Load Up. At Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House (O-B House, for short), the servings are plentiful, the space is airy, and the food is top-notch. Consider the “vacationer” breakfast: two fresh eggs cooked to order and served with a freshly baked muffin and a cup of fresh fruit topped with a dollop of cultured, organic Vermont yogurt.
Watch for Gators. No trip to South Florida would be complete without a trip to the Everglades, and an airboat tour makes that possible. Hourlong tours are inexpensive and accessible and include hotel pickup and return.
Get Beachy. Known for its expanses of pristine sand, Fort Lauderdale has more than eight beaches to explore. Consider Hollywood Beach for a dose of retro cool. Its boardwalk runs 2.5 miles along the water and includes cafés, a dog beach, shops and more.
Walk the Boulevard. Although the water taxi makes a stop along Las Olas Boulevard, there’s no better way to explore it than on foot. As it runs from the business district to Fort Lauderdale Beach, this road is packed with shops, galleries, restaurants, boutiques and Mediterranean-inspired architecture.
Time Out. Traveling can be exhausting — we understand. Return to The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale and relax at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Fort Lauderdale. Opt for the Intuitive Ocean treatment, which harnesses the benefits of the ocean to nurture and relax.
Have a Mai-Tai. Fort Lauderdale’s Mai-Kai restaurant is considered a landmark, both for its décor and its cuisine. Plus, it’s home to a Polynesian floor show that garners rave reviews. The extensive menu includes Chinese dishes as well as island-inspired barbecue. For dessert, try the Florida classic Key lime pie or the Polynesian Surprise, an ice volcano covered in fresh tropical fruit and set ablaze tableside.
A Final Toast. At American Social, people are encouraged to celebrate together — whether it’s a vacation, a birthday, an engagement or retirement. This gastropub features “pull your own” beer taps and is a great place to say salud to South Florida.