Fort Lauderdale Articles http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/rss/ Recent Articles - Digital Press Kit Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:04:42 GMT 2013 Year-End Statistics http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/2013-Year-End-Statistics/1229/0/ Untitled Document Greater Fort Lauderdale describes all of Broward County, totaling 1,220 square miles (766,016 acres) and 31 municipalities, including Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Tamarac, Weston, West Park and Wilton Manors. 13.4 million TOTAL 2013 VISITORS (includes international and domestic) 3.1 million INTERNATIONAL VISITORS Canadian Visitors: 1,103,000 Latin American Visitors: 852,000 European Visitors: 410,000 Scandinavian Visitors: 252,000 United Kingdom Visitors: 203,000 Other Foreign Visitors: 282,000 $10.67 billion TOTAL 2013 VISITOR EXPENDITURES Domestic: $8,194,400,000 International: $2,481,600,000 $47,698,582 2013 TOURISM GENERATED TAX REVENUES derived from 5% bed tax collected by area hotels 74.7% AVERAGE HOTEL OCCUPANCY $119.33 AVERAGE DAILY ROOM RATE 33,294 HOTEL/MOTEL RENTAL UNITS IN 512 HOTELS 23,559,779 TOTAL AIR PASSENGER ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES AT FORT LAUDERDALE/HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 627 DAILY AIRLINE ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES 30 SCHEDULED AIRLINES 600,000 sq. ft. CONVENTION CENTER MEETING/EXHIBIT SPACE 30 CRUISE SHIPS SAILING FROM PORT EVERGLADES 3.6 million CRUISE SHIP EMBARKATIONS / DEBARKATIONS 23 MILES OF BEACH 1.8 million BROWARD COUNTY POPULATION 4,122 RESTAURANTS 132 NIGHTCLUBS 63 GOLF COURSES 580 TENNIS COURTS 12 MAJOR MALLS 4 PARI-MUTUELS 16 MUSEUMS 3,000 HOURS OF ANNUAL SUNSHINE 77 degrees F AVERAGE YEAR-ROUND TEMPERATURE 300 MILES OF INLAND WATERWAYS 123 BRIDGES 69 MILES OF LIVE CORAL REEF 81 ARTIFICIAL REEFS 18 MAJOR SHIPWRECKS 45,000 RESIDENT YACHTS 100 MARINAS / BOATYARDS 400 SALTWATER FISH SPECIES 200 FRESHWATER FISH SPECIES 288 PARKS 60,956 FEET OF NATURE TRAILS / BOARDWALKS 5 PARKLAND CAMPGROUNDS 278 PARKLAND CAMP SITES ### Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/2013-Year-End-Statistics/1229/0/ Shining Bright Like A Rainbow: Tops LGBT Households, Tourism and Marketing http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Shining-Bright-Like-A-Rainbow-Tops-LGBT-Households-Tourism-and-Marketing/1225/0/ v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Greater Fort Lauderdale has become an undisputed leader with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender residents and tourists. Home to the most same-sex couples in the country and a top LGBT resort beach town, this new gay capital welcomed a record-breaking 1.3 million LGBT visitors in 2013 spending $1.48 billion.   Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, announced the destination's success as a gay capital of the U.S. during the CMI 14th Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality, attended by several hundred tourism professionals, at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort & Spa in December.   "Yellow is indeed the new pink, with the golden sunshine of Greater Fort Lauderdale spreading across the globe, attracting more same-sex couples than anywhere else in the country and making us the first choice as an LGBT resort destination," Grossman said.  "LGBT marketing is a major priority in Greater Fort Lauderdale and I am proud we are the first CVB in the country to have a dedicated department, staff and marketing dollars to spread ‘the rainbow rays of sunshine' to the LGBT community."   In 2012, Greater Fort Lauderdale appointed the only designated tourism board LGBT managing director, Richard Gray, a pioneer in the field of LGBT travel marketing. For the first time, Greater Fort Lauderdale's 30 second mainstream TV spot incorporates LGBT visuals. Through dedicated promotional activities and events, including the CVB's first appearance in New York City's annual Pride March in 2013, and with a strong partnership with the local LGBT community, the CVB has secured its place at the top of important LGBT rankings.   In addition to having the most same-sex couples in the country (followed by Portland and San Francisco), Greater Fort Lauderdale is recognized as Florida's largest and most popular diverse gay capital with the largest resident lesbian and gay community and the most gay-owned and operated businesses in the state. It is also the 7th most popular outright LGBT travel destination.   Wilton Manors, named "2013 Gayborhood of the Year" by Man About World, will be home to the World Aids Museum when it opens in February, while the Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Fort Lauderdale will soon to be endorsed by the Smithsonian.  The GFLCVB team will be on the road participating in New York City Pride (June) and the PTown Bear Week (July). Additional events held in Greater Fort Lauderdale including an Evening in Paradise (Feb. 22), South Florida Pride Fest (March), Beach Bear Weekend (May 7-12), Stonewall Pride (June), Wicked Manor Halloween (Oct. 31), World Aids Day Candlelight Vigil (Dec.) and the 3rd Annual Evening in Paradise will draw LGBT travelers flocking to the destination ready to celebrate, spend, and come back again and again every year.   For more information, please visit www.sunny.org/lgbt. 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Whether hunting for deals in air conditioned comfort or strolling open-air shopping districts, one thing is for certain, bargain hunters are going to need a bigger suitcase. Ready to explore Greater Fort Lauderdale's various shopping venues? Whether by car, foot, bicycle, trolley or scenic water taxi ride, hit these retail retreats: Upscale Shopping   Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Stroll, dine, browse or buy along Fort Lauderdale's original main street. Stretching from the beach to downtown, the boulevard features 65 shops and boutiques, 10 international art galleries, 30 al fresco restaurants and cafés and the historic and refined Riverside Hotel (www.lasolasboulevard.com; 954-258-8382).   The Galleria, Fort Lauderdale. This traditional indoor mall is home to luxury retailers Neiman Marcus, Coach, Cole Haan, J. Crew, Abercrombie & Fitch and others. It dazzles the lunchtime and evening crowd with dining and nightlife spots including The Capital Grille, Blue Martini, Truluck's Steak and Crab House, P.F. Chang's and Seasons 52. Just across a bridge from Fort Lauderdale beach, walk or drive there - or take the Water Taxi (www.galleriamall-fl.com; 954-564-1015).   Shop in the Sunshine   Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach. This outdoor destination combines fashion and home accessory shops with signature restaurants and cafés next door to Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino. Retailers include Bang & Olufsen, Crate and Barrel, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Z Gallerie and Williams-Sonoma among others; dining options range from Cool de Sac to Cantina Laredo, Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar to Club Fate, III Forks and Texas de Brazil (www.thevillageatgulfstreampark.com; 954-454-7000).   The Promenade at Coconut Creek. Shop dozens of retailers and restaurants, including Banana Republic, White House | Black Market, Brighton Collectibles, DSW Shoes - even Guitar Center, and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Scarfone's Coal Fired Pizza and Red Rock Oasis & Grill (www.thepromenadeatcoconutcreek.com; 954-974-6624).   Seminole Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Shop for jewelry, fashions and fine art, or indulge at a host of restaurants and nightclubs, including Bongo's Cuban Café, Tatu, Tequila Ranch and Martorano's (www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com; 954-327-7625).   The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, Pembroke Pines. Perfect for window shopping or soaking up the South Florida sunshine. This lifestyle center boasts such retailers as Sephora, Chico's, Old Navy and Victoria's Secret, and eateries like Cheesecake Factory, Brio Tuscan Grille and The Brass Tap (www.PembrokeGardens.com; 954-450-1580).     Outlets & Flea Markets   Sawgrass Mills, Sunrise. The world's largest outlet mall is a destination within a destination, with 2.3 million square feet of shopping and dining space. Its 350+ retailers and restaurants include such as Brooks Brothers, Nine West, Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, and more. The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills features high-end shops like Armani, Prada, Gucci Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Versace, Frette, Tory Burch, Burberry, David Yurman, and Valentino. Famished from a day of shopping? Try dozens of restaurants including Villagio, Sushigami, Grand Lux Café and soon to open Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar. The mall is located next to the BB&T Center, where top name acts from Lady Gaga and Cher to Billy Joel and Barry Manilow frequent (www.SawgrassMills.com; 954-846-2300).   Festival Flea Market Mall, Pompano Beach. Those who find favor with "the deal" will appreciate this this quarter-mile long indoor flea market mall which is home to more than 500 local merchants offering clothes and accessories, jewelry, electronics, luggage and handbags, art - even a farmers market. (www.Festival.com; 954-979-4555). While onsite, check out the Hillsboro Antique Mall and Café, South Florida's largest antique mall, featuring timeless and historic artifacts, like china, crystal, glass, antique toys, books, paintings and other collectibles (www.HillsboroAntiqueMall.com; 954-571-9988).   Swap Shop, Fort Lauderdale. What began in the 1960s as a drive-in movie theater and flea market today is an indoor / outdoor shopping bazaar with full-time vendors and a full food court that attracts millions of shoppers each year from Florida, the U.S. and around the world. In 2002, it was featured on the PBS special, "A Flea Market Documentary" (www.floridaswapshop.com; 954-791-7927).   Antique & Vintage   Decades, Wilton Manors. Go back to the future. Lovers of home design will discover furniture, rugs, lamps and more from mid-century to modern. (1500 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-8560)   Jezebel, Fort Lauderdale. Located in the Gateway Plaza near Fort Lauderdale Beach, Jezebel fancies itself as a funky throwback chock full of hip gifts, designer and vintage clothing and jewelry, and home décor from times gone by (www.IShopJezebel.com; 954-761-7881).   Sugar Chest Antique Mall, Pompano Beach. Home to the largest antique mall in South Florida, with 200 specialized dealers for European porcelains, coins, and military pieces, sterling silver, art deco, vintage furniture, jewelry, glassware, china, artwork, ephemera, chandeliers, rugs, and decorating accessories (www.thesugarchestantiquemall.com; 954-942-8601)   Vintage Diversity, Oakland Park. Take a trip back to a bygone era at this award-winning costume and vintage store. Buy, sell, trade or rent gangster, flapper, poodle skirts to punk rocker attire, along with costumes, props and collectibles - with classic shows playing on the TV (www.VintageDiversity.com; 954-566-7678).   Radio-Active Records, Fort Lauderdale. Rock on at this indie record store with a huge selection of new and used vinyl records, plus CDs, DVDs, tapes, turntables, clothing and local concert posters. The staff is knowledgeable about the local music scene and if they don't have the vinyl you need they will find it for you. (www.radio-active-records.com; 954-762-9488).   Resisting the urge to Thrift? Check out Dania Beach's historic Art and Antique District, located on North Federal Highway. Several charming antique shops and art galleries in this quaint downtown setting feature furniture, unique works of art, and hidden treasures. (www.visitdaniabeach.com/antiques.asp)   For more information about Greater Fort Lauderdale and its various shops, malls and markets please visit www.sunny.org/shopping. 