South Floridians love to remind everyone that “we live where you vacation.” This goes for Ft. Lauderdale too. Miamians love to feel like they’ve got more going on, but the city they call “Venice of America” for all its waterways, has a lot to offer. It has clean, tranquil beaches and hassle-free fine dining. Like Miami, the best experiences can be had by straying away from the tourist trail and exploring the city just as its residents would.
Where to Stay:
2000 N Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Situated a short walk away from the spirited and vibrant Fort Lauderdale Beach Strip, The Pelican is the ideal fit for those looking to stay at a boutique-style resort. Guests are able to experience the best of Fort Lauderdale while being away from all of the noise in North Ocean Boulevard’s secluded zone. Grab a drink and soak up the sun in the resort’s infamous lazy river. Check into the Sky Suite, the resort’s 12th floor penthouse and private paradise that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. With its rooftop outdoor shower and microsilk tub with cromatherapy and light therapy, you’ll never want to leave your room.
Where to Dine:
3300 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Kaluz is a Lauderdale by the Sea favorite amongst residents. Overlooking the intercostal, you can dock and dine and enjoy of its exquisitely prepped American cuisine. Their signature South Beach Chicken Club is grilled to perfection with bacon, tomato, swiss cheese, alfalfa sprouts topped on multi-grain bread with avocado and honey mustard. Although, if you’re craving a lighter and refreshing dish, the Citrus Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad is just the thing.
Italian: Louie Bossi
1032 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Nestled on the iconic Las Olas Boulevard, Louie Bossi features an abundance of authentic Italian dishes inspired by “old-school ways of cooking.” With their pasta, bread and sweets made in-house daily, make sure to try one of their signature pizza al forno like the Funghi Misti topped with wild mushrooms, smoked buffalo mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano and truffle oil.
Asian: Thai Spice
1514 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
There’s a reason Thai Spice was declared the “Best Thai food in South Florida.” Authentic to its Pan-Asian style cuisine, you cannot leave without trying their famous family recipe styled Pad Thai sautéed with chicken, shrimp, ground peanuts, bean sprouts and fresh scallions. Make sure to call ahead to reserve your table since most days, Thai Spice is filled to capacity by those looking to enjoy of a little Asia in Fort Lauderdale.
Where to Drink:
109 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Though underrated, Fort Lauderdale’s night scene is robust. Stache is the city’s premiere cocktail lounge and nightclub, voted coolest speakeasies and top whiskey bar of America. Featuring Burlesque shows and live DJ’s and performances, indulge in it’s relaxed ambiance while sipping on their most famous signature drinks to ensure an unforgettable night out in town.
What to Do:
Shop at: Galleria Mall
2414 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Treat yourself to a shopping spree at Fort Lauderdale’s ultimate destination for luxury brands and chic boutiques. Galleria Mall is only a short 5-minute drive from Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Unwind and Relax at: Hillsboro Beach
Indulge in the seclusion and tranquility of Hillsboro Beach as you spend the day soaking up the sun. Though, if an adrenaline rush is what you seek, Lighthouse Point is the ideal spot to venture out and explore the vast open seas.