Tiki Culture Is Alive and Well in Fort Lauderdale

Still looking to beat the heat? The kitsch aspects that define Tiki culture have become a kind of stylistic cult over the years, and Fort Lauderdale has emerged as a haven for Tiki Americana, boasting several attractions that make you want to don a lei and grab a Mai Tai, and pretend you’re on an island in the South Pacific.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the “Mermaid Show” at the Wreck Bar—featured in Robert De Niro’s 1999 movie Analyze This—is a mainstay of Fort Lauderdale Tiki culture. Tucked into the lobby of the B Ocean Resort, formerly the 1950s-era Yankee Clipper hotel, it features massive aquariums, nautical decor and porthole views into the main pool, as well as a custom list of island-inspired cocktails.

During its weekly “Mermaid Show” (happening Friday and Saturday nights, at 6:30 p.m. sharp) entertainers dressed as mermaids put on an aquatic performance that is viewed through those portholes, a high Tiki moment that embodies the best of classic Fort Lauderdale. The resort also offers a “Mermaid Wedding,” with an underwater ceremony flanked by the hotel’s mermaids. (In August, the New York-based Stonehill & Taylor will commence a year-long redesign of the resort’s public areas and 487 guestrooms, though happily, the Wreck Bar will remain.)

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