spring break dreaming.

I wish the “spring break” holiday applied to me still but every year around April I set aside a long weekend to go back to my warm + happy place on the water! Since I am from Florida I love returning home to see family or finding new places to venture off to in the state, so below are some of my favorite warm weather getaways + why I love them!



  • fly directly into pensacola airport

  • warm white sandy beaches

  • rich history

  • beautiful moss trees + antebellum homes

  • blue angels!

  • downtown is precious + full of good restaurants / bars

  • gorgeous small town with more of a local presence than most Florida destinations!


  • bike everywhere: no car needed

  • super close drive to the Panama City airport where you can fly direct

  • amazing restaurants (Edwards, George’s + Bud + Alleys are my favorites!)

  • beautiful home rentals + hotel options (The Pearl is my pick!)

  • serene (but crowded during actual spring break times, best to go during off season!)

  • alys beach is something to see + spend time walking around

  • family oriented

  • live music + dining outside

  • good shopping…hello Willow Boutique

sandestin/ destin

  • home sweet home for me

  • white sand beaches + warm water

  • amazing offshore fishing (it’s how Destin was even established!)

  • good seafood (Camille’s for sushi, Vintij for Italian / good wine + Dewey Destin’s for all seafood … my long time favorites)

  • Go down to the Destin jetty’s or cruise the harbor at sunset (favorite thing to do when I am home)



  • direct flight

  • the contemporary art …unparalleled.

  • clubbing scene (if you are into that go to Nikki beach + Palace, I used to be but now I prefer other things)

  • amazing restaurants + drink spots (le sirenuse, soho house + juvia)

  • large range beaches

  • people watching + the miami culture (must go to an authentic cuban spot!)

  • beautiful places to stay + enjoy hotel perks (mondarin oriental, soho house, and the betsy)

  • shopping the design district

  • bigger city getaway on water

  • boating + seeing the city by water (it made me fall in love with miami)

palm beach + jupiter

  • beautiful hotels (the colony is newly remodeled + forever classic “the breakers” is located right on the beach)

  • shopping

  • beautiful interior design scene: kips bay decorator show house is in January - February every year!

  • fishing + boating is beautiful (super close to the bahamas!)

  • less crowded beaches

  • biking - beautiful flat land

the keys

  • direct flight into miami + drive 2 hours (a little more of a trek…4-5 days is needed in my opinion!

  • islamorado is my personal favorite + in college we went on actual spring break there!

  • beautiful resort right on a private beach: the moorings (shown in posted photo!) OR the caribbean resort

  • amazing fishing + watersports

  • a less crowded option for typical spots in Florida, trust the locals with any recommendation they may have!

  • key west: full of history and vibrant bars / restaurants

anna maria island

  • direct flight into Tampa + drive 1 hour

  • beautiful beaches + water

  • very low key + not as touristy for a beautiful beach town

  • small town + extremely nice locals

  • walking the island was my favorite thing to do-it’s small enough to make a morning of it!

  • super affordable lodging - airbnb is best here as hotels + condos don’t really exist!