10 Perfect Places for a Girls Getaway in Florida

A girls getaway – whether for a bachelorette party or kid-free vacay – is really good for the soul. Girlfriends are some of the greatest therapists and giving yourself time away with just girls is something that every female should do. I love a girls getaway so so much. From New York City to Vegas to Amelia Island, I’m always one of the first to say “yes” when a friend suggests a girls trip. In the past, they’ve been a little wild for bachelorette parties, but some of my favorite moments with my girls are when we sit around a table with a bottle of wine without a care in the world. If you’re looking for a great place for a girls getaway in Florida, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

You’ll notice that nearly every single destination on this list is located on the coast. After all, the beaches here are some of the best in the world. If you’re planning a girls getaway in Florida, sunshine and salt water are two of the best things that the state has to offer.

Amelia Island

Amelia Island is one of the most versatile destinations in Florida. Let me put it this way. I’ve traveled to Amelia Island Plantation with my family as a kid and as an adult, with my girlfriends, and my husband. I got married at Walker’s Landing and there was nothing sweeter than bringing all of our loved ones to one of my favorite places in the world. No matter what you enjoy, Amelia Island probably has something for you.

Fernandina Beach is a nearby city with small shops, restaurants, and boutique hotels, but we’re big fans of Omni Amelia Island Plantation. On the Plantation is the Omni Resort with all ocean-front rooms. On over 1,300 acres, you could spend the whole weekend without leaving the Plantation. With casual and high-end restaurants, a spa, mini-golf, bike rentals, segway tours, and more, it’s a sweet spot for anyone looking for a laid back weekend.

girls getaway in Amelia Island, Florida // wine glasses clinking at sunset

Where to Stay: Omni Resort, Condos/Houses via Omni (so you have access to all of the Omni’s amenities), or AirBnB. If you’re feeling really fancy, hire a private chef to come to cook in the home for you and the girls. A gorgeous Ritz Carlton Resort is also right up the road from the Plantation.

30A // Rosemary Beach

If you type in #30A on Instagram, you’ll get all the inspiration you need to visit this gem. It’s the only place on this list that I haven’t been to, but my girls and I have talked about going for years. Scenic 30A is actually a two-lane road that runs along the Emerald Coast (Florida’s panhandle). It passes through more than 10 beachside towns, but Rosemary Beach has always caught my eye the most. Rent a home on the beach, ride bikes through the town, and book a sunset cruise. It’s guaranteed to be a girls getaway to remember.

 

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Where to Stay: The Pearl (most Insta worthy boutique hotel I’ve ever seen!) or an AirBnB

Daytona Beach // New Smyrna Beach

Most people picture motorcycles, biker bars, Spring Break, and NASCAR when they think of Daytona Beach, but it is so much more than that. It’s the World’s Most Famous Beach for a reason and it’s the perfect spot for a girls getaway in Florida. You can drive right onto the beach and wave down an ice cream truck for something sweet. You can wine and dine with a view or visit the tallest lighthouse in Florida. There is plenty of entertainment, from museums to jet skiing, that will satisfy every girl in your group.

New Smyrna Beach is located just a 20 minute drive from Daytona Beach and offers more of a smalltown feel. Flagler Avenue features everything from a five-star spa to beach bars and shopping.

Girls getaway in Florida // sunrise in Daytona Beach, Florida

Where to Stay: Foxtail Estate (Modern Bed & Breakfast), Hard Rock Hotel, The Shores Resort & Spa, Hampton Inn (New Smyrna), Black Dolphin Inn (New Smyrna), or AirBnB’s

South Beach

If you’re looking for a weekend that’s going to be a little wilder, then South Beach should be your pick for a girls getaway in Florida! I’ve been here multiple times for birthday weekends, bachelorette parties (including my own!) and it is filled with beachy party vibes. During the day you can join a pool party at resorts like the SLS or rent a private yacht for the day. All of my girls went in on a 58’ boat for a day during my bachelorette party and it is still one of the coolest things I’ve ever done with my girlfriends. If you’re planning a girls getaway to South Beach, you should hire Flytographer to capture some photos of the trip!

At night, South Beach offers every kind of restaurant you could desire, countless nightclubs, and entertainment. South Beach is as vibrant and colorful as you imagine.

