We have all used the phrase, “We live where you vacation.” Really, how lucky are we to live in such a popular vacation spot? And while your cousin in Cleveland or best friend in Buffalo might think you are rubbing it in, the reality is, many of us aren’t fully enjoying everything our tropical oasis has to offer.

Whatever the reason, be it you’re too busy with work, family or volunteering, thanks to some of Fort Lauderdale Beach’s resorts, restaurants and attractions, you can get in some great (and affordable) summer experiences by taking a day-cation/staycation in your backyard, before summer ends.

pool days & spa getaways

Fort Lauderdale Beach Pool Passes

The only way to lounge in luxury by the pool at most resorts is to book a room or sneak in. With gate crashing frowned upon, what is a person seeking an escape that includes breathtaking views, poolside cocktails and the makings of a relaxing day in paradise? Well, at select resorts on Fort Lauderdale Beach, the answer is simply: Day Pass.  

Yes, for as little as $25 you can purchase a Day Pass to enjoy pool access, spa amenities, the fitness center and more. Got kids? Discounts apply at some locations for little ones, or book them their own Funky Fish Ocean Camp experience while you spend the day basking in the sun.

Atlantic Hotel & Spa : $50-$55 per person
Experience a luxurious and exhilarating "daycation" at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Fort Lauderdale's idyllic oceanfront escape. The stylish boutique hotel features the finest pool, spa, and beach amenities for a day of total relaxation and bliss. Soak up the Florida rays while sipping a refreshing cocktail and cool off with a dip in the sparkling pool. The white-sand beach is just steps away to lounge in a comfortable beach chair under a shaded umbrella. Day passes are available at $50 for adults and $15 for kids. The pass includes free parking, wifi and pool access until 6 p.m. Pass holders also receive 20 percent off lunch and dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and can enjoy the hotel’s new SKY bar. For the full experience, book the Spa Pass ($55) which includes access to the relaxing and rejuvenating amenities at the Spa Atlantic or the Day Suite ($329 for up to 6 guests), a private day room with premium comforts and features. Relish in a coastal paradise and a resort lifestyle with a day at the pristine Atlantic Hotel & Spa. To Book, visit www.ResortPass.comor visit the hotel website.

Deal Alert! Visit this "ideal day spa" (USA Today 10 Best) and get pampered from head to toe with a 50-Minute Atlantic massage and a 25-minute Vitamin Sea facial (reg. $190) for just $99.  Visit Travelzoo for details.

The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach: $75 - $150. per person

Hailed as the new beacon of luxury on the exclusive Fort Lauderdale's North Beach, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach redefines ultra-elegant hospitality. Nowhere is this more evident than the jaw-dropping panoramic views, on the 6th-floor Sky Deck, which now you can experience with one of two pool day options. The “Sun Lovers” pass is priced at $75 per person and provides access to pool, plush towel, lounge chairs and water. The “Summer Bliss” package for two is  $300 ($415 for 4) and includes day bed, bottle of champagne, appetizers, ice cream and 15 percent off drinks at the restaurant. For more information and reservations, call 954-414-5100.

Deal Alert! Purchase your package on Travelzoo and spend a day at The Conrad Pool now through October 31, 2018 and save nearly 50% on your day package.  While there, also check out the offers at their market, Cornucopia and cocktail lounge, Atlas

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort: $99 per person
The 22,000-square-foot Spa, inside the AAA 4-Diamond Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, is a seaside oasis nestled along the private beaches of this secluded resort - where just miles from home you can embark upon a journey of indigenous therapies, mind-body wellness activities, and a renewed sense of oneness with nature. Thanks to a special offer on Travelzoo you can escape to paradise for a very nice price and enjoy a day of spa treatments, a fitness class followed by a glass of bubbly and lounging by the exclusive and private saltwater pool. View details and purchase your pass, which is valid though July 31st.

Heavenly Spa at Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach: $30 - $119 per person
Experience a sanctuary of peace and tranquility with an inspiring view, an aromatic scent, and the sound of soothing waters mingled with music that touches the soul at The Heavenly Spa by Westin™. An intuitive and sensitive attendant will guide you on a pathway of transformation from the first greeting to the final farewell. With four distinct special offers to customize your day away, you can choose from general resort pool access  ($30) or add on Spa Access ($45)  to Mini Treatments ($99) or a full day of pampering ($119). Visit DayAxe.com or Travelzoo and start planning your heavenly day getwaway.

W Fort Lauderdale: $25 per person
For the first time, W Fort Lauderdale invites locals to come and explore its newly restyled WET Deck when you purchase an exclusive day pass. Panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean sets the backdrop for this the vibrant rooftop pool - the ideal spot to get away for the day and share a few cocktails with friends.Lounge poolside, soak in ocean views, cool down with refreshing cocktails and bite into tasty treats at our newly restyled WET Deck. For $25, admission includes: Full WET Deck Access from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, (1) Lounge Chair and (1) WET Deck Towel. Passes are currently available on Eventbrite through August 30.

CHECK OUT THE COOL SITES

Bonnet House Cool Saturdays

When faced with the summer balancing act of wanting to get out and wanting to stay cool, Bonnet House Museum & Garden’s monthly Cool Saturdays is the perfect thing to do. Taking place every first Saturday, through October from 9am -4pm, visitors can explore the historic arts estate or walk the shady nature trails and gardens in search of playful
monkeys and majestic swans. Priced at $10 for adults and free for kids under 12, it’s pretty cool on the wallet too. www.BonnetHouse.org

TAKE A 30-DAY CRUISE

water taxi staycation vacation

Sure you could hop aboard a day cruise to the Bimini or the Bahamas, but that’s just one day, and one destination. With 15 Ports of Call to Hop On & Off between Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood and the Beach to Downtown, your #ImOnABoat Instagram pics will only set you back about $1.50 a day, with Water Taxi’s locals only, special pass for 30 days.

Priced at $49 (reg $99) for a limited time, not only can you sail between 10am - 10pm daily, but pass holders can also take advantage of Cruise & Save perks at more than sixty  shops, restaurants and attractions along the route. And since no cruise is complete without cocktails, after 5pm, 2-4-1 beer, wine and drinks are served on select boats.  www.WaterTaxi.com

TASTE THE WAVE

Fort Lauderdale Beach Taste the Wave

Will travel for food? If you have 12 hours, the Wave Wall can be your guide to a world of flavors, for less than an Uber ride to the airport. Globe hop in a day, with our itinerary, or plan your own taste adventure at www.TasteTheWave.com

Breakfast: Nanou French Bakery
Almond Croissant & Iced Coffee $6.40

Lunch: ElVez Baja Style Mexican
Mahi-Mahi Tacos red cabbage, avocado & chipotle pepper remoulade in a flour tortilla $15

Snack: Cafe Ibiza Greek Inspired
Mezze Platter Hummus, Tzatziki, Babaghanush, Feta Dip & Pita $13 ($6.5 at the bar Mon - Fri from 11 - 5)

Dinner: Kousine Award winning Peruvian
Arroz con Mariscos: Peruvian style seafood paella, shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari, salsa criolla. $18