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Eclectic, applauded and award-winning, some 4,000 restaurants, many with alfresco seating and waterfront views, to neighborhood nooks are certain to please any palate.  Cuisines range from Americana to Asian, European to tastes of the Americas. "Fork Lauderdale" has been feted by Fodor's as offering "some of the finest, most varied dining of any U.S. city its size." "Our restaurants serve their fare with the flair unique to Greater Fort Lauderdale," said Nicki E. Grossman, president of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Discover gustatory gems that are certain to become delectable vacation highlights." THE CLASSICS -        Grampa's Bakery and Restaurant, Dania Beach. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, since 1957 specialties have included pancakes, pastries, pasta and the heralded lamb shank (www.GrampasBakery.com; 954-923-2163). -        Not to steer diners from Grampa's custom bakery, but the venerable Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant has been a few doors down since 1956 - and was featured on The Food Network's Top 5 "Cool Quenchers" and an episode of "Unwrapped." If your group has an appetite for dessert, don't forget the Kitchen Sink ice cream sundae (www.JaxsonsIceCream.com; 954-923-4445). -        Mai Kai Polynesian Dinner Show. The dinner show has been a vacationer's - and local's - stop since 1956. The menu includes Asian favorites, as well as steak, chicken and seafood.  Walk through the tropical gardens, stay for the show at 8 p.m., and remember to take your rum barrel keepsake mugs (www.MaiKai.com; 954-563-3272). HIGH-PROFILE AND HIGH-FLAVOR -        Casa D'Angelo. Fine Italian dishes and steaks with wines from around the world, including the chef's own vineyard in Italy. Chef/Owner Angelo Elia is a well-known and highly acclaimed culinary maestro serving traditional Italian dishes from generations of family recipes from truffles to gnocchi, and fabulous homemade desserts. (www.Casa-d-Angelo.com; 954-564-1234). -        Johnny V. A sleek, urban décor restaurant on Las Olas Boulevard, with an innovative menu that is as bold and robust as its acclaimed chef/owner, Johnny Vinczencz. A diehard cheese fan, Johnny V offers a cheese menu of global proportions with thirty-five cheeses, paired with Vinczencz-style "fixin's" like fig balsamic marinated grapes and spicy pecans. The smoked tomato soup and brie, goat cheese and parmesan crostinis are a must try. (www.johnnyvlasolas.com; 954-761-7920) -        Café Maxx. In Pompano Beach, a city by the sea that gets its name from the venerable fish that swims its waters, Chef Oliver Saucy's stylish yet unpretentious, restaurant with a cozy bar, has been a staple in the area for nearly three decades. (www.cafemaxx.com; 954-782-0606) -        3030 Ocean at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Chef Paula DaSilva is back at the helm at 3030 Ocean executing imaginative, farm-to-fork dishes that highlight the flavors and freshness of South Florida's local ingredients. The Brazil native has returned to where it all started, after taking the challenge of Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen, she's bringing her signature soulful cooking style to this acclaimed, not so typical hotel restaurant. For the seafood aficionado, the Sea Bar at 3030 features fresh lobster, clams, shrimp, oysters, stone crabs, and a seasonal array of other deep sea delicacies. (www.3030ocean.com; 954-765-3030) NEIGHBORHOOD NOOKS -        Eat The Tea, Victoria Park. Start - or end - the day with "feel good food" and edible teas, herbal elixirs and home-made and plant-based soups, salads, sandwiches and pastries - many of which have tea leaves and herbs in the blend (www.EatTheTea.com; 754-200-8355). -        The Riverside Market and Café, Fort Lauderdale. The menu featuring omelets, pizza, salads and sandwiches - and more than 100 brands of bottled beer - lures firemen, lawyers and flip-flop-wearing patrons alike (www.TheRiversideMarket.com; 954-358-8333) -        The Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park. Thirsty for a craft beer after a day of exploring Greater Fort Lauderdale? Meet the Buddha. They even pour their Floridian Heffe from a tailgate trailer at Miami Dolphins games (www.FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com; 954-440-0046). -        Swank Southern Kitchen, Davie. Another source of southern staples, patrons can order such specialties as fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles or shrimp and grits. Straight from the smoker come ribs, pork and beer can chicken (www.SwankSouthern.com; 954-727-5497). FRESH FROM THE SEA -        Blue Moon Fish Company. A chic waterfront restaurant located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Blue Moon has been serving true Floridian flavors with Louisiana, Cajun infusion for more than 16 years. With a Deco-inspired exterior and contemporary American menu, Blue Moon is known as Greater Fort Lauderdale's "freshest seafood by the waterway," and has been named "Best Waterfront Dining in Fort Lauderdale" by Zagat and OpenTable. (www.bluemoonfishco.com; 954-267-9888) -        Coconuts Grill and GB Oyster Bar. The epitome of dock and dining in Greater Fort Lauderdale, this casual seafood spot, located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, with docking space for boats, serves some of the freshest seafood in town. Perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset over the "Venice of America" skyline. (www.coconutsbahamagrill.com; 954-525-2421) -        S3 or Sun Surf Sand. Gorgeous beachfront vistas serve as the backdrop for seafood, sushi and steaks in this casually sophisticated, restaurant at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Like sister restaurant YOLO, it's perfect for dining or private events. (www.S3Restaurant.com; 954-523-7873). -        Lobster Bar Sea Grille. The newest concept of nationally acclaimed restaurateur Pano Karatassos, featuring seafood and lobster with a simple, yet elegant flair. Prime steaks, a raw bar, crudo section, and cocktail lounge complement the restaurant's contemporary vibe and nautical furnishings including three custom-made crystal-and-steel chandeliers reminiscent of lighthouse lanterns weighing more than 1,300 pounds each. (www.lobsterbarseagrille.com; 954-772-2675) BURGERS , BBQ & JAW DROPPING SANDWICHES -        LaSpada's has been feeding South Florida since 1973, but the story really began in Chester, PA. where hoagies originated. Hero-worshipers will respect the intricate game of catch played by staff tossing meats and cheeses across an eight-foot counter. Entertaining and efficient, the long lines at this popular sub shop move quickly keeping people coming back in droves. Locations in Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Davie and Coral Springs. (www.laspadashoagies.com; 954-776-7893) -        Charm City Burger Company, Deerfield Beach. A quintessential hole-in-the-wall burger joint, order up the award-winning The Big Sloppy - then layer on "Hook-Ups" like thick cut peppered bacon, a fried egg or seared foie gras (www.CharmCityBurgers.com; 954-531-0300) -        Can you pass the "Le Tub" test? Get both sides of the bun and the absurdly thick - and decidedly delicious - burger in your mouth in one bite, and you've passed with flying colors. This quirky burger spot located right on the Intracoastal Waterway that got its name from the funky décor, claw-foot bathtubs and hand-painted sinks scattered about. Locals favor this famous eatery and GQ magazine ranks it home to the best burger in the country. (www.theletub.com; 954-921-9425) -        Tom Jenkins Bar-B-Q, Fort Lauderdale. Some say South Florida isn't "southern." One bite of chopped beef or pork or the chicken and ribs coated in a savory tangy-sweet homemade sauce will win converts. Sides include cole slaw, mac n cheese, hush puppies, even collard greens and baked beans. Tom's doin' the South proud (www.TomJenkinsBBQ.net; 954-522-5046). -        Primanti Brothers. A Pittsburgh fav with three Greater Fort Lauderdale locations, the one near Fort Lauderdale beach is open 24 hours - and is rumored to be the busiest pizza joint in the U.S. per square foot. French fries are stacked high inside the sandwiches, which are the real star at this family-owned establishment. 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The Superior Small Lodging program epitomizes the personalized "mom and pop"-style hotel experience - and has attracted more than 60 properties from Hollywood through Deerfield Beach. Launched in Fort Lauderdale in 1989, the Superior Small Lodging initiative has grown statewide.For good reason. The voluntary program encourages owners and managers of properties with fewer than 50 rooms to agree to annual comprehensive and independent reviews of public spaces, guest accommodations, bathrooms and bathroom supplies, kitchens, and property exterior.The Superior Small Lodging collection is ideal for travelers who prefer to stay at properties featuring personalized service and individual character in an intimate retreat."It's the perfect fit for vacationers who want unique accommodations, and hoteliers who promise a more quaint vacation experience," said Nicki E. Grossman, president of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "What debuted two decades ago as a way to showcase our smaller properties today is the standard for quality small lodging in Greater Fort Lauderdale and throughout Florida."The charm of many of the boutique-style properties is apparent from their names, like the Angelfish Inn, Bougainvillea on the Beach, Pelican Place or Pineapple Point. Whether boutique hotels, villa homes, apartments and suites, many feature European, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Polynesia or authentic South Florida architectural styles. Some cater to LGBT vacationers; some are clothing optional, others pet friendly. Most are within a walk or drive from the beach, parks and golf courses, restaurants, shops or cultural venues.The allure of the Superior Small Lodging program goes beyond the commitment to well-maintained accommodations. Properties often provide a level of personalized service unavailable at larger properties. Owners, many of whom were once vacationers themselves, interact with guests and become longtime friends. Some may feature weekly BBQs or gatherings, afternoon poolside cocktails, or morning coffee beneath palm trees and surrounded by tropical gardens.Another program, the Donal A. Dermody White Glove Award for best housekeeping practices, each year recognizes those properties that score 100% during an independent housekeeping inspection. In 2013, 50 hotels and inns were members of the "100% Club." In all, Greater Fort Lauderdale's 62 Superior Small Lodgings averaged a score of 97% during housekeeping inspections. Together, the Superior Small Lodging designation and the White Glove Award ensure quality, comfort, personalized service and affordable prices - often in a delightful and intimate setting.Superior Small Lodgings in Greater Fort Lauderdale currently can be found in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach and Hallandale Beach. For more information about Superior Small Lodgings in Greater Fort Lauderdale, visit www.sunny.org/SSL.  ### Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} Thu, 19 Dec 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Greater-Fort-Lauderdale-Superior-Small-Lodgings-Big-Hit-with-Travelers-Far-and-Wide-/1216/0/ Story Ideas http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Story-Ideas/1145/0/ Tue, 08 Jan 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Story-Ideas/1145/0/ 2013 Fact Sheet http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/2013-Fact-Sheet/1065/0/ LOCATION & MILES: Broward County encompasses 1,197 square miles (766,016 acres), with 23 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach, stretching between Palm Beach County on the northern perimeter and Dade County on the southern. It has a resident population of almost 1.8 million, with nearly 167,000 residing in Fort Lauderdale, the largest municipality and the seat of county government. Broward County is bounded on the west by 505,600 acres of Everglades (occupying about 2/3 of the county). 