotto, all crafted with the freshest local ingredients available. 3244 Ocean Drive Every detail in the Wave Kitchen & Bar was designed to make its guests feel as if they were attending an intimate dinner party — an ultra chic and elegant party, that is! Located in the Costa d'Este Beach Resort and Spa, the modern kitchen serves up Cuban classics with an elevated twist alongside New American favorites. 1306 20th Street
Photo courtesy of Kata Japanese & ThaiOf course this list would not be complete without a top-notch sushi spot, and Kata Japanese & Thai is our pick in this category. Kata features the very best of Japanese and Thai cuisine, including soul-warming pho, fresh sashimi, tempura, teriyaki, crispy duck and more. Make sure to save room for the tempura ice cream and Thai donuts for dessert! 1517 Ocean Drive If you are having trouble deciding between French or Italian for your romantic night out, Di Mare is the place to be. The restaurant features two separate menus to satisfy either craving — although you are more than welcome to order from both. Start your meal with a burrata platter or escargot before moving onto the main event, and make sure to accompany your choice with a bottle from the wine list.
Photo courtesy of Caffe MartierThis airy, Mediterranean-style cafe is a wonderful stop at any time of day, but we are particularly fond of brunch. Opt for one of the sidewalk tables for prime views and people watching, grab your choice of mimosa, and dig into a flavorful breakfast entrée — French toast, lox and seven different omelettes await.
Photo courtesy of El CaminoWhen Taco Tuesday comes around there is no better place to be than El Camino in Delray. During happy hour (from 4-7 pm), you can grab tacos for just $2 alongside refreshing margaritas. In fact, we like to celebrate Taco Tuesday here every day of the week. Bonus: After a night out, stop in for late night eats! The kitchen is open until 2 am daily.
Photo courtesy of City OysterYou cannot leave the Florida coast without sampling a bit of fresh seafood, and City Oyster does it right. The atmosphere is refined yet hip, and decorated with colorful artwork and maritime touches. But of course, the food is the main attraction. Expect innovative and flavorful seafood dishes, craft cocktails, and a raw bar featuring selections freshly plucked from the ocean.
Photo courtesy of the Morikami Museum and Japanese GardensThis stunning cultural center embraces the century-old connection between Japan and South Florida. Since opening in 1977, the Morikami Museum has welcomed thousands of visitors, all eager to explore the rotating exhibitions, tea ceremonies, and traditional gardens. Within these halls, you will find more than 7000 Japanese art objects and artifacts, including a 500-piece collection of tea ceremony items.
Photo courtesy of Living Exposure Photography via the Cornell Art MuseumThe Cornell Art Museum is housed in the restored, 1913 Delray Elementary School building, and showcases nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists. Allow yourself to be wowed by the bright colors and innovative ideas that abound within the walls, and let your own imagination run free. Note: The museum is currently undergoing renovations, and will reopen in October, 2017.
this residence, which boasts its own private pool, private-access elevators, a stunning lakeside terrace and elegant details throughout. With a coveted address at the Mizner Grand, it truly stands apart as the crown jewel of Boca Raton.
Photo courtesy of the GymThe Gym certainly is a gem when it comes to workout facilities, boasting an open-air rooftop with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. While the views are spectacular at any time of day, many choose to get their sweat on in the early hours or right before dinner, which allows them to witness the South Florida sky during sunrise or sunset. Workout your way with a wide array of free weights, stationary bikes, benches and other equipment, or enlist a personal trainer to hold you accountable. You also have the option to enroll in a group fitness class, or take advantage of the full-service indoor gym when the weather turns sour! Afterward, enjoy cooling down with a leisurely walk on the beach. 3001 SE 5th St, Fort Lauderdale
Photo courtesy of Fort Lauderdale Beach YogaThere is nothing more invigorating than participating in a yoga flow on the sand, under the sun, with the sound of crashing waves in the background. Luckily, this option is available to you every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday year round, thanks to Fort Lauderdale Beach Yoga. The best of Fort Lauderdale's yoga instructors will guide you through challenging hatha flow classes in the morning, or help you wind down your day with a yin meditation class at sunset (during the summer months). While donations are encouraged, you will not be bound by any membership fees, and are free to come enjoy the class of your choice at your leisure. Classes Take Place on the Fort Lauderdale Beach one block South of Sunrise Blvd, Next to Lifeguard Station #13 Take control of your own workout routine at the calisthenics park on the beach. This free, public workout facility is built into the sand, and includes all of the equipment you need to design your own full-body workout under the sun and by the water. Enjoy challenging yourself and reaching new goals on the high bars, incline benches, and low bars, and then cool off with a quick dip in the Atlantic. 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Maria Pontillo is a legend when it comes to fitness in Fort Lauderdale. With a doctorate in physical therapy and certifications for yoga and fitness training, she is an expert in providing her clients with a total body workout that is as effective as it is fun. While you can catch her workouts online in the comfort of your own home any time, we believe the beach fitness classes are not to be missed. The infamous Sweaty Sunday Funday Beach Workout occurs once a month at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, and includes a 15-minute dynamic warm up, a 30-minute circuit workout on the sand, and a 15-minute yoga stretch to cool down. Workouts are just a bit better when you have the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop. 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Cross Training-by-sea workout classes, and plenty of outdoor equipment to keep you occupied. To amp it up even more, consider booking a personal training appointment with Geoff Thomas by calling 754-423-6927. 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Photo courtesy of Sunrise PaddleboardsIf you have mastered the art of working out in the sand, maybe it is time to step it up a notch and venture into the waves. Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most popular fitness options for Florida locals, offering the chance to work your abdominals, arms, and legs, work on your balance, and enjoy panoramic vistas of the beach from the water. Sunrise Paddleboards invites you to build paddle boarding into your workout routine with paddle board fitness 101 — a two-hour class that will teach you how to incorporate cardio and strength into your paddle boarding routine. The top-notch fitness instructors will cater to your individual needs and fitness goals, and help you design a water-based workout that is challenging, fun and effective. Looking for something a little more zen? Sunrise also offers paddle board yoga classes! 2520 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale If you have ever had the joy of staying at the W Hotel, then you know that it is a luxurious experience. Naturally, the staff wants the best for their guests, and have designed a series of boot camp, yoga, and personal training classes on the water that are completely free for those staying in the hotel. Luckily, the classes are also open to the public (as long as you make a reservation at least six hours in advance). Each class is led by a certified instructor who is trained to help you take your fitness to the next level. During class, enjoy incredible views of the rolling waves and sweeping skies. 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
Photo courtesy of The WaterColor InnThe WaterColor Inn overlooks the pristine, white sands of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and allows easy access to popular destinations including Seaside and Rosemary Beach. Although, we would argue that the WaterColor Inn is a destination in and of itself! Enjoy spreading out on more than 500 acres of lush grounds and expertly designed accommodations, and engaging in any number of activities, from tennis and shopping to boating and meandering through the gardens. After a full day of Florida adventuring, retire to the resort and indulge in a seafood meal plucked fresh from the ocean! 28500 Overseas Highway, Little Torch Key, FL An excursion to this exclusive luxury resort will make you feel like you have journeyed to Tahiti or Bali, even though it lies just 120 miles from Miami. Tucked offshore of Little Torch Key and accessible only by boat or plane, the resort is about as hidden away as it gets. Here, you will find no phones, no TVS, and no shortage of fun things to do. Stay in a private, romantic suite or thatched roof bungalow, each surrounded by exotic blossoms and Jamaican palms, and covered in romantic touches like private outdoor showers and jetted tubs, cloud-like king sized beds, and verandahs opening up to the sparkling ocean. If you ever decide to venture out of your own room, you will have access to a meditative zen garden, oversized hammocks gently swaying in the trees, and an endless flow of champagne. 45 NE 21st Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL
Photo courtesy of the Royal Blues HotelConveniently located halfway between Miami Beach and Palm Peach, the Royal Blues Hotel boasts just 12 oceanfront suites. The exclusive and limited accommodations mean that you will receive unparalleled service — for example, each guest is welcomed to the hotel with champagne from the lobby's wine lounge. Indulge in an oceanfront escape unlike any other, and surround yourself with like-minded luxury seekers, fine dining, modern art, and unbeatable vistas. 245 Front Street, Key West, FL
Photo courtesy of the Sunset Key CottagesThe Sunset Key Cottages actually sit on their own private, 27-acre island just minutes from Key West. Choose between a private Victorian-style home for just you and your loved one, or up to a four-bedroom cottage for a full family getaway. Either way, you will be treated to the tranquility and charm that comes with access to your own island. Each cottage offers views of the sparkling turquoise waters from your balcony, but you will also have access to diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, a full-service spa, waterfront dining, and swimming in the spacious, Sunset Key pool. 123 Beach Road, Islamorada, FL
Photo courtesy of the Moorings VillageThe Moorings Village is the winner of multiple Conde Nast reader's choice awards, including best Florida Keys resort. Just a few days here, and we have no doubt that this resort will be a winner in your mind, too! The 18-acre getaway is situated by the water on what once was a coconut plantation. Guests can stay in one of the 18 cottages and homes, all of which lie just a few steps from the pristine white beaches of the Florida Keys. All of the space means that you will feel like you are on your own private island! During the day, enjoy snorkeling and diving in one of the best reefs in the keys, kayaking along the coastline, or casting a line in the "sport fishing capital of the world." Afterward, you can retire to your private abode and enjoy unparalleled luxury. 1 South County Road, Palm Beach, FL
Photo courtesy of the BreakersFounded on the sands of Palm Beach in 1896, The Breakers resort has set the standard for beachside resorts for more than a century. The hotel actually suffered from two fires, but re-emerged each time more opulent than ever before. The current construction was completed by the same famed, New York-based designers that created Manhattan's most desirable hotels, including the infamous Waldorf Astoria. Their expertise shines through in every rich detail of the hotel. Though the resort itself is magnificent, it is tough to beat the accessibility to top-notch activities and amenities that the Breakers offers. Come stay awhile, and enjoy unbeatable culinary experiences, private bungalows, a full-service spa, four different pools, five whirlpool spas, and a half mile of private beach. 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isle Beach, FL
Photo courtesy of Acqualina ResortAcqualina Resort has consistently ranked among the best resorts in the country, even earning the #1 spot on Tripadvisor. When you take a step onto the spacious grounds, with unparalleled amenities and views of the sparkling turquoise waters, it is not difficult to see why. If the beachfront dining, luxurious pool and full service spa do not immediately draw you in, you will be taken with the grand Mediterranean-style architecture, 400 feet of private shoreline and breathtaking scenery! Florida residents receive 15% off of their room rate and complimentary add-ons. 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, FL
Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia IslandThis luxe, barrier-island resort is situated on 13 miles of pristine beaches in North Florida, so even though you have not left the state, you will feel like you are worlds away. Here, Southern charm and Florida elegance collide, resulting in an enchanting experience that will call you back year after year. You will have access to four award-winning restaurants, a full-service spa, on-site tennis facilities, an 18-hole championship golf course, and breathtaking scenery. There is no better place to relax and adventure.