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Old Jan 5th, 2011, 11:19 AM
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South Florida: Hotels & do I try to get to the Everglades or not????

I am taking a cruise out of Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) in mid March. I have never been to south Florida and I am very interested in an airboat tour in the Everglades. I have a limited amount of time, I arrive at FLL very early Saturday morning and cruise leaves on Sunday afternoon. I have no clue what area of the Everglades to go to or how far away it is. Is it even feasible to try to do from FLL/Hollywood. Any recommendations on an Airboat company?

I am also looking for recommendations on accommodations. Which area to stay the 1 night in and hotels/motels budget to moderately priced, 2 - 3 stars
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Old Jan 5th, 2011, 04:41 PM
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Anyone know this area?
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Old Jan 6th, 2011, 09:47 AM
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I live up in Tampa but I drive through the area a lot to visit my aunt in Ft. Lauderdale. The airboat ride is fun - I don't remember the company, but they're all the same, honestly.

Can you tell me what your interests are? Because Ft. Lauderdale is a great place to hang out. The Everglades are, in my opinion, boring. It's literally a swamp, as advertised. I guess I would want you to see S. Florida as in Ft. Lauderdale or even Miami.

Try orbitz and whatnot for hotel fees. Stay on the west side of A1 for a cheaper hotel (unless you want to be right on the beach). And visiting the Aruba restaurant is a MUST. Great food and right on the beach - amazing views.
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 11:45 AM
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Airboat is feasible Sat afternoon if you find a place off I75 not further south off Tamiami Trail (41).

Look at these places:
http://www.billieswampsafari.travel/
http://evergladesholidaypark.proxy.v...om/locate.html

There are a bunch of hotels right of the I95 near I595. I595 runs you out towards the port. Click here ....
Try some of these ...

A.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport
1870 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, FL 33004
(800) 219-0873
B.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
2081 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, FL 33312
(954) 981-2700
C.
Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
400 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
(954) 342-8333
D.
Homewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
2061 Griffin Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-5912
(954) 967-9063
E.
Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel
1825 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, FL 33004
(954) 920-3500
F.
Griffin R/I-95 Sheridan Hotel
United States
G.
Wyndham-Ft Lauderdale Hotel
1870 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, FL 33004-2214
(954) 920-3411
H.
Moon Dance
1825 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, FL 33004
(954) 920-3500
I.
Griffin Road Patners Llc
2081 Griffin Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 967-9063
J.
Broward County Aviation Department
1501 Southwest 43rd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-3545
(954) 359-6100
...
NEW Homewood Suites Hotel
2061 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, FL
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Alcazar Resort
555 North Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 567-2525
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 11:47 AM
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Oops all of those arent hotels - they were in my search for hotels in the area. Disregard H, I, and J
and you will need a car to get to the Everglades.
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 12:45 PM
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The Everglades are definitely worth a visit. One of our best few minutes ever on a vacation was sitting in our car watching four alligators in the swamp as they kept their beady eyes on us. You just don't get that in the big city (except maybe in the South).
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If you enjoy seeing truly wild animals, particularly birds, then the Everglades can't be beat.
If you appreciate the preservation of an eco-system that exists nowhere else in the world, then the Everglades are (indeed) unique.

Just be aware that air boats are so noisy to the animals, and so destructive of the plants; that they are banned in the national park. If you want to experience this thrill ride, you'll have to do so outside the park.

The Ahienga Trail is the best introduction to the area possible. Shark Valley is another good place to go.

For an idea of what you might see in the NP, check out

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pr77x/s...6138065/detail
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Loved the Anhinga Trail. We were there in March two years ago. Walking along the trail, it was as though we'd come upon the bird section of the Garden of Eden (the alligators were memorable, too).
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