300 miles of navigable waterways within Broward County, lend it the nickname "Venice of America." 31 MUNICIPALITIES: Oceanside: Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lighthouse Point, Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes. Inland: Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Davie, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lazy Lakes, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, West Park, Weston and Wilton Manors. CLIMATE: Broward's climate is tropical with an average year-round temperature of 76°F / 25°C and 3,000 hours of sunshine. Winter temperatures average a mean of 66° F / 19° C; summer, a mean of 84° F / 29° C. January is the coolest month of the year and August is the warmest. The heaviest rainfalls occur during August and September. SPORTS: Water Sports -- There are more than 23 miles of beaches in Broward County that are perfect for sailing, swimming, kite surfing, windsurfing, water skiing, boating, deep-sea fishing, parasailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, snorkeling and Scuba diving Boating -- The Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, along with more than 300 miles of canals and waterways throughout the County, are perfect for any kind of boating. There are several sailing schools throughout Broward plus 148 marinas and 35 boat repair yards that provide boat fuel as well as supplies. Fishing -- This is one of the few areas in the world where both freshwater and salt water fishing are within 20 minutes of the angler. In addition to more than 200 freshwater species that can be caught in the county's lakes, there are deep water fishing fleets located in each of the seven cities that line the Atlantic coast, plus four municipal piers. Golf -- There are more than 56 courses in Broward ranging from the exclusive Grande Oaks Club to a par 3. Hockey -- The BB&T Center, home of the NHL Florida Panthers, located in Sunrise, Florida. Tennis -- There are more than 550 public and private tennis courts throughout Broward County. Racing -- Greyhound racing at Mardi Gras Casino; harness racing at the Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park; Jai-Alai at Dania Jai-Alai and thoroughbred racing at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Gaming -- Broward hosts three Seminole Indian casinos, including the Hard Rock Casino. Located on tribal grounds in Hollywood and Coconut Creek, the halls are open seven days a week with games including blackjack, slots and poker beginning at noon and jackpots worth more than $100,000. In addition, three area pari-mutuels offer slots and poker as well as racing. ATTRACTIONS: ANNE KOLB NATURE CENTER -- is a 1,430 acre wetland and habitat for native wildlife. B-CYCLE - bike sharing program BEACH PLACE -- is a 100,000 square foot entertainment, retail and dining complex on A1A BILLIE SWAMP SAFARI -- lets you experience a Seminole Indian reservation in the Everglades via swamp buggy and airboat BASS PRO SHOPS OUTDOOR WORLD -- mega sporting goods store BLUE MOON OUTDOOR CENTER - kayaking and paddle board rentals and tours BUTTERFLY WORLD at TRADEWINDS PARK -- is a three acre park with a screened habitat to showcase live butterflies and hummingbirds from five different continents. EVERGLADES HOLIDAY PARK -- gateway to 750,000 acres of unspoiled Everglades; airboat rides, tours and fishing. FESTIVAL FLEA MARKET MALL -- over 800 shops plus Market Street FLAMINGO GARDENS -- offers free flight aviary museums, tram tours of orange groves, nature walks, and gift shops. FORT LAUDERDALE ANTIQUE CAR MUSEUM -- permanent displays of pre-war Packard Motorcars and memorabilia FUNDERDOME -- Indoor, activity-based, family fun center GOODYEAR BLIMP BASE -- is one of only four bases in the world. HOLLYWOOD OCEANFRONT BROADWALK -- 2.2 mile oceanfront pedestrian promenade which parallels the beach IGFA FISHING HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM -- features galleries, marina and conservation center LAS OLAS BOULEVARD -- bustles with energy day and night and is home to chic boutiques, galleries and eateries LAS OLAS RIVERFRONT -- is an entertainment and retail complex on the New River MAI-KAI POLYNESIAN RESTAURANT AND REVUE -- features Polynesian cuisine and exciting dinner show in authentically recreated village RIVERWALK ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT -- is a 22-block district along the New River in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale which runs from chic Las Olas Boulevard west to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts SAWGRASS MILLS - world's largest discount, outlet mall featuring more than 350 specialty stores and the Colonnade Outlets, an outdoor, high-end shopping district. SAWGRASS RECREATION PARK -- offers airboat rides, Indian village, live alligator, reptile & birds of prey exhibit plus camping, boating & fishing SEA EXPERIENCE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT SWAP SHOP - largest indoor/outdoor flea market in the South XTREME INDOOR KARTING - South Florida's fastest indoor karting SIGHTSEEING TOURS: CARRIE B SIGHTSEEING CRUISES -- offers seasonal sightseeing cruises. BALEARIA BAHAMAS EXPRESS -- sails to Grand Bahama Island from Port Everglades. FORT LAUDERDALE DUCK TOURS FORT LAUDERDALE TROLLEY TOUR -- 2-hour narrated tour GONDOLA WEST - cruise through the heart of the "Venice of America" JUNGLE QUEEN RIVERBOAT -- offers old-time sightseeing cruise along the canals with dinner and entertainment. M. CRUZ RENTALS - segway tours and bicycle rentals RIVERFRONT CRUISES -- offers sightseeing cruises onboard a 55-foot catamaran. TROPICAL SAILING - 2-hour ocean sightseeing cruise on a catamaran WATER TAXI -- is the perfect way to tour the Intracoastal or take a "Historic Cruise" of the New River. NATURAL ATTRACTIONS: In addition to its Blue Wave beaches and waterways, Broward County has 288 parks, 69 miles of live coral reef in a three-tier natural reef system, and the Everglades. Its 81 artificial reefs and 18 major shipwrecks provide divers with a unique mix of tropical underwater experiences. CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: Museums and Historic Sites: AFRICAN AMERICAN RESEARCH LIBRARY/CULTURAL CENTER AH-TAH-THI-KI MUSEUM -- Seminole heritage BILLIE SWAMP SAFARI -- Everglades experience BONNET HOUSE -- one of the few remaining ocean-front estates BROWARD ART GUILD BUEHLER PLANETARIUM AND OBSERVATORY CORAL SPRINGS MUSEUM OF ART FLAMINGO GARDENS FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HILLSBORO INLET LIGHT STATION -- historic light marks the northern limit of the Florida Reef INTERNATIONAL GAME FISHING HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME MUSEUM OF ART | FORT LAUDERDALE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE/3D IMAX MY JEWISH DISCOVERY PLACE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OLD DILLARD MUSEUM STRANAHAN HOUSE -- Broward's oldest existing structure THIRD AVENUE ART DISTRICT YOUNG AT ART CHILDREN'S MUSEUM -- hands-on children's museum Libraries There are 28 libraries in Broward County including an eight-story, 260,000-square-foot main research and resource center in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It has earned architectural recognition for its unique design and was voted the #1 library in the United States in 1996. A $14 million, 60,000 square foot African America Research Library and Cultural Center opened October 2002. PERFORMING ARTS: ASHANTI CULTURAL ARTS BAILEY HALL -- features concerts and ballets BB&T CENTER -- features top named stars BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS -- state of the art complex featuring two theaters CORAL SPRINGS CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- features music, dance and concerts CINEMA PARADISO -- home to the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival FORT LAUDERDALE CHILDREN'S THEATRE FORT LAUDERDALE COMEDY CLUB HARD ROCK LIVE HOLLYWOOD BEACH THEATER HOLLYWOOD CENTRAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER LAFFING MATTERZ MIRAMAR CULTURAL CENTER MOSAIC THEATRE PARKER PLAYHOUSE -- pre-and post-Broadway productions POMPANO BEACH AMPHITHEATER PUBLIC THEATER OF SOUTH FLORIDA STAGE DOOR THEATRE STORY THEATRE PRODUCTIONS -- features children's productions THEATER UNDER THE STARS -- open-air bandshell in Hollywood; additionally, there are a number of neighborhood theaters located in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano Beach MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS: Orange Bowl (Jan) Las Olas Art Festival (Jan/Mar/Oct) Hollywood CanadaFest (Jan) Live Racing at Gulfstream Park (Jan-Apr) A1A Marathon (Feb) Big Cypress Shootout (Feb) Sistrunk Parade & Street Festival (Feb) Florida Renaissance Festival (Feb-Mar) Jazz in the Gardens (Mar) Wine and Culinary Celebration (Mar) Florida Derby (Mar) Las Olas Wine and Food Festival (Apr) Pompano Beach Seafood Festival (Apr) Fleet Week USA (Apr) Lauderdale Air Show (Apr) Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo (May)Summer Savings (May-Sept)Vacation Like a VIP (May-Sept)Turtle Walks (June-July)Fort Lauderdale Family Fun Beachfront Celebration (July 4) Hollywood 4th of July Celebration (July 4) Lauderdale Spa Chic (Sept) Hollywood Beach Latin Festival (Sept) Viva Broward (Oct) Florida Panthers Hockey Season (Oct-Apr) Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Oct) Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (Oct/Nov) Dine Out Lauderdale (Oct/Nov) Broward County Fair (Nov) Christmas on Las Olas (Nov) Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade (Dec) Pompano Beach Holiday Boat Parade (Dec) Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade (Dec) SHOPPING: Sawgrass Mills, the world's largest discount mall and featuring the high-end Colonnade Outlets, Seminole Paradise, Festival Flea Market Mall and Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, the largest indoor/outdoor flea market in the South, offer more buys for the buck. Shopping malls such as The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, featuring Neiman-Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, are complemented by traditional Florida shopping avenues such as Las Olas Blvd., Dania Beach Antique Row and beach boutiques. DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT: More than 4,000 wining and dining establishments and 132 nightclubs are located in Broward County. ACCOMMODATIONS: Broward offers more than 550 lodging establishments, with more than 33,000 hotel rooms, ranging from luxurious high-rises to smaller motels (many included in the Superior Small Lodging program, which sets standards of quality for properties of less than 50 rooms). The diverse mix of Greater Fort Lauderdale accommodations encompasses oceanfront and inland properties, specialized spa resorts, business, meeting, and convention facilities. CONVENTION CENTER: The 600,000-square-foot Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, at Port Everglades, is the centerpiece of a mixed-use retail complex spanning 33 acres. ACCESSIBILITY: International Airport -- Broward County is served by the Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood International Airport. Airlines include: Air Canada, Air Jamaica, Air Sunshine, Air Transat, AirTran, Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Avianca, Bahamasair, CanJet, Caribbean Airlines, Condor, Continental, Continental Connection, Delta Airlines, Florida Coastal Airlines, Frontier, Gulfstream International, IBC Aiways, JetBlue, LAN, Silver Airways, SkyBahamas, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Air International, Sunwing, US Airways, Virgin America, Vision Airlines and WestJet.   