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AMBER SANDS AND SAPPHIRE SEAS
 
(2016 - Winter Issue)

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If your idea of tropical treasure entailed nothing more than amber sands and sapphire seas, Greater Fort Lauderdale would still deliver.

EMBRACE THE SURF

Consider this bounty of beaches just for starters. Nearly 40 kilometres of sands that glitter like jewels, embraced by diamond-studded sapphire seas nuzzling the shore like friendly puppies—offering you the chance to dive the wrecks and reefs, to jump the waves, to parasail, to bring home the catch of the day, to raise the sails and slice those vivid waters in the “Yachting Capital of the World.”

Build a sandcastle at Deerfield Beach. Get away from it all in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea: check out the nesting turtles, chill on the famed fishing pier. Take the fun level up a few notches on the sandy swathes of Pompano Beach—or just stroll the Broadwalk at Hollywood. Learn to surf or waterski on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

TREAT YOURSELF

Or reward yourself with retail therapy. Look out Rodeo Drive: welcome to Las Olas Boulevard—a.k.a. “Style Mile.” Visit this lair of luxury by water taxi and finish up with a waterside cocktail. No coincidence they call this area the “Venice of America,” with the Intracoastal Waterway, New River and more than 400 kilometres of canals.

Still not cured? Check out Sawgrass Mills, billed as the largest outlet and retail destination in the United States.

All shopped out?

A WEALTH OF WONDERS

Maybe get back to nature. Learn about woodland hammocks—a unique Florida landform—at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park; kayak through stands of mangrove at Anne Kolb Nature Center; sample Florida’s vast wetlands in Greater Fort Lauderdale at the “Gateway to the Everglades.”

But don’t tire yourself out. This area boasts some of the greatest nightlife on Florida’s east coast.

Do Happy Hour at a dockside bar at Jimmy Buffett’s iconic Margaritaville. Let your hair down in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Dine at one of more than 400 restaurants, from seafood to steakhouse.

But don’t get carried away; tomorrow is another day.

Greater Fort Lauderdale is a wealth of wonders, a ransom of riches.

Thinking only amber sands and sapphire seas? Then think again.  

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