Thursday, May 23, 2024

Wanderlust, Florida Style: Girls’ Trips

The tourists are gone, the work is slow. The conditions are ideal for corralling your group of ladies for a weekend excursion.


Sure, you can pitch a tent and camp the old fashioned way, but this is a girls’ weekend and a chance to switch things up. Head to the Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo on the south end of Lake Kissimmee. You could stay in the lodge, but we recommend renting a luxe cabin or teepee. During the day, tap into your inner frontierswoman with horseback riding, archery, swamp buggy rides, zip-lining and more. Close out the evening at the saloon or with a hayride dinner. 3200 River Ranch Blvd., River Ranch; 863/692-1321,


If a soothing weekend of relaxation is more your speed, your only problem is going to be choosing which spa to patronize. That’s why we’ve whittled it down: There’s nothing like a weekend at the Ocean Key Resort’s SpaTerre in Key West. Don your fluffy white robes and choose from a menu of massages, facials, scrubs, ritual baths and wraps—two of our favorites include Cleopatra’s Milk Bath and the Balinese Massage. Using tropical oils, herbs and volcanic clays from Java, Bali and Thailand, SpaTerre’s aromatic options will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. 0 Duval St., Key West; 305/296-7701, 


In the grand scheme of things on the globe, the Bahamas is a stone’s throw away. Take advantage of our proximity to the islands and get everyone aboard a Resorts World Bimini two-hour cruise to the country’s westernmost island. Although planning a day trip is totally an option, why not dive in for a long weekend? Take a few days to fully indulge in beach bumming, water sports, dining, snorkel excursions to a shipwreck, golf cart rides through Alice Town, and lots and lots of Kalik beer. 888/930-8688,


It’s not a proper girl’s night without wine. The San Sebastian Winery is family-owned,  housed in a 1920s-era Henry Flagler building, and the second-largest winery in the state. Go on a free tour and pick your favorite pour in the tasting room, peruse the gourmet gift shop for a bottle and accessories, then ascend with your glass to The Cellar Upstairs, the winery’s rooftop jazz and blues bar. San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., St. Augustine; 904/826-1594,


If you and your group are adrenaline junkies, head to Skydive Sebastian for the ultimate heart-stopping adventure. Guests from beginners to expert jumpers are matched with a seasoned professional for a tandem experience—or they can opt for an accelerated free-fall. Descending from up to 15,000 feet, jumpers will be in awe of the view of the Atlantic Ocean. When you’ve made it safely to the ground, celebrate your courage at the tiki bar, set up for a happy hour. 400 Airport Drive West, Sebastian; 800/399-5867,

This story comes from our June/July/August 2018 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.

Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly is the editor in chief of at Boca magazine, where she enjoys putting a spotlight on the Boca Raton and Palm Beach County community through both print and digital. Previously, she was the company's web editor. An award-winning journalist, she is the past president of the Society of Professional Journalists Florida chapter and a proud graduate of the University of Florida.

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