Flew via Zoom Airlines direct to FT using their premium economy.
My view: terrific. Comfy seats and loads of alcohol. Both ways I had nobody sitting beside me which gives you such a feeling of space- better I think than a so called superior service. No seat back TV's, which I suppose is important if you like watching films. Otherwise, use Zoom- cheaper than Virgin who only fly to Miami (and the taxi to FT costs c £50).
I stayed in an appartment close to Dania Beach, so no tips on hotels I'm afraid. Other comments:
Went in July. Baking hot. Temperature in Miami (see later) 101 degrees. Loads of suncream required. During the rainy season you can get lucky or unlucky with the weather. I am told that during the 2 days before I arrived a tropical storm had poured down on FT (subsequently leaving c 4 inches of rain on Carolina). Whilst I was there (a week) a hurricane hi Texas and another hit Cancun (just south of Florida). Whilst I was in FT, we had one thunderstorm (at night- which woke me up). So I was lucky. During the day, it was baking!. Hotter than the Caribbean, Asia or Queensland! Trust me! So I was v Lucky.
Fort Lauderdale Beach is lovely. Pure white sand. Too many complete plebs still stub their cigarette out on the sand, which is a pity. Not too many swimming in the sea. I am told the Missisippi dumps a load of chemicals in the sea not too far north which may explain it.
Hooters. Forget the size of their knockers. A bucket of shrimps (we call them king prawns in the UK) is delicious and cheap.
Bubba Shrimp. Also on FT Beach. The food is great (the shrimps, ribs and sea bass). The service is terrible. They served my wine in a tumbler because they told me they did'nt have any wine glasses- can you believe that!!
Apparently an "Asian fusion" restaurant. Avoid. Ludicrously expensive. I can cook better Thai (red curry is not supposed to be the hottest curry you do). PS, why are Americans so overweight? Answer: this restaurant does deep fried cheesecake and deep fried ice cream as puddings! Aside from the fact that this was supposed to be an asian restaurant, how can you lot eat deep fried ice cream?!
Did a day and a night in Miami. Stayed in L<oews Hotel on South Beach. Perfect. Great location, swimming pool scene, and right on the beach. Interestingly, many people swimming in the sea here (far more than FT). Places to eat:
Right on the beach. Great chocolate milk shakes (but the food is a bit calorific)
At the bottom of Collins Avenue. Had been here previously. Take a big appetite- they expect you to take a doggy bay away afterwards.
Hire a convertible. It makes travelling so much kore pleasant. If the car has satelite radio (no commercials) tune into the Pulse station- great American rock.
For shopping, you must visit Sawgrass Mills Mall. I went there twice. All clothes shops have amazing sales, particularly for those of us over from the UK.
For instance, in GAP, all chinos c £11. In Nike, proper running shirts c £12 (but beware of sizes- in UK I am a medium. In US I was a small- even some of them were too big). In UK the Asics Gel Nimbus running shoe is c £95. In Sawgrass the best price I saw was 115 US dollars (OK, I am a runner!)
Unleaded petrol in the US is c 4.20 dollars per gallon, and they complain. In the UK we are paying over twice that!
Enjoy FT! I did.