Executive Airports -- Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at the northwest corner of the city, and North Perry Airport, six miles west of Hollywood, and Pompano Beach Airpark, serve private and executive planes. Cruise Ships -- Port Everglades is the busiest cruise port in the world serving more five-star cruise ships than any other port in the nation. Nearly 50 cruise ships including the new genesis size ship Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas depart from twelve ultra-modern terminals, including: Carnival, Celebrity Cruises' X, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Italian Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn, and Silversea. BALEARIA BAHAMAS EXPRESS - offers day cruises to the Bahamas. Train -- Amtrak Bus - Greyhound   Rental Cars -- Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport's beautiful new Rental Car Center opened January 2005. The Rental Car Center has brought most of the major rental car companies under one roof. At more than 4 million square feet, the nine-level structure is the largest consolidated rental car facility in the United States and one of the largest parking garages in Florida. Levels 1 through 4 are the new home of Advantage Rent A Car, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, E-Z Rent A Car, Hertz, National, Payless, Royal, and Thrifty. Levels 5 through 9 are public parking.   Local Transportation -- The Broward County Mass Transit bus system connects all municipalities and interconnects with Palm Beach and Dade Counties. Discounted weekly visitor passes for unlimited transportation are available. Taxis and limousine companies operate throughout the county; the Water Taxi system provides transportation to shops, attractions and restaurants; and Sun Trolley bus service. MORE INFORMATION: Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau 100 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Telephone: (800) 22-SUNNY, (U.S. and Canada) Fax: (954) 765-4467 Meeting Planners/Tour Operators: (800) 356-1662 Website: http://www.sunny.org/ Media Inquiries: jtaylor@broward.org ### Fri, 04 Jan 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/2013-Fact-Sheet/1065/0/ Water Works: Top Ten Ways to Make a Splash http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Water-Works-Top-Ten-Ways-to-Make-a-Splash/417/0/ Greater Fort Lauderdale, the "Venice of America" and "Yachting Capital of the World" is all about enjoying the water. Whether you want to float on top of it, swim through it or dive under it, there's no better place to "make a splash" than Greater Fort Lauderdale. Following are the Top Ten Ways to Enjoy the Water in Greater Fort Lauderdale, from the area's 23 miles of Blue Wave beaches to the 300 miles of inland waterways and beyond. 10) "Come Sail Away..." - As home to the largest International Boat Show each fall and with 80% of all yachts in the world bought and sold in Greater Fort Lauderdale, it ranks among the top boating destinations. From 200-foot super-yachts to speed boats and classic sailboats, an estimated 42,000 yachts call Greater Fort Lauderdale home, and many of them are available for rent or charter. Visitors can choose to join a sightseeing excursion, rent a small sailboat or powerboat by the hour or day or hire a captain and crew for a multi-day cruise of the Intracoastal Waterway. Visit www.sunny.org for a complete listing of boating opportunities. 9) The (Water) Taxi Stops Here - The easiest way to get on the waterways and explore is via Greater Fort Lauderdale's Water Taxi service. In addition to getting where you want to go in style, every trip includes an entertaining narrative from the Water Taxi captains, touching on everything from local legends to celebrity dish. It also provides an opportunity see some of the most magnificent waterfront mansions and mega yachts in South Florida. A moonlit water taxi ride makes for a romantic pre-dinner excursion en route to downtown Fort Lauderdale's acclaimed restaurant scene. Visit www.watertaxi.com for schedules and additional information. 8) Exploring for the "Jet Set" - Nothing is more exhilarating than speeding across the water on a jet ski made for two. Whether you're zipping through the ocean or on the area's meandering waterways, it's the best way to see...and be seen. There are a number of watersports operators that offer hourly jet ski rentals, as well as RocketMan, a jet propelled jetpack that will make anyone feel like Superman. Visit www.sunny.org for a list of watersports operators. 7) Hover Three Inches Above the Water: Airboat Rides in the Everglades - Alligators may not be as romantic as a leisurely gondola ride, but they have their own special charm...especially when safely viewed from an airboat on the Everglades, one of America's most treasured natural resources. There are several operators in Greater Fort Lauderdale that offer propeller-driven airboat tours that travel as fast as 35 miles per hour as they explore one of the world's most mysterious and fascinating ecosystems. In addition to alligators and other reptiles, including the ornery crocodile, there's the opportunity to marvel at South Florida's exotic flora and fauna. Visit www.sunny.org/nature for a complete list. 6) Explore via Oar: Paddling Around Greater Fort Lauderdale - With 300+ miles of Intracoastal Waterway, inland lakes, rivers and creeks, and 23 miles of scenic coastline as a playground, nothing on the water is more fun than a kayak, canoe or paddleboard expedition. Paddle past mega-yachts and up the New River, slip through the mangrove swamps along the Waterway or hug the shoreline, going from beach to beach. Many companies in the area offer lessons, rentals, excursions, even themed paddling itineraries, including moonlight outings. Visit www.sunny.org for a full listing. 5) Reel Fun: Catching the Big Fish - In Greater Fort Lauderdale, anglers and fishing enthusiasts can hit the ocean for some big game sports fishing or enjoy a day of fresh water fishing in the Everglades. It's an activity that can be fun and relaxing, and it's a great activity for groups or the whole family. There are a number of charters that offer half or full day trips on the ocean, where you can fish for marlin, tuna, dolphin fish - even sharks! The International Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum is a great place to start, especially for beginners. Try your hand at a virtual fishing experience or find out where to find the fishing hotspots. Visit www.igfa.org or www.sunny.org for a list of fishing boat charter operators. 4) "Dive Right In" - Greater Fort Lauderdale is known around the world as one of North America's premier Scuba diving destinations, featuring a multi-tiered natural reef system stretching almost 70 miles and more than 80 wrecks and artificial reefs, some as close as 100 yards offshore. Whether you're a beginner - dozens of dive shops offer lessons - or an expert, it won't take long to discover why the destination is tops for diving. Visit www.sunny.org/scuba for more information and a list of dive operators. 3) "Diving Light": Snorkeling the Reefs - Scuba diving is not for everyone but there's hardly a person alive who wouldn't enjoy the incredible beauty and variety of marine life in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Snorkeling requires no training and almost no equipment; a mask and snorkel will do; flippers help for speed and buoyancy. Explore on your own or take a guided tour of some of Greater Fort Lauderdale's best coral reefs. Visit www.sunny.org/scuba for a full list of dive operators. 2) Ocean Exploration...Just for Kids -Available through many hotels and resorts in Greater Fort Lauderdale, "Funky Fish Kids Day" is a fun and educational way for children to celebrate the destination's water-driven environments. Snorkeling lessons and expeditions, shallow ocean treasure dives, a "liquid playground," scuba camp, and daily coral reef excursions for kids and parents are just a few of the available activities. Customized group programs, birthday parties and other special activities, including a "Beach Hotel Sleepover" package, also are available. Visit www.funkyfishkidsday.com. 1) Swim - Greater Fort Lauderdale's 23 miles of Blue Wave beaches beckon you to jump right in. Swim, paddle, splash, or float. Lie on the beach to heat up, then jump back in to cool off. Go up to the knees or up to the neck. Let gentle waves lap at the feet or catch a wave and ride it to shore. In Greater Fort Lauderdale, "You're in good sands!" ### About Greater Fort Lauderdale From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a "beach chic" vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join us on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone applications, Defrost Your Swimsuit and ‘Fork' Lauderdale and Mild to Wild the LGBT mobile site at www.sunny.org/apps. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Water-Works-Top-Ten-Ways-to-Make-a-Splash/417/0/ Pineapple Salt Loofahs and Chamomile Scrubs http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Pineapple-Salt-Loofahs-and-Chamomile-Scrubs/616/0/ For those seeking serenity, relaxation and revitalization, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers an impressive choice of day, resort and destinations spa opportunities.  The concept of spa as a total wellness experience rejuvenating mind, body and spirit has long been embraced by the community, evidenced by the wide variety of spas available to residents and visitors of Greater Fort Lauderdale, ranging from upscale, European-style establishments to sites offering a more holistic approach.  Following are just a few samples of new and recently renovated spas wowing clientele from around the world: The Spa at Harbor Beach at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale was built at a cost of $8-million.  The 24,000-square-foot spa is a luxurious refuge from the outside world, a quiet haven designed to pamper and impress.  Treatments are inspired by centuries-old European knowledge and the legendary marine therapies of Brittany on the French coast, with a focus on the healing properties of water.  Signature services include massages on the spa's terrace or the beach, beneath Arabian-style cloth cabanas, and key lime- and orange blossom-infused treatments.  In addition to a fully-equipped cardiovascular/weight training room with spectacular views of the ocean, the facility includes 18 treatment rooms; salon; separate men's and women's locker rooms with steam, sauna and whirlpool; private, outdoor pool; boutique and restaurant.  A variety of fitness classes, ranging from Yoga to water aerobics, are also offered daily. Included in the menu of services are Ayurveda and Hydrotherapy, traditional massage, including Swedish and Shiatsu, plus more contemporary techniques such as Reiki and Warm Stone Therapy.  There is even a Ninth Moon Massage specifically designed for expectant mothers.  Pampering extras include chamomile-infused ice towels, Tara-heated neck pillows, personal CD players, E Lix R tonics and facial mists and fragrant foot powders.  Daily membership, which is waived with the purchase of any 50-minute spa treatment, includes use of the locker rooms, unlimited classes and access to the cardiovascular weight training room for $25 per person.  Visitors can call 866- 3030-SPA or log onto www.marriottharborbeach.com for spa reservations. A favorite of area guests, the recently reflagged Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston has a 48,000 square-foot spa (2nd-largest in Florida) provides peace and tranquility with 30 treatment rooms, a Zen Garden, Pilates studio, full service salon, private outdoor pool, men and women’s locker rooms, and 24-hour fitness center. For spa reservations or more information, call (954) 389-3300 or log onto www.bonaventureresortandspa.com. The recently renovated Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale features a soothing sanctuary of wellness and healing offering massages, body treatments, skin care, and a beauty salon.  A full-service spa inspired by indigenous cultures and natural elements, Spa 66 is a place that guests turn to in an effort to retreat and revitalize from daily demands. Returning to the true definition of spa, “sanitas per aquas,” Latin for “healing by waters,” treatments and services incorporate the principles of hydrating the body to promote wellness and renewal. For spa reservations or more information, call (954) 525-6666 or log onto http://pier66.hyatt.com. The Ocean Sands Resort & Spa has reopened after the completion of a major renovation and expansion program.  The full-service oceanfront health and fitness spa and hotel features 89 guestrooms and an extensive menu of spa and salon services and fitness programs in a new Pompano Beach building.  Highlights of the Spa include seven treatment rooms, two Vichy showers and a hydrotherapy tub facility, as well as two outdoor heated pools. The staff represents experts in ten different kinds of therapeutic massage, facials, body wraps, manicures, pedicures, hair coloring and styling.  For more information, call (954) 590-1000, or log onto www.theoceansandsresortandspa.com. The 63-room Regency House Natural Health Spa in Hallandale Beach is a holistic health and living center that is geared to helping people lose weight and minimize body fat.  The program is based on a high quality, vegetarian diet combined with stress management and behavior modification, including consistent aerobic exercise.  The Regency takes pride in teaching guests how to build and maintain high-level health and thinner body image, especially when they return to their regular lives.  Facilities at the beachfront resort include a gym, massage rooms, body center, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna.  The spa provides shopping and cooking classes, work out programs, a basic training boot camp, evening dance classes, yoga, meditation classes, aerobics, health and nutrition lectures and three meals a day. For more information, call 800-454-0003 or log onto www.regencyhealthspa.com.   Spa Atlantic, at The Atlantic Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, offers an exclusive spa experience dedicated to providing expert service and luxurious surroundings for guests seeking balance and vitality. The full-service spa and fitness center is inspired by the flora & fauna found throughout South Florida. The Spa provides expertise, encouragement and a unique selection of services created from The Garden, from The Grove and from The Sea; to provide guests with a comprehensive range of massages and spa treatments to promote relaxation, invigoration and renewal.  Spa Atlantic offers a number of massage therapies, including couples massages and massages for expecting mothers. The Spa also offers body treatments and baths using products native to South Florida as well as skin and nail treatments and services.  For reservations call (954) 567-8020 or log onto www.preferredhotels.com. Spa Q at the newly completed, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, offers a spirit of elegance that is personalized for each guest.  The 7,000 sq.-ft., full-service European spa center is designed to indulge and fulfill the needs and desires of all guests. Treatments can be performed at the spa or in-suite. Spa services include facials, massage, body scrubs and wraps, as well as salon services such as manicures and pedicures.  In addition, papering can continue with bath butlers offering in-suite bath services.  The fitness center also offers a variety of the latest Precor equipment and programs including cardio-vascular, yoga, aerobics, aqua aerobics, beach boot camp, stretch-and-tone and tai chi. For resort information call (954) 760-7177 or visit www.fortlauderdalebeachresort.hilton.com. The Spa at Lago Mar, which opened in spring 2002, brings an environment of contemporary European elegance to the Fort Lauderdale beachfront.  Located at the Lago Mar Resort and Club, the full-service facility features an array of body wraps, deep tissue and aromatherapy massages plus facials and pedicures.  For those looking to tone as well as relax their muscles, an exercise facility provides the most current Cybex equipment, including treadmills, cycles, cardiovascular and strength equipment.  Additional highlights include men's and women's locker rooms with private steam rooms, four treatment rooms, a relaxation room and spa boutique.  For more information, call 877-524-6627 or log onto www.lagomar.com. The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, offers individual spa suites with showers, private alfresco massage areas on the tropical pool deck and spa services designed exclusively for Ritz-Carlton by Sundãri, the botanical-rich skincare line from India. Therapeutic body scrubs such as Gotu Kola & Walnut Body Scrub and Neem & Date Seed Healing Body Scrub, as well as intuitive spa experiences such as Holistic Healing Ritual, Royal Treatment and Fit for King offer intensive rejuvenation for the tired and stressed out traveler. The 8,000-square-foot spa includes ten treatment rooms and a sun-drenched modern exercise studio offers yoga, spinning and aerobics sessions seasonally.  For more information call (954) 465-2300 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/fortlauderdale. The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood features The Spa at The Diplomat in a truly elegant and serene country club setting.  Natural light floods the 30,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-inspired facility, which encompasses two floors, richly appointed with marble and natural wood accents.  For guests staying on property, a sky walkway provides direct access to the spa, eliminating the need to walk through the lobby.  The lavish, garden courtyard ambience is evident throughout, from the complete fitness facilities and salon to the private outdoor pool and luxurious locker areas, featuring separate men's and women's lounges with saunas, steam rooms and patios. The Diplomat stresses healthy nutrition through consultation and cuisine, a good fitness program, psychological well-being and proper care of the face and body.  More than 20 treatments, from reflexology and aromatherapy to Kurs and chamomile scrubs, are given in 17 private treatment rooms.  There are several double rooms ideal for couples and friends to experience treatments together, four VIP rooms with private entrances and hydro-tubs and two rooms with wet tables and stand up Vichy showers.  Aerobics classes and personal training sessions are also available.  For spa reservations or more information, visitors can call (954) 602-6000 or log onto www.westin.com/diplomat. ### About Greater Fort Lauderdale From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a “beach chic” vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join us on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone applications, Defrost Your Swimsuit and ‘Fork’ Lauderdale, and Mild to Wild the LGBT mobile site at www.sunny.org/apps. Sun, 02 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Pineapple-Salt-Loofahs-and-Chamomile-Scrubs/616/0/ Explore Greater Fort Lauderdale's Nature by Night http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Explore-Greater-Fort-Lauderdale-s-Nature-by-Night/581/0/ Looking for nighttime activity that's out of the ordinary?  There are many ways to play after-hours in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Night owls and nature enthusiast can meet the world's oldest living creatures, listen to the exchange of Indian legends by the campfire or spot nocturnal sea life on the ocean floor. Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to such a unique natural landscape, diverse flora and fauna, rare ecosystems and sixty-nine miles of natural reef. "There is no better place to experience the Everglades, glide through a remarkable system of waterways and explore underwater secrets than in Greater Fort Lauderdale," said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Few vacation destinations can match our natural wonders and, when the lights go out, the real fun begins." Top nighttime adventures in Greater Fort Lauderdale include: Get Out of Your Shell with Sea Turtles… Each May through October; sea turtles begin their ancient ritual of crawling onto Fort Lauderdale's pristine moonlit beaches to nest. Visitors can witness this natural wonder on guided nighttime turtle walks, and get a front-row view of giant endangered loggerheads, as well as leatherback and green turtles laying their eggs.  The "Moonlight Sea Turtle Walks" offered by the Museum of Discovery and Science begin at the museum at 9 p.m. during June and July with an informative, hands-on session about land, fresh-water and salt-water turtles. Visit www.mods.org for a list of scheduled dates. Discover the Waterways By Moonlight… Greater Fort Lauderdale is not called the "Venice of America" for nothing! More than 300 miles of navigable waterways and an average air temperature of 77 degrees make Fort Lauderdale a prime location for kayaking day and night. A hidden jewel for kayakers is West Lake Park, a coastal mangrove wetland, part of Anne Kolb Nature center in Hollywood. West Lake is one of the last pristine areas located in an urban area. No motorized boats are permitted here, so it's a kayaker's dream. Full Moon Kayak offers guided tours by the light of the silvery moon once a month. Paddle by fish, crabs, wading and shore birds and birds of prey. On the tour, take a break and enjoy the company of fellow paddlers over a glass of wine and snacks provided by the guides. www.fullmoonkayak.com Live Like a Seminole Indian…The Seminole Indians of Greater Fort Lauderdale invite travelers to "Spend a Day with a Seminole." During this overnight program offered at Billie Swamp Safari within the Big Cypress Reservation, visitors enjoy round-the-campfire Indian folklore storytelling and even sleep in an authentic Chickee hut. The Seminoles are the only Native American tribe who allow tourists to stay in such traditional-style dwellings on their reservation. The overnight package also includes a snake and alligator show and a nighttime swamp buggy eco-tour. www.semtribe.com/safari Eco-Tour Under the Stars…Travelers that want to experience the mysterious Everglades by night but don't want to rough it, can also have a nocturnal wildlife adventure on an evening swamp buggy eco-tour at Billie Swamp Safari. Hear the sounds and calls of the wild and see animals from around the world that share this wildlife preserve including alligators, crocodiles, antelope, bison, snakes and countless species of birds. Don't be surprised when the searchlight picks up glints of yellow, green and orange; those are just the eyes of reptiles and wildlife reflecting back at visitors! Exotic flora and fauna indigenous to the protected Everglades can also be witnessed. www.semtribe.com/safari Dive the Underwater World by Night... Fort Lauderdale has exciting diving spots by day, which is a completely different world by night. A whole new cast of underwater characters come out when the sun goes down.  Most of the fish seen during the day hide away to sleep and many that can't be found during the day can be seen all over the reef. Nighttime is the best time to see crabs, lobsters and shrimp going about their business. Deep Relief Dive Charters offer evening dives that depart at 6:30 p.m. and can accommodate large and small groups as well as private charters. Visit some of the best diving destinations in Greater Fort Lauderdale, including the Pompano drop-off, a beautiful area that has one of the most spectacular reefs in South Florida consisting of a large flat mass of rocks and reefs that stretch from Fort Lauderdale to the Pompano Pier with depths ranging from about 12 to 35 feet.  