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					Fort Lauderdale, located at the center of 23 miles (37 km) of popular beachfront and
300 miles (480 km) of navigable waterways, has the title of "The Venice of America".
The Atlantic shoreline north of Fort Lauderdale is known as the Gold Coast, a
reference to Spanish treasure ships that ran aground along this coastline.

Fort Lauderdale has beautiful wide beaches lined with up-market shops, restaurants
and a variety of hotels and condominiums. A landscape of beaches, parks, golf courses
and tennis courts is intermixed with shopping malls and the trendy town center.

As Fort Lauderdale continues to develop, so does its near neighbors. Hallandale
Beach, once a small, oceanfront town now has a skyline dominated by condominiums
and resort developments. The fast developing Hollywood is now a area of 1.5 million
people made up of many different ethnic backgrounds.

Port Everglades is Florida's deepest harbor and second only to Miami for the number
of cruise passengers passing through the port terminal. Most cruises from this port are
bound for the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico and Latin America, although several
casino day cruises operate from this port.

** Fort Lauderdale Vacation Highlights

Fort Lauderdale lies at the center of more than 50 golf courses, making the area a
popular vacation destination for keen golfers. Sometimes referred to as the "Yachting
Capital of the World," Fort Lauderdale provides great opportunities to cruise or sail
along the Intracoastal Waterway and on the open ocean.

The waters around Fort Lauderdale are rated by scuba divers as amongst the best in
North America, having excellent water temperatures and visibility and a diverse array
of fish and marine life. There is a natural off-shore reef plus 18 major shipwreck sites
and 81 man-made artificial reefs. Jupiter has a dive site onto a 17th century wreck.

All types of fishing are popular in and around Fort Lauderdale, including drift-boat
fishing, deep-sea charters or simply casting a line from the pier. The International
Game Fish Association World Fishing Center is an angler's heaven, being a combined
museum, library and park with virtual-reality simulations.

The historic Bonnet House and estate provides a glimpse of Florida history. The large
two-story waterfront residence and gardens was the home of Evelyn Bartlett, wife of
acclaimed artist Frederic Clay Bartlett. Stranahan House is typical of "Florida
Frontier" architecture and is Fort Lauderdale's oldest standing structure, dating back
to 1901.

A popular visitor attraction is the paddle wheel steamer dinner cruises and sightseeing
tours that take visitors past Old Fort Lauderdale, the new downtown and Millionaires'
Row.

** Fort Lauderdale Transport

The area is serviced by the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with
carriers such as Air Canada, Air Tran, American Airlines, Continental and Delta.
Several budget carriers also operate from this airport. Numerous shuttle bus services
provide door-to-door connections and the local city bus service has routes that include
the airport. Amtrak, the USA train system, has stations at Fort Lauderdale and
Hollywood.

Tri Rail is a south Florida commuter train service that connects all the major centers
from Miami through to North Palm Beach. Broward County Transit (BCT) operates a
community bus service that runs throughout Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding
areas.

				
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