Cupid's on the case at several Fla. resorts

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The JW Marriott Marco Island sits on a wide swath of sand facing the Gulf of Mexico.
The JW Marriott Marco Island sits on a wide swath of sand facing the Gulf of Mexico.

The holidays may be all anyone is thinking about right now, but Valentine's Day is right around the corner, especially where travel plans are concerned. Florida beach resorts are well aware of that and are offering much more to couples than just a beautiful waterfront sunrise or sunset in mid-February.

• The 444-room Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island features a waterfront pool, private golf club and Salt, a foodie couple's perfect Valentine's Day dinner spot. The AAA Five Diamond restaurant uses more than 40 salts from around the world to perfect its cuisine, and the Dine With the Chef experience ($250 per person, $400 paired with wine) invited guests into the kitchen for a memorable meal. Reservations for Valentine's Day weekend (Feb. 14 to 16) are available starting at $518 per night.

• For couples yearning for a long walk down a sandy strand for good conversation and hand-holding, there's the JW Marriott Marco Island. The waterfront along the Gulf of Mexico stretches long and wide, so privacy is paramount. Guests can dine at the signature restaurant Ario, which was recently named one of Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America. Although Valentine's Day weekend is sold out, weekday (Feb. 12 to 14) reservations are available starting at $514 per night.

• Unlike many South Florida locales known more for their glitz, the Jupiter Beach Resort is one of the most secluded, tranquil spots in the area for a rendezvous. The resort features Jupiter's only beachfront restaurant, and the Opal Romance Package, an ongoing promotion, includes one night's accommodations, daily dinner for each guest (appetizer, entree and dessert plus one nonalcoholic beverage), daily breakfast beachside and Champagne and strawberries as a room amenity. Valentine's Day weekend reservations at Jupiter Beach Resort are available starting at $442 per night.

• Just 20 miles south of Jacksonville, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is a AAA Five Diamond property that recalls Old Florida estate homes. The 1928 building exudes romantic opulence of yesteryear, and its beachfront location makes getting up for a sunrise cup of coffee a must. Couples can spend time together on the seaside golf course, on the tennis court or in the elaborate couples suites at the spa, where guests can enjoy a private steam room, Jacuzzi tub and outdoor patio. Valentine's Day weekend reservations start at $299 per night.

• Practice your "Captiva crouch" before heading onto the shell-strewn beachfront at the South Seas Island Resort. The enormous resort is surrounded by a 330-acre nature preserve, and there are so many activities to enjoy, couples who love to be outdoors can fill their days with kayaking, parasailing, boating, golf, cycling and yoga. They can charter a boat and head to Cabbage Key or to one of the other barrier islands for a picnic or lazy day spent shelling and spotting dolphins. Rates for a one-bedroom villa over Valentine's Day weekend start at $559 per night.

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