To The Beach and Beyond
Planning the perfect getaway to Fort Lauderdale, Florida
By Kendall Murtha
You’ve exchanged vows and have just been introduced as man and wife for the first time. The wind rustles through the palm trees and stirs the sand around your feet. What could be more perfect than spending one of the most memorable days of your life with family and friends on white sand beaches? Or maybe it’s just you and your new spouse, dividing your time together between lazy days at the pool and exploring the city’s vibrant nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a location for a destination wedding or a perfect honeymoon, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a popular choice for many couples.
Where to Stay
Drawing inspiration from the tropical setting, many hotels invoke a breezy, beachy, and relaxing atmosphere. Located on the largest private beach in South Florida, Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa strives to provide a lavish experience for visitors looking for an escape from the everyday lifestyle. Guests can stay in one of 650 one- or two-bedroom suites, which offer amenities such as 32-inch flat-screen TVs, spacious seating areas, and private balconies on which to enjoy the view. The resort’s renovated oceanfront terrace provides a breathtaking view of the beach while providing a comfortable atmosphere in which guests can recline on white sofas and converse around the fire pits. The resort features a beautiful spa offering an impressive array of massages, facials, and nail treatments, as well as a pool and a newly completed fitness center to meet all the needs of your bridal party and guests.
Things to Do
Fort Lauderdale has much more than long expanses of picturesque beach to offer its visitors. Las Olas Boulevard is a popular destination for tourists; the commercial strip easily caters to a wide variety of tastes. From nightclubs to boutiques to wine bars and restaurants, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy. Dining out is a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy fantastic food while immersing themselves in the culture of the area. Preface the meal on the thoroughfare with tapas and a selection of fine wines at Las Olas Wine Bar. For those who enjoy fresh local seafood, look no further than 3030 Ocean or the newly opened Tundra Restaurant. YOLO (an acronym for the phrase “you only live once”) offers a variety of soups, sandwiches, salads, and steaks. South Florida offers visitors the opportunity to explore the natural world that extends beyond pristine beaches. Spend an afternoon taking an airboat tour of Everglades Holiday Park. Self-proclaimed thrill-seekers can rent Wave Runners and surfboards at Aloha Watersports. Parasailing and catamaran rides are also offered.
Traveling To and From
Not only does this location boast both beautiful resorts and private beaches for the ceremony itself, it also provides ease of access for guests and newlyweds. Guests can arrive and depart via Fort Lauderdale International Airport. After the ceremony, new couples can take advantage of cruises to Key West, the Cayman Islands, or the Bahamas that depart from the portâ€•or simply choose to continue their stay in the Sunshine State. Whether it’s a two- to three-day stay for a destination wedding or a ten-day honeymoon, Fort Lauderdale provides the perfect tropical backdrop that can make any stay memorable and enjoyable.
Photos courtesy of Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa