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Birding Classes Return to Bonnet House

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is offering birding classes for beginner to skilled bird watchers beginning Sunday, September 9th from 2pm to 5pm on the Bonnet House Estate. A recent survey from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reported that one in five Americans has an active interest in bird watching. If you’re one of…
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Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale’s Summer of Spa

Summer is here and that means one thing - with rising temperatures outside, we all try to seek cool and comfort indoors. Lucky for us, as temperatures go up, prices go down on one of our favorite ways and places to chill out - the Spa! So if you are ready to gently melt away your…
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Happy Hour: Lona Cocina & Tequilaria

Lona offers Ft. Lauderdale eclectic, soulful Mexican cooking from Chef Pablo Salas in a chic, yet funky environment. Complete with a gorgeous indoor/outdoor bar, casually elegant interior dining room, a special tequila tasting room and multiple private dining spaces, Lona is the perfect spot for any occasion - especially Happy Hour. No great Mexican restaurant…
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Summer Lovin’

For the third year in a row, organizers and sponsors of Friday Night Sound will treat attendees at the free beachside concerts, the opportunity to register and win an array of unique experiences. The cost to participate – just show up. Kicking off June 22, and running through September 21, the 13-week Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes features prizes…
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Happy Hour: 3030 Ocean

A unique, creative and passionate combination of flavors await at 3030 Ocean Restaurant, the casual chic, oceanfront bistro helmed by Chef Adrienne Grenier located at the Marriott’s Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. While dinner is divine, with their emphasis on American Cuisine, fresh seafood and special meats - do not overlook the…
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Happy Hour: Burlock Coast

Fort Lauderdale Beach’s premier ocean-side eatery Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits provides happy hour goers a place to kick back and relax with a variety of perfectly paired specials while enjoying breathtaking ocean views, the smell of the sea breeze and beachside tunes. Offers a rotating weekday happy hour from 5 - 10pm, you may…
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El Vez Brings Mexican with Oceanfront Views in Fort Lauderdale

Stephen Starr has unveiled a third location of El Vez, a Mexican restaurant beside its 9-year-old sibling, Steak 954, in the former Whiskey Blue lounge at the renovated W Fort Lauderdale hotel. “It's naturally a more relaxed environment with the ocean views,” says Starr, who also owns Upland, Makoto and Le Zoo in South Florida.…
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Where to Watch the World Cup

The FIFA 2018 World Cup hits the ground running in Russia today. Through July 15, the tournament will provide a month of madness to soccer fans around the world and in the area. Even though the U.S. didn’t qualify, it’s still going to be fun to see if Germany can do it again, if Argentina’s Lionel…
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I Scream, You Scream for Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream Month, and the most chill of holidays definitely calls for an equally cool celebration. After all, what other frozen treat can really compare to the iconic dessert? It’s so classic, it deserves a full 31 days of recognition. And with the summer season in full swing, appreciation for the icy…
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Father’s Day Guide

This year, do something extra special with your dad to show how much you love and appreciate him. One of the best ways to do this is to spend quality time together. With our busy schedules, it’s more important than ever to take a day to give gratitude for our fathers. There are plenty of…
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Goin’ to the Dogs

When you and your family or friends take a vacation to Fort Lauderdale Beach, where you can soak up the sun, and enjoy delicious food and cold drinks in paradise, your most beloveded of companions will be treated to the same luxuries at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa. To cater to these playful pooches, the hotel…
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Grab And Go On The Go

Your airport dining experience has just gone VIP thanks to the Grab APP, where you can view menus and pre-order and pay for your food and drinks, so it is ready for collection post-security.  Yes, you heard right.  Travellers flying from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport can now pre-order food and drinks while waiting for their…
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Five Photography Apps to Up Your Game

Every May since 1987, the United States has celebrated National Photography Month. Throughout the country, photography contests, festivals, exhibits, and other activities mark this month. It also represents a time of reflection on the history of photography and how far it has grown. These days however with nearly everyone having a camera in their pocket,…
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FLIBS: The Proof is in the Pudding

