Safe Spaces to Stay
If you want to shelter in paradise, rest easy at Greater Fort Lauderdale hotels and resorts following enhanced safety and cleaning protocols ranging from contactless check-in, self-parking options, frequent cleaning of communal spaces and high-touch areas, hand sanitizer stations, and of course, staff and guests donning masks in public places. All of this without sacrificing luxe amenities and our coveted ocean views.
Distance like a VIP
While pool and beach chairs are spaced six feet apart, make a sophisticated splash with private cabanas that serve as an isolated home base for the day. The Hard Rock and Guitar Hotel treats guests to posh private cabanas with butler service; and you can also unwind at poolside cabanas at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, and Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa for social distancing in style.
Al Fresco Dining
The magic words for diners these days? Al fresco dining. You don’t have to sacrifice delicious food and breathtaking views for safety and cleanliness. Expect waiters and staff in masks, proper spacing or glass partitions between tables, and even ways to scan menus on your phone. If you love wandering Las Olas Boulevard and outdoor dining, snag a table on the open-air patio of Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille where the plates look like a piece of edible art. Some of the hot spots with outside seating and water views are Boathouse at The Riverside, Coconuts on the always-bustling Intracoastal, and GGs Waterfront in Hollywood. Tuck under one of the bright umbrellas at Aruba Beach Cafe situated on the ocean in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea to soak up the salt air and sip tropical drinks; or head north to Oceans 234 in Deerfield where their oceanfront terrace is meant for sharing a seafood tower while gazing at the blue ocean and the picturesque pier.
Plenty of Places to Play
If you’re itching to get outdoors, there’s so much room to roam with never-ending fun and activities for every personality and hobby.
Get your heart pumping with water sports from surfing to paddleboarding and kiteboarding in Deerfield Beach where an active lifestyle is always on the agenda. Escape to the beachy-chic town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea to snorkel from the shore or catch a brilliant sunset from Anglins Fishing Pier. Head to equestrian-rich towns like Southwest Ranches or Davie for private horseback rides at places like Bar-B Ranch to saddle up for a scenic adventure. Appointments are spaced apart and all equipment is sanitized after each ride. With our numerous canals and gorgeous waterways, boating is a way of life in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Spend a day on the water by chartering your own boat/yacht or go for a private cruise down the New River with Cruisin’ Tikis Fort Lauderdale. This floating tiki hut is one of the most unique and fun things you’ll ever do; bring your own food and drinks for a sightseeing tour or to catch a beautiful sunset from the water.
Escape to the wild and wonderous Florida Everglades where attractions like Sawgrass Recreation Park in Weston offer the chance to book an exhilarating private airboat ride. As you fly through the river of grass, it’ll be just you, and maybe an alligator or two; or you can go for bigger boats that space everyone safely apart. In Coconut Creek, don a mask and mingle with the butterflies at Butterfly World which is home to more than 20,000 species of butterflies that delicately flutter about. Pre-book a visit to Flamingo Gardens in Davie with 60-acres to explore and tons of wildlife from bright pink flamingos to bobcats that roam the property. Commune with nature at parks like Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, or Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale, which are perfect for walking, jogging, and hiking, and both present views of the Intracoastal. Space out and stroll the newly opened Fisher Family Pier in Pompano Beach fitted with a fish-eye shaped opening where guests can peer into the water where marine life abounds. In laidback Dania Beach, wander the fishing pier to watch locals reel in a big catch, or unfurl a towel on their quiet beach.
Make space for art and culture
Roam open-air FAT Village to peep colorful murals, or head to Hollywood where the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (DHMP) has dotted public spaces with Insta-worthy murals from contemporary artists locally and around the world. Enjoy a self-guided tour at the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens where you’ll have 35-acres of beautiful gardens to explore while learning about its storied past and present.
Whatever you decide, everyone under the sun can still have fun!