Enjoy a romantic meal together near Green Cove Springs. (Photo: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images )
Green Cove Springs, Florida is a small city with a population of just under 7, 000. Located along the St. John’s River, the picturesque location houses three sites that appear on the National Register of Historic Places: Green Cove Springs Historic District, St. Mary’s Church and the Clay County Courthouse. Whether you’re a resident or visitor to the area, the warm climate and waterfront location make for a beautiful setting. But you'll have to head to nearby Jacksonville or St. Augustine if you want to take a romantic dinner cruise.
Now and Zen Sailing Charters
Now and Zen Sailing Charters (nowandzensailingcharters.com) leaves from downtown Jacksonville and also from St. Augustine. The St. Augustine location is closest to Green Cove Springs at 26.5 miles, but you must call ahead to make arrangements beforehand. Cruise on a private 42-foot cruising catamaran and reserve it for two for a special romantic occasion. Arrange in advance for the crew to prepare a gourmet dinner, or prepare your own ahead of time and bring it on the boat. Meals are prepared with organic produce and local seafood and meats.
St. Augustine Yacht Charters
St. Augustine Yacht Charters (staugustineyachtcharters.com) offers another private romantic cruise option near Green Cove Springs. Plan a romantic dinner cruise on the 43-foot yacht, which has a wet bar, HDTV, audio system and kitchen. Cruises take you around the Camachee Cove, and in estuaries of the Matanzas and Tolomato rivers. While a standard charter cruise offers hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments, arrange with the crew in advance to prepare or cater a dinner.
Jacksonville River Cruises
Jacksonville River Cruises (jaxrivercruises.com) in the city of the same name, is 29 miles from Green Cove Springs. The company offers public cruises throughout the year that include dinner. The July 4th cruise offers the opportunity to view fireworks. The November Light Parade and Fireworks provides another opportunity for added romance on the cruise, as you view the shows. Jacksonville River Cruises also offers the opportunity to charter one of its two boats for romantic events such as weddings.
Cross River Cruises
Cross River Cruises (crossrivercruises.com) in Jacksonville offers the opportunity for an intimate dinner cruise for two. Boat around locations such as Jacksonville Landing, Black Creek, Doctors Lake and Silver Glen Springs on the Southern Cross, a 41-foot motor yacht that includes a salon area, master suite and three separate decks. Arrange for a catered dinner to enjoy while cruising in private. The company works with you to create your perfect ideal of a romantic evening, whether it’s dancing under the stars or sitting and listening to music.
Ancient City Riverboats
Ancient City Riverboats (marcdorsett.com) in St. Augustine offers dinner cruises on its paddle wheel boat, Jean Mary. The number of people on the cruise is limited to 12, so patrons won't feel overcrowded. Dinner is served on the main dining deck, which features mahogany panels and a working fireplace in addition to antique chandeliers and hardwood flooring. Reservations for the dinner cruises are recommended.