With Valentine’s Day approaching, you may be scrambling to think of something special and out of the ordinary to treat your boo to this year. If the chocolates and flowers just aren’t cutting it anymore, then why not celebrate the Florida way and hit the beach? Not just any beach, though, but Lovers Key! Secluded, beautiful, and all-around romantic, it’s definitely the spot to celebrate your love this year.

Originally, the fate of Lovers Key was to be developed into luxury condos, but thankfully the area was donated to the people of Florida, so couples and nature lovers alike could enjoy the rich natural beauty undisturbed.

The beach is about 2 miles, with five miles of winding paths through the forests that lead to different openings to the beach. So on the off chance you do run into other beachgoers, it’s easy to relocate and find total privacy.

There’s even the Black Island Trail which leads to a freshwater pond where alligators sunbathe and swim.

You can bring your own kayak or paddleboard to explore the many canals and lagoons, shaded by maritime hammocks, where you might be able to spot a manatee or dolphin.

Picturesque gazebos, gulf coast waters, and gorgeous sunsets make for ideal places to pop the question and even tie the knot, so much so that you can even plan a full wedding on Lover’s Key beach.

The state park also offers plenty of field excursions to spice up your date, like kayak and boat tours.

You can also rent bicycles to explore on, and check out the monthly events held by park rangers, like hikes and lectures on local fauna.

With a little over two miles of white sugar-sand beaches, warm gulf waters, and beautiful woodland trails to explore, Lovers Key is the perfect couple’s getaway.

For more natural Florida adventures, check out this Florida river tours where you can find rare dino fossils and Megalodon teeth, and this Florida farm where you can feed and play with baby goats for cheap.

Lovers Key

Price: $8 per vehicle

When: 8 a.m. until sundown

Address: 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL

Why You Need To Go: This secluded beach offers a romantic getaway all year round.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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