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Old 26 Nov 21, 10:52 PM  
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Aw this is such a fab report. All the food and cocktails look amazing, really putting me in the mood for our delayed honeymoon next August!
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Old 27 Nov 21, 06:08 AM  
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Thanks again everyone for reading

Today has been a jam packed day seeing as much of Fort Lauderdale as possible! We decided to do this via the water taxi so we got a tour and method of transport all in one. The water taxi is $28pp for a day pass.

We started off the day by walking to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park which was about 20 minutes from our hotel. This is a beautiful park ($2pp entry fee) and I think we couldíve spent all day there however we knew we had a packed schedule and so got on the water taxi after about 30 mins (thereís a stop inside the park), taking us down to the transfer point for Hollywood Beach.





The water taxis have excellent crew members with really specific knowledge about the different houses etc. we rode past. There were some beautiful views to be had (and yachts to see!).



The direct taxi to Hollywood Beach was about 45 minutes. Hollywood seemed lovely although the beach was super busy compared to what weíd seen both at Fort Lauderdale and Miami!

We decided to eat at Margaritaville within the Margaritaville Hotel (which is beautiful). We havenít got this planned for the Orlando part of our trip and so thought it was a good time to squeeze it in.

I had a frozen strawberry daiquiri to drink and W had a watermelon margarita. Both were lovely!





I then ordered the Seafood Mac & Cheese which included shrimp and lump crab meat with pasta in a Boursin cream sauce. Now until I just re-read the menu to write this up, I had forgotten there was supposed to be crab in it; Iím pretty sure it wasnít in there. The dish was nice but I remember commenting how many shrimp there were and leaving some for W so it now makes me think they perhaps gave me double shrimp and no crab! Regardless, it was nice.



W ordered an appetiser of buffalo chicken wings. As always with Margaritaville, the starter portion was huge and way bigger than an ordinary starter for one! He was happy with this as it was his main meal and he just had some of my Mac & Cheese as a bit of a side. He loved the wings and thought they were as good as buffalo wings get. I tried them and couldnít believe how spicy they were however I donít usually like buffalo sauce so that was expected!





The total was as follows, plus tip.



We then hopped on a water taxi back to Fort Lauderdale and walked to a cookie shop called Batch. Iíd seen good things about this when researching and so had to give it a go.





We ordered one Chip & Twix and one Chocolate Chip for a total of $9.











They were so good. When we ordered they asked if weíd like them warmed up which was obviously, yes! They were so warm and the chocolate, especially in the middle of the chocolate chip, was so gooey and lovely. The chip&twix had caramel on too which was so good. I think I enjoyed them more than W just because I like this type of cookie more, but we both thought they were really well made. We compared the chocolate chip one to Jackís Cookie Num Num!

We then walked back onto Las Olas and had a wander around for a while taking in the atmosphere.





We then caught a water taxi to the Galleria Mall to see if there were any Black Friday deals to be had! Unfortunately nothing caught our eye though. I specifically wanted the Macyís branded Christmas bauble but I think theyíd all been taken.

We then got one final water taxi (a double decker this time!) back to the beach stop closest to our hotel.

After the meals at Margaritaville and cookies at Batch, we werenít particularly hungry tonight. W decided he fancied Taco Bell which was a short walk from the hotel, so we ventured down and he ordered a crunch wrap supreme with beef, salad, sour cream and nacho cheese sauce. He also ordered a single crunchy taco of beef, lettuce and cheese. I just got a side of cheesy fiesta potatoes which were a bit like patatas bravas with nacho cheese sauce and low fat sour cream.

Excuse the quality of the photos, we ate them on the beach wall







W loves Taco Bell and so his couple of items were perfect for him. I canít remember ever eating Taco Bell before however my potatoes were very tasty, albeit absolutely tiny (although I didnít need any more tonight)!

We also went to CVS for a couple of bits and picked up a diet Mountain Dew which we can never seem to find in the UK, and a white chocolate kitkat.





A fab day and Iím so glad we got to visit/see so much of Fort Lauderdale in such a short space of time. Itís really beautiful here with some amazing homes and yachts.

Tomorrow we have breakfast at Tinta and then pick up the car to drive to Orlando where we will be checking into the Hard Rock Hotel Universal.

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Old 27 Nov 21, 10:23 AM  
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Not sure how I missed this so had a mammoth catch up on Miami last night. I was just about to comment when our electricity went off 😫 storm Arwen! It was nice to wake up this morning to your pizza and to finish off your trip as you headed to Fort Lauderdale. Wow you have had some amazing food and cocktails and the views have been gorgeous. Itís been lovely to read about Fort Lauderdale (itís now on our to do list as my niece is married to one of their football players) how fab were the hotel staff, so nice to get the upgrade and the extra treats with your meal. Iím very excited you are off to the Hard Rock I can almost smell the lobby😊 looking forward to reading all about Orlando.
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Loving all of this, you have definitely given us something to think about if West Coast is tough on restrictions next year, we dont drive so good to know Uber to Fort Lauderdale is an option, Orlando, fly to Miami and Uber to FL sounds like a good plan- this is the time of year we are going too cant wait to hear about Orlando
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Originally Posted by OB1LukeLucas View Post
Not sure how I missed this so had a mammoth catch up on Miami last night. I was just about to comment when our electricity went off 😫 storm Arwen! It was nice to wake up this morning to your pizza and to finish off your trip as you headed to Fort Lauderdale. Wow you have had some amazing food and cocktails and the views have been gorgeous. Itís been lovely to read about Fort Lauderdale (itís now on our to do list as my niece is married to one of their football players) how fab were the hotel staff, so nice to get the upgrade and the extra treats with your meal. Iím very excited you are off to the Hard Rock I can almost smell the lobby😊 looking forward to reading all about Orlando.
Iím so pleased you have enjoyed reading along I hope you get to come to Fort Lauderdale soon!

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Loving all of this, you have definitely given us something to think about if West Coast is tough on restrictions next year, we dont drive so good to know Uber to Fort Lauderdale is an option, Orlando, fly to Miami and Uber to FL sounds like a good plan- this is the time of year we are going too cant wait to hear about Orlando
Yes the Uber Miami to Fort Lauderdale was really reasonable! It took about 45 mins door to door. We donít usually drive here either but are driving to Orlando today eeek.

Some final lovely views. This morning a pod of dolphins (or possibly whales) came to visit which was special to spot! Couldnít get a photo though as they were too far away.





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THOSE COOKIES!

What a lovely time you are having! The water taxi sounds wonderful. We didnít use it when we went to Ft Lauderdale, and I really wish we had

Sorry you didnít get your Macyís Xmas decoration, fingers crossed youíll find one in Orlando
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THOSE COOKIES!

What a lovely time you are having! The water taxi sounds wonderful. We didnít use it when we went to Ft Lauderdale, and I really wish we had

Sorry you didnít get your Macyís Xmas decoration, fingers crossed youíll find one in Orlando
The cookies were amazing! The place was a little off the beaten track however it was a nice walk and we got to see some of the Ďrealí Fort Lauderdale.

We had a great breakfast this morning which Iíll write up later. Weíre almost in Orlando now
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How long has the drive up to Orlando been? X
If weíd have taken tolls it wouldíve been 3 hours but we decided against using them just because weíve not driven here before so wanted to keep it simple, so without tolls (if we stay on track) it will have been about 3 hours 45 mins. Weíre just over an hour away now x
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Thatís not bad. Iím considering doing similar but never driven in the US and as itís me and the teen Iíd have to do the driving Ö. But seeing the fab report youíve done Iím now considering it even if we just ditch the car on arrival in Orlando x
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