Heat Up the Space Coast in the Area's 10 Most Romantic Hotels

The quintessential romantic vacation looks like a normal night on the Space Coast, Florida: a slow stroll down the beach, drinking champagne under the stars, a quiet beach, the sound of the rolling waves just outside your window. 

Florida's Space Coast is famous for its space shuttle launches, but it's also a great destination for a romantic vacation, whether it's a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or opportunity to fall in love all over again.

There's something dreamy about a bed and breakfast, like Port d'hiver in Melbourne Beach, just steps from the beach. With a spa tub, walking paths, a private balcony and complimentary drinks, this is our favorite place to let love blossom. 

The 3800 Ocean Beach Condo Vacation Rentals in Cocoa Beach also feature private balconies with stunning beach views. In fact, many of our favorite romantic homes-away-from-home are situated right on the beach, where the water sets the mood.  

Want even more relaxation? We love that the Beach Place and Sand Dollar Guesthouse features wood-burning fireplaces and hammocks, as well as barbecue grills and full kitchens – so you can cozy up for an intimate vacation, just the two of you. 

Here are our favorite 10 romantic hotels on the Space Coast. 


3800 Ocean Beach Condo Vacation Rentals Cocoa Beach
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Vacation rentals at the 3800 Ocean Beach Condo Vacation Rentals Cocoa Beach come equipped with essential amenities. These include fully appointed kitchens, separate living and sleeping areas, sofa beds, cable televisions and private balconies with views of the ocean. Guests at the 3800 Ocean Beach Condo Vacation Rentals Cocoa Beach have easy access to various attractions. Among these are the Patrick Air Force Base, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona 500 Speedway, Bird Island, Brevard Zoo, Cocoa Beach Pier and the Cocoa Village. The 3800 Ocean Beach Condo Vacation Rentals Cocoa Beach offers guests with some complimentary treats. These include high-speed wireless Internet access and on-site vehicle parking. This property also provides an outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour security, elevators, laundry facilities and barbecue grills.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: These condos are private and personal, with separate sleeping and living areas and a private balcony with great ocean views.

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Oceanfront Cottages
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The Oceanfront Cottages are situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon (Intracoastal Waterway). This accommodation facility is situated near downtown Melbourne, the Henegar Center, Sebastian Inlet and the Kennedy Space Center. The Melbourne Airport is 15 minutes away from the property. Accommodations at the Oceanfront Cottages come in oceanfront suites and cottages. These units are outfitted with LCD televisions, DVD players, wireless Internet connections, ceiling fans, air-conditioning units, wet bars, refrigerators and coffee makers. Select units come with fireplaces and full kitchens. The Oceanfront Cottages features a variety of leisure facilities. These include a jacuzzi, an outdoor swimming pool with a sun deck, a sun terrace with lounge areas and a private beach area. This property also provides copy and fax services, self-service washers and dryers and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Stay in a cottage with a fireplace, full kitchen, jacuzzi, sun deck and private beach.

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Royal Mansions Resort

Royal Mansions is the most luxurious place to stay near Port Canaveral, although it's far from stuffy. This resort is cheery, elegant, spacious and private – great for longer stays. Royal Mansions is a collection of beachfront condominiums located in a peaceful, residential part of town. Right out the doors (the resort is oceanfront, but the units are not) stretches clear waters and a surprisingly quiet, private beach – the perfect getaway from the hustle of the port. The beautiful, air-conditioned rooms are uniquely decorated French-Caribbean, and feature everything you could need: fully equipped kitchens (down to dishwashers and garbage disposals). Traveling with a group or large family? Ask about the two-story, 1,150-square-foot penthouse condo with an ocean view.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Luxury meets cheerful at this quiet, French-Caribbean-inspired getaway. For something special, reserve the penthouse condo.

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Cape Canaveral
Cape Winds Resort
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The Cape Winds Resort offers all of the amenities of home – plus extra luxuries to take your vacation to the next level. These spacious Cape Canaveral condos are fully furnished, with full kitchens (even full-sized refrigerators), air conditioning, a separate dining room and more. Wireless Internet is included. Beyond your room, enjoy a private, heated pool, hot tub, lighted tennis courts, umbrella tables, covered parking, laundry facilities and a basketball court. But the ocean views and private beach are the best feature here. Stroll down the private path to this peaceful stretch of the beach for a refreshing escape from the crowds and the port excitement. Cape Winds offers great value for the price, and it caters to longer stays. If you'd like to stay a while, ask about the extended-stay rates.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Fully furnished condos inside and a private beach outside: Cape Winds Resort is the perfect romantic home for extended stays.

