(includes Coconut Creek, Deerfield & Hollywood)
BAKERIES, COFFEE, ICE CREAM, JUICE & TEA
●BREW Urban Coffee – 537 Northwest 1st Avenue (Flagler Arts & Technology Village); 954-357-3934; brewcoffeeshop.com; antique typewriters, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves & 1972 Airstream trailer.
BARS & NIGHTCLUBS
●Blue Jean Blues – 3320 Northeast 33rd Street; 954-306-6330; bluejeanblues.net; sit at bar and listen to blues and jazz.
●Georgie’s Alibi – 2266 Wilton Drive; 954-565-2526; georgiesalibi.com; gay bar.
●H2O Cafe – 101 South Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard; 954-414-0124; h20cafe.net; among few places where can sit outside and enjoy drink at sunset.
●Margarita Cantina Crab & Seafood House – 201 Fort Lauderale Beach Boulevard; 954-463-7209; among few places where can sit outside and enjoy drink at sunset.
●SoLita Las Olas – 1032 East Las Olas Boulevard; 954-357-2616; solitalasolas.com; stylish new bar.
●Hollywood Beach – South Boardwalk (Hollywood); 954-924-2980 or 877-672-2468; visithollywoodfl.org; make sure to stroll along Hollywood Broadwalk (not Boardwalk); stretching for more than 2 miles, features brick-lined pedestrian promenade along beach.
●Ancient Mariner – sunken Coast Guard cutter creates near-shore, artificial reef.
●Atlantic Hotel – 601 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard; 954-567-8020 or 877-567-8020; atlantichotelfl.com.
●Panther Motel – 715 Southeast 20th Avenue (Deerfield); 954-427-0700; panthermotel.com; old Florida venue; all-efficiencies; across street from beach.
●Pelican Grand Beach Resort – 2000 North Ocean Boulevard; 954-568-9431; pelicanbeach.com; north of main strip; southern plantation-style hotel with 156 rooms.
●Ritz Carlton – 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard; 954-465-2300 or 800-542-8680; ritzcarlton.com/fortlauderdale; former St. Regis Hotel; sleek pool on 7th floor overlooking water.
●Riverside Hotel – 620 East Las Olas Boulevard; 954-467-0671; riversidehotel.com.
●W Fort Lauderdale – 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard; 954-414-8200 or 877-946-8357; whotels.com/ftlauderdale; sleekly modern; along beach.
●Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort – 2096 Northeast 2nd Street; 954-428-2850 or 800-426-0084; wyndham.com; renovated hotel 33 steps from beach with spectacular views; just across from Deerfield Beach International Pier.
●Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill – 1555 Southeast 17th Street; 954-525-7400; biminiboatyard.com; New England-style boathouse, with crisp blue and white décor, enormous cathedral ceiling, gleaming oak floors, and portal-style windows; new outdoor bar on marina; try wahoo.
●Café Martorano – 3343 East Oakland Park Boulevard; 954-561-2554; cafemartorano.com; good, south Philly-style Italian.
●Whaler’s Rib – 2031 Northeast 2nd Street (Deerfield Beach); 954-421-8880; faux nautical, funky seafood; famous for Bloody Mary and Oysters Rockefeller.
●Balearia Bahamas Express – Terminal 1, Port Everglades; 866-699-6988 (Florida) and 954-278-3791 (Bahamas); ferryexpress.com; one-way to Bahamas in under 2.5 hours.
●Las Olas Boulevard – palm-tree shaded boulevard offering boutiques and cafes.
SIGHTS & SITES
●Anglin Pier – Commercial Boulevard at A1A; place to fish and hang.
●Art & Culture Center of Hollywood – 1540 Harrison Street (Hollywood); 954-921-3275; artandculturecenter.org; in 1924 Spanish mansion in Arts District; art exhibits, dance, independent film.
●Bonnet House – 900 North Birch Road; 954-563-5393; bonnethouse.org; Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett’s vacation home; they were artists and arts supporters; monkeys still live on estate.
●Butterfly World – 3600 West Sample Road (Coconut Creek, at Tradewinds Park); 954-977-4400; butterflyworld.com.
●Deerfield Island Park – 1720 Deerfield Island Park; 954-360-1320; broward.org/parks/DeerfieldIslandPark; accessible by free water shuttle that runs 10 am to midnight; currently closed due to hurricane damage.
●Flagler Arts & Technology Village – 17 Northwest 5th Street; 954-760-5900; fatvillage.com or free monthly walks to introduce district to public; similar to Wynwood, without street art.
●Flamingo Gardens – 3750 South Flamingo Road (Davie); 954-473-2955; flamingogardens.org.
●Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art – 1 East Las Olas Boulevard; 954-525-5500; moafl.org; American, modern art.
●Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – 3109 East Sunrise Boulevard; 954-468-2791; floridastateparks.org/hughtaylorbirch; 2-mile hiking or running loop through woods; entrance only steps from beach (at A1A and Sunrise Highway intersection).
●International Swimming Hall of Fame – 1 Hall of Fame Drive; 754-462-6536; ishof.org; worth visiting.
●Museum of Discovery & Science – 401 Southwest 2nd Street; 954-467-6637; mods.org.
●Old Dillard Museum – 1009 Northwest 4th Street; 954-322-8828; broward.k12.fl.us/olddillardmuseum; African and African-American museum.
●Stranahan House – 335 Southeast 6th Avenue; 954-524-4736; stranahanhouse.org; oldest structure in Broward County.