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Visiting Fort Lauderdale - Orlando / Florida Guide

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I first visited Fort Lauderdale in 1995, for a few days and fell in love with all it had to offer. The beaches and the life style blew me away. So much to see and do and of course the sunshine and beaches were an added bonus.

Due to work and family commitments fifteen years passed by before I returned, but well worth the wait. I could hardly recognise the place. Fort Lauderdale is an upmarket trendy place known as the Venice of America.

What makes Fort Lauderdale a major draw for visitors is the fantastic beaches, which boasts a two mile stretch of unobstructed beachfront which has been enhanced even further with a designer promenade for the pleasure of visitors but not for cars.

Olas Boulevard, has created a new identity for Fort Lauderdale. Although it was already famous for its trendy shops, now the sidewalks come alive after the shops close for the day. Many restaurants have sprung up along the boulevard with live jazz bands The whole area has a village atmosphere. Taking a stroll down Olas Boulevard after Midnight is a experience not to miss.

Making a short journey west along New River, is the arts and entertainment district and is known locally as the jewel in the crown of Fort Lauderdale. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. and the arena for the National Hockey League' s Florida Panthers is only a stones throw away and again well worth a visit.

Snorkelling, scuba diving, wave running, para sailing or only a few of the water sports Also Fort Lauderdale has the second largest Shopping mall in the United States, known as Sawgrass Mills were you can shop until you drop, or run out of money! !

The transportation system is hassle free, a pleasant change to other parts of South Florida. which can be congested at times An expressway system connects the city and suburbs and even provides a direct route to the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades. But for me the slower and more scenic route via the cruises down the canals and the water taxis is definitely the way to see Fort Lauderdale and to travel from one area to another.

The icing on the cake has to be the weather Broward County is fortunate to have the ideal weather, with 3, 000 hours of sunshine a year. The average temperature is 66°F/77°F in winter, 84°F in summer.

Simply Paradise! ! !

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