3 Easy Day Trips You Can Take From Fort Lauderdale

Are you looking for a fun day trip to take from Fort Lauderdale? Whether you’re a local or visiting the area, there are plenty of great spots within a few hours’ drive from Fort Lauderdale that make the perfect day trip destination. So grab your friends and get ready for an adventure! Here are three of my favorite day trips you can take from Fort Lauderdale whether you’re visiting from out of town, a snowbird, or like me….live in the area.

1. Miami Beach

A quick drive east will take you to Miami Beach—a must-see destination for any traveler in South Florida. With its white sand beaches, beautiful Art Deco architecture, and vibrant nightlife, Miami Beach is sure to please everyone in your group. Spend your morning browsing the shops on Lincoln Road Mall, then hit up one of the many beach clubs or rooftop bars for lunch with a view. Afterward, explore Ocean Drive’s colorful buildings and enjoy some ice cream while people watching on South Beach.

2. Everglades National Park

If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous than sunning in South Beach, head south to Everglades National Park. The first national park in the US dedicated to preserving wetlands instead of mountains or forests, it is home to hundreds of species of birds as well as alligators and other wildlife. Take an airboat tour through the park for an up close and personal experience with nature. Or sign up for a guided kayak tour—it’s a great way to see the mangrove forests without disturbing the animals’ natural habitat too much.

3. Dry Tortugas National Park

Check out Dry Tortugas National Park about 70 miles offshore from Key West. This remote island chain is home to Fort Jefferson—a 19th-century military fortress that served as a prison during

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Fort Lauderdale may lift booze ban on sand for hotel guests

FORT LAUDERDALE — For nearly four decades, Fort Lauderdale has had a ban on booze at the beach — the sandy section, anyway. But there’s now talk of allowing alcohol sales on the sand year-round.

Not everyone would by allowed to sip cocktails by the sea.

To indulge your guilty pleasure, you’d need to be a hotel guest or rent a beach lounge chair.

Hotels alone — no bars, no restaurants — would be allowed to sell all those chardonnays and pina coladas, from Bahia Mar south of Las Olas all the way to Sunrise Boulevard. Customers would also be able to order food from the hotel menu and have it delivered directly to their lounge chair.

Hotels along A1A are pushing the plan, but some locals think it’s a bad idea.

“Most people won’t drink just one drink — they’ll drink two, three or four,” said Warren Sackler, a resident who lives a block from the beach. “There’s definitely going to be more drama if you let people drink on the beach. The police don’t like babysitting and they are going to have to deal with this.”

Once upon a time, during the raunchy heydays of Spring Break, Fort Lauderdale allowed the sale of booze on the beach.

That ended 37 years ago, when city leaders banned alcoholic drinks on the beach, hoping to attract a more well-heeled clientele.

Today, fines range from $50 (for first-time offenders) to $500 (for repeat offenders) if you get caught with a cold one on the sand.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Escape to sunny South Florida and embrace beachfront living in style with irresistible room rates at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Situated on the largest stretch of privately owned beach in South Florida, the resort effortlessly blends laid-back tropical tranquility with signature Marriott service for the ultimate beachfront vacation experience.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort And Spa

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort And Spa

This summer travelers can enjoy an array of amenities, specially designed kid’s programs and incredible rates on guest rooms and suites, starting at $269 per night. Whether traveling as a couple, family or group of friends, Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa offers not only the fun and adventure travelers crave, but the rest and relaxation everyone dreams of.

Set on 16 acres of private beach, Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa is an iconic property boasting a lively experience for guests of all ages and interest. While the property is undergoing enhancements and will temporarily close the tropical lagoon-style pool Aug. 8-29, the resort still offers the largest stretch of oceanfront playground in all of South Florida. Soak up the sun while getting lost in a book, swim in the beautiful blue ocean, sip on handcrafted cocktails and satisfy your tastebuds with sea-side service from Sea Level. Adventure seekers can test their skills in a variety of water sports, from thrill-filled wave runners to snorkeling and paddleboarding, or venture off the sand to the resort’s tennis and pickleball courts.

When it’s time to refuel, guest can choose between one of the resort’s four onsite restaurants, including 3030 Ocean Restaurant, Sea Level Restaurant and Ocean Bar, Riva and Loggerhead Sand Bar, or opt for the ultimate toes-in-the sand experience with Barefoot Dining – a private sea-to-table menu

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