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Romantic Amelia Island

Located on Florida's Atlantic coast, north of Jacksonville, Amelia Island caters to a couple's getaway.

Looking for strolls on the beach, cuddles and candlelight dinners? Check, check and check! Everything on Amelia Island seems to be catered to a couple’s most romantic notions. Here’s your mood-setting agenda.

Horse Rides on the Beach

Be your partner's swashbuckling hero by booking a horseback ride on the beach. Even if you have never been in the saddle, the well-trained, gentle horses are suitable for novices. Kelly Seahorse Ranch, endorsed by the Florida Park Service, provides expert guides who lead you and your trusty steeds from their private beach access to the wilds of Amelia Island State Park. While on your ride, you’re likely to see a host of seabirds, dolphins and, of course, sun-dappled waves lapping the sandy shore. 7500 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 904.491.5166

Pampering Times Two

Get the ultimate indulgence with your loved one with the Amelia Island Couples Experience at the Ritz-Carlton. The romantic spa splurge includes a Couples Healing Bath, massages in a couple’s suite and a manicure and pedicure for the both of you with complimentary champagne. After the three-hour spa treatment, the package includes a $50 lunch voucher for a nourishing meal at one of the Ritz’s four on-site restaurants. 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, 904.277.1100.

Tee Time

When it comes to golf courses, sometimes it feels like a boy’s club. Not so at Ocean Links course at the Omni, which was named one of the top courses for women by Golf Digest. The Bobby Weed designed course is famous for holes with spectacular ocean views and scenic dunes, but the ideal layout and tee settings make for a fun round of golf for all. Four sets of tees, including the red tee set at 4,341 yards, has a course/slope rating of 66.4 /115, so no worries if you feel intimidated by the gold tee set at 6,108 yards. The course winds through six miles of the natural, seaside terrain, which gives it the feel of a nature walk. After a round, have a casual meal or a cocktail at the Marsh View Bar & Grill overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and ninth hole of the Oak Marsh Golf Course. 39 Beach Lagoon Road, Amelia Island, 904.261-6161.

Toast to the Old Times

The Palace Saloon, dating back to 1903. At that time, Fernandina, a major shipping port, was over-run by bawdy sailors looking for a good time. The Palace became an upscale alternative for ship captains, officers and yachters. A glass of beer was 5 cents and a bottle of whiskey was $1.25. Today, its tile mosaic floor, embossed tin ceiling and elegant mahogany and oak bar remain, but you’ll have to pay more than a nickel for your drink. 117 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, 904.491.3332, www.thepalacesaloon.com