Written by Andrea on Vacation:

Bonnet House is one block from A1A and the Atlantic Ocean beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The house and grounds were owned by Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Helen-a wedding gift from her father.

You would never know that these gorgeous grounds and house lie in the mangroves near the beach.

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Our amazing tour guide for this photography tour through the Bonnet House grounds was Andy Royston– the Fort Lauderdale native famous for his daily morning photos of the beach taken on his iPhone.

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Here is my favorite photo of the day:

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The resident swan at the Bonnet House is a cheeky character. He swam across the pond to see what we were doing and then started squawking (or whatever swans do when they are grumpy) at us. We moved pretty quick because of the squawking and the rain started pouring down.

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Slowly stalking the photography tour- all of a sudden right in front of us.

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Squawk!

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The Bonnet House itself was closed to the public the day we were there- it is usually only open for special occasions.  The outside is what I think of as Florida architecture- a lot of outdoor gardens and porches, outdoor corridors, bright colors and ceiling fans.

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We missed the 2 resident monkeys that live in on the grounds. Keep an eye out for them! I’m sure they love taking advantage of the house and gardens as they please.

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The courtyard gardens are beautiful. A peaceful respite 2  blocks away from the A1A highway- no road noise here!

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If you are in Fort Lauderdale for vacation, to get on a cruise ship, or work conference (like me!) and want to see some of Old Florida away from the beach, spend a few hours at the Bonnet House Fort Lauderdale.

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Also you should follow Andy the Fort Lauderdale beach photographer on Instagram. His daily sunrise beach photos are a inspiring way to start the day.