Guide to the Fort Lauderdale: The Venice of America
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Fort Lauderdale is a lively coastal town known as the Venice of America for its unique inland waterways. Port Everglades services the cruise industry but there are many reasons other than a cruise to plan a stay at this world famous beach. Whether its luxury stays, cultural events or outdoor adventure, Fort Lauderdale provides a wide array of travel experiences. Here's an insiders look at the place I call home.
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Where to stay in Fort Lauderdale
Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach
Steps from North Beach, experience the five dining options, pool with private cabanas, CONRAD Spa and 24-hour fitness center at this 4-star hotel.
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Four Seasons Hotel And Residences Fort Lauderdale
A luxurious waterfront sanctuary offering unparalleled service, sophisticated accommodations, and stunning Atlantic Ocean views in sunny Fort Lauderdale.
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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.
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Things to do in Fort Lauderdale
Bonnet House Museum, there's a rumor there is a monkey on the loose in the park that was once in captivity in a nightclub in a neighboring building that caught fire.
Hugh Birch Taylor Park, access to the beach and intercoastal waterway.
The Water Taxi, this is a great way to get around on the water.
The Carrie B, one of my personal favorites. I won't lie, I live next door to where the Carrie B docks. It's a tourist boat that cruises the intercostal waterways and is the best way to view the homes of Fort Lauderdale's rich and famous. You might just find me out walking my gorgeous Portuguese Water Dog, Ray Charles. Be sure to say "hi"!
Whiskey Creek Hideout, kayaking and other water activities.
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, lovely walk along the river running east — west through Fort Lauderdale.
Jimmy Evert Tennis Center, we love boating, golf and tennis in Fort Lauderdale. These are well kept public courts if you'd like to get out and play.
Palm Beach Par 3, not in FLL but worth the drive. This public course is situated between the intercoastal and the ocean! Play the 1st 9 on the intercostal and the back 9 on the sand dunes. It's phenomenal.
But whatever you do Get On the Water! Contact me and I'll be happy to make a recommendation.
Note: Many venues around town offer live music.
There are many great day trips you can take from Fort Lauderdale. The Brightline can get you to Miami, Boca Raton or Palm Beach and back easily and in style. Contact me and I'll give you the 411.
Places to eat & drink in Fort Lauderdale
Ann's Florist and Coffee Bar — Las Olas Blvd. Upscale florist, coffee shop and wine bar with a champagne vending machine!
The Floridian — Las Olas Blvd. Breakfast.
Top Hat Deli — E 4th St. Breakfast.
Louis Bossi — Las Olas Blvd. Lunch, Brunch, Dinner.
Shooters Waterfront— NE 32nd Ave. Lunch, Brunch.
Cafe D'Angelo — Federal Hwy. Lunch, Dinner.
Takato at the Conrad - Lunch and Dinner
Where you'll most likely find me
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Amy LaGrow-Rogers's guide, Pre-Cruise Hotel Guide in Miami & Fort Lauderdale.
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