It's the deal season in South Florida.
The snowbirds have flown back north, the kids are out of school and gas prices are putting a crimp in plans for summer jaunts, so hotels, restaurants and attractions in South Florida are serving up summer specials.
Fort Lauderdale, for instance, is promoting a "Summer of Discovery," and it's not just an empty slogan. It's a season of two-for-one deals at area activities and attractions.
Dixie Divers in Broward County offers a four-hour, two-site snorkeling trip, including gear, on a twofer basis (954-420-0009 or 888-772-DIVE, www.dixiedivers.com).
The Spa on the Broadwalk at the Hollywood Beach Marriott provides a two-for-one on any spa treatment (954-874-3197, www.hollywoodbeachmarriott.com).
Butterfly World will admit two to its exotic aviary for the price of one (954-977-4400, www.butterflyworld.com), and you can take a companion free on a three-hour Jungle Queen Riverboat daytime sightseeing cruise on the New River (954-462-5596, www.junglequeen.com).
See more Broward deals, good to Sept. 30, on www.sunnny.org/discovery or call 800-22-SUNNY.
Key West, too, is into the twofer game. The Key West Attractions Association offers two-for-one adult admission coupons to Oct. 15 at 10 of the city's most popular attractions. www.keywestfun.org.
Even sophisticated Palm Beach, the winter playground of the privileged, goes into a discount mode now until mid-December. The county's visitor booklet, "$1,000 Worth of the Palm Beaches for Free," offers savings on shopping, dining, sports and attractions, as well as two-for-one theater tickets and museum admissions. 561-233-3000, www.palmbeachfl.com.
In Miami-Dade County, the Miami MetroZoo this summer is distributing two-for-one admission coupons on the necks of two-liter Pepsi bottles (305-251-0400, www.miamimetrozoo.com).
And during Miami Restaurant Month (August-September) you can dine at reduced rates ($20.06 for lunch or $30.06 for dinner, tax and gratuity excluded) at select restaurants. 305-539-3000, www.miamirestaurantmonth.com.
But deals aren't limited to dining and sightseeing. South Florida hotels and resorts are beckoning with summer packages at a substantial discount from winter rates.
A selection of packages is below. Prices may not include taxes, gratuities, fees and fuel surcharges. Packages are subject to availability, blackout dates and booking deadlines; prices and terms may change without notice.
PALM BEACH COUNTY
Palm Beach: The Chesterfield, close to Worth Avenue shops and the beach, has a three-night Take The Kids To Palm Beach package through Nov. 15. Included are a gift bubble bath, fun soaps, coloring books, a Build-A-Bear Workshop, admission to the Dreher Park Zoo or South Florida Science Museum, an in-room movie with cookies and milk, a camera and photo album. Cost is $685 for a family of three (additional children $47 each). 561-659-5800 or 800-243-7871, www.chesterfieldpb.com.
Delray Beach: The Marriott Delray Beach offers its Delray Beach Escape starting at $179 per room to Sept. 30, including partial ocean-view room, breakfast for two, an in-room movie, valet parking and cappuccino or espresso for two. 561-274-3200 or 877-389-0169, www.marriott.com/pbidr.
Boca Raton: The Boca Raton Resort and Club's Best of Boca summer package includes lodging, $100 food & beverage credit, unlimited golf (cart additional), unlimited tennis and $300 in bonus certificates for use in retail shops and resort activities. Packages start at $259 per room, to Sept. 30. 888-495-BOCA, www.bocaresort.com.
Fort Lauderdale: Lago Mar Resort and Club, an AAA four-diamond resort, has 800 feet of beachfront, two pools, two tennis courts and a spa. Its two-night summer getaway package, good to Oct. 24, includes a one-bedroom suite, champagne on arrival, one breakfast for two, one candlelight dinner for two in the resort's Acquario restaurant, private beach cabana for one day and one free movie. Two-night price per room is $479, including gratuities. 954-523-6511 or 800-LAGOMAR, www.lagomar.com.
Fort Lauderdale: Bahia Mar Beach Resort's layout includes a 40-acre yacht marina. Its Bed and Breakfast package, priced from $89 per room, includes lodging and breakfast. 888-80-BAHIA, www.bahiamarhotel.com.
