5 Reasons to Visit Fort Lauderdale Now

By Kara Franker | February 12, 2016 | Articles

1. For Love Birds Who Flock to the Beach
Basking in the glow of an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation and located on 500 feet of private beachfront in Fort Lauderdale, Pelican Grand Beach Resort by Nobel House is the perfect romantic getaway. Splurge on a couples massage at the new Scandinavian-inspired PURE Spa; then spend the day floating along the resort’s lazy river. Tempt the taste buds at OCEAN2000 where Executive Chef Michael Bloise hosts a monthly full-moon dining experience overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight rates from $170, @pelicangrand

2. For the Nautically Inclined Yacht Enthusiasts
Boatyard, a reincarnated version of the former Bimini Boatyard, exudes Fort Lauderdale’s sophisticated yachting culture. Led by The Restaurant People, the same group behind local hot spots like YOLO, S3, Vibe Las Olas and Fork & Balls, the waterfront restaurant features a seafoodcentric menu with daily catch specials from local fisherman and a raw bar that will make your mouth water. @boatyard_ftl

3. For Prohibition-Era Rum Runners
More than just a speakeasy-style watering hole, Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits is an oceanfront restaurant, bar and market all rolled into one. Located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, the restaurant is named after the burlock bag that sea captain and smuggler Bill McCoy invented to transport his rum safely overseas during Prohibition. Try chef Gavin Pera’s fish ’n’ chips lightly misted with housemade vinegar, and sip on a handcrafted cocktail like The Moonshine State or Bill’s Spirit. Overnight rates from $299, @ritzcarlton

4. For Late-Night Revelers
For a beach-meets-chic vibe, W Fort Lauderdale offers a haute nightlife scene where you can drink and dine without ever having to leave the hotel. Snap a selfie next to the neon jellyfish tank at Stephen Starr’s STEAK 954. Then sip on colorful libations with a water view at Living Room. The property tapped New York City-based designer Meyer Davis to completely redesign the lobby with expected completion in late 2016. Overnight rates from $219, @wftlauderdale

5. For Wine Aficionados With an Italian Twist
Featuring cuisine centered on Italy’s Naples and Salerno region, Cibo Wine Bar’s Fort Lauderdale outpost is already becoming as popular as the Miami locations. Watch while a “wine angel” soars above the bar and retrieves the perfect vintage from 2,500 bottles to match your authentic Italian eats. @cibo_winebar


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