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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 in 2018

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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NBVR Expands with Opening of Village Spa & Beauty Bar

This fall is about to get a little more relaxing! Join the team at North Beach Village Resort as they celebrate the grand opening of the new Village Spa & Beauty Bar on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. inside the Royal Palms Resort (717 Breakers Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304).  Guests will enjoy live jazz music starting at 5:30 p.m. as they…
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Pink or Blue. What’s Now & New

Gender reveal parties are one of the most popular trends among today’s expecting parents. More than a trend, it’s about gathering your family and friends together to celebrate a very special moment in a couple’s life together. Tapping into the buzz surrounding these celebrations, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has created a unique Gender Reveal…
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100 Guests Taste the Wave

As part of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s CRAVE GFL Restaurant Month, restaurants along Fort Lauderdale Beach’s famed Wave Wall hosted 100 guests for their inaugural Taste the Wave Fort Lauderdale Beach Tasting Tour on Thursday, October 5 from 6:30 – 10:30pm. (more…)
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SoBe Fest Unveils New Crave Fort Lauderdale Events

The South Beach Wine and Food Festival has unveiled its 2018 lineup, and for a third straight year, the five-day event known as “winter break for chefs” and “the Super Bowl for foodies” will kick off in Fort Lauderdale. Broward County will stage a record nine events as part of the expanded and rebranded Crave…
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Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Pays Tribute to South Florida

The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach has been forced to push back it's highly anticipated opening in wake of Hurricane Irma. However, the delay hasn't quieted any of the buzz surrounding the 290 all-suite oceanfront resort, which is set to begin welcoming guests October 10 following a soft-opening for VIP guests September 29, according to the…
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SpaTember: September Spa Month

For those seeking serenity, relaxation and revitalization, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers an impressive choice of day spas and resort spas ranging from upscale, European-style establishments to sites offering a more holistic approach - and come September, more than a dozen of the area's most blissful resort and day spas invite you enjoy $99 indulgences (a 50%…
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CRAVE GFL September Restaurant Month

Decisions. Decisions. Discover the mouthwatering ingredients that make dining in Greater Fort Lauderdale so tempting, as the team from Hello Sunny shines a heat lamp on the area's top restaurants, chefs and cuisine during Crave GFL Restaurant Month. Indulge in specially-created three-course gourmet dinner menus for $37 and lunch menus priced at $17, at more than 40 locations…
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Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Announces September Opening

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, the latest addition to the Conrad Hotels & Resorts growing hotel portfolio, has announced that it will open its doors this September. As the second Conrad property to open in Florida, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is enhancing their Gold Coast presence with the opening of the 290 all-suite oceanfront resort, situated…
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Bonnet House Announces Their 2017-2018 Season

The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ 2017/2018 season is highlighted with a variety of exciting programs, events, workshops and classes. This season is filled with art, music, holiday cheer, watercolor, calligraphy and drawing workshops; birding, orchid care classes as well as our annual Concerts Under the Stars series, Orchid Festival and Cruisin’ Down the River…
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YAA Spreads the XOXO on Fort Lauderdale Beach

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love, Young At Art Museum is hosting a number of events on and around Fort Lauderdale Beach to promote their new national traveling exhibition from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, XOXO: an Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness, makes it's debut June 10 - September 10, 2017.…
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10 Sun Safety Tips For Families

Summer is officially starting soon, and with it, family vacations and trips to the beach. While our thoughts drift to relaxing at the pool, boating on the ocean and spending dusk 'til dawn on the beach, enjoying the warm rays of sunshine without proper protection can cause sun damage, sunburn pain or worse, lead to skin cancer.…
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What To Pack on Your Florida Vacation

From the time I was two years old, Walt Disney World was my family’s holiday destination. Once a year we’d pack our bags and head south to find the magical mouse and his gang of happy mates. For us, a trip to Florida was often a much-needed escape from a New York winter or a fun way…
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5 Must Have Cocktails for Your Beach Vacation

A visit to Fort Lauderdale Beach is never complete without a cocktail in hand. From a crazy girls night out to a romantic wind-down by the beach, sailing down the intracoastal to a chill-out session by the pool, we assure you – there is, and will be, a cocktail for every hour and every occasion. And whether…
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Fort Lauderdale Announces The 2017 Walk of Fame Nominees

Four Fort Lauderdale icons will be inducted into the city's Walk of Fame on Saturday, May 27th, as part of its eighth annual Great American Beach Party celebration. The City of Fort Lauderdale established the Walk of Fame in 2010 at the inaugural Great American Beach Party to pay tribute to the legendary Connie Francis on…
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25 Reasons to Ride the Sun Trolley

You're just a trolley ride away from experiencing all there is to do and discover in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, and when you Wave & Ride the Sun Trolley, it's an adventure in itself.  And with eight routes, including the Free Downtown Riverwalk Water Trolley, every neighborhood route, with exception of the Beach and Las…
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Sun Trolley Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Happy silver anniversary the Sun Trolley! Riding its way into a quarter century of service, the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (DFLTMA), that operates the Sun Trolley and Riverwalk Water Trolley, is celebrating its 25th anniversary today, Monday, May 8, 2017, and it promises to be a special day full of incredible deals and…
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AvMed Rides Offers Free Bike Rentals In Broward County

Looking to burn some calories and enjoy the South Florida landscape? Broward County’s bike share program, AvMed Rides powered by Broward B-cycle, is offering free 60-minute rides on May 20. “We’re excited to partner with Broward B-cycle to get people outside and experience the beautiful South Florida weather,” said Ana Eberhard, Vice President of Member…
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Vacation Like a VIP on Fort Lauderdale Beach

Whether you are coming from across town or across the country, upgrade your getaway on Fort Lauderdale Beach to VIP status with unique experiences tailored exclusively for you. VACATION LIKE A VIP SIGNATURE PACKAGES INCLUDE: Hotel room upgrade $100 resort credit applied to food & beverage, golf, spa, pool/beach cabana, water activities, kids programs $25…
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Air Show Fever Abounds in the Air & On the Ground

The Ford Lauderdale Air Show soars into town, Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, bringing the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, the Air Force F-16 Viper and spectacular performances of acrobatics with the GEICO Skytypers and others to the sky and sand. Although the high flying spectacle in the sky event brings…
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Air Show Kicks Off With Concert On The Beach

The Friday Night Sound Waves concert series will help the Ford Lauderdale Air Show fly into Fort Lauderdale Beach this year! On Friday, May 5, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday Night Sound Waves will host the official Air Show kickoff party with a performance by local rising country music stars, the Shane…
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Too Cool to Pool? Not anymore

As Florida moves into their second season (from hot to hotter!) W Fort Lauderdale, for the first time, invites locals to relax and hangout in style at its vibrant rooftop pool, WET Deck, with a newly available weekday pass. Available Monday through Thursday, the pass grants you exclusive access to the rooftop deck, complimentary valet…
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