Visit Fort Lauderdale


Fort Lauderdale Hotels, Attractions, and Information

Written by Julie Greiner

There are 23 miles of beautiful sandy beaches, some 3,000 restaurants, water-skiing, bicyclist paths, 300 miles of navigable inland waterways, the world's largest discount mall and... the South's largest flea market... golf, golf and more golf... and these are just a few good starter points. Fort Lauderdale came to being settled some 150 years ago. In the 1960's the Spring Break crowd left its image in the movie "Where The Boys Are", which is still playing in some local theaters. By the 1990's Fort Lauderdale had blossomed into an international cultural center.

Fort Lauderdale a Shopping Bonanza

Los Olas Boulevard is famous for its boutiques and galleries, here the latest in fashion and design abounds. The Galleria Mall includes Ann Taylor, Cartier, Neiman-Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Sawgrass Mills Mall, the worlds largest mall of its kind, offers some 250 name brand outlet shops, plus entertainment. For those looking for real bargains with family entertainment... no place can beat The Swap Shop and Circus Flea Market. If that isn't enough, collectors can immerse themselves in 150 shops on Antique Row in Dania.

Fort Lauderdale Cuisine for Dining out

Five-star cuisine with atmosphere and ambience as varied as imaginably possible. There are a variety of Vietnamese, Thai, Swiss, Spanish, African, Jamaican, Italian, Indian, German, Caribbean, Chinese, Cuban, French and American restaurants. - By Word Of Mouth is a must! "Desserts that should be illegal." A bistro-style cafe where the menu changes daily. From duckling soaked in apricot brandy to wild mushroom lasagna... to brownie decadence. 3200 Northeast 12th Avenue, (954) 564-3663. Reservations suggested. - Cap's Place * in the Lighthouse Point Marina. Board boat will pick you up from their pier at the Lighthouse Point Marina and dock you at their door step. In the 1920s this was a rum-running restaurant and gambling casino, nestled on an island in the Florida bush. Cap's Place is the oldest restaurant in Broward County. They are noted for their fresh hearts of palm, seafood and steaks. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (954) 941-0418 Reservations suggested.

Fort Lauderdale Attractions

The Bonnet House features daily tours through a historic southern style mansion on 35 acres of sub-tropic plantation. The Stranahan House is on the historic registry and has accommodations for special events. The International Swimming Hall of Fame houses the world's largest collection of swimming memorabilia and two olympic-size swimming pools. Tour the Seminole Indian Reservation and visit their Gambling Casinos. Take a dinner cruise on the Jungle Queen paddleboat, walk the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk and take a water taxi down the intracoastal waterways. Fort Lauderdale is considered the "yachting capital of the world." There are over 40,000 boats registered in the county. Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades is a five-star port of call and the world's second largest cruise port.

Fort Lauderdale Hotels

There are some 28,000 hotel rooms to choose from, as varied as can be imagined. From luxurious resorts to mom and pop motels. There are premier spa resorts including - Hyatt Regency's Pier Sixty-Six Spa, Registry Resort & Spa and the Palm Aire Resort and Spa.

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