Neighborhood Guide

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Fort Lauderdale Beach / 2011 / Copyright by Kwong Yee Cheng

Because of closely monitored and significant parking fees, it is best to go to the beach by bicycle or by foot. Over the bridge to the left, about half a mile (just before reaching Casablanca) is the gay beach. Another nice, wider beach is at the South Beach Park opposite Bahia del Mar Hotel. All within 5 minutes! Shower possibility if you don’t like to walk around with salt on your skin.

Just north is a nice area of Ft. Lauderdale beach known as Beach Place with restaurants and shops located directly across from the beach.

Hollywood has a nice, long car-free boardwalk, good also for bicycling (though getting there by bicycle still involves a nasty car stretch near F.L. airport, but can be done in about 1 hr).

The beach to the North of Commercial (where Aruba restaurant is) also looks nice, no traffic there. And lastly, Miami South Beach (1 hr by car) has a nice, wide beach, offers showers, gay beach in area of 12/13th St.

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Freshest produce can be shopped at Wholefoods, on right side of N Fed Hwy between Sunrise close to Oakland (if there, say Hi to Susanne, the German cashier in afternoons/evenings)

Fresh Market is closest for food, on right side of N Fed Hwy, drive there via Broward or back roads, but does not offer a wide variety of fresh produce.

Publix take US-1 north from Broward Blvd and follow until starts heading east will be located on the left side on the street.

Win Dixie is on Cordova Road off SE 17th (via harbor bridge), selection: OK, go there ONLY with Win Dixie card in leftmost kitchen cabinet as otherwise will not qualifying for many discounts.

Great bread (Ciabatta!) and pastries (pricey) at italian bakery Gran Forno on right side of Las Olas, just above Rocco’s Tacos, about 5 minutes away by bicycle.

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O-B house, on SW 2nd St., just west of the railroad tracks, easy parking, specialize in breakfast (a little puristic but rich) open from 7 AM onwards


Casablanca on 1A/ocean, only 5 bicycle minutes, just where the highway splits (busy on weekends), also good for dinner on a windless night.

Aruba at the very end of Commercial on the beach, no passing cars, big portions!

Floridian on Las Olas, traditional burger place, only 5 bicycle minutes, also open dinners and all night! Food is OK.


Mangos on Las Olas, just west of the Floridian, with huge portions, inside/outside

Coconut on Seabreeze/ocean, over bridge on right, 5 bicycle minutes away, often busy on weekends, West-facing waterfront terrace.

Canyon, small gourmet South Western restaurant, at Gateway cinema/Sunrise, does not take reservations (early in week, no problem), excellent, pricey food, nice ambience!

Houston’s, 20 minutes North on 2831 East Atlantic Blvd, Pompano, nice view and terrace on Intracoastal, excellent light fish and other dishes.

Sublime, organic up-scale restaurant on left side of  N Fed Hwy between Sunrise and Oakland (not tried yet)

Bimini Boatyard on SE 16th St, go there 5 min by car taking bridge, then right and back over harbor bridge, charming terrace amidst boats, food OK, fish good.

Cap’s Place at Lighthouse Point, take shuttle boat from 2765 NE 28th St, 20 min North by car; really unique, quaint historic setting on inland island, open 5:30, food OK.

Rosie’s on Wilton Drive, elevated diner with much color, busy, gay, good food, good service, parking/valet parking included.

Le Patio, across from Rosie’s, small restaurant with 6 back-patio tables, limited menu from tiny kitchen, but good!

954 at the W on ocean drive is supposed to be a great, high-priced steakhouse!

Seasons 52 at the Galleria mall offers great, healthy food and lovely choice of small deserts, pricey!


Atmosphere like a small zen diner, SOZO on Wilton Drive (between Manor and Rosie, but opposite side), excellent. More like a traditional American restaurant, Heart Rock just east of the Gateway theatre on Sunrise, good quality sushi.

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F.L.’s nicest movie theatre is the famous Gateway, on Sunrise in the curve where Federal Highway turns north.

In Hollywood the exciting Hard Rock Hotel and Casino take Broward Blvd. to I-95 south exiting Griffin Rd. west to 441 go south on 441 will run into it on the left.  Lots of night life and great restaurants, some pricey.

In South Beach Miami, check out the very charming Miami Beach Cinematheque in the historic town hall for their changing program of interesting films, 1130 Washington Ave between 11th and 12th.

For gay nightlife, Wilton Drive has all the places, starting with Matty’s (across from Rosie’s, Wednesday night cheap drinks) to Alibi’s (Thursday night very busy, cheap drinks night) to the new Village Pub across from Alibi’s mall parking lot, to Manor discotheque (good only when it gets real busy, on WE nights) and the Ramrod about 1 mile South for more leather.

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The nearest gym is 110 Fitness on [110] SW 6th St, take a right from Las Olas on 3rd Ave and then the second to the right, park and get the ticket validated at the fitness for free parking.