We will be flying in from Oregon, which means fairly late arrival (7pm is my best guess.) The trip is me, dh, dd (11), and my dm.
I am fairly sure we will have better airfare into FLL... But out cruise leaves out of Miami.
We plan on flying in on Monday, having all day Tuesday and Wednesday to hang by the pool one day and the other day we all want to drive down to the Keys and sightsee. I know this is a lot of driving if we are based in Ft. Lauderdale. Then the cruise leaves on Thursday.
I do not want to just crash somewhere one night and then move the next day, so we plan on renting a car at the airport and then heading to where our home base will be for the next few days.
Add in that I am kinda picky and want lots of space.. A two-bedroom suite wherever we do stay. My mom needs her privacy but most places it doesn't make sense to pay for two rooms. In Ft. Lauderdale I have it narrowed down to Lago Mar or Hilton Ft L Beach I think. Both have the types of rooms I want. I was also looking in Miami... Holy cow what a price difference... I think I like the Alexander they have a signature suite that might work.
Okay, so here is what I need to know... We have never been to Florida... We can do some driving to go sightsee (probably Wednesday, I am thinking Tuesday will be the pool day.) Is it crazy to stay up in Ft L and keep driving by Miami? I am thinking it may be... Is it super far from FLL to the Miami beach hotels? If we wanted to head straight there after our flight? Then Miami would be our home base? I am just stuck by the cost differences between the two areas!