Flagler Beach: the Ultimate Guide to Romance

Flagler Beach is located just north of St. Augustine, FL on the Atlantic Ocean. For an intimate weekend, stay at the White Orchid Inn. The Inn is on A1A across from the beach. With miles of beaches and seaside restaurants and bars, Flagler Beach is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.

Shows a picture of The Pier Shop on the strip at Flagler Beach, Florida

The White Orchid Inn, the most romantic place to stay in Flagler Beach

Shows the front of the White Orchid Inn from A1A in Flagler Beach

We stayed at the White Orchid Inn while on our romantic weekend. Located at 1104 S. Oceanshore Blvd., you only have to cross the street, and you are on the beach. The Inn provides beach gear so you don’t need to bring your own. The Inn also provides bikes if you would like to ride around and take in the sights. Enjoy homemade breakfast in the quaint lobby where you feel like you are a guest in someone’s home. After a day on the beach return to the lobby for a glass of wine and an appetizer before heading out for the night.

This retreat is adults only so leave the kids at home. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool. We went in January so the cozy bathrobes the Inn supplied came in handy. Of course, we wore them down to the heated mineral pool at night. Moreover, there is nothing like lounging in a warm pool at night looking up at the stars.

The Spa

While here pamper yourself at the spa. Numerous treatments are available. But we opted for one of their couples’ massages. The spa also offers couples’ yoga and astrology readings.

a man sitting on a beach chair in front of a blanket spread out before him with a picnic lunch on Flagler Beach
Picnic on the beach
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When we visited Flagler Beach, the ocean water was too cold for swimming, but we did book a picnic lunch complete with wine through the spa services. Also offered are poolside fresh fruits, wine, and cheese by the pool or champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. The possibilities for romance are endless.

The Rooms

picture of a two person Jacuzzi with lit candles and mirrored walls at the romantic White Orchid Inn
The Room with it All

This is definitely a romantic retreat and not your typical hotel. Although the Inn is small, with only 9 guest suites, it leaves each guest feeling special. Consequently, most rooms have large two person Jacuzzi baths. In addition, all rooms include luxurious spa robes, a king or queen size bed, mini fridge, wine glasses with a cork screw, internet, movie and music channels, and walk in shower for two. Above all, you can even order wine to be delivered to your room ahead of time from the Inn’s wine cellar.

king size bed with Mombassa curtains hung from the posts at the White Orchid Inn
our king size bed

We stayed in The Room with it All. It had a king size bed with Mombasa curtains around the posts, large Jacuzzi tub, large shower area. Another feature we liked is that the toilet was in a separate room from the shower. French doors opened onto a balcony where we could view the ocean and enjoy looking through a magazine or sipping some wine.

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Flagler Beach Area

sand and surf at Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach is a typical tourist area with lots of restaurants and shops. Everything is within walking distance from the White Orchid Inn.

Funky Pelican

One place worth visiting is the Funky Pelican. Right on the beach, you can’t ask for a better view. Start with some smoked fish dip and some bacon wrapped shrimp. Pair that with a specialty drink such as a Funky Pelican or a Paradise Punch. Enjoy happy hour between 4-6 each day. Food menu includes a wide variety of seafood options plus additional choices for landlubbers. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can also purchase souvenirs here.

Tortugas at Flagler Beach

shows the two story Tortugas restaurant on Flagler Beach

We also spent some time at Tortugas while in Flagler Beach. With outdoor seating and fire pits at the tables, this was a great venue for an evening in January. At the time, my husband and I were into these spicy lemonade drinks we invented. Our server accommodated us happily and even tried the drink herself after work. The food menu provides a wide variety from sushi to burgers so you will definitely find something to your liking. When we visited they had live music. However, due to Covid-19 this has temporarily been suspended.

a woman sitting at an outdoor table drinking a beverage in front of a table top fire pit
Drinking our custom lemonade drinks

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

If you enjoy history, this park is for you. You can get to it by car from the White Orchid Inn in about 15 minutes.

sugar mill ruins at Bulow Plantation Historic Ruins State Park
Plantation ruins

This park stands on the site of an old plantation where sugar cane, cotton, rice, and indigo grew. The plantation was destroyed in 1836 during the Second Seminole War. You can take a self guided tour through these ruins which are listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. The ruins include crumbling foundation of the plantation house, slave cabins, sugar mill, several wells, a spring house, and the land from the plantation itself.

In addition to the ruins, the park offers several other activities. Rent a kayak and paddle down Bulow Creek, a recognized State Canoe Trail. On the other hand, you can bring your bike and cycle or hike along the 6.8 mile Bulow Trail. If you like fishing, bring your equipment and cast a line. Just be sure to check with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission first so you follow regulations. Maybe you want to try your hand at geocaching. Then when you get hungry you can find a nice picnic spot to have lunch.

We hope you enjoy your stay at the White Orchid Inn and Spa. Whether you are in the beginning phase of your relationship or celebrating a golden anniversary this place is sure to reawaken romance.

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4 thoughts on “Flagler Beach: the Ultimate Guide to Romance

  1. We are always looking for new spots when we visit Florida. So good to read about Flagler Beach and the White Orchid Inn. Especially perfect because it is adult only. That picnic lunch sounded like a lovely romantic thing to do. I might never want to leave the Inn. But it does seem like the plantation might be fun for some activities.

  2. Wow, the White Orchid Inn looks crazy beautiful! What a great place to have a romantic getaway! That bathroom is crazy!
    Overall, Flagler Beach looks like the best place to escape while having some beach time! Personally, I would love walking around Bulow Plantation and ruins! Looks like an overall great place to explore near St. Augustine, Florida

  3. This looks like a nice place to rekindle an old relationship, or even start afresh bond. TheWhite Orchid Inn looks great, I would love to enjoy the warm mineral water while gazing at the stars. Funky Pelican and Paradise Punch, looks like a great option to taste and experience the place. A nice place to spend the weekend.

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