Baby it’s cold outside. We’ve had a nice burst of cool air this week with more to come throughout the season. It’s a time to cozy up under a blanket or by a fire. It’s not just about fuzzy blankets. There are towns around the state, the country and the world that have an unexplained cozy feel to them. It might not surprise you that quant little Sanibel makes the cut for coziest hygge town in Florida.

What the heck is “hygge”

It is a Danish concept pronounced hoo-guh. The term that encompasses feelings of comfort, contentment, and well-being. Simply, that sense of being and feeling cozy.  MyDatingAdviser used hygge as a guide to assess 170 US towns. They used three key factors. First, the weather and things such as temperature and snowfall. Second, culinary delights which includes charming cafes and bakeries. Finally, the researchers looked at overall things to do.

“We’ve traveled across the state to unveil some of the warmest hygge towns in Florida, perfect for a winter getaway,” said Amy Harris, Editor-in-Chief at I encourage everyone to embrace the essence of hygge. Enjoy a leisurely stroll by the beach, indulge in local cuisine, immerse yourself in local culture, and create cherished memories with loved ones.”

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Find Florida’s best towns for getting that cozy feeling by scrolling down.

Coziest Florida town

No Florida cities or towns made the top 20 hygge spots in the nation. However, if you are looking for a cozy getaway outside of the Sunshine State, here are the top five in the nation according to this report:

  • Stockholm, Wisconsin
  • Stowe, Vermont
  • Stanley, Idaho
  • Ellicottville, New York
  • Breckinridge, Colorado

You can find that complete list here. In the meantime, Sanibel ranks in the coziest Florida town list. There are seven others that made the cut if you want to take a hygge cozy road trip. Here they are:

  • Seaside

    I just love this picturesque coastal town in the Panhandle. The architecture and the stunning views make this an inviting winter escape, even though it gets a lot colder here than Southwest Florida.
    Winter Temperature: 56°F, Winter Season: 3 months

    walkway to a beach with blue water

    Seaside Beaches are gorgeous

  • St. Augustine

    It’s also a little colder but it’s know for warm cafes in old town, historic landmarks and lots of charm. Tour the Castillo de San Marcos, stroll St. George Street, and experience the Nights of Lights festival.
    Winter Temperature: 59.5°F, Winter Season: 3 months

    Downtown area with cozy benches and trees in between buildings

    Old town has all kinds of things to explore

  • Crystal River

    Crystal River is just north of Tampa and could be considered a Gulf Coast hidden gem. The downtown is charming and the river is famous for manatee tours.
    Winter Temperature: 59°F, Winter Season: 2.8 months


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  • Apalachicola

    Apalachicola has a lovely historic district and lots of festivals. Explore the Apalachicola Maritime Museum and dine along the scenic Apalachicola River.
    Winter Temperature: 56°F, Winter Season: 3 months

  • Alys Beach

    Besides Seaside, this is one of my favorite Panhandle escapes. It’s known for pristine white sands and elegant white architecture. There is an Amphitheatre, galleries and a cool digital art festival which keeps the art community vibrant.
    Winter Temperature: 52.5°F, Winter Season: 3 months

    white buildings surrounding a green strip of grass leading to the beach

    The architecture is all white and pristine. Cool spot

  • Marathon

    Marathon is even warmer than Southwest Florida at times, if want cozy without cold. The beaches are great and so are the water sports. And don’t even bet me started on the brilliant sunsets.
    Winter Temperature: 73°F, Winter Season: 2.9 months

    Sunset from a balcony looking a beach full of palm trees

    Sunsets in the Florida Keys are some of the best in the world.

  • Sanibel Island

    Sanibel might still be in full Hurricane Ian recovery mode. However researches say with things like the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge shelling and local restaurants, it has all kinds of hygee.
    Winter Temperature: 67°F, Winter Season: 2.8 months

    View of sunset on the beach between sea grass

    Sanibel Beaches are full of vegetation, shells and great sunsets.

  • Delray Beach

    Delray Beach is a great place with superb dining and a vibrant arts scene. Check out the Pineapple Grove Arts District, the Delray Beach Farmers’ Market, and the beautiful beachfront.
    Winter Temperature: 69°F, Winter Season: 3 months

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