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A May 2006 trip to Fort Lauderdale by mplunkert

Waterfront Inn Beach Resort Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida More Photos
Quote: Fort Lauderdale was the perfect place to "kick back" at the end of an otherwise grueling trip.

Fort Lauderdale Pleasures

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Overview

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I admit it. I had always associated Fort Lauderdale with a bunch of college kids letting loose over spring break, and that picture didn’t even appeal to me when I was one of those kids. Students gone wild weren’t a concern when we visited in May, but post-hurricane construction was taking place all along Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Still, the noise and mess seemed remote as we walked along the white sand beach just across the street from a construction site or dined at one of the many sidewalk cafes a couple buildings away. We had just driven from Miami to the Tampa Bay area and then to Fort Lauderdale on business. Happily, our business in Fort Lauderdale took less time than we expected, so we we...Read More

Waterfront Inn Beach Resort

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Hotel | "Waterfront Inns Beach Resort"

Waterfront Inn Beach Resort Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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The Fort Lauderdale Waterfront Inns Beach Resort was the perfect place to unwind from our business trip. I would have expected to pay much more than the $80 a night (which included my AAA discount) we were charged, even if we were there in low season (mid-May). It is an older property, but the rooms are clean, comfortable and well decorated. (They were also just beginning to renovate some of the rooms when we left.) In addition to the typical amenities (coffee maker, hair dryer, iron), our standard room came with a microwave and a refrigerator.  Dishes, glassware, and silverware were also supplied, making it easy to reheat some of the "doggie bags" we brought back from the restaurants we s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2006

Waterfront Inn Beach Resort
521 FT LAUDERDALE BEACH BLVD
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
954-564-4341

Casablanca Cafe

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Restaurant

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The Casablanca Café was within easy walking distance from our hotel and had an inviting ocean-view patio and an interesting menu, so this one was close to being a no-brainer. Nevertheless, I will admit to a moment’s pause since there was only one other couple dining on the patio when we arrived for lunch. Also, I tend to shy away from restaurants with menus that offer something for everyone. Casablanca’s menu was one of the most varied I’ve ever encountered. Entrée descriptions reflected the influence of such diverse cultures as Morocco, Japan, Spain, Italy, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Cajun Louisiana.My concern regarding the paucity of customers was very quickly dispelled; the patio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2006

Casablanca Cafe
3049 Alhambra Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
(954) 764-3500

Shooters Waterfront Cafe USA

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Restaurant | "Shooter's Waterfront Cafe USA"

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Despite the abundance of restaurants along A1A within walking distance of our hotel, we decided to explore the alternatives as well. We selected Shooters Waterfront Café because of its location on the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW), and we were looking forward to watching the boats maneuvering along the ICW as we dined. The experience was a disappointing one. The first problem was finding a place to park. We initially pulled into a lot across the street and then saw that it was for "El Mar" customers only. We were in the process of leaving the lot when an attendant hurried over and told us we could park there anyway—for $10. Since we had passed a couple of lots about a block and a half away that cost ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 3, 2006

Shooters Waterfront Cafe USA
3033 NE 32nd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
(954) 566-2855

Egg & You Diner

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Restaurant | "Egg & You Diner"

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My husband and I are members of an international sailing association, and the Fort Lauderdale members meet at the Egg & You Diner each Sunday for breakfast. Since we were in the neighborhood, we decided we would take advantage of the opportunity to attend. We probably would have enjoyed the company of the like-minded people that we met anywhere, but we would also have been equally delighted with our experience at the Egg & You Diner had we stumbled on it ourselves. The Egg & You is reminiscent of a 1950s diner, and for good reason; we were told it has been in existence for 50+ years. The service is excellent—our coffee cups were never empty, and although the restaurant was very busy, the service came ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2006

Egg & You Diner
2621 N. Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33306
(954) 564-2045

Oasis Cafe

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Restaurant

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The Oasis Café is right across from the ocean (along A1A although you might not expect so from its address) and offers a unique dining experience. The restaurant’s outdoor “booths” are actually covered gliders, so diners can unwind by rocking back and forth in much the same way as they would on a back porch swing as they watch the ebb and flow of the ocean, and breathe deeply of the clean, salt air. At the same time, they are shielded from the sun and protected from a light rain. A fabulous fountain is situated in the middle of the outdoor patio, which also houses a tiki bar amidst palm trees and numerous flowers. The menu offerings are varied enough to please any palate, and include items ranging fro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2006

Oasis Cafe
600 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
(954) 463-3130

Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Attraction

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I’ve cruised most of the islands of the eastern Caribbean and visited their numerous, beautiful beaches. So I feel confident in declaring the 3-mile-long Fort Lauderdale beach to be a true gem. The beach is wide, white sand—perfect for that sand castle the child in you has always wanted to build; perfect for spending an afternoon simply worshiping the sun. The ocean is clean and inviting. Whatever the reason for it, I was happy that I didn’t have to compete with McDonald’s cups and Wendy’s wrappers for my piece of the water as I did the last time I visited some of the California beaches. If you want to be more active, you can also go parasailing, rent a hobie cat or sunfish, or—if spee...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 5, 2006

Fort Lauderdale Beach
1100 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316