Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) has the perfect vacation spot in mind for weary South Florida residents. With 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches and more than 300 hotels from Deerfield Beach to Hallandale Beach to choose from, locals can't go wrong. And hometown tourists can have it all on less than one tank of gas. Often we don't see what's right there in front of our eyes or in our own backyards. This summer, residents are encouraged to get curious about their own city to find out what draws other visitors there. Discover some hidden gems they didn't even know existed so close to home.
For a vacation that breaks some waves without breaking the bank, become a tourist in your own hometown. By cutting out airfares and other travel fees, a stress-free vacation awaits residents at one of ‘Gr8ter' Fort Lauderdale's eight golden sand beaches. This season, explore why more than 10 million visitors choose the destination for a beach-cation each year. Below are some starter tips on how to enjoy your hometown vacation:
- 1. Start planning your hometown getaway by visiting www.sunny.org to request free guides.
Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to 31 municipalities and encompasses more than 1,000 square miles. With attractions, a list of accommodations and places to shop and eat, the Getaway Guide and map will come in handy - even for locals. Take a sightseeing boat tour or a duck tour. Visit the local visitor center and pretend that you are a tourist and get them to recommend things to do. Go to social tourism websites such as TripAdvisor to see what other tourists who have already visited suggest to do in your town.
2. Switch up your everyday routine and try something new.
Drive a different route to work, browse through the Riverwalk or downtown Las Olas Boulevard or downtown Hollywood. Break out of your routine, taste a new dish. Find out areas that you have never been to. There are always places to discover or that you don't visit very often. Go there to explore and walk around. Eat out and try a new place you have never been to. With many different cultures represented in Greater Fort Lauderdale and more than 4,000 restaurants, hometown tourists can sample almost any international destination. Ask someone you pass on the street if they can recommend a good place to eat.
3. Indulge in adventure.
Even if it means taking a ride on the wild side, anyone can find a way to play in Greater Fort Lauderdale such as a trek through the Everglades to Billie Swamp Safari. Learn more about the past at the Stranahan House or the present on a Water Taxi Tour. Browse through upcoming special events on www.sunny.org and create an itinerary. For a summer break, sign up for Super Summer Savings and receive 2-for-1 admissions to places like the Museum of Discovery and Science, Butterfly World, sightseeing cruises, golf, spa and more. www.sunny.org/summer
4. Find your beach personality?
Test your beach style with Gr8ter Fort Lauderdale's online quiz (www.sunny.org/beach-quiz). Sample the unique vibe each of the eight different beaches offer. Reel in some fish at Pompano Beach. Run, bike, or rollerblade, just get active at Hollywood's Broadwalk. Launch a kayak at one of the area's hidden gems, Dania Beach. Take a moonlit guided turtle walk on Fort Lauderdale beach. Pack up the family for surfing, beach volleyball, and sand castles in Deerfield Beach. Learn more about each of Broward's eight beach communities at www.sunny.org/beaches.
- 5. Get a room.
For a real escape, spend a night or two at a cozy Superior Small Lodging and experience personalized service and charm in a quaint inn. Take it one-step further and see what makes the spa resorts in the Lauderdale Luxe Collection such an affordable luxury and an escape from the everyday.
About Greater Fort Lauderdale
From the sawgrass to the seagrass, 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. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone application, iVisitLauderdale at www.sunny.org/iphone.