A dear friend of mine lives in Ft. Lauderdale, so I have the pleasure of visiting it, and her, often; “Snort Liquordale” does not disappoint if you’re down for sun, sand, surf, and sangria, but it’s got a lot more to offer than just beach parties. For starters, head to nearby Dania, FL to Jaxon’s, an old-school, carnivalesque, kook-kitsch filled restaurant where the legendary “kitchen sink” dessert is worth saving your daily calories count for – but please, share:) Downtown Ft. Lauderdale has the fabulous Riverwalk district, full of art and classy bars, or catch a live show at the grand Pompano Beach Amphitheater (or just, uh, go to Pompano Beach). Snorkeling and scuba-diving are available, along with the ubiquitous Everglades Airboat tours, along the waterways and canals, and my buddy maintains a paddling habit that’s a relaxing break from the energetic oomph of Ft. Lauderdale. There’s also the acclaimed Butterfly World and the Sea Turtle Walks (don’t disturb the eggs!) for those hankering for nature among the pastel buildings and oceanic views. Check out Ft. Lauderdale’s boat parade from the inter-coastal waterways in December, and make a point to take a stroll around the Las Olas area of town – and eat at the historical and shabby-chic movie-star-walled Floridian, one of Ft. Lauderdale’s older eating establishments – it’s a really good spot for a late-night bite. Ft. Lauderdale isn’t a pricey as Miami, and it’s definitely more low-key and city-like, so roaming around is a viable and pleasurable activity. Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) airport is also a US Air hub, so it might be cheaper to get there than you may think – but do think about it; Ft. Lauderdale is a fun place for more than just spring break.
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