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Visiting Fort Lauderdale
Honeycombed by rivers, bays, inlets and canals, Fort Lauderdale is a city of islands, where the boat rivals the car as a mode of transportation. Once tenth of the city surface is water, 85 miles of navigable waters provide either home or temporary port for boats of all different sizes. The Intracoastal Waterway, a canal system reminiscent of Venice, connects downtown office buildings, the galleries and boutiques on Las Olas Boulevard, and the museums, theatres and nightspots of Riverwalk.
Fort Lauderdale is primarily residential, with the exception of the beach and waterfront area. It does not look like a resort community. The canals and waterways furnish a striking setting for many beautiful homes. Fort Lauderdale also offers many Night Clubs and discoteques making it a fun place to be. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard is noted for its beachfront scenery.
There are miles of waterways, lagoons and beaches making Fort Lauderdale one of the most popular areas on the Gold Coast. Water taxis provide a convenient and relaxing way to navigate the inland waterways that wind right through the city.
In addition to being a leading vacation resort, Fort Lauderdale is also an active commercial centre. The marine industry and citrus groves play important roles. Port Everglades, 2 miles south, has one of the deepest harbors south of Norfolk, Virginia. The 10 modern terminals provide facilites for Caribbean bound luxury liners as well as for the handling of millions of tons of cargo each year.
Fort Lauderdale is casual, laid back, sophisticated and energetic. Contradictory terms, but all appropriate for describing Fort Lauderdale. Breezy resortwear is perfect for a day at the beach, a riverfront stroll or a museum visit. Indulge in a little haute couture, fast paced jai alai or Thoroughbred action. Set your own style and pace for your visit to this fascinating place.
The sleek white boats on the waterways, serenely sandwiched between sky and water reflect the dreams of owners and visitors alike.
There is plenty to do and see including the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, which is a 35 acre beachfront estate that was designed in the 1920s, The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum is also a wonderful attraction and you would need an hour minimum to take a tour around this facility. There is a reduction on the entry price for senior citizens and under 13s are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Well worth a visit.
I can’t wait for my next visit to this great area.
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