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Sea Forever

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A February 2003 trip to Fort Lauderdale by Mary Dickinson

Early sunrise Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida More Photos
Quote: Discovering Fort Lauderdale should start with a visit to Las Olas Blvd. Discover the riverfront, the science museum, and best of all the restaurants and the quaint, very expensive shops. Bonnet House and surrounding land goes back to another era and is right next to resort.

Sea Forever

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Overview

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It wasn't the expansive beach in the warm February sunshine or the friendly people, the heated outside pool or the Galleria nearby for terrific shopping that was so exciting about this resort. It was being up on the 15th floor looking at all the above through my binoculars from our balcony. For just a moment I could see Bimini when the haze lifted.Quick Tips: Bonnet House is right next door insisting on maintaining another era of time with Las Olas Blvd only a few minutes away making it obsolete in both opulence and grandeur. Don't leave the area without checking out both. Definitely get your fresh fruits and veggies at the Swap Shop west on Sunrise Blvd Best Way To Get Around:...Read More

Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

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Hotel | "Sunterra Resorts Fort Lauderdale Beach"

Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Picture in your mind a tropical warm sunny day in December when most of the country is under a foot or more of snow. Add to that a hot outdoor spa and/or heated pool and live music poolside or sitting out on the balcony seven floors up and watching the pleasure boats out on the ocean. That's Sunterra Resorts Fort Lauderdale Beach on a Sunday afternoon.A converted hotel, it doesn't have as fancy an architectural plan as a new gold crown condo, but the renovations are pleasing and expensive. New sliding glass doors lead to a covered balcony with a great view of the ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway. On the seventh floor we were just above the treetops. The living/dining room is spacious ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2003

Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
909 Breakers Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
954/566-8800

Mai-Kai

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Restaurant

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A vacation while you're on vacation is dinner at the Mai-Kai. That restaurant is a primitive patch of Polynesian on US 1 in Fort Lauderdale. We arrived early and sat in the bar for awhile. The bar looks like the inside of an old sailing ship. Beautiful girls in Molokai costume take your order from a menu of 50 specialty tropical drinks. I choose Tropical Breeze, fruit juice and rum. For some strange reason, the ice in the drink didn't melt - it didn't even get slushy. We made reservations for dinner and the show and eventually we were directed to our table. Several "rooms" are around the centrally located stage. They had names like The Tahiti Room, The Hawaii Room, etc. Of course...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 29, 2003

Mai-Kai
3599 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
(954) 563-3272

Shirttail Charlie's

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Restaurant

Shirttail Charlie's Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Fun in Fort Lauderdale is arriving at Shirttail Charlie's by water. If you're planning on sailing your yacht up the New River, Shirttail Charlie's has its own marina and you can dock there. If you've been attending the Broward Performing Arts Center, you can walk down to the river and they'll send over the free shuttle if you signal them to do so, or you can arrive by water bus. It's Stop 19. You can arrive by car, but it's not the same thing. We arrived by water bus. When we walked onto the dock, we noticed a lot of people sitting at tables on the wharf. I looked around for a door to enter the restaurant, but the only door went into the kitchen, so we found an empty table and a waite...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2003

Shirttail Charlie's
400 Southwest Third Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
(954) 463-3474

Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop

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Attraction | "Swap Shop and Circus"

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On the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Route 441 in Fort Lauderdale is one of southeast Florida's greatest attractions. 88 acres of unbelievable shopping and entertainment and its free or close to it. I like to go on Sunday around 9am. A large parking lot, intended for use as a drive-in theater, is filled with flea market venders. Items from many parts of the world are offered for sale by people from everywhere speaking a variety of languages. I usually can find a few things I just can't live without. My husband likes videos and adds significantly to his collection every time we go. When our legs can't stand anymore we go inside the big top. The flea market continues inside with n...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2003

Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop
3291 West Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Bonnet House

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Attraction

Bonnet House Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Along the Intracoastal Waterway the west shore of the property owned by the Bonnet House looks like a jungle. No sea walls, no mansions or yachts, only the natural Florida landscape. The property borders on Rt. A1A and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. In 1983 Evelyn Fortune Lilly Bartlett gave the house with thirty-five acres to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. She wanted to preserve history for future generations. The property had been a wedding gift to her husband, Frederic Clay Bartlett and his first wife, Helen. Helen was the daughter of Hugh Taylor Birch. He gave his 180-acre estate to the State of Florida. It is now Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. The Bonnet House pro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 23, 2003

Bonnet House
900 North Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
+1 954 563 5393

Hugh Taylor Birch Rec. Area

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Attraction | "Hugh Taylor Birch State Park"

Hugh Taylor Birch Rec. Area Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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If you're looking for a budget vacation or you just want to enjoy the natural habitat in Fort Lauderdale, the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is the place to go. Fishing, canoeing, camping, and hiking - it has it all. The first time we walked through the park, a group of school-age children (probably fifth- or sixth-graders) were learning to operate a canoe in a freshwater pond with Beware of Alligators signs along the shore. The park is on a barrier island, one of the many long islands in Florida, separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway. You can enter the park from Ocean Boulevard - there is free parking along the boulevard, but not likely to be available on a warm,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 28, 2003

Hugh Taylor Birch Rec. Area
3109 East Sunrise Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
+1 954 564 4521

Winterfest Boat Parade

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Attraction | "The 32nd Annual Winterfest Boat Parade"

Winterfest Boat Parade Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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It was December 13, 2003. We were walking the roadway through Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. We came across a lot of activity near the north parking lot. We learned that the grandstand for the 32nd Annual Winterfest Boat Parade was being set up in that area. About 30 food and arts-and-crafts vendors were setting up inside their prearranged white tents. Tables and chairs for around 500 people were already in place. There would be entertainment in that area from 5pm until the parade arrived at that point. The bleachers for the grandstand were already set up along the Intracoastal Waterway. There were hundreds of seats and we found out they were all sold out at $17 per seat. It was abou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 29, 2003

Winterfest Boat Parade
1881 Southeast 17th St
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
+1 954 767 0686

Watching the Sunrise

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Early sunrise Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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From our 15th floor balcony a spectacular view of the sun rising over the ocean greeted us every morning. Color variations occur as it climbed up from the sea. Clouds interfered and hid part of the sun, causing it to split into various rays of light and even melting it into globby shapes. As it ascended into the sky the golden colors slowly became more silvery. Finally, it climbed over the clouds and shone bright and clear, and it became another glorious day in Ft. Lauderdale.

All Day Water Bus

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Water Bus  Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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We were staying at The Sunterra Resort Fort Lauderdale Beach and not too far from Stop 3 on the All Day Water Bus. Stop 1 is at Shooters on Oakland Boulevard and the last stop, Stop 20, is at The Broward Performing Arts Center. The bus travels on the Intracoastal Waterway and the New River. It is open to the air on warm sunny days and can lower its windows on rainy days. It runs from 9:00am to 12:30am seven days a week. Some buses can hold as many as 72 people. Your $5 ticket will allow you to get on and off all day at scheduled stops. If you plan on using it all week or all month there are special rates available. The "captians" love to give an unofficial tour as t he bus travels ...Read More