We took the first Water Taxi from Giorgio's in Hollywood on a Sunday morning, heading for a day exploring Ft. Lauderdale. The allure to us was the prospect of a Hop On Hop Off type experience. The price is right ($18 all day for Seniors, $22 for adults), and the overall experience definitely worth it. The actual management of the operation leaves a little something to be desired in the Time department - bottom line: budget plenty of time for the Water Taxi. It takes about 45 minutes to get from Hollywood to the first transfer taxi to FtL-it's an interesting ride past Port Everglades with its container operations and huge cruise ships. At the transfer point, the crew transferred us to the wrong water taxi and we all had to reboard to the correct one to go to Las Olas (downtown FtL) - the total time at the transfer point was 15 minutes. Not too bad as it's generally a laid back experience. We had planned to do some more exploring on the other routes and then head back to Hollywood around 3pm to catch the 3:45 transfer. But the water taxis get very full through the day, in fact so full that they sometimes cannot stop as scheduled to pick up more passengers. The demand throws off the "schedule" so that it becomes meaningless in FtL. So because of the crowds, we gave up on more Hopping On/Hopping Off so that we could get on a water taxi to get us to the Hollywood transfer point for the next boat, 5pm, back to Hollywood (those run only once every 1 hr. 15 min). We barely made it onto the FtL water taxi. TIP: if you find yourself in a long queue for a water taxi, show your Pass and move to the front of the line past the people without tickets. Also, when returning, go to Stop #1, rather then #3, to beat the crowds.
Is it worth it? YES! Just allow lots of time/bring beer, be conservative in the number of transfers you plan to make (unless you really have all day and evening, remembering that the last boat back to Hollywood is 7:30), and plan to do some waiting. Our return was delayed 1 1/2 hours beyond what we had planned.
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