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Old 01-13-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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Never been to FL. Going to be flying into FT Laud. Is there a good part of town, or places to stay away from?
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:00 PM
 
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Good places - Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Boulevard. There are other good places, but these two are easy to find.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:53 PM
 
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What is Pembroke Pines like?
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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What is Pembroke Pines like?
Pembroke Pines is a subdivision 40 minutes from Fort Lauderdale. Any reason you want to visit there?
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:43 PM
 
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Pembroke Pines is a subdivision 40 minutes from Fort Lauderdale. Any reason you want to visit there?
We've never been to ocean. We want to see white sands and blue water. We also would like to drive down to the Keys. We are on a limited budget and the Pembroke Holiday Inn is one hotel on our vacation package to choose from and on the internet it seems nice.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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We've never been to ocean. We want to see white sands and blue water. We also would like to drive down to the Keys. We are on a limited budget and the Pembroke Holiday Inn is one hotel on our vacation package to choose from and on the internet it seems nice.
You'll spend a fortune on gas.

Go to www.Sunny.org and look at Small Superior Lodgings in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Hollywood Beach. Also, there are some really great, clean small mom and pop motels in both locations many with kitchenettes. If you can eat some of your meals in, you'll save enough to pay for your room.

The Keys are another matter. The only reasonably priced motel I know of in the keys is The Key Lantern Motel in Islamorada.

Take Pembroke Pines off the table.
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:59 PM
 
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We've never been to ocean. We want to see white sands and blue water. We also would like to drive down to the Keys. We are on a limited budget and the Pembroke Holiday Inn is one hotel on our vacation package to choose from and on the internet it seems nice.
The area that hotel is located in is a good, safe area. Its just that Pembroke Pines is a bit west, but not too far. It will take you about 25-30 minutes to the nearest beach- Hollywood Beach. You can go due east on Sheridan Street from your hotel. There is really nothing much to see or do in Pembroke Pines, so really no sense in staying there unless the Pembroke Holiday Inn is your only option. It is a decent area, mainly just a lot of housing communities. It looks like that hotel is located right off of I-75, so it is convenient for traveling around the area.

Places to see would be-
1. Fort Lauderdale Beach- the strip of A1A that runs from SE 17th Street up to Sunrise Blvd. This is the famous spring break strip, but if you go any other time it is a balanced crowd. It is lined with nice hotels, beautiful beaches, and restaurants and shops. Lots of great people-watching there.

2. Las Olas- A bit pricey, but a neat area to walk around in. Mainly a nightlife hub, but there are often art festivals and other things going on there on Saturdays and Sundays.

3. Hollywood Beach Boardwalk- Lots of cool shops and restaurants right on the beach. Tiki bars, etc.

4. Seminole Hardrock Hotel & Casino- A vegas style casino. Even if you're not into gambling, you can take your family there and have fun walking around. There is an entire outdoor mall with restaurants and shops around the casino. It gets pretty lived at night.

5. Sawgrass Mills- One of America's largest shopping malls, it is located in Sunrise just up I-75 from your hotel. You can spend an entire day there. Your family may love it, especially the women. Just make sure you set a time limit- like 3 hour- or else they'll wanna spend the night there.

6. South Beach in Miami- About 45 minutes SE of Pembroke Pines. I would highly recommend driving up Collins Avenue from 5th Street all the way up to Hollywood. The architecture you see is spectacular. There are thousands of interesting condos lining Miami Beach. Also, I would recommend parking your car in South Beach and walking around. Lots to see and do there. Lincoln Road is pretty neat.

7. Florida Keys- Take a drive down to Key West if you have time. You'll wanna spend at least 1 night in a hotel down there, maybe 2, since it is such a long drive. The first key- Key Largo- is only about 1.5-2 hours south of Pembroke Pines. Key West is more like 4 hours south depending on the traffic. It is one of the most scenic drives in America.

8. Everglades Airboat Ride- You don't need to drive too far to get there. I believe there is an airboat place in western Pembroke Pines on the outskirt of town along Route 27 and I believe one is on Krome Avenue just across the Miami-Dade County line. If you wanna go deeper into the Everglades, I suggest going south to Miami on the Turnpike, then heading west on Route 41. There are places to see and do out there.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:28 PM
 
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There's not much to see or do in ft. Lauderdale, and it's all on the small beach area called Las Olas.

Since you are on a limited budget and want to visit the Keys, I would suggest instead staying somewhere low priced in the city (Miami) or the Beach (Miami Beach) because pretty much everything and the best things to see and do in the Miami area are located there, they are urban/pedestrian friendly and have usable public transportation so you won't have to spend money on a car or gas, which you would in ft. Lauderdale, unless you stay on its small beach area, and they are closer to the Keys, so it would benefit you most.

Plus, if you have time and/or money left, you could visit ft. Lauderdale just for kicks if you please. It's only 25 miles north of the city.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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There's not much to see or do in ft. Lauderdale, and it's all on the small beach area called Las Olas.

Since you are on a limited budget and want to visit the Keys, I would suggest instead staying somewhere low priced in the city (Miami) or the Beach (Miami Beach) because pretty much everything and the best things to see and do in the Miami area are located there, they are urban/pedestrian friendly and have usable public transportation so you won't have to spend money on a car or gas, which you would in ft. Lauderdale, unless you stay on its small beach area, and they are closer to the Keys, so it would benefit you most.

Plus, if you have time and/or money left, you could visit ft. Lauderdale just for kicks if you please. It's only 25 miles north of the city.
There is definitely more, much more nice beach in Fort Lauderdale than the area near Las Olas.
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Pompano Beach
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Good places - Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Boulevard. There are other good places, but these two are easy to find.
While you're there, check out Bonnet House Museum & Gardens (Bonnet House Museum & Gardens | Historic Art Museum | Tropical Garden)
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