Fort Lauderdale is the highlight for thousands of spring breakers. It’s the spot where over 350,000 college students transformed the beaches into a mecca for Spring Break in 1985. The city cracked down on the extremely wild and crazy events in the early ’90s, which has since changed the region into a valuable tourist and vacationing hotspot. The oceans and beaches continue to draw millions of visitors each year, and both residents and vacationers can enjoy from a range of activities-yachting and boating are a lifestyle, not a hobby here. From world-class resorts to water sports on the vibrant blue oceans, Fort Lauderdale caters to all tastes. Here’s what’s in store for Spring Break 2007:
Explore over 300 miles of canals and waterways by renting a boat or yacht. Spring break is the ideal time to reserve a miniature cruise across the waters, and if you’re traveling with a group, can provide hours of beach fun for the entire party. Contact Water Fantaseas for charter boat rental rates at (305) 531-1480.
A dinner cruise is a great way to celebrate! Try a Floribbean Reality Cruise. These dinner and cocktail cruises offer an exclusive dining menu, top shelf bar, and can accommodate up to 500 guests. If you’re planning a party, get in touch with a ‘Cruisologist’ for a well-organized event. The company can create a customized cake, offer buffet dining, and organize a DJ to dance so you can dance the night away! Call (305) 444-2778 for more information.
Visit the legendary Elbo Room, one of Ft. Lauderdale’s most popular landmarks. The club enjoys its continued success from the days of WWII sailors in the 1940’s-this was the place where the classic guy meets girl dream came true for thousands. Today, the club features a live beach camera, live bar chat room, and a happy hour you can join from anywhere around the world. Live bands, drink specials on weekends, and special guest appearances during peak seasons make this a must-stop venue. Call (954) 463-4615 for more information.
Enjoy the upscale, hip atmosphere at The Blue Martini located in the Galleria shopping center. Both the patio bar and indoor area offer plenty of the area’s social scene, while the elevated stage behind the main bar will make you do a double take. Daily specials, an impressive illuminated blue ceiling, and plenty of parties year round, the Blue Martini should be on your list of places to visit. Call (954) 653-BLUE for more information.
For the arts, a little culture and downtown fun, head over to the Riverwalk. Spring visitors can look forward to the ‘Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge’ exhibit, along with a traveling exhibition with Biblical-era archeological artificacts at the Museum of Art. The Touring Broadway presents the best in show at the Parker Playhouse downtown, and the Gold Coast Jazz Society offers free programs and events throughout the week.
If you plan on staying downtown for a few days, book your accommodations at the Villa Venezia. These fully furnished luxury suites overlook the sailboat waterways, and offer a private setting nestled within palm trees. You’ll enjoy stunning beach views just beyond the island’s borders.. Call (954) 832-0981 for more information.
Although Fort Lauderdale has toned down its original Spring Break noise level, it continues to draw thousands of visitors and college students each year for a feast of activities. The focus on outdoor sports and boating allows residents and tourists the freedom to explore the waters in luxury; charter boats, yachts, cruise ships, and river rafts are readily available. As you head to Fort Lauderdale for spring break, make the best of your trip with a few cultural and local attractions too!