Fort Lauderdale: The “American Venice”

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Perfect for lovers of the sea, Fort Lauderdale entices with its beautiful beaches, gastronomy and shopping circuit.

In Oh my gauze!, A clothing and decor in the famous Las Olas Boulevard, take pictures of the products may be considered “espionage.” Is that this house sells “one of a kind”, or crafts. And in the U.S., where almost everything is manufactured in series, finding unique items is a real find.

Fort Lauderdale

Photography by wirralwater (where to next?)

If you travel to Miami must reserve a weekend to Fort Lauderdale, about 36 km north on the Atlantic. It looks like a floating city, which sits on hundreds of channels of sea water, which earned her the name “The Venice of America” there plastic gondolas sail have little to do with the Italian, but well worth a stroll. Paradise for shopping fans, delivers more refined and exclusive Miami, with the advantage that also is a hub of entertainment for young and old.

Fort Lauderdale of beaches

Photography by Zach Klein

Have a good time here is easy. 80% of bars, restaurants and shops is run by its owners and the city has comfortable transport. Water taxis, the sun trolley, linking the downtown to the beaches, and the classic yellow cabs that do not spend long here as in Manhattan.

From south to north, the Greater Fort Lauderdale has six beaches, each with its own personality: Hollywood, Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale By The Sea, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach. The most chic is Ft Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach are ideal for families with children, and to relax, is quieter Lauderdale By The Sea all have different categories of hotel, cottages and apartments with fabulous gardens by the sea well equipped at affordable prices.

Marine Tours:

We replace the weighted city-never good for a sightseeing cruise tour on board a taxi-boat, a yacht trip or a gondola: the idea is to sail along the Intracoastal Waterway (a channel parallel to the sea) and the New River, to experience the nautical appearance of Ft Lauderdale and Port Everglades, where impressive and small cruisers moored boats. The port is a focal point and a program itself, restaurants, boutiques and marinas. It is three miles from Ft Lauderdale International Airport, almost half of the urban area.

“In the sea, life is beautiful …” said a very old song, and Fort Lauderdale is indicadísimo for ocean lovers. Fishing trips, diving, ecological tours and airboat safaris, trips to the island “All you wish to eat” (All you want to eat) on the Jungle Queen Riverboat (a boat “a spade”, as the old Mississippi River ), canoeing, windsurfing, swimming in the sea or in one of the five thousand hotel pools, invite you to wear a bathing suit and sandals from morning until night.

Beachs in USA

Photography by cristinabe

Land Tours:

Go with the kids is a must, so they have a visit to Flamingo Gardens, a botanical reserve drawn on beautiful gardens with pink flamingos, and Butterfly World, a butterfly garden with copies unexpected, colorful birds and tropical forest. Another urgent out (best with friends) is the infallible drink at dusk. The most spectacular views are in the bars of the big hotels, including The Atlantic Hotel, Bahia Mar, Hilton, Hyatt or Sheraton. To play golf there are several courts, and if it is random, the Gulfstream Park or the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Needless entertainment and frivolity, but there are “gems” such as the Museum of Art, the largest permanent art collection of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam (copper).

In addition to mega malls like Sawgrass Mills, Galleria Mall or the Seminole Paradise, remain unbeatable the bou-Las Olas Blvd tickets they sell original designs and unique pieces. Are blocks to the astonishment ranging from the beach to the Arts & Entertainment District and the Riverwalk. For dining, there are several options: Bistro St. Tropez, the tavern Trafficking; Pronto Pizzeria with wood oven, a chopped oriental with hummus, tabouleh, garlic and butter prawns in mango Schakolad chocolates, coffee Kilwins (a classic from 1946) or Starbucks. In Las Olas Blvd is sidewalk tables, chairs, never to rise, as the city warm lighting and breeze that smells of endless summer.

In this realm of temptation and consumerism, it seems that only the sea air is free. However, the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch is a free concert on the beach is assembled, the first Sunday of each month. Each takes her basket and chair and enjoy the musical picnic.

Another option is Las Olas Gourmet Market in Las Olas and 12th St. It is a huge fair with fresh food stalls, orchids, vegetables fifth, honey, homemade jams, olive oils, Mexican pottery, cupcakes. And although not spent a dollar, just watch and a party. Celebration that culminates with a screening of a film or an impromptu dance on a terrace.

Enjoy your trip!

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