Picnicking on the beach, feeding each other chocolate dipped strawberries, soaking in a two person Jacuzzi, do these things conjure up images of a romantic getaway? Maybe you prefer stargazing while floating in a heated salt water pool, then stepping into cozy robes to make your way back to your private suite. Perhaps your romantic getaway includes a couple’s massage with additional spa treatments. Whether for a Valentine’s Day Getaway or anytime during the year you need couple’s retreat, Flagler Beach Florida is a great place to visit.
Where is Flagler Beach Florida located?
Flagler Beach Florida is located just south of St. Augustine, FL on the Atlantic Ocean. What county is Flagler Beach Florida in? Flagler Beach Florida is located on the Palm Coast in Flagler County. Flagler beach is a little over an hour northeast of Orlando. To get from Orlando to Flagler Beach, take I-4 East to I-95 North. Then go east on Highway 100. The main road A1A, runs north and south along the Atlantic Ocean.
The weather in this beach town is great all year, making it a great winter destination. Average temperatures in January are 66 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, with nights dropping into the high 40s. Flagler Beach Florida weather can be warm during the summer, but with the ocean water to cool you off, what’s not to love?
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.
The White Orchid Inn, the most romantic place to stay in Flagler Beach Florida
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.
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.Discover our sunscreen best sellers for summer
When we visited Flagler Beach Florida, 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 or champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. The possibilities for romance are endless.
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.
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 catch ocean views and enjoy looking through a magazine or sipping some wine.
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Flagler Beach Florida Restaurants
Flagler Beach is a typical tourist area with lots of restaurants and shops. Everything is within walking distance from the White Orchid Inn.
One place worth visiting is the Funky Pelican. Right near the beach pier, 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 Florida
We also spent some time at Tortugas while in Flagler Beach Florida. 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.
Things to do: Flagler Beach Florida
When you tire of the shops, restaurants, and beaches, and Flagler Beach Pier, head out into nature.
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.
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.
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
Gamble Rogers is located between the coast and the Intracoastal waterway. The park sits on an island where you can fish, swim, build sand castles or picnic. You can also rent a canoe or kayak to paddle along the Intracoastal. Explore the mangroves or try to spy manatees and dolphins in the open water.
For something less adventurous, visit the butterfly garden. Learn their crucial role in plant reproduction and learn about local flora.
The park also offers camping , hiking, bicycling, and tours.
If you are staying for more than a few days in the Flagler Beach area, you might want to venture further north on A1A to Saint Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. On the other hand, head the other direction to the sleepy town of Ormond Beach or the one time spring break haven of Daytona Beach. If you are planning an extended stay in Florida, make sure to continue further south past Daytona and Miami to the Florida Keys. You will need additional accommodations , as the keys are in the southern most part of the state and are about a day’s drive away.
We certainly 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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Donna Emperador is a travel and food blogger and copywriter. Donna believes in learning about different cultures while sharing good food and cocktails. She has lived in South Florida for over 20 years and enjoys spending time exploring the road to find unique places to share with readers. She can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.