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Nine hours

I'll have from about 9-6 to do something, unrelated to ocean or beach, afoot in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, April 21.

What do you suggest in the way of history, museums, art, architecture, monuments, views, etc.

For dinner, I'd like some indigenous, Cuban, or Haitian food. What do you suggest?

Also, I have no place to stay that night. I'll be at the W the next night. Perhaps there's a nearby flophouse?

What form of transport do I take from the airport to the flophouse referenced above?

Thank you.

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Good Friday during the 2 most busiest weeks in S Fl? (I hope you find something)....

I have an idea....but I don't think the place is a Flop House...but some of the folks on TA reviews might. The Riverside Hotel is right on Las Olas...Tell them you want a 'original' room from the 1930s...not in the new tower....if they have any rooms.

You are just about 2 miles at this point from the W. on the beach.

This Las Olas location gives you walking access to tons of things to do. About 1/3 mile is the King Tut exhibit...which will close shortly. It is in the Art Museum.

Since you are walking west anyway, you can continue across Andrews to the Riverwalk section...and continue to the Broward Performing Arts Center...across the street from the 3D Imax at the Science Museum.(.or stay in the RiverWalk center area.. but don't take the sightseeing boat from here. )

There are three theaters in this section of the Perf Arts area. One is an Opera House (behind the River House Restaurant-was the Chart House), the other two are adjacent to each other. See if tix are available.

(You can pay $10.00 for the day unlimited, and use the water taxi to see a lot of Ft Lauderdale...but it takes 4 hours to complete the entire route)

Going back toward the Riverside Hotel, note the Stranahan House...a bit of history there....right where the Cheesecake Factory is. (The made the Cheeburger Cheeburger close...to cheap for the area...but beter than a lot of other thing. East past your hotel on Las Olas is a shopping district....and many restaurants...Las Olas Shops. I need Lulu back to help with the restaurants, but there is a big variety..

www.sambaroom.net then hit Ft Laud. is just one.

At 3 PM the CarrieB www.carriebcruises.com will leave the dock for a tour. Buy a Sun Sentinal on Fri and find the one free with one coupon in the ENT section. (You never know who you might meet.... THis dock is around the corner from the Cheesecake factory and Jacksons Steakhouse (??)

You don't have to take the www.watertaxi.com (click Ft Laud) for the entire trip. THe county & operator are in a rif...(stupid county), but it is still running...need to check website.

I would check every possible rate for the Riverside. I hope you find a room.

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2. Re: Nine hours

It only about 4 or 5 miles from the FLL to LAs Olas...take a taxi.

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Thank you, KenK. Look like excellent suggestions.

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I can't think of any Hatian restaurants, but there are two Cuban Restaurants owned by the same chef- Catalina ( on Federal Highway between Sunrise Blvd. and Oakland Park Blvd. west side of the street. and Catalina on the Beach - the original location- which is in the Galt Village Shops on the streets behind the Walgreens at A1A and Oakland Park Blvd.

Calypso Restaurant is one of the best Carribean spots but really off the beaten track- a little storefront place that is in Pompano Beach- I'm a little forgetful of the directions- but on Cypress Road south of Atlantic Blvd. It gets rave reviews on the Chowhounds.com website. Here are some reviews:

southflorida.com/dining/…

The link I posted has lots of restuarant reviews and you may turn up a few other treasures. I think most Hatian/Jamaican places would be along Route 441 in West Broward, but I don't have any recommendations.

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Here's the website for the Calypso with their menu- a bit off the beaten track, so if you're relying on taxi you might first inquire about the fare:

http://www.calypsorestaurant.com/homepage.htm

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Lulutoo provided the website for the Calypso with their menu- a bit off the beaten track, so if you're relying on taxi you might first inquire about the fare:

http://www.calypsorestaurant.com/homepage.htm

Thank you.

After dinner I'm going to the Gold Coast Ballroom - 1415 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. I expect that I'll be in the company, and car, of the president of a local dance club.

Is Pompano Beach between Fort Lauderdale and Coconut Creek?

I presume a local knows where everything is. I dunno nuttin'!

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Pompano Beach is actually north of Fort Lauderdale and east of Coconut Creek- so a stop at Calypso before your ballroom experience would probably work well. What part of Ft. Lauderdale are you coming from- I'll try to give you a general idea how to get there?

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Lulutoo said: "a stop at Calypso before your ballroom experience would probably work well."

The one with whom I'm dining agrees.

"What part of Ft. Lauderdale are you coming from-"

I have no idea. Haven't yet found a place to stay. Might sleep in the bus station or an all-night porn theater (Oh, yeah. In Broward County!).

Thank you for the offer, though. I'll be escorted by locals while there.

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