Award-winning catering group Proof of the Pudding has announced a premium concessions partnership with Informa U.S. Boat Shows for five major events in Florida: the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), the St. Petersburg Boat Show, the Miami Yacht Show, the Palm Beach International Boat Show, and the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota. The new…
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2020 Vision: Pride of the Americas

Fort Lauderdale will be the inaugural location of Pride of the Americas in April 2020, an international LGBT festival that is expected to draw people from several continents, including South America and Europe. The ten-day event will feature a beach festival with entertainment, parade, fireworks, a visual and performing arts festival, human rights conference, transgender…
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Turtle Treks Return to Fort Lauderdale Beach

The natural phenomenon of marine turtle nesting has once again arrived on Greater Fort Lauderdale's 23 miles of moonlit Blue Wave beaches. Each year almost 2,000 turtle nests are deposited along the beach, resulting in as many as 150,000 hatchlings making their way to the ocean. Sea turtle season, which began in March and ends…
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Destination: Adventure

Fort Lauderdale area attractions are offering a new South Florida Adventure Pass this summer, providing residents and visitors unlimited visits at five South Florida Cultural Treasures–Bonnet House, Flamingo Gardens, Young at Art, Extreme Action Park & Sawgrass Recreation Park. Ticket prices are Adults $45, Children (3-12) $35. Members of any institution receive discounted rates. (Adults – $30, Children (3-12) – $20)…
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Air Show Fever Abounds

The FORD Lauderdale Air Show returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach, May 5 & 6th with a thrilling lineup featuring the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18F Super Hornet and other military and civilian performers, including the New York Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III Demo, U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo, Geico Skytypers and more. If you're…
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Mother’s Day 2018

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to splurge on your mom and give her something extra special — and the best gift of all is the gift of your time. And if your Mother's Day celebrations bring you to Fort Lauderdale Beach, we’ve got you covered with some wonderful suggestions to please the fun-loving mom…
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10th Annual Rum Renaissance Festival Announced

Celebrating ten years of offering rum enthusiasts and spirit novices alike a unique opportunity to sample hundreds of fine rums from the Caribbean and beyond, the Rum Renaissance Festival sails into the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on the weekend of June 9-10, 2018. Poised to be bigger and better than ever at the new location…
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Smart Traveler Names Top Fort Lauderdale Beach Restaurants

Between the salty smell of fresh sea air, the balmy breezes, and the soft soundtrack of  waves lapping at the sandy shore, Fort Lauderdale Beach restaurants are the best place in town to relax and enjoy a great meal. Whether you’re a beach bum or a lady who lunches, you’re sure to find a place that will…
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Mermaids & Mimosas: Yes, Please

B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale is answering the demand for endless seafood and daytime entertainment by way of a weekly Sunday Funday brunch entitled Mermaids & Mimosas. Launching on Sunday, March 11, B Ocean Resort will offer a one-of-a-kind brunch experience at the World-Famous Wreck Bar from 11AM – 3PM For $65pp, guests are…
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Friday Night Sound Waves Returns for 2018 Season

Fort Lauderdale continues to prove itself as one of South Florida’s top music destinations with the release of the 2018 Friday Night Sound Waves artist lineup. Filling the gap between the area’s largest music festivals, Tortuga Music Festival in April and Riptide Music Festival in December, the 8-month long series brings together a community of…
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Sneak Peek at Steelpan at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach's new restaurant, Steelpan, a kitchen & bar, is slated to open later this year, bringing a unique, Continental Caribbean cuisine concept inspired by the multicultural island flavors of South Florida. The oceanfront restaurant will feature a one-of-a-kind indoor, outdoor dining experience that is sure to make a splash in Fort Lauderdale.…
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Get the Low down on Lona Cocina’s New Weekly Promotions

One of this season’s hottest new restaurants, Lona Cocina y Tequileria, is launching a not-to-be missed beachfront Bottomless Sunday Brunch and exciting weekday promotions.  Offering a funky, welcoming ambiance, Lona invites guests to relax, enjoy the ocean breeze and savor a menu brimming with bold and authentic flavors created by celebrated  Mexican chef Pablo Salas. All week…
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Sea Turtle Season | Mar 1 – Oct 31

