Last updated August 30, 2023
Florida is chock full of spas, resorts, beaches and outdoor activities begging for a bachelorette getaway. Here are our top picks for your bachelorette retreat in Florida.
It’s called the Sunshine State for a reason. With sunshine year-round, Florida’s tropical climate and beautiful beaches makes it a super destination for a girlfriend getaway (aka last fling before the ring). However, the state offers more than just sun, sand and sea.
The 1,350 miles of stunning coastline are just one of the many things that entice visitors from around the world. Become the bride of the year by planning a bachelorette retreat in Florida—filled with nature, adventure, wellness and, of course, relaxation.
Here are our top 3 reasons to plan a bachelorette retreat in Florida!
1. Reason to Bachelorette in Florida: Wellness & Relaxation
Some of the best wellness hotels, resorts and spas in the country are located in Florida. Check into one of these renowned wellness retreats with your girls and check out feeling rejuvenated.
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is popular for its pool and ocean retreat spa. Forbes rates this spa five stars and the reasons are obvious. The space is massive with over 42,000 square feet of playful relaxation dedicated to everything you need to feel like a queen for the day. Eau Spa is built around the concept of play, pause and perfect—creating a complete sensorial experience for you and your girls.
The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is an oceanside spa resort in the heart of Amelia Island that offers a well-rounded wellness experience. The spa is unique because not only do you get the spa experience, you get the oceanfront views.
Whether your choice is escape or connection, relaxation or exhilaration, the signature treatments will leave you feeling spoiled rotten. Experience one-of-a-kind offerings such as “Heaven in a Hammock,” which combines touch therapy, gentle rocking and the illusion of zero-gravity to echo the movements of the tide. The “Ocean Healing” bath offers sea salt exfoliation to stimulate circulation. Additional treatments and activities include chakra balancing, reflexology, meditation and yoga.
The Breakers Palm Beach Spa features both an indoor and outdoor spa with standard treatments such as massages and facials. Services take many forms including indulgent manicures and pedicures and cosmetic procedures. Aquatic adventure or absolute repose? Whatever your pleasure, R&R reigns supreme here.
Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa is known for its focus on wellness from the spa to creative dining to health activities. From sunrise yoga and a fitness studio, you’ll find a diverse selection of options to energize. The C|Spa Vero is the spot to relax. Book a full suite of services such as body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures, the salt room and more.
2. Reason to Bachelorette in Florida: Adventure, Action and On-the-Go
Since your girl group likes to be on the move, Florida is a destination to keep everyone busy. Florida is popular for its water sport activities like paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing.
Best ways to explore Florida by sea:
Kayak Through Thousand Islands (Cocoa Beach)—This popular conservation area consists of a series of islands in the Indian River Lagoon and is known for its biodiversity. Hop from a happy hour to the bucket-list Bioluminescent Kayak Tour. You can kayak under the stars or even watch the sunset while seeing the ocean below.
Snorkeling in Sanibel (Sanibel Island)—Blind Pass Beach is “the” place for shelling and seeing marine life such as stingrays, sharks, dolphins and manatees.
Paddleboarding in the Mangroves (Florida Keys)—Spot local wildlife as you paddle through the mangrove estuaries by paddleboard. The water adventures can continue at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park where you can take a glass-bottom boat tour.
Parasail in Biscayne Bay (Miami)—Parasailing is a great way to pair up your bachelorettes and see Florida above land and water.
Once you’ve explored Florida by sea, look to some other exciting land excursions. Tucked beneath the beautiful waters and beaches are some of the most popular botanical gardens in the United States. These include blooming flower beds, fountains, waterfalls and garden exhibits featuring native plants from around the world.
Best ways to explore Florida on foot:
The Cummer Museum (Jacksonville)—These 100-year-old gardens remain intact and showcase elements from the historic records of the Cummer family. The popular Italian Garden even features marble garden ornaments from 1931.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Sarasota)—Visitors are enveloped in lush tropical foliage and are home to the prized epiphyte garden, koi pond, bamboo and bromeliad garden. They even feature a butterfly and children’s garden.
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park (Tallahassee)—Another 100-year long standing garden, this park features massive live oaks, water activities, a secret garden, reflection pool and hundreds of blooms from January through April.
Naples Botanical Garden (Naples)—Although this garden is younger than the others, it’s been recognized for “Garden Excellence.” Each area of the garden features a part of the world and showcases species and plants from their origin. A crowd favorite is their orchid display right before you exit the gardens.
Wynwood Walls (Miami)—If you’re looking for Instagram-worthy photos, then Wynwood Walls is your backdrop. This area of Miami is a top outdoor destination featuring graffiti art and murals from artists all over the world.
3. Reason to Bachelorette in Florida: “Beach Please”
Take all the planning pressure off and find a beach to post-up all day. Bring your favorite book, swimsuit and sunscreen for a weekend of sunbathing and swimming in the ocean.
Clearwater Beach—Year after year this beach makes the list of “Top Beaches” for its white sand, warm gulf waters, dolphin sightings, beachside dining and more.
Fort Myers Beach—Located on a barrier island, this beach offers beautiful accommodations, sugar-sand beaches and easy accessibility to other islands (Sanibel and Captiva).
West Palm Beach—This spot is known for two things every girl group loves: beaches and shopping. The four popular retail areas include Clematis Street, Rosemary Square, Northwood Village and Antique Row.
Naples—If you prefer a quiet, “escape the real-world” beach, then Naples is your location. You can conclude your relaxing beach days with fine dining or world-class arts and entertainment.
Pensacola—This beach has a foundation of 500 years of history so you can have a well-rounded beach trip. The emerald-green coastline and soft sand beaches leave you feeling more connected to yourself and the culture of Pensacola.
Inspiration For a Bachelorette Retreat in Florida
Regardless of your girl group, Florida is bachelorette-ready and the ideal destination for your bachelorette retreat weekend. Your mind, body as well as your bachelorette group will thank you.
So book the flights and start building your itinerary with our above suggestions.
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