When you’re looking for love, find it in Palm Beach County. From kayaking for two to a surf and turf dinner on a cruise, the third most populous county in Florida easily sets the stage for a date you’re both sure to remember.
Paddle into the Sunset
Let romance blossom in a kayak built for two as the sun’s reflection turns the water to shades of mauve. Jupiter Outdoor Center’s sunset and stargazing tours explore quiet waters where you can watch shorebirds winging their way to their evening roosts. Jupiter Lighthouse will light up to guide you back to shore under a million stars on a clear night.
Leave the noise of the city behind on a two- or three-hour Majestic Princess Cruise. The twilight cruise offers entrees like the surf and turf dinner pairing jumbo shrimp with a 12-ounce New York strip. Take a Legends Dinner Cruise for a special evening where musician impersonators belt Barbara Streisand and Tom Jones ballads.
Let Romance Bloom
Breathe in the intoxicating scent of flowers and greenery when you stroll through idyllic Morikami Japanese Gardens. Meander through six authentic Japanese gardens with styles reflecting historical eras from the ninth through 20th centuries. Gaze at tiny bonsai collections, listen to the music of the bamboo garden in the breeze, and feel the mist of waterfalls. Private areas along the path provide plenty of places to steal a kiss or two.
Enjoy an Island Getaway
Walk hand-in-hand along the paver pathways that circle the perimeter of Peanut Island. The island is tucked into the Port of Palm Beach, accessible by water taxi. Explore mangroves, reefs, maritime hammock and coastal dunes. Soak up the sun on the uncrowded beach while boats drift lazily through Lake Worth Inlet. Bring your own equipment to snorkel the reef or kayak through the mangroves.
Walk Among the Palms
Stroll along coquina pathways tucked in a forest of more than 300 rare palm species at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach. The lush gardens in the El Cid Historic District brim with surprises at every turn. You’ll find monumental sculptures tucked into the foliage; peaceful ponds and fountains; and plenty of romantic, secluded spots. You might even spot rare butterflies and colorful birds during your memorable date.
Fall in Love, Italian-Style
Some lovers swear that Italian food is an aphrodisiac. Put this theory to the test, and check out Il Bellagio in West Palm Beach. Request to be seated on the outdoor patio, where you’ll overlook the courtyard’s fountains and enjoy live music performances. Try the Tortellini alla Panna—veal-filled tortellini topped with peas and a pink sauce, or the Bistecca Tre Funghi—New York strip steak served with three kinds of mushrooms and drizzled with brandy-cream sauce. End your evening on a sweet note by ordering their award-winning, made-from-scratch tiramisu.