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Destination Focus


Fort Lauderdale makes an excellent and somewhat exotic

choice for a beach holiday where Brit's can get a taste of the

American Dream. This low-rise, high-end residential stretch of

south Floridian coastline has a white sand beach stretching as

far as the eye can see, great shopping, excellent restaurants,

a nightlife to rival that of Miami and impressive modern hotels.

It also makes the perfect start or finish to a cruise holiday with

many ships sailing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale

instead of the Port of Miami. Miami was once the cruise capital

of the world - but this has now been overtaken by the much

larger Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

Top 10 Tips:

1: Spend the day on the beach

2: Shopping At Sawgrass Mills

3: Shopping on Las Olas Bouelvard

4: Jungle Queen paddle-wheeler

evening BBQ excursion

5: Visit the Everglades

6: Join a fishing charter boat excursion

7: Party the night away

8: Tour the Waterways to view the

yachts and huge mansions

9: Al-Fresco Dining on the beach


10: Take a drive down to Miami Beach.


Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice

of America with lots of inland waterways

lined by multi-million dollar mansions

and flotillas of white super yachts. For

many years the only direct route to

reach Fort Lauderdale was to fly into

Miami Airport and drive the 25 miles

up Interstate 95. Recently however the

low cost European airline - Norwegian

Air has introduced a direct service twice

weekly during the Winter months from

London Gatwick - making this hotspot

of Florida infinitely more affordable and

far more accessible.


There are a number of excellent

restaurants, bars and shops to be found

overlooking the beach along the main

palm tree lined beach promenade.

La Galleria Mall has some top name

brands and upmarket stores for air

conditioned comfort. While the main

shopping street is Las Olas Boulevard

- the Rodeo Drive of Fort Lauderdale.

Sawgrass Mills is a huge factory outlet

shopping mall - the biggest in Florida

and indeed on the East Coast USA.

Have breakfast in the Floridian Diner

on Las Olas Boulevard - a favourite of

the locals at the weekend. For dinner

try the Casablanca Restaurant on the

beach promenade overlooking the sea

or Coconuts overlooking the marina for

a magnificent sunset. You can also visit

the evening dining and entertainment

area called Riverwalk overlooking the

canals and waterways.


North Fort Lauderdale Beach is the

area north of Port Everglades and

is our recommended area for your

Fort Lauderdale hotel stay. Here

numerous four-star hotels cover the

beach promenade (officially known as

the A1A) with the nightlife, marinas

and waterways close by. While a

hotel at the airport or close to the

port is not near the beach and in a

more industrial area. You should only

choose this area for a convenient

overnight stay and if you are not

planning to explore Fort Lauderdale!

Our preferred hotel is the four-star

Sonesta Beach hotel - this new

240 room hotel is located on Fort

Lauderdale Beach on the corner of

Sunrise Boulevard and A1A. It is just

across the road from a park, opposite

the beach and within walking distance

of La Galleria Mall. It is also only a

few minutes walk to Beach Place with

countless dining and entertainment

options. Upon entering any one of the

contemporary designed guestrooms,

guests will be mesmerized by the

stunning views of the sandy white

beaches and colourful shoreline

of the Atlantic Ocean. All rooms

are furnished with either one Kingsized or two Queen-sized Blissful

Beds. The hotel features a 24 Hour

reception, outdoor swimming pool,

two restaurants, pool bar, gym and

coffee shop.


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