Five Romantic Escapes in Tampa, Florida

A distant view of the Tampa Bay skyline. Photo Courtesy of JMarro.



If you’re looking for some time alone with that special someone, Tampa Bay is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Nestled on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Tampa is home to breathtaking beaches, luxury resorts, and diverse neighborhoods steeped in Latin American culture. Dine on fresh-caught seafood or mouthwatering Cuban cuisine, stroll along the surf at sunset and make memories as you find nirvana at an upscale spa.

Whether you’re seeking time alone away from the hustle and bustle of daily life or celebrating your honeymoon or anniversary – these five romantic escapes will surely bring you and your loved one closer together.

Sneak Away to Sailport Waterfront Suites

Cocktails by the pool. Photo Courtesy of Mariia Korneeva.

Situated on Rocky Point Island and just a short drive from Tampa International Airport, Sailport Waterfront Suites offers expansive coastline views, spacious suites, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Soak up the sun as you lounge by the pool, spend an afternoon fishing off the pier or cuddle up next to a fire pit as a cool evening breeze blows in from the bay.

Don’t skip a romantic dinner for two at Big Bamboo Bayside. The on-site restaurant serves a menu featuring fruity cocktails, seafood, and barbecue.  

Wine and Dine on the Yacht Starship

Yacht Starship at River O Green in Tampa, Florida. Photo Courtesy of Matthew Paulson.

Trade the traditional dinner for something more adventurous when you board the Yacht Starship. Couples can book a dinner cruise or charter a private luxury yacht for a more intimate affair. Elevating your typical date night to a luxurious experience, Yacht Starship offers a seasonal menu tailored by an executive chef, unbeatable views of Tampa’s downtown skyline and million-dollar mansions, and a live DJ. Even better, all cocktails, beer, and wine are free while at sea.

Dinner, dancing and complimentary drinks – what more could you ask for on date night?

Find Nirvana at Spa Evangeline

A romantic couples massage at the spa. Photo Courtesy of Collin Parker.

Escape the Florida heat and treat your partner to a romantic day at Spa Evangeline, Tampa’s ultimate luxury day spa. Located in the chic Epicurean Hotel, you’ll transcend to new levels of intimacy as you fall in love all over again during a couple’s treatment that focuses on the mind, body, and soul. The spa is known for its luxurious massage packages tailored for couples, and the Simply Di-Vine treatment is sure to please. This customizable wine-inspired package features a cabernet grape scrub, a romantic steam shower, a couple’s massage, and a pedicure or facial.

After you’ve relaxed and recharged, why not enjoy dinner at the hotel’s Èlevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar? Serving a diverse range of cuisine, from Indian to the Mediterranean, the dining room provides just the right ambiance for an intimate dinner for two.

Catch a Meal at Oystercatchers

Keeping romance alive for over three decades, Oystercatchers has been serving the Tampa Bay area since 1986. Known for its seasonal menus featuring award-winning seafood dishes and a delicious Sunday brunch, the restaurant offers incredible views of Tampa Bay from its private patio and dock. Dine on tantalizing cuisine best described as seafood with a twist, with menu items such as octopus carpaccio and buttermilk-battered calamari fries.

Oystercatchers is the perfect date night destination if you seek oceanside dining paired with culinary flair.

Get Active at Picnic Island Park

Sunset at Picnic Island Park in Tampa, Florida. Photo Courtesy of Matthew Paulson.

For couples on the go, Picnic Island Park is an excellent spot for a day date. Spend an afternoon canoeing, play a game of disc golf, or even challenge your loved one to a game of volleyball. The spacious park offers free entry and a variety of amenities, such as a gated dog beach and fishing pier. The park also provides picnic areas, a great date idea for couples on a budget. Pack a meal to go, grab a bottle of wine and enjoy each other’s company as you watch one of Tampa Bay’s vibrant sunsets.

A Chance for Romance

In Tampa, Florida, romantic excursions are everywhere – from the powdery sand beaches to waterfront resorts. Taking time for yourselves shouldn’t be difficult, and Florida’s Gulf Coast provides a beautiful, sun-drenched backdrop that’s perfect for a weekend away or date night.

It’s time to rekindle your passion on the shores of Tampa Bay.

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