When it comes to a girlfriend getaway, we understand you have plenty of options. Whether you prefer a trip to the beach, a shopping spree, or an active trip surrounded by nature – is there one destination that encompasses everything you want and more?
Melbourne & the Beaches has everything you need to make your getaway one to remember! There is a world of true Florida appeal with nature and recreation, art and culture, upscale dining and boutique shopping waiting for you. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to bond with your best gals.
1) Beach Getaway
Melbourne & the Beaches are home to some of the most serene and natural beaches along Florida’s coast. The beaches are typically more quiet and relaxing here, and the water is almost always a picturesque, Caribbean blue. Most beach access points offer amenities like pavilions, public restrooms, beach volleyball courts and showers. And did you know that Melbourne & the Beaches are home to thousands of sea turtle nests every year? It’s become one of the most important nesting areas for sea turtles in the world.
During your beach getaway, you’re going to want to take advantage of staying at a beachfront hotel or bed & breakfast. Many Melbourne & the Beaches hotels offer direct access to the shore, as well as balconies that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. You can find most national hotel chains along the coast that offer top amenities like a fitness center, hotel lounge bar and on-site restaurants. And there are all-suite resorts that offer spacious accommodations and kitchenettes.
Bed & Breakfasts
Experience Florida’s historic charm at one of the many bed & breakfasts throughout Melbourne & the Beaches. A stay at a bed & breakfast gives you a more relaxed and private getaway. Throughout Melbourne & the Beaches, you can find bed & breakfasts nestled along the historic downtown districts and along the coast. Whatever you choose, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised with a beautiful, cozy and tropical paradise.
Pack light because after you shop at Longboard House, you’re going to need room in your suitcase. The Longboard House is where all the locals go to pick up their beach attire and bikinis. Cute and trendy? You bet. Complete your outfit with a cute hat and pair of sunglasses. And don’t forget the sunscreen!
2. Historic Downtown Getaway
Full of historic charm, Melbourne & the Beaches offers girlfriends a culturally rich and charming getaway thanks to its two downtown districts – Downtown Melbourne and Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD). Although the two districts have their differences, they both make for a fun destination for a girlfriend getaway.
There’s only one coffee shop you need to know about and that is Anaya Coffee in the Eau Gallie Art District. Start your day with an amazingly crafted cold brew or Americano. Among coffee, there’s also baked goods and a breakfast and lunch menu to treat yourself to. Take a stroll down the district and enjoy dozens of art galleries and boutiques.
Both downtown districts offer unique finds that can only be found on Florida’s Space Coast. Stop by Downtown Divas, The Flop Shop or Tallulah 9 in Downtown Melbourne for the latest women’s fashions. Julie’s British Tea Shoppe brings the best of Britain to the area with its teas and British goods. And don’t forget to go by Nourish for delightful body products.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can all be found in Downtown Melbourne. From Le Crepe de France and Backwater for breakfast to Ole Fire Grill and Meg O’Malley’s for lunch to The Mansion and El Ambia Cubano for dinner, you’re going to have an amazing experience.
Each and every restaurant in Downtown Melbourne has a unique menu and vibe. The laid back nature of downtown creates a relaxing atmosphere to dine in, and the food is one-of-a-kind. You won’t find chain restaurants here, but if you’re looking for those, we have them just down the road.
Bars & Clubs
The bar and club scene is a huge part of the nightlife in the downtown districts. If you and your girls enjoy craft beer, Intracoastal Brewery, located in EGAD, features a rotating menu of original brews.
Downtown Melbourne has a huge selection of live music to kick off your night! Matt’s Casbah has live music on the patio every night but Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Matt’s also has a DJ and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9:30 p.m. Meg O’Malley’s Irish Pub is another hot spot with a great drink menu and Irish fun in an authentic atmosphere.
Show off your best moves and close down your night at Mainstreet Pub. This place is quaint and casual with three in-house bars.
If you're ready for the best girls’ getaway, it’s time to plan your trip to Melbourne & the Beaches. Call your girls and book your next flight to Orlando-Melbourne International (MLB) for a fabulous getaway. For more information on visiting Melbourne & the Beaches, click here.