Letter from North America: Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Florida


By Gina Hines

Hello from South Florida!

We are just north of Miami Beach and a world away from what we all used to think we knew about Fort Lauderdale. Gone are the days of a destination with a focus on a singular culture. Cultural pluralism has reached the beach here and at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa we are soaking it all in. Also, we are eating it all, without ever leaving the front door. 3030 Ocean Restaurant is as described, “A unique, creative and passionate combination of flavors…” This beachfront dinner bistro serves stylish American Cuisine seafood and special meats and is illuminated by candlelight. With the sand steps away, and a full moon’s glow streaming in through the ceiling-scraping windows, we delighted in every morsel.

 We did tear ourselves away from the eclectic dining choices long enough to delve into a couple’s spa treatment that was just about as scrumptious as our sunset nibbles and sundowners at Sea Level Restaurant and Ocean Bar. I told you, I cannot seem to keep my mind off of how delicious the resort is in every way. The staff get to know your name and how long you’re staying, creating a sort of intimacy that makes this large resort seem extremely cozy. As this is our last day, we’ve decided to take a long sunrise walk on the beach and enjoy a late breakfast at Riva where, again, everyone knows our favorite omelet ingredients and also that this is our last day. It’s nice when the team is made up of Caribbean natives, Canadians, and Europeans…it gives the stay an injection of flair that we are looking forward to revisiting.

Headed to breakfast now…

Ciao, Gina    



Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa


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