Romantic Things To Do

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By: Kara Franker

Check out these romantic hot spots and date ideas in Miami.

Whether you’re planning a romantic day trip, date night or the ultimate marriage proposal, Miami has a variety of Instagram-worthy destinations where you can snap a photo of just the two of you, from enchanting to extravagant and everything in between.

Kick back on the beach.

It goes without saying that the powdery white sands and turquoise water is one of Miami’s best assets. Plan a romantic beach picnic to share together after climbing the lighthouse and checking out the panoramic views at the top of the Cape Florida Lighthouse on Key Biscayne. Or pop into world-famous Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach for take-out and walk over to South Pointe Park where you can sit on the observatory hill and watch sunbathers on the beach, couples stroll on the pier and cruise ships sail out to see. In Bal Harbour, stroll along the public beachwalk and enjoy shade under towering palm trees and drop-dead gorgeous ocean views.

Visit an enchanting tropical oasis.

A true paradise for nature lovers, explore one of Miami’s tropical gardens and experience an array of colorful flowers and rare flora. In Coconut Grove, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens features a magnificent Italianate mansion overlooking Biscayne Bay and sprawling grounds reminiscent of a secret garden like in the movie Great Expectations. In Coral Gables, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an 83-acre oasis featuring gorgeous orchids, bromeliads, fruit trees, rare plants and even an edible garden. In South Beach, stroll through the Miami Beach Botanical Garden designed by South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles. You’ll find birds of paradise, orchids and a Japanese garden with a bright red bridge—a great spot to snap a photo.

Drink, dine and stay at a luxury hotel.

Nothing says romantic like a date night at a luxurious hotel restaurant where you can enjoy a five-course dinner and spend the night in a five-star hotel. Located in Sunny Isles Beach, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is a perfect romantic getaway because of its secluded location right on the beach, just far enough away from the 24/7 action on South Beach. Choose from a reservation for two at either Il Mulino New York for decadent Italian fare or AQ Chop House by Il Mulino for dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood. Or for a luxury urban escape, check in to the Mandarin Oriental Miami in Brickell Key where you can dine at La Mar by Gastón Acurio, an upscale Peruvian restaurant known for its signature ceviches and freshly grilled antichuchos. Then listen to live music at MO Bar + Lounge, a glamorous place for nightlife and entertainment including a Cuban jazz band.

Relax at an oceanfront spa.

Reconnect with each other by booking a soothing spa day and a couple’s massage. A true tropical escape, the spa at The Ritz-Carlton on Key Biscayne feels like it’s a world away from the crowds in the city. Featuring multiple couple’s spa suites, you’ll have space to unwind and enjoy a 50- or 80-minute custom designed couple’s massage in an intimate setting. Choose from a variety of enhancements like a Moroccan Oil scalp treatment, hot stone add on, or an exfoliating body treatment. Located in the heart of Miami Beach, the spa at 1 Hotel South Beach is an oasis located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The first Bamford Haybarn spa in the United States, it’s devoted to a holistic approach for the body, mind, heart and spirit. Choose from a Himalayan salt stone massage, sugar scrub, or a signature facial.

Pop the ultimate question.

There’s no better place in the world to propose than in Miami, and did you know there’s a company who plans marriage proposals for those who want the added “wow” factor? Run by a husband and wife team, Cloud 9 is a premium concierge service that specializes in arranging one-of-a-kind romantic experiences. Start with dinner for two on a rooftop with spectacular views of sunset. Then go for a gondola ride and a romantic walk on the beach. The company will even arrange for a secret photoshoot to capture all of those cherished moments. Cloud 9 also has a special service where they deliver gifts to that special someone seven days in a row. Whether you have an idea for what you want to do, or if you want to leave it to the romance experts to figure out all the details, they’ll help you prep for the ultimate engagement. The only thing you have to do is get on one knee!

Whether you head to the spa, stay at a luxury hotel, stroll through a tropical garden or picnic on the beach, Miami is full of romantic things to do.

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