We stayed at the Native Sun at the end of May. This boutique resort has direct access to the beach and provides chairs and towels (if requested - no fee) for the sandy beach. Whilst we were there there was riptide warnings for 4 days -quite unusual although you could still go in and play in the waves - whilst using the chairs nearer the resort you had some extra relief from the wind. Sadly to say the sea conditions meant I was unable to dive -this was the first time this has happened in coming to Fort Lauderdale in the past 20years.
We had a 1 bedroomed unit on the third floor which had everything you needed to have a wonderful holiday whilst the front desk staff were very friendly and advised us about Sea Watch - a restaurant two buildings down which had a dusk menu which had excellent food with a three course menu including lobster or prime rib for $20.95.
We also visited Shark Valley - in the Everglades and saw alligators of all sizes up close as well as turtles, spoonbills, blue herons and other species of birds. This is a tram tour, not an airboat ride, (they are phasing out airboat rides around this facility as the government buys them up to keep this area pristine) the tram stops when you see something of interest and also visits a tower with a wonderful view for miles. The trip was only supposed to last 2 hours but lasted 2 hours 20mins due to the number of animals and birds we saw -they are creating a new visitor centre which hopefully will have a cafe -if you can get there fro the first tour of the day.
IT is also possible to visit the Morikami - a Japanese museum and gardens in Delray or the Flagler museum in Palm Beach whilst shopping opportunities abound with the Galleria Mall and Sawgrass Outlet Mall - leading the way.
The Native Sun is an excellent choice of accommodation if you are seeking to explore this area and/or spend time on the beach with excellent service, my only suggestion is that the resort would benefit from upgrading e.g. the sliding doors had bent runners -even so we had a wonderful time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Native Sun, a 35 unit family oriented resort located ocean front in a quiet residential area of Pompano Beach/Lauderdale by the Sea. The resort is only a short walk away from fine dining, shopping and area attractions. The Native Sun is situated on more than 500 feet of white sandy beach. Comfortable lounge chairs are located right on the beach. They allow you to leisurely soak in the warm South Florida sun. Swim in the heated pool, unwind in the hot tub, or refresh yourself in the sparkling blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Take a romantic stroll along the beach while the kids are having fun in the playground. If you feel energetic, you can play tennis on the practice court or take it slower and enjoy the putting green or shuffle board courts. If you haven’t had enough fresh air for the day, you can always have a barbecue and invite your neighbors, and afterwards sink into the quiet relaxation of one of our sauna rooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Native Sun Hotel Pompano Beach