According to luxury travel agent, Black Tomato, solo travel bookings have doubled since the beginning of this year with the female demographic increasing from 30 to 50 percent. Scott Dunn, another luxury travel expert, also saw an increase in solo trip bookings in comparison to pre-pandemic, which is no eight times higher than what bookings were in 2019.
Famed for having an appealing climate year-round for travelers, Florida boasts some of the best cities for solo-travelers to immerse themselves in. Being a solo-traveler is no easy feat, which is why we’ve outlined some of the best solo travel destinations in the Sunshine State below.
Miami has become the premier vacation destination in Florida with its vibrant nightlife, rising culinary scene and cultural attractions. This modern metropolis is the best place to visit as a solo traveler as the city is walkable, bike friendly and hotel’s provide great security to ensure guests traveling alone are perfectly safe. For a stay amongst the skyscrapers, The Gabriel Miami is a lifestyle hotel in Downtown Miami with views of Biscayne Bay and a palm-tree-lined sun deck overlooking the city for the ultimate combination of relaxation and tranquility. Guests can hop on Miami Brew Bus’ Avenues to Ales tour from The Gabriel to check out some of the best local brews like EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen and Dogfish Head Miami. Being located across the street from Verde at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and BRAVA! at the Adrienne Arsht Center makes it the perfect getaway for solo travelers looking to immerse themselves in a day full of art, theater and scientific activities. For travelers looking to tap into a local community, THesis Hotel is located in the heart of Coral Gables with two pivotal chef-driven culinary concepts. Orno and Mamey are helmed by James Beard nominee, Chef Niven Patel who is passionate about sourcing top quality produce and ingredients from his local farm Rancho Patel. The vibrant art community of Wynwood is welcoming its first hotel in the area with the Arlo Wynwood. Set to open in October, this exclusive hotel is perfect for the creative travelers who want to dive into Wynwood’s bustling art district filled with murals, social events and restaurants.
Beyond the sun and sand, Miami Beach is ideal for any and all independent beach-goers. Enjoying a scenic walk along the Miami Beach boardwalk and strolling along South Beach’s pedestrian only streets are ideal for those traveling alone. Enjoy beach-bites from 2 Korean Girls at the Shelborne South Beach, offering a great seat by the pool at the iconic Art Deco hotel.. For those looking to bask in the South Florida sun, take a dip in Balfour Hotel’s glass-encased pool, while sipping on a Spicy Boi Summer cocktail from Mehzcla. Those looking to get a quick sand-filled sweat-sesh can head down to Gabriel South Beach, situated right across Muscle Beach, and take a ride on the Gabriel cruisers, or enjoy the show-stopping rooftop glass-bottom pool overlooking the ocean.
Fort Lauderdale is the Venice of Americas with crystal clear beaches, fusion cuisine restaurants and boasts an arts and culture presence at every turn. For the solo traveler looking for privacy and tranquility, Hillsboro Beach Resort is the place to be as it’s the only resort located on the exclusive Hillsboro Mile. Solo guests can experience the relaxed atmosphere of the ocean view resort pool or private beach, with absolutely no distractions or partake in the resort's exclusive packages. If you decide to explore other Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods beyond Hillsboro, be sure to check out Las Olas. As its nickname is “The Venice of America” guests can hop on a behind-the-scenes canal tour in Las Olas for a quiet, electric private gondola tour by Riverfront Gondola Tours while indulging on Pan-Asian Latin fusion cuisine from Casa Sensei. Travelers seeking to venture out to a local cocktail lounge can swing by Whiskey Neat, the perfect social hub for those looking to mix and mingle with new people and a wide selection of whiskey.
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach has become a hub of recreation, entertainment, cultural dining and art - perfect for solo travelers looking to explore one of South Florida’s oldest cities.Traveling to and from West Palm Beach has become more accessible due to the Brightline Train, South Florida’s convenient, high-speed train that can take you straight to the next destination. When visiting Palm Beach, Rosemary Square can help any solo traveler fill up their day with activities. From restaurants and bars, to local art, to shopping, Rosemary Square has all of the requisites for a perfect self-guided tour. Don’t pause your sightseeing there! Swing by The Restaurant at the Norton Museum of Art, operated by Constellation Culinary Group, with stunning views of the Pamela and Robert B. Goergen Garden. The Restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows for visitors to gaze at the artwork showcased within the dining room itself. For the ideal getaway spot, The Ben Hotel offers beachfront views with a rooftop lounge, Spruzzo, perfect for mingling. Travelers looking to unwind from a jam-packed day can spend time at the expansive, heated saltwater pool or adjacent bar perfect to sip on a cocktail or treat themselves to a personal spa day within their room. This charming hotel is just steps away from Rosemary Square, assuring you’ll never be bored on or off-site.
The beautiful city of Sarasota has much to offer to solo travelers beyond the sparkling blue water beaches. Take advantage of your time in Sarasota by immersing yourself into the numerous unique art showcases for travelers to explore. At Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum travelers can enjoy a gourmet farm-to-table meal with a carefully curated menu by Executive Chef Kaytlin Dangaran. Bistro was thoughtfully designed as an extension of the art museum’s atmosphere in the form of a casual, fresh dining experience with locally sourced ingredients to reflect the seasons’ best harvests. The Sarasota Art Museum (commonly referred to as “SAM”) is an excellent place to spend the afternoon, especially on a hot summer day. Finish the art tour at the Art Ovation Hotel and stroll through the hotel’s private art gallery while tasting the creative bites and beverages at the restaurant and rooftop bar.
Florida's Emerald Coast
If you travel solo to the Emerald Coast in northwest Florida, check into the Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort as there are several options for those arriving solo. The resort boasts 2,400 acres, featuring more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 20 swimming pools, a 226-slip marina, a fitness center and spa. Shop, dine and play at the charming pedestrian village, The Village of Baytowne Wharf, and enjoy year-long events including fireworks, concerts and more. Book a stay at Hotel Effie for an unforgettable solo getaway. With the only rooftop pool on Florida’s Emerald Coast, guests can reserve private cabanas and enjoy the overlooking views of the coast while sipping on cocktails at the Ara Rooftop Bar & Lounge. Solo travelers can grab a drink at The Lobby Bar before dining at Ovide, by celebrity chef Hugh Acheson. For guests looking to explore, Grayton Beer Co. is a local favorite brewery within driving distance from all the fun at Sandestin. Head over to Santa Rosa Beach to enjoy fresh brews from this 30,000 sq. ft. facility with beer, cornhole, life-sized jenga and more. Make new friends over trivia, or watch the team in action during the beer production process. Luckily, there are several hidden treasures like Hernando Beach and other wonderful luxury places in Florida you can visit.
Solo travelers can escape to island time and check out historic attractions, waterfront resorts and one-of-a-kind local eateries. The “Keys Disease” takes over and visitors can stay by the historic seaport at The Marker Key West Harbor Resort. While on property, guests can partake in the hotel’s daily pool area programming from Aqua Yoga on Saturdays to the Reggae Sunday poolside concerts. Just a few steps away is the Funky Rooster, an eclectic coffee house and wine bar channeling all the island vibes with local art. Travelers can swing by Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe for the city's staple dessert item, key lime pie. You can’t leave Key West without checking out one of the many historic attractions including The Hemingway House, the 1930s residence of famous author Ernest Hemingway; Little White House, former home of president Harry S. Truman; or like any good historic town, thrilling Ghost and Gravestone Tours.