Expedia.com and Visit Tampa Bay partnered up to feature some of the most romantic ways to spend a getaway around the “Big Guava.”
Solo trips are fun and family vacations are unforgettable, but there’s nothing like spending a getaway with that special someone. We’re always in the mood for spicing up our relationships through travel, so we teamed up with Visit Tampa Bay to explore the passionate side of this city. We got the scoop on some of the most romantic places to spend a trip for two in the bay area, from lovey-dovey stays to amorous activities. Check out our list and get ready to impress your partner-in-crime on your next adventure.
A Romantic Retreat
At Expedia.com, we believe that sometimes the best vacations are the ones where you hardly need to leave your hotel, and The Resort & Club at Little Harbor offers just that kind of experience. Spend your vacation basking on the shores of the resort’s private beach, lounging around the outdoor pool, or creating some friendly competition on the tennis courts. And when hunger strikes, head to the resort’s beach bar or one of the two on-site restaurants.
A couple’s massage is practically a must on any romantic getaway. Spend a night at Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection and spoil yourselves at the in-house Spa Evangeline. A detox rocks massage and an anti-oxidant awakening facial? Yes, please! After some much-deserved pampering, stock up some sweet stuff at the hotel’s Chocolate Pi patisserie, or sip on a cocktail with a view of the city at EDGE, the hotel’s rooftop bar.
From Rollercoasters to the High Seas
Tap into your wild side at Busch Gardens® Tampa. Plummet down a 135-foot drop on the Kumba® rollercoaster with your honey by your side, or throw your hands in the air on SheiKra®. Venture through the park together, hop on the Skyride for sweeping views of the safari-themed park, and make a splash on the Stanley Falls® log-flume ride. A day at the amusement park will bring out your playful side, and as an added perk, you just may get to see your partner scream like a baby!
Keep those romantic vibes rolling with a sunset sail around the bay. A number of tour companies provide evening yacht cruises; some serve fancy four-course dinners and others allow you to BYOB. For an intimate experience, hire a private charter, but if you’re willing to mingle, simply hop on one of the regularly scheduled tours. Cozy up and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, such as pelicans and dolphins playing in the water.
Table for Two
Ditch your swimsuit and flip flops for some finer duds, and reserve a table for two at Bern’s Steak House. This high-end restaurant in Tampa takes fine dining to a whole new level, as it serves cut-to-order prime steak and 21 kinds of caviar. Share a plate of oysters, sample the foie gras, and relish the local vegetables picked from the Bern’s family farm. After your meal, save room for some sweets in the Harry Waugh Dessert Room, where you and your sweetheart can choose from a selection of almost 50 desserts and more than 1,000 after-dinner drinks and spirits.
Consider yourself more of a laid-back duo? Skipper’s Smokehouse Restaurant & Oyster Bar may be just the place for you—as long as you don’t mind eating with your fingers as live music plays in the background. This quirky joint, decked out in murals, vintage posters, and colorful lights, is a playful place, known for its “Floribbean” cuisine. Brave the gator ribs together or go for the crawfish, after all, a healthy relationship is all about trying out new things, right?
Whether you’re looking to rekindle your relationship or simply show how much you care, Tampa Bay is the perfect place for a surprise sojourn with your significant other.