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
beautiful moss trees + antebellum homes
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
live music + dining outside
good shopping…hello Willow Boutique
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)
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)
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
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!