Whether you take the day or just an hour, here are eight inspired ideas for treating yourself to a day or night of relaxation.

1. Salute the Sun
Come enjoy the beautiful beach with the Yoga Community who meet on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach each week for a by donation class every Saturday and Sunday featuring south Florida’s leading yoga teachers.

2. Take a Hike
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park offers a number of ways to work physical activity into your day, whether you choose to join in on one of their complementary Interpretive Ranger-guided walks each Friday and Saturday of the month, bicycle along the 1.9 mile drive, rent a canoe to explore the coastal dune lake or participate in a monthly Wellness seminar. View a complete listing of all the activities on the Birch State Park website.

3. Have a Picnic, Delivered
The City of Fort Lauderdale, the Beach Business Improvement Board and the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Community now offer Food & Beverage service to you directly on the sand. This service is available daily from participating restaurants, hotels and food & beverage providers from 11am – 5pm. View providers

4. Enjoy a Spa Day
Fort Lauderdale Beach has become one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. It is here where sun worshipers come to play on Blue Wave Certified Beaches, Foodies dine ocean-side at the eclectic mix of casual to fine dining restaurants, and Adventurists take in its plentiful water activities. However, for those seeking serenity, relaxation and revitalization, Fort Lauderdale Beach offers an impressive choice of luxuriously indulgent spas.

5. Take a Coffee Break
Located on A1A, just east of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, St. Bart’s Cafe is a cozy little coffee shop where you’ll find a great view of Fort Lauderdale Beach, friendly coffee shop people, and a menu to please everyone in your crowd. Need a grab and go? The market at Burlock Coast serves up Panther Coffee an pastries, or pop into the Starbucks street level outlet at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach.

6. Be One with the Birds
To enthusiasts, it’s simply called ‘birding.’ But to the organizers at the historic Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale that have been hosting bird watching classes the past five years, it’s a hobby that’s just beginning to take off. Beginner or old hand, the museum offers four birding programs every Second Sunday through March.

7. Catch the Moonrise
While Fort Lauderdale Beach boasts the most beautiful sunrises and a flowing white wave wall to sit upon and take it all in, each night when the moon rises above the ocean you can feel the calm of the day slip into an exciting night. Monthly Full Moon events take place at a number of restaurants including Beauty and the Feast, S3 and Tsukuro. View the calendar for the an upcoming list.

8. Dinner with a View
You can't get much closer to beachside dining than the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa’s Sea Level restaurant. Here you’ll find a relaxed setting where you can indulge in a creative menu while taking in panoramic views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, while enjoying the gentle sounds of the waves and warm ocean breeze.