Tourism leaders plan beach cleanup to help boost industry

Palm Beach tourism leaders will hold a beach cleanup in Juno Beach next month as part of an annual event designed to help raise awareness about the industry.

(The Palm Beach Post)
(The Palm Beach Post)

As part of this year’s “Travel Rally Day,” Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization, will host its first-ever beach cleanup on May 6 at Loggerhead park in Juno Beach.

The county’s beaches are the number one reason why tourists come here, the organization said.


Local hotels and hotspots offer Valentine’s Day deals

Looking to take a quick vacation this Valentine’s Day?

Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s tourism marketing agency, has put together a list of Valentine’s Day deals and packages that are being offered at hotels, restaurants and other tourism generators across the county.

Eau Palm Beach (provided)
Eau Palm Beach (provided)

Tourism leaders are hoping the deals entice locals to celebrate the holiday with a staycation — especially since Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend this year.

Last year, hotel occupancy soared to 97 percent on Valentine’s Day as locals booked rooms and tourists tried to escape the winter weather up north.

Here is Discover The Palm Beaches’ complete list:

Hotel Deals:

Love is a Beach! Romance Package at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa — Jupiter

Love is in the air the entire month of February at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa. Surprise your special sweetheart this Valentine’s with a romantic beach escape. Package includes luxurious accommodations, two Welcome Lover’s cocktails served by the Resort’s oceanside fire pit, an indulgent romantic duet massage experience in The Spa and breakfast in bed for two with complimentary mimosas. The package is available the entire month of February, 2016.

Ultimate Romance Package at The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa – Riviera Beach

Cozy up with your Valentine at this AAA Four Diamond-rated all-suites beach resort with the Ultimate Romance Package. This package includes a Signature Couples Massage with glass of Champagne at SiSpa, a $50 dining credit to be used at one of the resort’s three restaurants, breakfast daily and an in-room movie. The package starts at $479 per night.

Couples Getaway Package at The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa Riviera Beach

This package includes a cheese tray and one bottle of champagne upon arrival, as well as breakfast for two and vouchers for two cocktails daily. The package starts at $334 per night.

Get Steamy at The New Hilton West Palm BeachWest Palm Beach

This February, for $4,900, couples will receive a one-night stay in the Honeymoon Suite and five nights in a guestroom, a champagne toast upon arrival, private in-room sommelier class followed by a private chef dinner in the Honeymoon Suite, couples massage at Anushka Spa and a poolside cabana for two days. They will also receive a steamy Kama Sutra book to spice up their stay, along with a customized picnic basket, and goodies to enjoy for a cuddly day at the beach. Visit or call (561) 231-6000 to book your stay.

Couple’s Getaway to the Marriott West Palm Beach West Palm Beach
Recharge and reconnect with your better half as you enjoy accommodations for two in the newly refreshed guestrooms, champagne upon arrival, breakfast for two, and extended check out at 2 p.m. This package is available now through March 31, 2016. Prices range from $169 to $459.

Sweetheart Package at The Chesterfield Hotel – Palm Beach

Now through February 29, you and your sweetheart can escape the winter blues with a night stay at this romantic boutique property, just a few short blocks from the Atlantic Coast beaches. Enjoy togetherness as you relax in a luxuriously appointed room, and revel over a romantic dinner for two at the Leopard Lounge and Restaurant. This special offer also includes a welcome gift, continental breakfast for two, complimentary valet service, a copy of the “12 Most Romantic Places to Kiss in Palm Beach” and a special turndown treat for two. Prices start from $470 per night (excluding tax and gratuities).

Couple’s Escape at Delray Beach Marriott – Delray Beach
Relish in each other’s company as you relish in the luxurious accommodations for two, champagne and strawberries upon arrival. Couples will also receive breakfast for two the next morning. This package is available now through March 31, 2016. Prices range from $399 to $589.

