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A June 2003 trip to Pompano Beach by chefcat

Native Sun Sam the a Time Share Resort Photo, Pompano Beach, Florida More Photos
Quote: The water's warm, the unit is lovely, and there's nightlife a few miles down the road. What could possibly be better?

Native Sun Sam the a Time Share Resort

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Hotel | "Native Sun"

Native Sun Sam the a Time Share Resort Photo, Pompano Beach, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Sparkling, warm ocean water, restaurants, churches, grocery stores, diving.Best Things About the Resort:Kind, helpful management, everything squeaky clean and ship-shape. It''s right smack dab on a beautiful beach.Resort Experience:To limit this review to 500 words is going to be a little tough since the memories are so wonderful that they make me wax poetic. We arrived two hours early, and Mike at the front desk opened his arms, and upon finding us on the list, said, "Welcome, welcome, welcome, Thompson family!" In all our years of timesharing, we''ve never had such a warm welcome. Mike helped us out many times during the week with di...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2003

Native Sun Sam the a Time Share Resort
1950 S Ocean Blvd
Pompano Beach, Florida 33062
(954) 942-2800

Carrabba's Italian Grill

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Restaurant | "Carrabba''s Italian Grill"

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The first thing you notice when you walk into any Carrabba''s is the open kitchen. The pace is lively, the motions efficient. It''s entertainment all unto itself to watch the chefs move and shake as they keep this popular restaurant up to tempo. Everything comes together in perfect harmony. If it sounds like I''m describing a symphony, it''s because I am . . . We were seated immediately in a comfortable booth. As we perused the menu, our server brought a basket of crusty, warm rolls and filled the bottom of a dish with lovely extra virgin olive oil for dipping. Although making a choice was difficult, we opted for the veal piccata, the eggplant Parmigiana, and the chicken Alfredo. We c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2003

Carrabba's Italian Grill
1299 South Federal Highway
Pompano Beach, Florida 33062
(954)782-2688

Fill Express - Scubatyme

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The dive operators in the Pompano Beach area have a unique arrangement. They all contract out to the same boats that go out from the Atlantic Avenue pier, so you can rent a spot on most any boat at any dive shop. We chose Fill Express because after careful research, I had found Fill Express'' owner Mark to be so enthusiastic about his classes. He was perfect for teaching this physics-challenged gal a course in Nitrox. "No one fails my course" was his declaration, and then he spent 45 minutes explaining over the phone in detail why that is. And pass, we did, although I required several hours of tutelage. He never lost his patience with me, and got me reasonably operational in the physi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2003

Fill Express - Scubatyme
2045 North Dixie Highway
Pompano Beach, Florida 33060
(954) 786-0661

Butterfly World

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If you want some complete peace with a little delight served up on the side, a visit to Butterfly World is definitely in order. To call it a butterfly conservatory would be like calling nachos and cheese an entree. No, Butterfly World is like no other place on earth. Various screened environments that are favorable to the proliferation of butterflies have been created here. Among these is a simulated tropical rain forest, a flower garden, and a forest. There is an outside section that is planted liberally with flowers that naturally attract the insects. An informative display notes the life cycle of this remarkable insect, the length of their lives, what they eat, and other ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2003

Butterfly World
3600 West Sample Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33073
(954) 977-4400

Everglades Holiday Park

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Until we went to Florida, I had never seen a real alligator up-close-and-personal. However, after taking a tour of the Everglades via airboat, I can now say that I have. I never knew that they regenerate teeth that are knocked out. I never knew the inside of their mouths and their tongues are a creamy shade of off-white. I never knew that pulling them by the tail will render them unaggressive. After buying your ticket at the office, you make your way down to the dock to wait for the boat to leave. When the tour guide comes to take your ticket, you find a seat, and you're off! It was very exciting to swoosh over the Everglade vegetation that populates the water. It's high spee...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2003

Everglades Holiday Park
21940 Griffin Road
Southwest Ranches, Florida 33332
(954) 434-8111