Fort Lauderdale, FL

Long weekend in Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale has 23 miles of beach to enjoy. So as you can see, there is plenty of room in the water! I’ll start with outlining how we spent 5 days (my kind of long weekend) in this coastal city. I’m including links if you’re interested in the same type of food and entertainment.

What to do:

  • Take a bike ride! We had a bike station right outside of our hotel, but you can find them all over the city and along the beach. Click here for information.

We aren’t the most seasoned bike riders, so we decided to stay off the streets and ride inside the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. This brings me to my next point…

  • Visit Hugh Taylor Birch State Park - its quite a big park with lots to see and do inside. Visit their website linked above for more ideas! There is a $2 fee for pedestrians and bicyclists (small price to pay for what you get).

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 Stop along the canal to gaze and daydream about living in one of the mansions across the water.

Stop along the canal to gaze and daydream about living in one of the mansions across the water.

 I found the one!

I found the one!

  • Take the Water Taxi Tour - We bought the all day passes for $28. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets online. We bought our tickets on the boat, they’re the same price either way. I also downloaded the app on my phone for easy tracking of pickup location and schedule. The app was really helpful for timing. We hopped on at stop #8. On the app its called Birch State Park stop, but in reality the pickup is at Gallery One-Double Tree Hotel. We started with the Fort Lauderdale route but transferred to the Hollywood taxi to go farther south and spend some time on the Hollywood Beach… we ended up preferring the quiet Fort Lauderdale Beach in front of our hotel :)

We were lucky to be here the weekend before the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and saw the line up of mega yachts on display. The taxi also cruises along the mansion rows and the tour guide calls out some of the celebrity owners.

  • Spend time relaxing on the beach and soaking in the salty water. On a short beach vacation such as this one, I like to devote most of my days to just chillaxin on the beach and soaking up the sunshine.

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  • Wake up early and watch the sunrise. I’m sort of, on some days, an early riser. Usually not on vacations, but someone set the hotel room alarm clock for 6am, and I couldn’t fall back asleep. So I got up, got dressed, and went for an early morning walk on the beach and watched the sunrise. It was magical…

Where to eat:

Breakfast

  • My favorite breakfast place was across the street from our hotel and ended up being a Mexican restaurant: El Taquito. The breakfast menu even includes a coffee with the meal! I was quite impressed with my avocado toast. I took a picture, which ended up on my Instagram feed, but forgot to save it! To my surprise it came with two poached eggs generously sprinkled with pico de gallo. We had breakfast here twice. The first time the toast was regular bread, the second time I was pleasantly surprised with Cuban bread. Not sure why the inconsistency with the bread, but it was really good either way.

Dinner

  • Our favorite dinner was at Blue Moon Fish Company… I had the blackened mahi mahi, loved how it was prepared. I would go back to Fort Lauderdale just to eat there again. We chose to sit outside on the dock, which was perfect!

  • Our first dinner was at Seasons 52, which was a convenient walk from the hotel and the menu had a good variety to choose from.

  • One of the other places worth mentioning is Franco and Vinny’s Pizza Shack. None of us ended up ordering the pizza, but the pasta was good! I had the lasagna.

Dessert

  • Yo Mama’s Ice-cream - the popcorn flavor was everyone’s favorite! I admit I flavored quite a few flavors, and liked them all. We had Yo Mama’s ice-cream twice a day :) They also serve a variety of popcorn and fresh baked cookies, which smelled and looked divine!

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Where to sleep:

  • We stayed at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach. I really enjoyed staying at this hotel. The guest/customer service was one of the best I’ve received from a hotel, and the view from our room was absolutely stunning.

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The hotel also offered “Daily Delights” which was a nice mid-day treat. Some of the delights included nachos with salsa and toppings, pretzels and dips, virgin mojitos, and coconut water. Just a few perks to make a great vacation even better. Can’t wait to come back!