Dining Specials:

Cupid’s Duet at Prosecco CaféPalm Beach Gardens

Chef Dwayne Bell has created a four-course “Cupid’s Duet” meal, with selections aimed to seduce the gastronomic senses. Leave the romantic cooking to Prosecco Café and enjoy a culinary masterpiece with your loved one for $39.95 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Valentine’s Day dinner menu is available 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Culinary Opulence at Spoto’s Oyster BarPalm Beach Gardens

As invisible cupids hover overhead, lovers of sea-to-plate specialties can find themselves lingering longer after they tuck into amorous delights at Spoto’s Oyster Bar in PGA Commons. The Valentine’s Day menu will showcase three crustacean classics, a toast to undying love over handcrafted cocktails, followed by a decadent dessert. Valentine’s Day hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and reservations are highly recommended.

Romance is served at Avocado Grill – West Palm Beach

All day long, couples and friends can enjoy their favorite farm-to-table creations during Avocado Grill’s award-winning Sunday brunch – featuring special Valentine’s-themed offerings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., a prix fixe menu is available for just $59 per person. This menu will be served until 10 p.m. A complimentary glass of champagne is included during this three-course meal. Vegan and vegetarian options will also be available.

Aphrodisiac-Inspired Cuisine at Pistache – West Palm Beach

This Valentine’s Day, whether you’re celebrating love or celebrating your love for the single life, PISTACHE French Bistro has something in store for you. Pistache will feature sensual Parisian décor, aphrodisiac-inspired dishes and cocktails, a kissing booth and even a special day-time brunch option. The celebrated downtown West Palm Beach restaurant will offer a three-course Valentine’s Day brunch menu for $50 per person, as well as a three-course special dinner menu for S75 per person.

Savor Love on the West Palm Beach Food Tour – West Palm Beach

Prepare to sip, sample and savor the flavors of West Palm Beach as you celebrate your love for food alongside your special someone. Couples will receive 25% off West Palm Beach food tours and gift certificates during February with the discount code: LoveFood. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa – Private Oceanfront Cabana Dining – Manalapan

Beginning February 12 through February 14, up to 24 lucky couples will have the chance to enjoy the most romantic seat in the house with the The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa’s al fresco Valentine’s Day Private Cabana Dining Experience. Guests will enjoy view of the Atlantic in the privacy of their cabana and a butler-served four-course menu designed for the occasion by acclaimed Executive Chef Josh Thomsen. The meal will feature decadent items such as East Coast oysters on the half shell, caviar, roasted prime beef filet mignon, butter poached Maine lobster, red velvet truffles and, naturally, either Piper or Veuve champagne. Eight cabanas are available for reservations each night, and reservations are required.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa – FourCourses of Love at Angle Manalapan
This Valentine’s Day, Angle invites you to celebrate each other with hand-crafted cocktails and a decadent four-course meal with options such as East Coast oysters, lobster, gnocchi and a fruity bittersweet chocolate mousse. The contemporary restaurant celebrates fine modern American farm-to-fork cuisine amongst glamorous brown velvet walls and glowing candlelight. This special dinner is $95 per person.

Dinner in the Taru Gardens of The Sundy House Delray Beach

Enjoy the company of your loved one as you celebrate each other this Valentine’s Day. Sundy House invites you to share love and a four-course prix fixe menu in either the sophisticated setting of one of their dining rooms, or al fresco around the Taru Gardens. Valentine’s Day dinner menus have been created by Executive Chef Lindsay Autry. Dinner prices begin at $89 per person (excluding tax and gratuities). Dinner times are available between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“Ignite the Night” at Boca Landing at Waterstone Resort & Marina – Boca Raton

This Valentine’s Day, couples can celebrate their love with a five-course prix fixe dinner from Friday through Sunday, February 12-14. Boca Landing’s Valentine’s Weekend dinner specials will include nightly offerings of red-hot culinary creations from Executive Chef Matthew Mixon, including some enticing offerings such as East Coast Blue Point oysters, Plumpjack jumbo sea scallops, filet mignon and a sweet finale to conclude the night. Valentine’s Day weekend dinner specials start at $75 per guest, with the additional option of a Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Brut Champagne for another $25 per guest.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance at Pavilion Grille – Boca Raton

A four-course dinner and dancing will be available for couples on Valentine’s Day from 6 to 11:45 p.m. Music, which begins at 8 p.m., will be provided by Joey Dale and the Gigolos. Dinner prices start at $39.95. Limited bar seating is also available at a $10 cover for the bar area only from 7:30 p.m. Bar seating includes a house drink.