Weston: With the new upscale Colonnade sector opened at the vast Sawgrass Mills shopping center, the Bonaventure Resort is offering a Shop and Drop package good to Sept. 30. For $169 per room, participants get lodging, transportation to Sawgrass Mills, shopping bag and booklet of discount coupons. A golf package is also available at $159. The resort's new Red Door Lifestyle Spa comes on line in August. 954-389-3300 or 800-327-8090, www.bonaventureftlauderdale.com.
Miami Beach: A Breakfast in Suite package is offered by the Alexander All-Suite Oceanfront Resort from $209 per suite to Dec. 20. Included are a one-bedroom suite with private balcony and breakfast for two in suite. A two-night minimum is required. 305-865-6500 or 800-327-6121, www.alexanderhotel.com.
South Beach: A Get Wild Weekend Family Package at The Palms Hotel includes three nights in an oceanfront room, welcome amenity for children, ticket for two adults and two children to the Jungle Encounter at Parrot Jungle Island and a half-day Everglades Adventure by airboat. Cost is $950 to Oct. 5, $1,150 Oct. 6-Dec. 28, based on two adults and two children. 305-534-0505 or 800-550-0505, www.thepalmshotel.com.
Miami Lakes: Don Shula's Hotel offers a Perfect Golf Package through Sept. 30 that includes 18 holes of golf per night's stay, full American breakfast daily, a sleeve of balls and drink coupon. Cost is $167.50 per person, double occupancy. 305-821-1150 or 800-24-SHULA, www.donshulahotel.com.
Coconut Grove: The Ritz-Carlton offers a Reconnect Package that includes lodging, breakfast for two, valet parking and $25 credit for food or beverage on property. Prices start at $269 per night weekdays, good to Dec. 14. 305-644-4680 or 800-241-3333, www.ritzcarlton.com.
Bal Harbour: The Sheraton Beach Resort offers a Sheraton Romance Package for $200 per night good to Sept. 1 that includes a bottle of wine and cheese plate on arrival, breakfast for two daily and late checkout. 305-865-7511 or 888-627-7070, www.sheraton.com.
Key Biscayne: This summer marks your last chance to enjoy the oceanside Sonesta Beach Resort before it closes to be rebuilt as a condo hotel. Its Island Escape package, in effect until Aug. 31, starts at $179 and includes daily breakfast for two, valet parking, resort fee and two pina coladas. 800-SONESTA, www.sonesta.com/keybiscayne.
Coral Gables: The classic Biltmore Hotel offers a Summer Escape package good to Sept. 30 that includes junior suite lodging, 18 holes of golf, $100 credit at the Biltmore Spa, luxury car service shopping and sightseeing in Coral Gables and use of fitness center. Price is $219 per night, double occupancy. 305-445-1926, www.biltmorehotel.com.
Key West: Ocean Key Suites' Return to Paradise package, priced at $279 per night, includes junior suite accommodations, breakfast for two and two cocktails each day on Sunset Pier. 800-328-9815, www.oceankey.com.
Key West: Romance package at the Hilton Key West includes a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and breakfast for two for an additional $60 per night per room. Package is good to Sept. 30. 888-477-7786, www.hilton.com.
Marathon: Banana Bay has a Romantic Escape package for two good through August that includes continental breakfast buffet, welcome cocktail and sunset cruise or $75 off watercraft rental. Prices start at $499 per room for three nights, $999 for seven nights. 800-226-2621, www.bananabay.com.
Islamorada: The Chesapeake Resort's Fun in the Sun package, good for two adults and two children through Dec. 23, is priced from $175 per room, but Florida residents get 10 percent off room rates, plus an $18 resort fee that covers use of tennis courts and watercraft. The package provides an upgraded room, bottle of wine and continental breakfast. 800-338-3395, www.chesapeake-resort.com.
Key Largo: Here's a package for water-oriented folks: The Marriott Key Largo's Dive Florida Keys package includes lodgings and three water sports vouchers for each of two occupants (each good for two-tank drive, snorkel trip, half-hour wave runner or parasail). 866-849-3753, www.marriott.com.
Culture: Travel [South Florida]
South Florida: resorts and attractions offer summer specials
By Jay Clarke
Article posted on 6/29/2006
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