So, you’ve found your special someone, chosen a ring, and maintained an air of mystery for several weeks now — all that’s left to do is ask your significant other to spend the rest of their life with you! Theatrics and romantic gestures are certainly not the only ways to prove one’s love, but asking someone to marry you should be done in a way that is meaningful and significant to you — whatever that looks like. And if a beautiful setting and a special moment are what you seek, Daytona Beach has plenty of options from which to choose. 

Of course, the details of this special day must revolve entirely around the personality and preferences of each individual couple. Luckily, though, there are plenty of ways to customize the plan to your specific wants and needs. With soft ocean breezes, laid-back vacation atmosphere and picture-perfect views, there are few more romantic places to pop the big question than in Dayton Beach.

For Outdoor Lovers

If you’re looking for a scenic setting and a frame-worthy backdrop for your big proposal, Daytona Beach has quite a few places to choose from. Head out on a leisurely paddleboard cruise down the quiet Tomoka River in Tomoka State Park. Once you’ve found the right spot to disembark and settle in to take in the river views, you’ll have a lovely waterfront view for your big question.

Or, stroll down the Ponce Inlet Jetty, which can be accessed at Lighthouse Point Park, for some of the most incredible water views in the area. Perhaps the simplest plan is actually the hardest to beat. Go for an early sunrise stroll on the beach as the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean. Let the dawn of a new day serve as a timely reminder and symbol of your next chapter as a couple.  

For the Adventurous Couple

A couple tandem skydiving with Skydive DeLand

Climb the 203 steps to the top of Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, from which you’ll be able to soak in the area’s magnificence — including a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding waterways — from 175 feet above the ground. Getting down on one knee way up here will make you both feel truly on top of the world.

If you’re the kind of couple that likes to kick the adventure up a notch, take your proposal to new heights with a skydiving adventure! At Skydive DeLand, you can experience one exhilarating event after the next — first, by diving out of an airplane, and then by sending hearts soaring as you propose! Although, heed this fair warning: Wait until both feet are firmly on the ground before pulling out a ring.

A couple enjoys bicycling on the hard-packed sands of Daytona Beach

For the Traditional Romantics

For some, keeping things sweet and simple is the most sentimental choice. If you’re looking for a classic approach to proposing, start with this basic strategy and customize accordingly: Create a picnic basket with favorite foods from a local market or bakery, and don’t forget to get locally-made Angell & Phelps chocolates for an added romantic touch! Park at a beachfront park, and then go for a romantic beach stroll as the sun is setting. When you return, grab your basket from the car and spread a blanket out for snacks. As the sky turns pink, purple and orange, you’ll pop the question and savor the remaining moments of the sunset. The best part is you won’t feel like strangers are too involved with this personal moment, thanks to the area’s wide, expansive beaches!

Where to Celebrate

Of course, such a momentous occasion calls for a special meal and toast to the future. Grab a glass of champagne at the Oceanview Lounge at The Shores Resort & Spa. Later on, dine at The Cellar for a romantic atmosphere and excellent service in a historic home. This restaurant, located in a historic building, specializes in fine Italian dining. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead! Grab a specialty cocktail to cap off the night at 31 Supper Club, the critically-acclaimed Ormond Beach restaurant that frequently tops “best of” lists in Central Florida. With a speakeasy vibe and delectable artisan foods, 31 Supper Club is the ideal spot for a celebratory toast.

Congratulations — you’re ready for the next step! Once you’ve gotten the “yes,” start planning your return to paradise for your wedding day. Use our Wedding Guide to help find the perfect venue and vendors for you — happy hunting!