I say Fort Lauderdale, Florida - you say spring breakers, retirees and a cruise port? Why would I want to go there? I don’t even think there’s anything to do there except sit on a beach. And I say - hold on! You don’t know Fort Lauderdale like I do!
And that’s why I invited today’s guest to chat with me about everything and anything Greater Fort Lauderdale. And who is today’s guest? It’s Caitlan Etchever from Visit Fort Lauderdale.
And Caitlin loves to chat about her city. Although originally from Maine she’s been a Fort Lauderdale-ian for twenty-four years and considers Greater Fort Lauderdale her home. So needless to say, she’s my go to for all things Fort Lauderdale.
Read on to see what Fort Lauderdale is really all about - and why I bet you’ll be adding it to your domestic trip list soon!
Getting there: Super easy! There’s lots of airport lift in and out of Fort Lauderdale International Airport. And thanks to the abundance of flights they’re at great rates too. Plus, the flight time is minimal especially for my east coasters - which makes it an ideal three- or four-night getaway. And the accessibility? You can be from airport to beach in ten minutes! Another bonus - Broward County is a domestic destination so no passport needed!
Why Fort Lauderdale: As I touched on in the intro there are some misconceptions about Fort Lauderdale. And Caitlin is very well aware of that, so she answered the questions why visit, what am I going to be able to do there and why would it be my destination of choice? Let’s uncover her answers!
Popular Areas: There are many must see parts not only in Fort Lauderdale but in the close by surrounding towns as well.
Sightseeing and Activities: You get a great variety of things to see and do in Fort Lauderdale – especially with so many great natural resources and beautiful scenery.
Accommodations: The new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood - opened in October of 2019 is literally in Fort Lauderdale’s own backyard. It features a huge, iconic tower with 600 rooms that is – well shaped like a guitar! And that guitar puts on a daily light show orchestrated to music that is not to be missed! Caitlin also let us in on a little secret of sorts – if you stay in The Guitar Hotel you have the option to request a guitar in whatever color you want – included in price – for use during your stay! Another fun fact is that the architects that created this visually stunning masterpiece made sure to construct it so that each room has amazing views. They pretty much have everything except for the beach at this resort so they brought the beach to them – as a section of pool resembles a beach experience complete with sand.
Gastronomy: Fort Lauderdale is home to an abundance of great chefs and thus great restaurants. There is plenty of al fresco dining as well giving you ample opportunity to enjoy the fresh air. There’s the Fifteenth Street Fisheries where you can arrive via water taxi if you like. It is one of oldest restaurants in the area and since it is located on the Intracoastal Waterway it provides amazing water views. If you are a fan of Brazilian cuisine, then Regina’s Farm is a must - if you can get reservations! (Don’t worry – I can work my magic for you with Caitlin’s help!) Open only on Saturdays it is an extremely popular venue that offers a Brazilian themed dinner every weekend in a unique environment where you get to experience the Brazilian food as well as the culture. For fresh fruits and veggies check out the Yellow Green Market in Hollywood. This is a really cool area that is home to a bunch of mini-restaurants, food trucks and kiosks representing a lot Caribbean, South American and Latin American countries. Lots of great food to be found here!
Safety: Caitlin emphasized that Fort Lauderdale is covering all their bases as far as post covid cleaning and sanitizing preparations go - so that as visitors return – they are assured a safe experience.
Updated COVID-19 Information: As of this writing travel to the state of Florida has no travel restrictions in place.
For the CDC’s most up to date information on COVID-19 click here. And for the most up to date entry requirements in Fort Lauderdale click here.
Now when I say Fort Lauderdale, it will conjure up images of a fabulous destination to give your mind, body and soul a disconnect, teaming with art, culture, activities and more. And since everything is pretty much all outdoors thanks to beautiful weather and natural resources it’s great for social distancing. You may also want to consider doing a pre-or post-cruise stay here. As long as your ship is departing from Fort Lauderdale – spend a few days exploring it!
And one last thing that Caitlin and I agree on – Fort Lauderdale has a value proposition to it that Miami doesn’t always bring. Meaning – you can have a little Miami vibe - with a lot of the same style properties - at a lower price point. And Miami is close enough you can always take a train or uber down to check it out for the day or evening!
For more details on things to see and do in Fort Lauderdale, where to stay, it’s price points and more - contact your Travel Guru! Oh, and if you need a payment plan to fund your travel adventure – we got those too!
During the shutdown of Covid19, Loulu Lima began interviewing many tourism boards, destination management companies and suppliers whom BHGH works with in the curation of your itineraries.
Here you will find the videos as well as written summary of each. Summaries are transcribed by Carole A. Peck.
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