For more information about nocturnal adventures in Greater Fort Lauderdale visit www.sunny.org. ### About Greater Fort Lauderdale From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a “beach chic” vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join us on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone applications, Defrost Your Swimsuit and ‘Fork’ Lauderdale, and Mild to Wild the LGBT mobile site at www.sunny.org/apps. Sat, 01 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Explore-Greater-Fort-Lauderdale-s-Nature-by-Night/581/0/ Lauderdale Convention Collection Offers One-Stop Planning http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Lauderdale-Convention-Collection-Offers-One-Stop-Planning/980/0/ Greater Fort Lauderdale is raising the bar for major meetings with the introduction of an innovative concept called the "Lauderdale Convention Collection."  The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau's (GFLCVB) "SUNsational Service Team has joined forces with six leading, upscale hotels (all within a mile and a half of the Broward County Convention Center) to accommodate groups of up to 2,700 rooms in a single, unified convention experience while providing one-stop planning assistance. In addition to accommodations and hotel facilities, planners can take advantage of special savings through the Convention Collection program that include complimentary meeting and event space at the convention center, complimentary one-hour Board of Directors and Convention Welcome receptions, commemorative gifts from local suppliers, and a 10 percent discount on such services as food and beverage, electric, audio/visual, internet and security staffing. "By creating a single hospitality experience for large groups, the "Lauderdale Convention Collection" puts Greater Fort Lauderdale ahead of the game in attracting national and international meetings, conventions, exhibitions and special events," said Nicki E. Grossman, the CVB's president. "This is a win-win concept for convention planners and their clients as well as for the convention center, the hotels, and the entire tourism industry of Greater Fort Lauderdale." The six hotels participating in the Collection include the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, The Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, and the Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites. Speaking for the group, Carlos Molinet, general manager of the Fort Lauderdale Marina, noted: "The Convention Collection is a tremendous asset because together and individually the hotels can attract business they otherwise would be unable to accommodate. At the same time, by offering a distinctive, highly appealing convention experience to the largest groups, the stature of Greater Fort Lauderdale as a major meetings destination is strongly enhanced." Offeringa total of 2,700 rooms with beach or Intracoastal Waterway views, the Collection hotels provide easy access not only to the convention center itself but to all of Fort Lauderdale's unique venues, cultural and sports attractions and facilities, restaurants and nightlife. Equally important, by working with the GFLCVB's SUNsational Service team, planners can get assistance in confirming availability of accommodations, planning site visits, creating a comprehensive proposal, coordinating transportation and vendors and marketing in order to maximize attendance. Adding to the efficiency and ease of planning is the assignment of a single, consistent contact at the GFLCVB for each group. Recognizing the significant potential benefits of the Collection, the GFLCVB is implementing a comprehensive marketing strategy to maximize awareness of the nation's meeting planners. In addition to ongoing public relations initiatives, a brochure and dedicated web page have been developed and the Collection will be promoted at upcoming major industry events in Washington D.C. and Chicago and elsewhere, through telemarketing and email communications, and cooperative advertising. For details on booking the Broward County Convention Center and Lauderdale Convention Collection, call 800-356-1662 or visit www.sunny.org/LLC ### About Greater Fort Lauderdale From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a “beach chic” vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org. he Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join us on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone applications, Defrost Your Swimsuit and ‘Fork’ Lauderdale, and Mild to Wild the LGBT mobile site at www.sunny.org/apps. Sat, 01 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Lauderdale-Convention-Collection-Offers-One-Stop-Planning/980/0/ New Lauderdale Luxe Collection of Greater Fort Lauderdale http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/New-Lauderdale-Luxe-Collection-of-Greater-Fort-Lauderdale/891/0/ At a time when the recession has all but stopped hotel development, South Florida's Greater Fort Lauderdale area keeps adding new and transformed properties to its already impressive lodging industry. To showcase the destination's growing offering of deluxe category properties, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has created the Lauderdale Luxe Collection, featuring best in-market hotels and resorts.  The Lauderdale Luxe Collection includes 13 destination properties that share the common attributes of four-star, four-diamond or better ranking, full-service restaurant and on-premises spa or dedicated/contracted services.  Membership in the Lauderdale Luxe Collection is by invitation only, and many of the properties included are either new or have recently been updated.  Additionally, Greater Fort Lauderdale's luxury lodging product now has its own cyber-home: www.sunny.org/luxe. The Lauderdale Luxe microsite has dedicated categories for the hotels in the Luxe Collection; along with a section on dining and insider information on the area's finest culinary experiences, such as dockside dining along the Intracoastal Waterway.  It also includes a "pursuits" section that showcases Greater Fort Lauderdale's beyond-the-beach casual sophistication with information on spas, vibrant nightlife, high-end shopping, and more. "The launch of the new Lauderdale Luxe Collection is a sure sign to visitors we are truly a transformed beach chic hot spot," said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Savvy travelers will appreciate the high-end product we now have to offer here in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Following is a rundown of Greater Fort Lauderdale's Lauderdale Luxe Collection properties: Alantic Hotel & Spa: Overlooking an endless ribbon of pristine, golden Fort Lauderdale beach, The Atlantic Hotel offers 124 deluxe guestrooms and suites, including a signature penthouse collection, and evokes the sense of an exclusive oceanfront club.  Guests can relax and indulge at the hotel's Spa Atlantic, and can enjoy dining with ocean views at East End Brasserie.  The hotel also offers 1,160 square feet of fully-wired event space, including a stylish poolside patio terrace for groups of up to 100.  The property is located moments away from world-class shopping, galleries and restaurants and offers an ideal location for beachfront relaxing. Bonaventure Resort & Spa: Located in Weston, Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center & Spa features 501 spacious, modern guestrooms, four swimming pools, multiple dining options - including the acclaimed Ireland's Steakhouse, Banyan Restaurant, Cabana Bar & Café and Bar Zen - and a state of the art conference center spanning 60,000 square feet of meeting space. Additionally, the AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel boats 48,000 square foot spa that provides guests with an unmatched experience.. Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa: Located on 16 oceanfront acres, Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is in the final stages of a $50 million renovation to celebrate its 25th anniversary.  The multimillion-dollar redesign includes the additions of a 10,000-square-foot ballroom and new restaurant, each overlooking the resort's private beach; expanded fitness facilities at The Spa at Harbor Beach, and updated décor for all 650 guestrooms and suites, most of which have private balconies. 3030 Ocean is the hotel's upscale specialty restaurant, helmed by Chef Dean James Max and offering fresh American seafood creations.  Other dining options include Riva and Sea Level Restaurant and Ocean Bar (opening 2010).  The resort also offers 40,000 square feet of flexible indoor meeting space, 20,000 square feet of outdoor oceanfront terraces and 200,000 square feet of powdery beachfront for signature events. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort: With a spirit of elegance that is personalized for each guest, this beachfront resort features 374 well-appointed studios and suites; golf at Parkland Golf & Country Club and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The 20,000 square foot Sunrise Terrace offers an infinity pool and private poolside cabanas. Other resort offerings include a beach concierge; indoor and outdoor spa treatments and poolside children's activities. Dining options include ilios, a Mediterranean restaurant and bar featuring Executive Chef Sean McDonald's Tapas Tasting Menu; 24 hour In Room Dining Service and Le Marche Gourmet Market & Bakery, offering Starbucks coffee, pizzas, paninis, and more. In 2010, the resort plans to welcome an additional ocean-front restaurant. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina: Offering 589 rooms, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina has just completed a comprehensive $70 million transformation. All public spaces were completely redesigned, including a new lobby, modernized guestrooms and suites, refurbished swimming pool and tropical deck area, as well as enhancements to the 21,000 square feet of existing meeting and event facilities. The hotel's new signature restaurant, Jeffrey Chodorow's celebrated China Grill, offers innovative Asian-inspired cuisine, while The G - a stylish lunchtime spot overlooking the hotel's 33-slip inlet marina - offers more casual fare. Guests can enjoy preferred access to Spa 66 at neighboring LXR sister property Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six and complimentary shuttle service to nearby Fort Lauderdale beach. Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort & Spa: Recently unveiling a $40 million renovation, the resort offers 384 stylish guestrooms and suites with a distinctive blend of casual sophistication. Enhancements include a complete redesign of the deluxe lanai rooms with retro-modern appointments; transformation of the lobby with a sleek, new bar; refurbishments to the resort's Tower guestrooms and suites; and upgrades to the three-pool waterfall oasis and lanai courtyard including the addition of cabanas and lush landscaping. The resort's 25,000 square feet of meeting space have also been updated, including the famed Pier Top, known for its 360 degree panoramic views, which was redesigned into a special occasion venue. The resort also features its 127 slip world-class marina and aquatic center. Dining options include Grille 66 & Bar offering steak and seafood, along with Pelican Landing, The Lounge, Mariners Cafe, Orchids Pool Bar and the Pier Top Brunch, voted South Florida's #1 Brunch. Lago Mar Resort & Club: The Lago Mar Resort & Club is located between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Mayan in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale.  The hotel features 164 spacious suites and 40 oversized guestrooms, with a mix of Mediterranean and Key West influences.  Other resort amenities include a 6,000-square foot spa; a Cybex-equipped fitness center; Acquario, the resort's signature restaurant featuring Northern Italian cuisine; and a conference center offering 12,000 square feet of flexible event space. The Pillars at New River Sound: The Pillars is one of Fort Lauderdale's premier boutique hotels and the only member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World in the destination.  