Sea Turtle Nesting Season (March - October) is underway on Greater Fort Lauderdale's beaches -- and these ancient mariners need all the help they can get. Nearly 90% of sea turtle nesting in the U.S. occurs in Florida. From March through October these creatures will return to their home beaches to lay eggs. Greater Fort…
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Real Rock Stars Rock The Ocean

Rock The Ocean’s Conservation Village is the trademark concept that pairs music and conservation. With Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, organizers gather 30,000+ music fans on Fort Lauderdale beach for an epic music event and take this opportunity to assemble 30+ top ocean conservation groups that are doing the best work to help save…
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Friday Night Sound Waves Returns Bringing an Eclectic Range of Free Concerts to Fort Lauderdale Beach in 2018

Fort Lauderdale continues to prove itself as one of South Florida’s top music destinations with the release of the 2018 Friday Night Sound Waves artist lineup. Filling the gap between the area’s largest music festivals, Tortuga Music Festival in April and Riptide Music Festival in December, the 8-month long series brings together a community of…
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Happy Birthday Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center

Ninety years ago today, on January 28, 1928, the City of Fort Lauderdale celebrated the opening of the Casino Pool (1928-1967), the first Olympic-sized swimming pool in the state of Florida. That facility put Fort Lauderdale on the map as a tourist destination and ninety years later drawing visitors from around the world who enjoy…
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Cuchi Cuchi – Charo to Perform at Pride Fort Lauderdale

Charo, the Spanish-born Flamenco guitarist and singer who appeared regularly on the ‘70s TV show “The Love Boat,” will share the Swiss Navy Stage on Fort Lauderdale Beach with Grammy-winning British singer and songwriter Estelle at Pride Fort Lauderdale's  41st annual festival on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. A pop culture icon (“cuchi cuchi”) and competitor…
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Ladies, Go Ahead and Spoil Yourself at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach

Celebrating yourself is becoming a growing trend amongst young women today; reclaiming your time and doing something to make yourself happy. Whether it’s flying solo on that dream vacation, gifting oneself that statement piece of jewelry, or simply staying in to have a little “Me” time - today's women are celebrating their independence, success and confidence,…
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TRAVEL REVIEW | Gay hotspot Fort Lauderdale? Perhaps.

We hear many appealing things about gay hotspot Miami, and eyebrows start to raise when Fort Lauderdale, Florida wants to step up to contest with a gay scene that competes with all gay capitals around the globe. With fabulous beaches, outstanding weather, fresh seafood, and the recently launched direct route from London Heathrow to Fort…
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Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Celebrates Grand Opening with Spectacular Soiree

Signifying a resurgence of luxury tourism in Fort Lauderdale, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach officially debuted December 14, 2017, with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an inspiring twist on a champagne cheers, celebratory soiree with cocktails and gourmet bites crafted by Executive Chef Jorge Ramos. Guests in attendance included Chintan Dadhich, General Manager;…
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Major Changes Coming To Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale beach visitors will soon see dramatic changes as they cross east over the Las Olas Boulevard bridge to the barrier island. Six major projects have been approved and expected to change the beachside parking layout significantly, add two park options for visitors who don't want sand in their toes, and entice swimmers who…
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Couch to 5K in 6 Weeks

It all starts with the first step, and if your New Year / New You goals include running a marathon, signing up for the Fort Lauderdale A1A 5K over Presidents Day weekend, is a great start. But can you really run 3.1 miles? Are you really resolved to your resolution?  Don’t throw in the towel yet.…
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Bonnet House Art Classes Begin In January

Beginning in January 2018, learn the art of calligraphy, watercolor, acrylics and basket weaving amongst the nature and beauty that make up the Bonnet House Estate. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will be offering two to three sessions of each workshop ranging from three to six weeks each. All classes are taught outdoors surrounded by…
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Coastal Grand Opening

