Escape to Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Often overlooked in favor of Miami, Fort Lauderdale offers everything you might want for a sunny escape: stunning beaches, amazing seafood restaurants with waterfront views, resorts that will make you feel pampered, and an easygoing atmosphere with European flair.

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Where to stay in Fort Lauderdale

Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

Set along the beachfront, The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale pays homage to the yachting capital of the world.

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The Pillars Hotel

Beachy but not beachfront, this 18-room hotel overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and has an upscale waterside restaurant for guests and members only.

W Fort Lauderdale

Recently renovated, this booming beach resort has well-priced rooms as well as spacious residential suites.

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Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

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You’d be forgiven for spending the better part of your time hopping between the pool and the ocean, taking a refreshing dip or casually strolling along the stunning beach with your toes in the sand.

After you’ve soaked up all the sunrays, book a boat excursion to visit Millionaires Row and marvel at the jaw-droppingly beautiful properties lining the waterfront.

For the more adventurous, water activities abound. Take your pick from kayak tours to jet ski rentals, as well as snorkelling expeditions to daylong fishing trips.

Don’t miss Las Olas Boulevard, a spot where you’ll find amazing waterfront restaurants serving cuisines from around the world, great art galleries and lots of shops. The twinkling lights make it all the more wonderful to stroll at night.

A note from Souvenir

Think of Fort Lauderdale as Miami light. It’s a little more affordable, slightly quieter and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation from the moment you step off the plane. It’s especially fantastic for families looking for a nice and easy long weekend getaway.

Places to eat & drink in Fort Lauderdale

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Burlock Coast: The restaurant at the Ritz is truly wonderful for any meal of the day. The menu is varied enough that you might want to eat there for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Boathouse At The Riverside: You’ll immediately feel like you’re on vacation here. The setting is beautiful both indoors and out, with a lively atmosphere. The perfect Florida feel.

Lona Cocina & Tequileria: Head there for a modern twist on Mexican cuisine in a fun environment. The food and the service are amazing and the margaritas are a must!

Coconuts: Enjoy the stunning sunset views on the intercoastal waterway in a relaxed atmosphere. The seafood is some of the freshest in Fort Lauderdale and it’s also a great destination for Sunday brunch.

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