 

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Where to Stay: The SLS South Beach, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, or AirBnB

Jupiter Beach

Jupiter Beach is located on the southeast coast of Florida, about 85 miles north of Miami. I remember being sweetly surprised by the stunning colors of the ocean in Jupiter. A gorgeous little beach town, it offers you and your girl’s plenty of things to do. From private paddleboard tours to the party boat, PonTiki, your days will be filled with sunshine and adventure. Catching a sunrise, sipping on cocktails at Guanabanas, and treating yourself to a French dinner at The Parisian Restaurant and Wine Bar equals the perfect day. Find a full 3 day itinerary for Jupiter over on this post!

3 Day Travel Guide to Jupiter, Florida

Where to Stay: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa (the only hotel right on the beach in Jupiter!)

St. Augustine

America’s Oldest City is filled with charm and beauty. A walkable little town with plenty of shops, restaurants, and history, this is a popular spot for a girls getaway in Florida. During the day you could visit the biggest masonry fort in the United States (Castillo de San Macros), or visit the St. Augustine Distillery. In the evening, you could go on a ghost tour and hit up a piano bar. If you go, you can’t miss out on the Ice Plant Bar. They have one of the best Moscow Mules I’ve ever had!

 

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Where to Stay: Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Jaybird’s Inn, or an AirBnB

Orlando

If you’re looking for something that will please everyone in the group, Orlando is the perfect place! From Cinderella’s Castle to epic bars like The Edison at Disney Springs, there’s so much to do in Orlando. It’s next to impossible to get bored at Disney World. We love riding rollercoasters, laying by the resort’s pools, and visiting the latest festival at EPCOT. Universal is an amazing place for a girls getaway, too. (I did it with some girlfriends a couple of years ago). And if theme parks aren’t your thing, just staying at a beautiful resort like JW Marriott Orlando would offer luxury and fun that you can’t resist. Who doesn’t want a lazy river at their hotel!?

Things to do beyond the theme parks in Orlando include Blue Springs, the ICON Orlando, dinner shows, and a ton of great restaurants.

Epcot Monorail at Disney World

Where to Stay: Disney’s Yacht or Beach Club Resort, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Sapphire Falls Resort (Universal), Magical Vacation Homes

Clearwater

Recently voted the number one beach in America, Clearwater Beach is a beautiful spot to spend the day on a dolphin-watch tour and the evenings watching the sunset on the beach. Wineries and breweries will keep you and the girls entertained if it decides to rain, but you’ll want to be on the fluffy white sand beaches as much as possible.

 

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Where to Stay: I’m a huge fan of Opal Collection Resorts and I can’t wait to get to Opal Sands Resort or Sandpearl.

Sarasota // Longboat Key // Siesta Key

Head a little south on the west coast of Florida and you’ll find these seaside towns. Siesta Key is the party town of these three locations and very walkable. They have great restaurants and even a few casual night clubs. Sarasota is a beautiful town with a lot of waterfront dining and great shopping. Longboat Key is just north of Sarasota and I didn’t even know it existed until I stayed at two resorts over there. It’s a quieter spot that’s perfect for boat days and relaxation.

Sarasota is home to the Ringling Museum, the Mote Marine Aquarium, various theaters, and the famous Unconditional Surrender Sculpture. If you have a car, you can stay at any of these locations and spend time in the others during the day.

Longboat Key // where to go for a girls getaway in Florida

View from Zota Beach Resort

Where to Stay: Zota Beach Resort, Longboat Key Club Resort, or Lido Beach Resort (all three are Opal Collection Resorts)

The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys offer everything you need in a girls getaway. Picking which Key to go to can be tricky, but you simply can’t go wrong. From the fishing town of Islamorada to the party streets of Key West, they all have something in common. Every Key offers pure Florida beauty, stunning sunsets, fresh seafood, and endless water activities. You could find yourself renting scooters and riding down Duval Street in Key West or you could go parasailing in Key Largo. You could snorkel the beautiful waters of Marathon Key or swim with dolphins at Theater of the Sea in Islamorada. A girls getaway in the Florida Keys would be filled with adventure.

Related: 7 Fun Things to do in Islamorada

 

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Where to Stay: Sunset Key Cottages (Key West), Postcard Inn (Islamorada), or an AirBnB

Which Florida city is on your list?! If you’re planning a trip to any of these destinations and want specific suggestions on where to stay, eat, or play, send me an email: katherine@theweekendfox.com!

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