Unique Weddings and Honeymoon Offerings Abound in the Florida Keys
FLORIDA KEYS – Florida Keys weddings are memorable affairs for a wide variety of people exchanging vows: mainstream couples, golden-age sweethearts, pairs with blended families, and gay and lesbian duos.
The naturally romantic and picturesque Florida Keys, a 125-mile-long chain of islands known as "America's Caribbean," are a top U.S. wedding destination with a subtropical climate ideal for ceremonies and honeymoons virtually year-round.
Richly historic venues, casually elegant resorts, scenic waterfront locations and beach parks, fiery sunsets and pastel sunrises all add to the island chain's appeal.
Honeymooners and wedding parties can savor their time spent in the Keys, whether staying in a luxury oceanfront resort, an intimate island retreat or a restored historic guest house.
Distinctive activities during a wedding or honeymoon trip can include sailing on a tall ship or commandeering the wheel, chartering a sailboat, planting coral underwater or even mingling with flamingos
Couples can marry while diving underwater or on paddleboards, on a beach at sunrise or sunset, backdropped by a Civil War–era fort, or at the historic homes and gardens of former full- or part-time residents such as author Ernest Hemingway or President Harry S. Truman.
They can charter a sailboat to the remote Dry Tortugas National Park, swim with dolphins or soar in a seaplane above the pristine waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
The Keys – framed by the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west – are cherished for their stunning, simple beauty.
In past years, wedding accolades have included TheKnot.com's citing of the Florida Keys as a Top 50 Destination Wedding Spot, and a "laid-back tropical island setting with all the allure of the Caribbean at a domestic price – and a more convenient location for guests."
Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine also has named the Florida Keys a top U.S. locale among its "Best Wedding Destinations."
Key West, the southernmost city in the continental United States, is just 159 miles southwest of Miami and 90 miles from Cuba. Driving there is a romantic experience in itself: the scenic 110-mile Florida Keys Overseas Highway soars over 42 bridges.
Nonstop domestic flights are easily available into Key West or to mainland South Florida cities.
Finely elegant and casually funky dining is available throughout the Keys for bridal luncheons or rehearsal dinners. Craft breweries, rum distilleries and lively nightlife offer a spirited backdrop for bachelor parties.
A variety of brew, rum and food tours also are growing in popularity for wedding parties.
Because of the Keys' year-round subtropical climate, couples – a bride and groom, two brides or two grooms – and family members and guests can experience and share never-to-be-forgotten adventures.
Throughout the Keys, professional wedding planners are available to assist with attire, flowers, music, rings, catering, cakes, photographers and videographers, transportation and officiants.
Florida Keys visitor information: fla-keys.com or 1-800-FLA-KEYS
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