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Celebrating Valentine's Day in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Perhaps there isn't a more romantic setting than the beach for Valentine's Day.

So why not treat your significant other to a Valentine's Day weekend getaway to Panama City Beach, Fla. Offering sun, fun and 27-miles of white sandy beaches, it's a destination that is sure to create a memorable weekend.

Need some ideas to round-out the weekend? Check out these seven suggestions that you can add to your Valentine's Day weekend itinerary.

  1. Sample a wine slushy at SeaBreeze Winery or cool freeze at Panama City Beach Winery
  2. Explore either St. Andrews State Park or Camp Helen State Park, or both.
  3. Shop, dine or stroll along Pier Park. For some added fun, take in the view of the Gulf from top of the Ferris wheel at Miracle Strip at Pier Park.
  4. Attend the Strawberry Festival, February 12-13, at Pier Park Amphitheater. $10 per person.
  5. Take in a performance by The Diamonds on February 12 at Gulf World Marine Park. $20 per person in advance, $25 per person at the door.
  6. Enjoy a romantic meal at such places as Firefly, Pompano's, Captain Anderson's or Boar's Head Restaurant & Tavern.
  7. See the beach from different perspective when you take a helicopter tour with Panhandle Helicopter

Do you know what's truly romantic? Saving money. Really "sweeten" Valentine's Day weekend by taking advantage of any of these packages.

  • It's a "Shore Thing Romance" package at Shores of Panama. The package includes two-night accommodations, special Friday night beach bonfire, couples' massage, $50 gift card for dinner at either Boatyard or Schooners, and more. Rates begin at $199. Book by phone or online. When booking online, use rate plan: "ROMA – Romance Package" and the market code as "Romance Pkg."
  • Origin at Seahaven, one of the three resorts of the Towne of Seahaven, has a Valentine's Day weekend special. It includes one-night accommodations in a Gulf-view condo, two tickets to "The Diamonds" show and dinner for two at Sharky's Beachfront Restaurant. Rates state at $129 per night.
  • The "Winter Romance" package at Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort & Spa features champagne and strawberries upon arrival, dinner for two at Kingfish, breakfast buffet or room service for two, and more. Rates begin at $199 per night. When booking online, use code LVU.
  • Boardwalk Beach Resort's Valentine's Day Romance package comes with their signature accommodations with a floor of scattered rose petals, bottle of champagne with keepsake glasses and more. Also when you make the reservation, you're automatically entered to win a dinner for two at Captain Anderson's. Reservation must be made by February 9. Rates start at $109 per night.
  • For a rate of $270, couples can spend the weekend at either LaQuinta (850/832-3133),
  • Sleep Inn (850/249-1501), or the Fountainbleau (850/234-6581). Amenities include chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of wine with two keepsake glasses. When booking at any of the three hotels, be sure to request the romantic package.
  • Sterling Resorts is offering a Valentine's Day weekend package that includes chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne upon arrival, late check-out and more. Rates start at $139 per night (one-bedroom condo unit) with a minimum of a two-night stay. When booking, use promo code 143.

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