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Valentine’s Day Weekend in South Florida is looking to be especially crowded this year, since it also happens to coincides with the massive Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail. This means that most of the date-friendly venues on Miami Beach should be packed solid, and if you haven’t booked yet, making reservations could get hairy. We’ve scoured the city for some great alternatives, however, for a romantic celebration that won’t leave you and your partner feeling shipwrecked in the Sea of Love…
The Ritz-Carlton South Beach – This luxe hotel provides the perfect oasis for couples in need of a little pampering with their “Love is in the Air” package. Book a day of relaxing togetherness at the spa’s Couples Treatment Suite where you’ll enjoy a cozy bubble bath for two followed by a tandem couple’s massage side-by-side in the quiet comfort of a candlelit refuge. Once you’ve been rubbed the right way, toast the holiday with two glasses of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. What happens next is up to you! One Lincoln Road, Miami
D. Rodriguez Cuba – Nuevo Latino Chef Douglas Rodriguez has just put the finishing touches on his eponymous new dining room at the Astor Hotel – right next door to The Chelsea Hotel – and invites guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic supper at this old-world Cuban restaurant. Snagging a prime table on the jasmine-scented patio would afford you and your partner the perfect escape, while you enjoy a unique 4-course menu with HIS (meat) and HERS (seafood) offerings or a shared option of surf and turf with cachucha pepper sauce. Traditional Cuban food in Miami is often the subject of passionate debate, but D.Rodriguez Cuba brings new fervor to the menu with rock and roll riffs on some popular island standards. 956 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
El Scorpion – Jeffrey and Zach Chodorow just opened this authentic Mexican cantina in the South of Fifth district, and with over 120 blue agave tequilas to choose from, it’s an excellent venue for Valentine’s Day first daters to break the ice. It also specializes in what the New York Times considers sure fire aphrodisiacs: guacamole and chili peppers. Share one of their five signature guacamoles, with options ranging from roasted garlic “Oaxaca” to the strangely addictive bacon and plantain studded “Elvis.” A variety of bocadito small plates like ceviches of tuna, octopus or snapper or spicy chipotle meatballs will help develop your sharing skills and prove that mutual garlic breath always cancels itself out. An excellent choice for guests staying at Hotel St. Augustine or the Bentley Hotel. 433 Washington, Miami Beach
– Advisor Girl
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