Fort Lauderdale: Florida’s Beaches What To Eat And Where To StayNovember 1, 2018
For Miamians who want a fun and stress-free mini vacation, nothing like Fort Lauderdale, that collection of 23 miles of tempting beaches that line this coast of the Atlantic Ocean. But beware, this beautiful Floridian region is much more than sun and sand, has a number of fantastic parks and restaurants that make driving there not only worth it … leave us with no desire to return home!
To begin with, in Fort Lauderdale is the only hotel in that area that has a “lazy river”. It’s about the Pelican Grand Beach Resort. The hotel building is impressive because, due to its proximity to the beach, it gives the impression that it is on the sea. In fact, from its rooms the maritime perspective is impressive. If you visit this hotel, do not forget to reach the huge balcony facing the sea. There a chain of white rocking chairs will allow you to enjoy the most relaxing sunset imaginable.
For an oceanfront dinner, visit Ocean 2000, the Pelican Grand Beach restaurant where chef David Goette, who until recently gained much popularity in South Africa directing several restaurants, put together a fusion of local dishes with international For example, the glazed salmon with guava sauce, or its organic chicken grilled with a twist of Jamaican seasoning. While its Florida Conch Chowder soup is easily the best in the region.
Those who love good food are not disappointed in Ft. Lauderdale. Among the newer restaurants, Lona Cocina Tequilería, by famed Mexican chef Pablo Salas, has placed among the best in the region in record time.
“We opened only nine months ago,” says general manager Dayron Epstein. “And we are already considered the best restaurant in the city according to the Miami New Times, and the best Mexican restaurant according to Trip Advisor. That speaks of the commitment we have to serve the best food, with the best deal. “
Among the dishes that should not be missed in Lona: the grouper fish tacos, its tamale – read well – of lamb and the ceviche comes back to life (with a ‘touch’ of avocado and cilantro).
Seafood lovers find paradise at Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits. There, the Brazilian chef Paula DaSilva, organized for its visitors a feast of seafood with delicious and healthy recipes.
The waiters of Burlock Coast are the great publicists of the restaurant: they proudly recite the qualities of each dish. The one who answered me spoke so well about the 1/2 lobster with honey mustard (1/2 Chilled Main Lobster) and the fish breaded in beer, which I could not resist. And I was not disappointed! And the happy ending was in his sumptuous desserts, among which I still savor the Apple Crisp, caramelized with a touch of rum.
For a bit of adrenaline, you have to go to the Xtreme Action Park where kids and adults can have fun on their Go-Karts track, in their trampolines (Rockin ‘Jump), or their daring string course under roof, which has ten obstacle stations.
Among the new additions of the Xtreme Action Park are its three “Panic Rooms”. Rooms where a riddle is presented that leaves its visitors “trapped” for an hour, time in which they must solve this mystery to find their release. This, in addition to the bowling lanes and an extensive arcade with dozens of games, that have made it so popular. There is so much to do, it is suggested to arrive with time to enjoy all or at least most of its attractions.
Among the most attractive rides north of Fort Lauderdale is Butterfly World. It is a three-acre butterfly park: it houses some 300 species of these precious insects, making it the largest in the world. Walking here you will interact with some of the 2,000 and 3,000 butterflies that fly through these beautiful gardens.
Fort Lauderdale is also home to magnificent museums, such as the Museum of Discovery and Science. At its entrance is one of the three largest kinetic energy clocks in the world: the Great Gravitational Clock of 16 meters high. Once inside, you can have fun with interactive exhibits in which you stand in front of the mouth of a huge shark or experience the strong winds of a hurricane. See enough time for you to see some of the interesting 3D movies from his IMAX cinema. This summer National Parks Adventure is presented, with wonderful images of the largest natural parks in the USA.
Not far from the “Discovery” is the Antique Car Museum. Although much smaller, it is very well taken care of. It has a collection of more than two dozen Packard cars and other equally interesting objects. In each car there are interesting data of its history: from its manufacture, to its apogee and exit from the market. A gem just five minutes from Downtown.
After so many tours, nothing better than a good massage. That total relaxation is received in the PURE Spa, also facing the sea, where in addition to massages and body wraps stand a dozen different facials. Just what is needed after a sunny day.
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Where to eat:
Pelican Grand Beach, 2000 N Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. (954) 568-9431.
Canvas Kitchen Tequila, 4204, 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., (954) 245-7069.
Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits, 1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., (954) 302-6460.
Xtreme Action Park, 5300 Powerline Road, (954) 491-6265.
Butterfly World, 3600 West Sample Road, (954) 977-4434.
Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW 2nd St., (954) 467-6637.
Antique Car Museum, 1527 SW 1st Ave., (954) 779-7300.
PURE Spa, 2000 N Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, (954) 568-9431.
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