Fort Lauderdale Journals

Fort Lauderdale - America's answer to Venice Italy

A travel journal to Fort Lauderdale by Tideone

Quote: When I was growing up Fort Lauderdale was definitely the destination of choice for spring break. Now it is my destination of choice anytime of the year with plenty of things to see and do.

Fort Lauderdale - America's answer to Venice Italy

Overview

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The highlight of any trip to Fort Lauderdale is going to look at the many cruise ships that call Port Everglades home.

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Doubletree Hotel Ft. Lauderdale-Oceanfront

Hotel | "Doubletree Fort Lauderdale Oceanfront"

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This is really a great place to stay, especially if you get a room with a balcony and a room that faces south, as ours did. The hotel sits in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. From our room, number 602, we had views of both. The hotel has 230 rooms, including six special suites, on 11 floors. Our room had all the ammenities of all the Doubletree Hotels we have stayed in. What my wife liked most about this room was the fact she could sit on the balcony and watch the cruise ships as they sailed out of Port Everglades, including the Grand Princess on which we had sailed the week before. The staff of this hotel were very nice and very friendly. It turned out our bellb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2000

Doubletree Hotel Ft. Lauderdale-Oceanfront
440 Seabreeze Blvd
Ft Lauderdale 33316
(954) 524-8733

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This cafe features the largest sundeck on the Fort Lauderdale Beach and tasty tropical treats and cool drinks are on tap. We only ate breakfast here so I can't really say how the lunch and dinners are; however, I did see a menu and there was a good selection of seafood, beef and chicken.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2000

Juan Alfredo's Sundeck and Cafe
440 Seabreeze Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
(954) 524-8733

Coconuts

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Restaurant | "Cocanuts"

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Located right on the intracoastal waterway and right across the street from the Doubletree Oceanfront Hotel.

We ate lunch here but this would be a great place also for dinner as you watch the sunset.

We started out with the coconut shrimp, since we had been told they were world-famous. Our appetizer came with three gigantic shrimp, one for each of us. My wife had the clam chowder and a house salad while my mother had the chowder. I had a mahi-mahi sandwich.

Everything was delicious.

The pelicans and blackbirds watched as we ate and even dove for the few crumbs that we threw to them.

The water taxi also docks right next to the restaurant.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Coconuts
429 Seabreeze Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Burt & Jack's

Restaurant | "Burt & Jack's"

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While this is a very expensive place to dine, there is no better place in Fort Lauderdale to watch the cruise ships as they set sail from Port Everglades on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

This restaurant is located right in the heart of Port Everglades but if you just follow the signs you will have no trouble finding it. The Burt in the restaurant's name is for the veteran actor Burt Reynolds, who reportedly has sold his interest in the restaurant but his name remains.

The food is excellent and the restaurant has a loyal following of locals so do yourself a favor and make a reservation.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

Burt & Jack's
Berth 23
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
+1 954 522 5225; +1

Ocean Drive Cafe

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Just a short walk from the Doubletree-Oceanfront Hotel is the Ocean Drive Cafe that is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to midnight and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast and lunch items can be purchased for less than $10 while dinner items are priced from $10 and up. You can sit on the sidewalk and take in the ocean or the people walking along the beach, or you can opt to sit inside.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

Ocean Drive Cafe
401 Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
(954) 779-3351

Carrie B Cruises

Attraction | "Carrie B Harbor Tours"

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This was great fun, cruising down the New River and seeing Millionaire's Row, and then going down the Intracoastal Waterway into Port Everglades. The captain pointed out many multi-million dollar homes, many of which had either been owned or were owned by famous celebrities. One of the homes he pointed out was the former home of Sonny and Cher.

The boat sails three times a day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. There is a parking lot across from the boat dock, but it will cost you $5 to park. Also, a photographer takes your picture as you go on board and he has the pictures for sale at the end of the cruise for $5.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2000

Carrie B Cruises
500 East Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
+1 954 768 9920

Historic Stranahan House Museum

Attraction | "Stranahan House"

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Just a short walk from the dock of the Carrie B is the Stranahan House, which has served as the city's trading post, post office and town hall. The Victorian-style home is open Wednesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours begin on the hour with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

Historic Stranahan House Museum
335 SE 6th Ave at Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
954 524 4736

Jungle Queen Riverboat

Attraction | "Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruises"

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This three hour cruise not only takes you to Millionaire's Row and Port Everglades but it also includes a stop at the Jungle Queen's own Indian Village, where you can see exotic birds, an alligator show and Seminole Indians making native crafts.

The sightseeing cruises depart each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At night the Jungle Queen offers a four hour dinner cruise, featuring a variety show, a sing-a-long and an all you can eat bar-b-que ribs, chicken and steamed shrimp. The dinner takes place at the Jungle Queen's own private island.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

Jungle Queen Riverboat
Bahia Mar Yachting Center
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
+1 954 462 5596

Water Taxi

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A great way to get around Fort Lauderdale is on the water taxi that provides scheduled service between restaurants, nightclubs, shops, beaches, marinas and many other stops. You can also use the water taxi as a leisurely sightseeing tour.

Fares are $7.50 one way or $14 round trip. The best value is a $16 all day pass. There are also three and seven day passes available. The water taxi operates from 10 a.m. until late into the night. You can also find a schedule by going to www.watertaxi.com.
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Almost directly in front of the Doubletree Oceanfront Hotel on Seabreeze Boulevard, you will find Ralph, who can help you with any of your sightseeing needs while you are in Fort Lauderdale. Ralph has brochures and information on everything from tours of the city to trips to the Bahamas. I stopped and talked to Ralph about chartering a boat during our next trip to Fort Lauderdale. You can also call Ralph for any information at 954-522-1770.
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By all means, before doing anything else on your arrival in Fort Lauderdale hunt down a packet of Beach Bucks. I found mine at Ralph's. Beach Bucks are very handy to have, especially if you are planning to do any sightseeing while you are in the area. There are valuable coupons for some great savings at many of the attractions in the area.