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Crane Creek Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast
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The Crane Creek Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast in Melbourne is more than your typical B&B. This stunning property features everything you might expect at a higher-end chain resort – a wide breakfast menu, beach equipment, DVDs to rent, books and more – but with personal charm and a unique touch. All rooms are individually decorated, with private bathrooms and entrances. Crane Creek offers its own private dock, off which you can fish or watch for alligators or manatees. Grab a book and relax by the pool or in a hammock, before you take a canoe or paddleboard onto the water.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: B&Bs are always romantic, but this one even has a private dock, hammock and canoe access.

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Beach Place Guesthouses
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The Beach Place and Sand Dollar Guesthouse is near the Merritt Island Airport. The property is also close to the Cocoa Beach Pier, Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, Brevard Zoo, Space Coast Stadium and the Cocoa Village. All guesthouses at the Beach Place and Sand Dollar Guesthouse are just steps away from the beach. These are provided with fully appointed kitchens, dining sets, living areas, cable televisions and full bathrooms. Some units have washers, dryers and dishwashers. The Beach Place and Sand Dollar Guesthouse features a meeting/event space that can hold up to 150 guests. This property also provides direct beach access, three ocean-view decks, wood-burning fireplaces, hammocks, barbecue grills, umbrellas and beach chairs and towels.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Guesthouses are close to the beach, complete with wood-burning fireplaces and hammocks. Ooh la la!

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Parrish Grove Inn
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Located in Cocoa, on Florida's Space Coast, the inn was originally a stunning and dramatic Victorian Queen Anne-style building nicknamed "The Castle," for its large turret out front, next to its white porch. The inn is located just steps from downtown Cocoa Village, one of the best places to shop on the Space Coast. The inn offers five suites, each with its own character, decor and features. Continental breakfast cooked on-site may include anything from fresh baked fruit muffins to banana bread or bars. The kitchen is open 24/7, and it's always stocked with snacks, to add to the personalized, comfortable feeling that you're staying at your own home.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Stay in a Victorian building nicknamed "The Castle," right in downtown Cocoa Village.

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The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Canaveral
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The Country Inns, one of the newer hotels on the port, feels like a tropical retreat, with two pools, an on-site fitness center and even shuttle service to the port – a huge bonus. The Country Inns is set up to make your cruise adventure seamless; ask about special cruise packages and parking. Rooms here have free Internet, microwaves and refrigerators, and guests get a free, hot breakfast in the morning and beer, wine and snacks during the Monday and Tuesday evening social hours. Tip: Ask about the jacuzzi suites! Business travelers will appreciate the various meeting rooms. The Country Inns is great for families, too, featuring a separate kiddie pool.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Get a jacuzzi suite, and then head to the nearby port for a dreamy cruise.

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Seashell Suites
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Florida's finest boutique oceanfront retreat is Seashell Suites. Guests here enjoy complete privacy and luxury, including granite kitchens and bathrooms, pool, ocean deck, two HDTVs per suite, free internet and telephone. This small, isolated resort is perched on a barrier island abutting Sebastian Inlet State Park, making it an ecotourism heaven and a truly unique place to stay for a Florida beach vacation. At Seashell Suites, the miles of white sands look untouched, and often the private beach is. Other amenities at Seashell Suites Resort include a covered oceanfront deck with a cupola and loungers; a heated pool; a Finlandia supreme sauna; a continental breakfast (juice, muffins, fruit and coffee); and daily social hour with snacks and drinks.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Experience privacy when you stay on a barrier island, complete with a private beach.

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Port d'Hiver
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The historic Port d'Hiver Bed and Breakfast Inn in Melbourne Beach is a luxurious retreat perched just steps from the beach. Stroll through the winding brick paths along the peaceful, lush grounds. Soak in a large spa tub in your cabana room. Enjoy breakfast served on fine China on your large, private balcony with a stunning ocean view, or dine in the lovely dining room and garden courtyard. Feel right at home, with complimentary drinks, evening appetizers and fresh cookies all day. Rooms here include internet, flatscreen TVs, an evening turn-down service (with a homemade treat), top-notch amenities, covered parking, full concierge services and more. This award-winning getaway is friendly, warm and thoughtful.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Relax in the spa tub in your cabana room. Eat breakfast on China and stroll through the courtyard.

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