Atlantic Hotel & Spa celebrated the official grand opening of its new flagship restaurant, Coastal on Wednesday, November 29 The ribbon cutting ceremony commenced with opening remarks from General Manger Jo Colonna, Mayor Jack Seiler, and Atlantic Hotel Group Board President Rob Min. [cycloneslider id="12476"] Guests enjoyed signature dishes by Executive Chef Rocco Honig paired…
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New Years Eve 2017

No matter if you call it December 31, 2017 or New Year's Eve 2018 it's pretty much the one day that sums up all that came the year before and ushers in the next 365 to come. Thankfully there are abundant opportunities on Fort Lauderdale Beach, as area restaurants, nightclubs and other venues have great…
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FORT LAUDERDALE TO KICK OFF 2018 FIVB BEACH MAJOR SERIES

For the second consecutive year, Fort Lauderdale will welcome the season’s first Beach Major Series event of the FIVB season when Olympic and World Champion pairs battle it out on the South Florida sand for a $600,000 prize purse, the highest prize total on the tour. The six-day tournament will last from February 27 –…
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The Beach Meets the Boulevard

We don't often leave the beach, but when we do - it's for Christmas on Las Olas and our home on 9th Avenue! Special thanks to Breakthru Beverage, Las Olas Association, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Coastal at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Spazio, Tsukuro and Cafe Ibiza for their sponsorship - our sand sculptor, John May…
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30 Days of Giveaways

[woobox offer='4k46bs'] [ezcol_1fifth] December 1 [caption id="attachment_12167" align="alignnone" width="150"] Two Grandstand Seats for the Winterfest Boat Parade. Value $50[/caption] [/ezcol_1fifth] [ezcol_1fifth] December 2 [caption id="attachment_12201" align="alignnone" width="150"] $50 Gift Card to Enjoy Neon Nights at W Fort Lauderdale[/caption] [/ezcol_1fifth] [ezcol_1fifth] December 3 [caption id="attachment_12161" align="alignnone" width="150"] $50 Gift Card to Spazio Italian Restaurant & Wine…
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Trimming Down After The Turkey

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during Thanksgiving. Between the main meal, the pie, the drinks, and all the appetizers and sides the pounds can pile on fast. Lucky for us on Fort Lauderdale Beach our beautiful fall weather provides the opportunity…
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Thanksgiving 2017 Fort Lauderdale Beach

The Thanksgiving holiday season often means entertaining out-of-town friends and family. But once the football games are watched and the meal has been eaten, what else is there to do? From Fun Run's to Black Friday Shopping and taking in some quiet time by the shore, Fort Lauderdale Beach (and areas just Beyond) are blooming…
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Bahia Mar Relaunches Rooftop Bar

Bahia Mar on Fort Lauderdale Beach is getting a shot of youth. The 42-year-old resort, which is the home of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, is in the middle of a $7 million dollar refurbishing. A part of that is the relaunching of the hotel’s Waves Rooftop Pool Bar and Grill with a new…
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Conrad Welcomes Chef Jorge Ramos

The newly opened Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach announces the appointment of Jorge Ramos as executive chef. A native South Floridian with more than 14 years of luxury hospitality experience, Ramos brings his passion for cooking to guests, offering authentic cuisine infused with global flavors at the resorts’ dining outlets, in-suite dining and banquets. “We are…
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The Atlantic Hotel & Spa to Debut New Flagship Restaurant, Coastal, Featuring Italian-Inspired Mediterranean Cuisine, on Nov. 29

A new dining concept is coming to The Atlantic Hotel & Spa: Coastal, featuring Italian-inspired Mediterranean coastal cuisine, along with beautiful oceanfront views. Led by Executive Chef Rocco Honig, the relaxed yet stylish dining venue serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Situated on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Coastal is slated to debut Nov. 29. The…
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SoBeWFF CRAVE GFL Tickets on Sale

Foodie alert! SOBEWFF tickets are now on sale Maybe you were awake just after midnight last night and got on the phone first thing to snap up your tickets to the 2018 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. No? Then today is your chance to do that with tickets that will sell quickly for some…
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Condé Nast Readers Rate Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotels & Resorts as the Best in the Sunshine State

Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 30th annual Readers' Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, airports, and cruise lines in the world. Over 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158…
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