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Weekend Getaway for Romance in Greater Fort Lauderdale

By Christie Galeano-DeMott

With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, a romantic weekend getaway is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday in Greater Fort Lauderdale or simply escape to reconnect with your sweetheart. Here in sunny South Florida, there are a plethora of intriguing activities for couples to celebrate their love. Whether you seek a fantasy resort, delicious restaurant, dreamy outdoor adventure, or relaxing spa treatment, Greater Fort Lauderdale has it all and more.


A poolside cabana at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa creates the look of a tropical island oasis.

If you’re looking to stay on Greater Fort Lauderdale’s west side, look no further than Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston. This lush 23-acre property offers a tranquil spa and exciting round of golf during the day, and culinary delights paired with a cool cocktail or glass of wine in the evening.
To venture off property during the day, take a stroll through the 350 stores at the nearby Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise for a romantic shopping spree, or get your cultural fix by visiting the fascinating exhibits at the Coral Springs Museum of Art.
In the evening, Plantation’s Publix Aprons Cooking School is offering two cooking experiences. On Thursday, February 4, sharpen your cooking skills with the Couple’s Cooking: Valentine’s Day class. If you want something less hands-on, but just as delicious, head over on Sunday, February 14 for a Wine & Dine Your Valentine cooking demonstration.
For some inspirational music, the BB&T Center is hosting Christian hip-hop artist TobyMac on February 14. POD seating will be in place to enforce social distancing measures. If you’re looking for something a bit jazzier, head over to All That Jazz Café in Sunrise for an evening of lively music paired with dinner. To combine your dinner with something other than music, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Pembroke Pines serves a wide selection of tasty wines and wine tasting flights to enjoy with your date. Dining is currently available by reservation only, so be sure to plan ahead.


Aerial view of Fort Lauderdale Beach showing the miles of perfect white sand beaches.

Over on the east side of Greater Fort Lauderdale, you’ll find sandy beaches and the lively Las Olas Boulevard with plenty of romantic restaurants in downtown Fort Lauderdale for couples to explore. The Hyatt Centric Las Olas is one of the newest hotels in the area, and it’s the place to stay if you’re looking to be steps away from all the action. If your heart desires ocean views from your room, there are plenty of hotels where you can celebrate a romantic seaside Valentine’s Day in Fort Lauderdale.

The new Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton offers both beach and Intracoastal Waterway views. Be sure to book an ocean view patio table for a romantic dinner at signature restaurant Riviera, a new Mediterranean/Italian dining concept by celebrity chef Fabio Viviani.  
Depending on your mood, east Fort Lauderdale has a cool collection of off-the-beaten-path activities to choose from. For theater enthusiasts, the world-renowned Broward Center for the Performing Arts offers a backstage guided tour of the theater complete with an on-stage photo. Staying in the cultural realm, you can walk over to the NSU Art Museum to explore the works of local and international artists.

For nature lovers, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is steps from the beach and offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking and bike trails, picnic areas, and romantic sunset kayak tours. Heading indoors, try your luck at axe throwing at Chops + Hops Axe Throwing Lodge located inside the trendy Flagler Village district, or slow things down a bit at Float8 Wellness Lounge where you can let all your tension and stress float away in one of their sanitized floating tanks. You can even book a deluxe cabin to float together for a uniquely unifying experience.

Lights illuminate the Riverfront Gondolas in Fort Lauderdale.
After an action-packed day, step onboard a Riverfront Gondola for a cruise around Greater Fort Lauderdale’s waterways. Pair your tour with a delectable spread from Casa Sensei for an unforgettable and very romantic dinner cruise.


Aerial of Margaritaville

In Hollywood, Jimmy Buffett fans will enjoy staying at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort while those looking for a casino scene can get lucky at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. Both hotels also have legendary spas where you can take a break from the sand or slots to indulge in a few decadent treatments, as well as plenty of dining options so you have the choice of staying at your hotel of choice all weekend long. 

The building's distinctive guitar shape lets everyone know it is home of the Hard Rock Hotel

At Margaritaville’s St. Somewhere Spa, you can opt for dual relaxation via massages or body treatments, or select an in-room Swedish massage for some privacy. At the Hard Rock Hotel’s Rock Spa, the Synchronicity Massage is a rhythmic massage where pulsations sync with music to ease tension for a treatment you’ll both remember for years to come.

For fine dining right from your hotel, both accommodations have you covered. At the Hard Rock, choose from the finest cuts of dry-aged beef and fresh catches at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood or head to Kuro for Japanese cuisine including sushi and robata grill fare. At the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, you’ll want to go to JWB Prime Steak and Seafood for a luxurious meal in a laid back atmosphere with an extensive wine list.

If you choose to venture away from your hotel while in Hollywood, head south to Gulfstream Park for live horse racing, shopping, and plenty of dining options.


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In the northern region of Greater Fort Lauderdale, you’ll find the Royal Blues Hotel in Deerfield Beach and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Resort & Spa in Pompano Beach, both welcome for you a getaway filled with sun and sand. As part of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux brand, the Royal Blues Hotel offers a boutique seaside experience unlike any other. With only 12 rooms, the service and attention to detail will leave you truly pampered. Over at the Marriott’s Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, you can catch the sunrise together from your oceanfront balcony before heading down to one of the two pools or the beachside lounge chairs on the sand.

For a few more romantic things to do in Greater Fort Lauderdale, take a hand-in-hand stroll along the shores of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, which makes a perfect backdrop for dreamy beach photos. Another option for a leisurely walk is on the new Fisher Family Pier in Pompano Beach where you will also find two romantic seaside restaurants: Beach House Pompano and Oceanic. A few miles from the beach, nature lovers can step into the magical outdoor land of butterflies at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek where you’ll also encounter exotic birds and beautiful botanical gardens for an enchanting afternoon with your special someone.

Pompano Beach's fishing pier in Greater Fort Lauderdale

This Valentine’s Day, make it a weekend getaway for love with the many options for romance around Greater Fort Lauderdale.

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