Activity Specials:

Toast at the Top of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum — Jupiter

In February of 1898, Harry DuBois and Susan Sanders climbed the 105 steps to the top of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse on a blind date and it was love at first sight. He promptly proposed to her. Continuing the annual tradition, couples will have the rare opportunity to pledge their love with a beautiful tower-top view this Valentine’s Day. The historic lighthouse invites lovebirds to take their love to new heights with a 15-minute Toast at the Top, for the chance to wow (or vow) their special someone on February 13 or 14 in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Couples will receive a 15-minute spot at the top of the lighthouse and a champagne toast for two. The event is very limited, as only two couples can be aloft at a time. The cost per couple is $50 for a 15-minute spot between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Participants must RSVP by phone to (561) 747-8380 ext. 101 to reserve a spot.

Adopt a Sea Turtle at Loggerhead Marinelife Center – Juno Beach

Show your love how you feel in a unique and creative way by adopting a sea turtle for the special someone in your life this Valentine’s Day. A sea turtle adoption includes a personalized certificate with your loved one’s name, a glossy photograph, educational materials and an advance notice of your sea turtle’s release, as well as the ability to follow weekly updates online during their turtle’s rehabilitation. Give the gift of life and love by adopting Blaine, Auntie RoeXanderForestSusan or hatchlings. Your gift directly supports the center by providing funds for medication, tank maintenance, food and on-going veterinary care. You can adopt a sea turtle now for as low as $35.

Romantic Tea for Two at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum – Palm Beach

As a wedding gift to his bride, Henry Flagler built Whitehall, a 75-room, 100,000-square- foot Gilded Age mansion. The couple used the home as a winter retreat. Today, Whitehall remains one of America’s most romantic destinations. This Valentine’s Day, enjoy the elegance and allure of this historic gem with a special Gilded Age style Tea-for-Two in the Café des Beaux-Arts with your other half. Every Tea-for-Two package includes admission to the Museum, a Valentine’s Day rose, a keepsake photo, a small box of Whitehall Gourmet Chocolates and a $10 gift card to the Museum store. Cost to attend is $80 per couple for Museum members, and $120 per couple for non-members. Prices include Museum admission, tax and gratuity. Advance purchase is recommended.

Gal-entine’s Day at Eau Spa – Manalapan

For all the ladies looking to celebrate Gal-entine’s Day, the Forbes Five Star Eau Spa will be offering beach bootcamp classes designed to make you fall in love with your body, sexy chair dance classes, vision board workshops to help you attract Mr. Right, spa access offering pink champagne and Cupid rubber duckies, themed cupcakes and more. The “no boys allowed” zone will devote the day to celebrating the ladies on Saturday, February 13. Class times and prices vary throughout the day. Call the spa for more details.

LoveFest at Eau Spa – Manalapan

Enjoy themed cupcakes, rose champagne, the sounds of a harpist and more at the Forbes Five-Star Eau Spa’s weekend-long LoveFest. A menu of deliciously decadent couples treatments include the following options: “I Cannoli Love You” experience with butter brulee milk soak, a sweet cream body scrub, a chocolate body mask and a warm sweet cream body milk massage for $598, and the “Drunk in Love Champagne & Caviar Couples Journey” with four hours of decadence including a couples massage, couples facial, manicure, pedicure and hand drawn bath in a private Garden Villa for $1000. The treatments are available beginning Saturday, February 13 through Sunday, February 14.