Every Valentine's Day, hundreds of romantics descend onto Lovers Key for a memorable recreation of their special day (wedding cake included).

By Marisa Spyker
February 11, 2019
Roseate Spoonbills are one of many coastal birds that call Lovers Key home.

Maybe it’s the ocean breezes, the wild, unspoiled beauty, or simply the seclusion, but there’s something about a rendezvous on Lovers Key that makes it inherently romantic. According to lore, lovebirds have been escaping to the small barrier island off Fort Myers—once only accessible by boat—since at least the early 1900s. Today, it’s a popular wedding venue. And, for the past ten years, it’s become perhaps even more popular as a venue for longtime couples to renew their marriage vows in paradise. 

Each Valentine’s Day, more than 100 couples gather on the powder-white beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast to re-pledge their vows, toast with champagne, and enjoy a romantic oceanfront meal in the company of dozens of other lovebirds. Hosted annually by Friends of Lovers Key—a nonprofit organization formed to protect the island and its wildlife—the day-long event attracts pairs from near and far and couples who've recently married to those who have celebrated more than 60 years together.

Courtesy of Friends of Lovers Key

Now in its 10th year, the celebration is open to 120 couples, with three separate ceremonies taking place throughout the day. Each two-hour-long vow renewal includes a ceremony on the sand, where all 40 couples stand in a circle and recite vows together, followed by a champagne toast, catered meal under a beachfront gazebo, coffee, dancing, a keepsake photo, and—of course—wedding cake.

Want to surprise your sweetheart with a Valentine’s Day vow renewal? Tickets for the event are $100 per couple, with proceeds helping to fund a new welcome and discovery center at Lovers Key State Park. Reserve your spot for the 10 AM and 1 PM ceremonies here.

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