Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Miami Beach , FL to Las Olas Marina, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

"Island Hopper" departed Miami Beach Marina at 10:15 AM cruising to Ft. Lauderdale , FL. Winds are easterly 15 to 20, partly cloudy, but we are protected going in the ICW.

Singer Island

Yachts Along the Way

Another Ocean Alexander 52

We have 28 miles to go today. We are staying in the Las Olas Marina. The City of Ft. Lauderdale's Las Olas Marina is a state-of the art facility custom designed for mega yachts. It is a 60 slip marina with all the amenities, and a location next to Fort Lauderdale Beach, clubs, restaurants and BeachPlace.(www.fortlauderdal.gov/marina) Like many of its southeast Florida neighbors, Fort Lauderdale has been revitalizing for several years. In a state where gaudy tourist zones often stand aloof from worksday downtowns, FortLauderdale exhibits consistency at both ends of the 2 mile Las Olas corridor. Efforts have been made to upgrade both the beachfront and downtown. Matching the downtown's innovative art's district, cafes, and boutiques is an equally inventive beach area with cafes and shops facing an undeveloped shoreline, and new hotels gradually replacing faded icons of yesteryear. Joan and Debbie have already completed the shopping research and have made plans to go to the Las Olas Riverfront. This is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex. They also plan to do some window shopping (Well, that is what they told Kevin and Ian.) at Las Olas Boulevard, where the city's best boutiques plus top restaurants and art galleries line beautifully landscaped streets. Tonight we took a cab to Las Olas Boulevard and ate dinner at Indigo Restaurant at the Riverside Hotel.

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