Had a full Saturday in Ft. Lauderdale before a Panama Canal cruise. We took a delightful ride on the inter-coastal boat. It stops at 11 different places and we rode it for a complete circle. The captain and crew were great and very funny with wonderful stories about some of the homes along the way. We did check with the crew and got off at one stop, walked about 1 block to a main street, turned left to an old house that is now a restaurant. We were lucky to get a table upstainrs outisde on the porch. Delightful time with good food and a good bottle of wine. Watched the water and all the people going by. I am sure if you take the cruise the captain can direct you with the above description. I hope the captian can lead you there with the above description - the afternnon was perfect. After lunch we just walked back to the spot where we got off and waited about 10 minutes for the next boat. We stayed at a very nice Marriott near the inter-coastal but not at the Towers. Hope you hve a great stay.
The Marriott Vacation Club at Beachplace Towers in Fort Lauderdale, FL is conveniently located across the street from the beach, so the #1 activity I would engage in and highly recommend is to relax and enjoy the sand, sea and surf. The beach strip straddles the Atlantic Ocean and offers a huge array of options for dining and shopping that upscale seaside communities like Fort Lauderdale offer. For specifics on particular cuisine and reservations, Beachplace Towers has a Concierge Desk usually staffed with very knowledgeable people.
Marriott Vacation Club properties feature fully equipped kitchens with service for six. We'll enjoy breakfast in. For a casual lunch, we've enjoyed H2O nearby. For upscale dining, there's Cero's at the Ritz Carlton, Capital Grille and Season's 52. Checkout TripAdvisor.com for more restaurants and reviews.
I go to BeachPlace for 4 weeks mid Feb-mid Mar each year and feel it's like a second home and the weather sure beats Toronto! There are two views -- ocean front and intracoastal view. I prefer ocean view but the sun is gone from the balcony by noon...but it's surely great for coffee, OJ, breakfast and reading US Today each morning as the sun rises.
My fav restaurants in Lauderdale are: Primavera (Italian); southport Raw Bar (very casual); Trina's (Atlantic hotel), Bravo (Italian near Southport) and Bimini Boatworks in same area off 17th. Ruth's Chris on North Federal is consistent. A little further up North Fed is Mai Kai as a fun place to take people new to the area for a live show and dinner, Las Olas has great shops and restaurants with outside chairs for people watching, There are 3 good restaurants in the Galleria Mall like PF Changs. Soon there won't be any need to have a car when at BeachPlace as there will be upscale restaurants at Trump, W, Westin added to the Hilton, Ritz and Atlantic - all within a 10 min walk...and don't forget Casablanca which is a little north of Beachplace. The list goes on.
Thanks for the tips. Casablanca was a great little restaurant. We ended up taking a day trip to scuba dive and had a great time. Can't wait to go back.
Did like the hotel and found it to be family friendly. There is much within walking distance so it made the parking situation no big deal. If you need an ultra premium Marriott stay at the Harbor beach Marriott the beach was less crowded and very relaxing- but everything will cost you more there including the chairs...
"Did like the hotel and found it to be family friendly."
Beachplace Towers had a bumpy road recovering from the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina, but it sounds like they are on-track and delivering vacation experiences that owners and guests expect. A recent article¹ states Beachplace is among 4 Marriott Vacation Club resorts enjoying an average of 94% occupancy. That's huge.