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Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Fort Lauderdale's days of masses of spring break college students are for the most part, over. You'll still see a few of them hanging out at the Elbo Room but it's mainly families and couples vacationing on the beach. The area near Las Olas and A1A is packed with people and restaurants but venture a half mile in either direction and the beach calms down. There are always freighters out in the ocean and on weekend afternoons the cruise ships leave from nearby Port Everglades. Kids are always excited to the Portuguese Man of War jellyfish (don't touch, they can still sting) or the harmless moon jellies washed up on shore.
Tips for Families
There's a good mix of family hotels on the beach; favorites include Pelican Grand Beach Resort and Lago Mar. There are also Marriotts and Starwood Hotels in case you're using points. Our favorite activity at the beach is Funky Fish Ocean Camp which runs out of Bahia Mar - a gem of a day camp for all ages.
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