Introducing Fort Lauderdale
After years of building a reputation as the destination for beer-swilling college students on raucous Spring Breaks, Fort Lauderdale now angles for a slightly more mature and sophisticated crowd – think martinis rather than tequila shots, jazz concerts instead of wet T-shirt contests (don't worry, there's still plenty of carrying-on within the confines of area bars and nightclubs).
Few visitors venture far inland – except maybe to dine and shop along Las Olas Blvd; most spend the bulk of their time on the coast, frolicking at water's edge. It's understandable. Truly, it's hard to compete with beautiful beaches, a system of Venicelike waterways, an international yachting scene, spiffy new hotels, top-notch restaurants and gay hot spots.
The city's Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise-ship ports in the world, with megaships departing daily for the Caribbean, Mexico and beyond. So if you get tired of life on land, hop aboard.
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Jungle Queen Riverboat Dinner Cruise
Take an old fashioned riverboat cruise on the New River in Fort Lauderdale, where you'll be treated to an all-you-can-eat shrimp and barbecue dinner followed by a hilarious variety review stage show.
Key West Sail and Snorkel Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale
Whether you’re an experienced snorkeler or you want to try something new and exciting, you’ll find Key West to be the perfect destination for fun in the ocean. On a day trip from Fort Lauderdale, you’ll enjoy Key West’s clear waters and tropical marine life on a 3-hour sailing and snorkeling trip aboard a 50-foot (15-meter) catamaran.