The hotel offers 18 beautifully appointed guestrooms and five suites, decorated with a mix of British Colonial and Island Plantation themes.  Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, The Pillars is home to The Secret Garden restaurant - an exclusive experience available only to hotel guests and select friends of the hotel -  along with contracted spa services available in-room, dockside or poolside. The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale: The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale debuted on August 11, 2008, and features 192 guest rooms and suites; 24,000 square feet of light-filled meeting space; a raised 29,000 square foot tropical sundeck with an infinity pool and private cabanas and a destination Spa with an 8,500 square foot, water view fitness center.  Four dining and entertainment options include  three-meal-a-day restaurant with seating indoors or al fresco on an ocean-view patio, a picturesque oceanfront Lobby Bar, a dramatic Wine Room with a 5,000 bottle wine cellar and rare Scotch collection, and a seventh floor Pool Bar with commanding ocean views. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Located in Hollywood, Florida, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino affords guests the opportunity to play, stay, dine, and shop.  The Green Lodging Certified, AAA, Four Diamond-rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 16 restaurants and lounges, 40,000-square-feet of meeting room space, a European-style spa, auto salon, 22 retail shops, 14 nightclubs, Paradise Live, and Hard Rock Live.  The property's casino features eighty-seven tables offering Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai-Gow, Three Card and Texas Hold'em Poker and Vegas-style slots. W Fort Lauderdale:  The first W Hotel in Florida, the $205 million hotel opened its doors on April 30, 2009, and is located on a 4.5-acre site offering dramatic views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. Amenities include W Hotel's Whatever/Whenever services, a signature Stephen Starr gourmet restaurant- Steak 954, an inviting Living Room lobby, Whiskey Blue bar, a state-of-the-art SWEAT® fitness center, the renowned Bliss® Spa, and a one-of-a-kind oceanfront infinity-edge pool. In addition, the W Fort Lauderdale boasts 12,400 square feet of meeting and event space including Sensory® Set Up. The Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale:  Recently re-opened after completing the first phase of a multi-million dollar rebirth, the resort's 433 spacious guestrooms and suites have been designed to restore mind and body in a prime oceanfront setting. Resort offerings include an alluring Heavenly Spa by WestinTM, beachfront Starbucks bistro, and the signature restaurant, Shula's on the Beach, which also received a new look. The resort provides more than 32,000 square feet of flexible event space, including two ballrooms and a rooftop deck with more than 5,500 square feet of space and inspiring Atlantic Ocean views. The resort's final phase of renovations will be completed by December 2009. The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa: The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa: A premiere beachfront destination with 1,058 guestrooms, The Westin Diplomat Resort offers ocean, Intracoastal or golf course views. The resort offers a luxurious getaway in Hollywood, Florida with world-class amenities including two beachfront pools with private cabanas, water sports, marinas, a 72-par golf course managed by Troon Golf, tennis courts and a full-service Spa at The Diplomat.  Dining options include fine seafood and steakhouse cuisine at Hollywood Prime; Aizia offers playful traditional Asian cuisine; and BarSu brings together the freshest Sushi Bar and unique libations. The Café opens early for breakfast and lunch, while beachfront dining is a South Florida must at Splash Grill & Bar. At Rivals Waterfront Sports Grille, you may go for your favorite team but you'll be sure to stay for the food. For meetings, the resort's convention center boasts over 209,000-square feet of flexible space along with ample outdoor options. For more information on the Lauderdale Luxe Collection, please visit www.sunny.org/luxe.   ### About Greater Fort Lauderdale From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a “beach chic” vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join us on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone applications, Defrost Your Swimsuit and ‘Fork’ Lauderdale, and Mild to Wild the LGBT mobile site at www.sunny.org/apps. Tue, 01 May 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/New-Lauderdale-Luxe-Collection-of-Greater-Fort-Lauderdale/891/0/ Kid Lauderdale: Year-Round Kid-Proof, Parent-Approved http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Kid-Lauderdale-Year-Round-Kid-Proof-Parent-Approved/1071/0/ Whether your kids can be a handful or you've got a handful of kids, Greater Fort Lauderdale has kid-friendly activities to keep them active and entertained. Kids of all ages, and their parents too, can take in the sun and relax along the 23 miles of certified Blue Wave Beaches. For an extended look into nature or an up close-and-personal experience into the wild, Billie Swamp Safari, located on the Seminole Indian Big Cypress Reservation, offers daily Swamp Buggy Eco-Tours and Airboat Adventure Tours covering 2,200 acres of native and exotic wildlife. Enjoy a Swamp Critter Show, dine in the Swamp Water Café and shop for souvenirs and authentic Seminole arts and crafts.   Abundant wildlife can still be found after dark with Gator Night tours.  Climb aboard a powerful airboat at Sawgrass Recreation Park and venture into the night seeking out Florida's legendary reptile, The American Alligator. Sneak through the everglades and explore the sights and sounds of these nocturnal giants. Butterfly World and Flamingo Gardens offer experiences on the softer side for nature lovers who might be timid. Butterfly World gives visitors the freedom to walk among thousands of exotic butterflies and free flying birds in the Tropical Rain Forest Aviary. Flamingo Gardens, offers daily live wildlife encounters, and guided tours of the historic 1930s Wray Home.  Kids of all ages can be part of the action at the Museum of Discovery and Science and partake in dynamic hands-on exhibits. Furthermore, ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, enjoy the playful antics of river otters, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, or dig for fossils alongside a giant megalodon shark all indoors at the museums EcoDiscovery Center. Families are also sure to love the unique and varied activities, classes and attractions at Funderdome, an indoor, activity-based, family entertainment center that integrates state-of-the-art, interactive play systems in an exciting and weather-independent environment. Parents can either relax in the Café while the kids get their energy out, use Wi-Fi, catch the big game on TV or play along and become "big kids" themselves.  Kids looking to make a splash can be dropped off at the ocean adventure camp Funky Fish Kids Day. Children can learn how to snorkel in the pool, dive for shells in the shallow ocean, catch a wave on a boogie board, slide along the shoreline on a skim board, make a tie-dye t-shirt and create cool ocean art. If they'd rather ride the tide, have the kids learn to Surf, Stand Up Paddle Board and Skim Board for free every Saturday morning from 7 am till 9 am with qualified instructors from Island Water Sports on Deerfield Beach.    The Fort Lauderdale Duck Tours offers eye opening 90-minute narrated by entertaining guides. Cruise both land and sea including the landmark Fort Lauderdale strip, quaint Las Olas Boulevard, historical districts and the mansions and yachts dotting Millionaire's Row.  Families can make their own tour and opt to set sail on along Fort Lauderdale's 300 glistening miles of inland waterways.  Head to the beach, shop and walk Las Olas Boulevard, see the cruise ships at Port Everglades and enjoy dockside eateries along the route. Visitors can also explore nearby Hollywood with the expanded Water Taxi service. Kid-friendly hotels with amenities to match can be found throughout the destination.  After a long day of fun and sun, Lago Mar Resort & Club will cool things down with an ice cream soda at the resort's Soda Shop, which doubles as a bakery and ice-cream parlor.  Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa's Surf Club is the resort's free-standing clubhouse featuring a Hawaiian Surf Simulator, allowing one to four children at a time to "surf" the waves, a theater room with stadium seating, a 65-inch plasma television over a stage and over-sized bean bag chairs, as well as a media room with four Macs, two additional televisions and two Xbox 360s. Another notable hotel for families is the Pelican Grand Beach Resort which offers oceanfront accommodations with kid-friendly resort features including a Lazy River tubing ride and "The Emporium," an old-fashioned ice cream parlor for those who have a sweet tooth.  If adventure is the ingredient of choice for a dining experience, end the day and start the evening at Mai-Kai restaurant. Savor exotic Polynesian cuisine and sip on a tropical drink while enjoying an interactive floor show sure that is fun for the entire family.  Whether families are looking for an educational destination, an energy-filled adventure or relaxing in the sun, look no further than Greater Fort Lauderdale and visit www.sunny.org/kidlauderdale to plan a trip.  ### About Greater Fort Lauderdale From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a “beach chic” vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org. he Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join us on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone applications, Defrost Your Swimsuit and ‘Fork’ Lauderdale, and Mild to Wild the LGBT mobile site at www.sunny.org/apps. Sun, 01 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Kid-Lauderdale-Year-Round-Kid-Proof-Parent-Approved/1071/0/ LauderLove: Let's Get Hitched Where It's Sunny(.Org) http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/LauderLove-Let-s-Get-Hitched-Where-It-s-Sunny-Org-/1082/0/   Brides and grooms looking for their "something blue" can easily find it in the skies and waters of Greater Fort Lauderdale. This is a destination where romance is intrinsic in the swaying palms, the awe-inspiring sunsets and settings that give couples a true sense of sunny. When it comes to weddings, from planning the nuptials to the after ‘I Do,' the destination's FREE LauderLove program is the ultimate wedding planning resource for making the trip down the aisle a smooth one. It's all about the love for the LauderLove Ambassador of Bliss, who is available to assist in planning the perfect wedding with insider tips and valuable advice. Recently ranked in TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice Top 10 Beach Destinations in the United States, and with an average temperature of 77 degrees anfd an estimated 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, Greater Fort Lauderdale is ideal for year-round ‘I Dos.' Couples who think casual chic is the way to go can choose to say their vows in a luxurious hotel or barefoot in the sand along 23 miles of Blue Wave beaches (*Note to Editor: Fort Lauderdale beach does not require a permit). Brides and grooms can walk down an aisle set in a romantic garden or in a natural tropical setting like Butterfly World, with thousands of butterflies fluttering about to set the tone. An elegant yacht sailing along the 300 miles of navigable waterways or an under-the-sea ceremony surrounded by some 300 species of fish as witnesses is made for couples with water-wanderlust. Make it a picture-perfect wedding at one of the area museums like the Museum of Art ¦Fort Lauderdale, featuring intimate spaces surrounded by pops of color and masterful works of art.   Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau's dedicated Ambassador of Bliss, is full of creative ideas for venue selection and much more. She has all the answers when it comes to wedding vendors and services and is at the ready to help with hotel room blocks, transportation, and vendor recommendations. Looking to make it a multi-day event with rehearsal dinners, golf outings and spa treatments? The Ambassador of Bliss can assist with all that. There is no request, big or small, that won't be met by a smile. Contact via email at AmbassadorofBliss@broward.org, or by filling out the LauderLove Wedding Form online at www.sunny.orfg/weddings/rfp.   Getting a marriage license in Greater Fort Lauderdale is stress-free even for non-residents. Florida's three-day waiting period can be waived by attending a four-hour marriage preparation class so the fun of the wedding and honeymoon can begin almost immediately. Couples just need to show up in person with photo ID at the Clerk of Courts Office (and other locations) for the marriage license or can pre-apply by filling out an online application www.clerk-17th-flcourts.org/Clerkwebsite/Marriage/PreApp.aspx that will need to be printed and shown for immediate processing.   Greater Fort Lauderdale is the ultimate memory-maker locale for honeymoons, too, wherever the couple marries. A must for newlyweds needing to relax after the big day is time at the spa, and Greater Fort Lauderdale has an overload of pampering day or resort spas, many of which feature couples massage rooms. Newlyweds can start life together right with shopping for house or home at The Galleria mall, Village of Gulfstream Park or at boutiques along Las Olas Boulevard. They can dine in style at more than 4,000 restaurants or take in a show at the Broward Center for the Performing.   The list of must-dos keeps going with sightseeing by Water Taxi or the Jungle Queen Riverboat and gaming at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino or Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino. Couples wanting to get up close and personal with nature can spend days (and nights) in the exotic Everglades. Another honeymoon option is a cruise from Port Everglades which offers more sailings by more cruise lines than any other cruise port in the world. Add on days in Greater Fort Lauderdale pre- or post-cruise for a true land and sea adventure.   For more details on planning a wedding in Greater Fort Lauderdale or to contact the Ambassador of Bliss, visit www.sunny.org/weddings.    ### About Greater Fort Lauderdale From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a “beach chic” vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org. he Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join us on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone applications, Defrost Your Swimsuit and ‘Fork’ Lauderdale, and Mild to Wild the LGBT mobile site at www.sunny.org/apps. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/LauderLove-Let-s-Get-Hitched-Where-It-s-Sunny-Org-/1082/0/ Underground Lauderdale: Music, Art, Fashion and Film http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Underground-Lauderdale-Music-Art-Fashion-and-Film/1061/0/   A new meaning to the underground movement surfaces in Fort Lauderdale. "Underground Lauderdale brings music, film, fashion and art," says Noelle Stevenson, Film Commissioner for the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Office of Film & Entertainment at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.  As an indie rock music hub, Greater Fort Lauderdale has become the hang out spot to underground industry events such as the Pearl Fashion & Film Gala, I.W.A.N (Independent Working Artist Network), The Bubble, Driven Music & Art Festival, Chili Cook-Off music festival, Cajun Zydeco festival, Unifest Caribbean music festival, Dancegiving music festival. The destination is also home to international and foreign film festivals, Songwriter's Showcase, Red Eye, Dunkxchange, Art Walk, Comedy Showcase, underground music lounges and local bands performing in various live music bars throughout Broward. "It takes an individual with imagination to appreciate the unique sounds, to visualize color behind style, and to explore the evolution of art.  Creativity without the commercial end is what Underground Lauderdale is about...simply the real deal," said Noelle Stevenson, Film Commissioner, Broward Office of Film & Entertainment. Hip neighborhoods include the up and coming FAT VILLAGE, F.A.T. is trendy. F.A.T. is cool. F.A.T. is growing.  And by F.A.T., we mean Flagler Arts & Technology Village in downtown Fort Lauderdale - a new neighborhood that's seriously amping up the area's cool factor. Bordered by the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District, home to the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale and Broward Center for the Performing Arts, F.A.T. is a section of downtown Fort Lauderdale built in the 1950s of industrial warehouses that's fast becoming a magnet for emerging artists, galleries, performers, fashion and film.  For music lovers with diverse sound preferences will find a melting pot of music genres from indie to rock, from dance to country, from jazz to classical.  And if music is not enough, you can turn around the next corner and catch a great foreign film at Cinema Paradiso.  Stroll down to F.A.T Village and check out the art or fashion in one of the warehouses.  Catch a bite in the Himmarshee district before you dance the night away at Revolution Live, if you are lucky you might just even catch a concert! "F.A.T. is more than just an up-and-coming neighborhood. It's creating a Lauderdale Underground movement and exciting new energy and focus to the evolving arts, music, film and fashion scene in Greater Fort Lauderdale," said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "For art enthusiasts who like their entertainment on the beach chic side, we offer a range of experiences from classical to contemporary to never-seen-before visual and performing arts." Local, national and international hipsters in-the-know already have these Lauderdale Underground events and hang out spots on their radar.  Now you can too: check out www.sunny.org/undergroundlauderdale for a complete listing. For information on hotels and accommodations while visiting Greater Fort Lauderdale, please visit our listing of film & entertainment friendly hotels at www.sunny.org/film ### About Greater Fort Lauderdale From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a “beach chic” vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org. he Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join us on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone applications, Defrost Your Swimsuit and ‘Fork’ Lauderdale, and Mild to Wild the LGBT mobile site at www.sunny.org/apps. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Underground-Lauderdale-Music-Art-Fashion-and-Film/1061/0/ Decompress With Post-Cruise Vacation Blues Buster Options http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Decompress-With-Post-Cruise-Vacation-Blues-Buster-Options/1037/0/   Feeling frazzled from your vacation? You're not alone. Only 53% of working Americans return from vacations feeling rested and rejuvenated, Expedia.com reported in its annual "Vacation Deprivation" survey. While away, stress nags almost one-third (30%) of vacationers, the site found. It's what some sociologists have called Post Vacation Stress Disorder. "People need a place to decompress and clear their minds before heading back to their harried lives," says Nicki E. Grossman, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau President. "Combining a vacation extension in Greater Fort Lauderdale is the simplest solution to stay, play, unwind and clear your mind." Greater Fort Lauderdale has the cure for pre- and post-vacation blues. From Blue Wave Beaches to Everglades adventures, outlet malls to manicured greens, the destination offers the perfect Sunshine State recreation respite for harried travelers. A day or two tacked on before or after a Port Everglades cruise or international vacation can help travelers prepare - or unwind. Whether planned in advance, or with no planning at all, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers countless getaways to easily extend your stay. Uniquely South Florida Excursions: Board the Water Taxi to visit restaurants, shopping and other destinations along the Intracoastal. Sightsee aboard the Jungle Queen Riverboat or other riverfront cruises. Explore historic Fort Lauderdale on Fort Lauderdale Duck Tours. Or two-wheel it with Broward County's new B-Cycle bike sharing program, which lets riders from Hallandale to Pompano Beach access public bicycles for short trips around town. Onboard GPS tracks mileage, calories burned and carbon offsets. Register or learn more at broward.bcycle.com. Hotels: Many hotels offer guest shuttle service to and from Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Check with your cruise line about packages to extend your stay in Greater Fort Lauderdale, or visit Sunny.org/cruiseandplay for deals on hotels, attractions and special discounts available just by showing your cruise card or documents. Ways to Play: With two dozen museums, the 3D IMAX Theater, the Funderdome indoor playground, the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, and its linear park, Greater Fort Lauderdale is central to a $100 million, countywide arts and culture program. Sports: Outdoor enthusiasts will thrill at the options. Experience snorkeling and Scuba diving, deep sea fishing, sailing, surfing, skim boarding and paddle boarding. If you're a newbie, most sports offer free lessons. In season, Broward's own NHL Florida Panthers hockey franchise play host to teams from across the U.S. and Canada. Nature, South Florida Style: See flora and fauna at Butterfly World and Flamingo Gardens - and explore the 'glades from Florida Everglades Holiday Park. Any can be enjoyed in a half-day or less. Shopping: From bargain to boutique and designer brands, shopping abounds. Las Olas Boulevard and Galleria mall are easily accessible via the Water Taxi. Some hotels run shuttles to area malls. A Day More Tours offers excursions to Sawgrass Mills which implemented a new Bags To Go program that will fetch and forward shoppers' luggage and purchases to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood or Miami International airports. Golf Resorts & Spas: Need to hit the links, pamper yourself or just enjoy a little wellness and fitness? Visit an area luxury resort or world-class spa for that special treatment. Gambling: Ship-board casinos have nothing on Greater Fort Lauderdale. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino is the place for blackjack and baccarat, while The Village at Gulfstream Park has thoroughbreds, the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park features harness racing, and the Mardi Gras Casino offers dog racing and race simulcasting. All offer slots and poker games. Want to learn more? Check out Greater Fort Lauderdale's new Mobi site for smart phones and mobile devices. Download the iVisitLauderdale and 'Fork Lauderdale' iPhone app for insider tips. Or visit us online on www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale, www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale, www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale and www.sunny.org. About Greater Fort Lauderdale From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a "beach chic" vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org. ### Fri, 07 Oct 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sunny.org/media/press-releases/view/Decompress-With-Post-Cruise-Vacation-Blues-Buster-Options/1037/0/