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Hello everyone,

Wanna know what's better than a vacation? Going on vacation in the off season. It's literally the BEST! You feel like you have the whole beach to yourself, the restaurants aren't as crowded and you can walk from one place to another without bumping into people. And a bonus, everything is cheaper!

The sunshine state was calling my name for a while now and guess what? It all happened in the blink of a weekend. One of the first and most amazing getaways of the new year!🌞 The sun was smiling, the water was dancing and the tiny streets of Fort Lauderdale were keeping me excited from sunrise to sunset. Dreamy, refreshing and everything I ever imagined it to be!!!💗 

We got to do so much in just three days. I think the time has come for me to share my experience with you if you're looking to visit soon or dream of a warm, tropical getaway. Have you been to this part of Florida yet? 

I ate some of the yummiest various cultural foods, walked a bascule bridge for the first time, explored Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, swam in the cold waters at sunrise and fell completely in love with Fort Lauderdale.

Where to Stay:

One word...SONESTA

Oceanfront views guaranteed! This hotel is more than five stars in my eyes. You've got the beach a few steps away, the cutest set of restaurants around it, a room with a gorgeous view, and of course, no one to disturb your peace. When the last day arrived, I hundred percent wanted to stay longer. It felt like home! 

If that doesn't sound enough...well, they've got a newly renovated fitness center and a pool area. Also, there's an awesome restaurant called Steelpan by the lobby, which takes you on a tropical journey of multicultural flavors. Yuuuumy! 

My favorite part of this hotel was how close it was to the beach. I'm definitely a beach girl rather than being at the pool all day. I love feeling the sand underneath my feet, feeling the breeze in my curls, and mostly, hearing the beautiful sound of the waves crashing.🏖     

Places to Visit: 

 Historical, charming and picturesque! The Bonnet Gardens were right around the corner from our hotel, so on the last day, early morning we headed there. It was a surprisingly cold and windy day (not something you would expect of Florida), but this visit made it sweet and fun. 

It was so nice to walk around this estate because it felt like a huge tropical paradise. So green...I have forgotten what trees look like since moving to Vegas. It was interesting hearing the long history of this place and taking in the beauty of the gardens. I can't imagine how many people it takes to keep it looking like this all the time. 

When visiting, keep in mind...lots of spiders on the rise. We had a few laughs because they were blending in with their surroundings and at the same time big enough to be seen.🤣    

~ Las Olas:

Las Olas is a sight to remember! The most stunning neighborhood with lots of modern houses that had their yachts parked up front instead of their cars. I kept thinking...what do these people do for a living? Imagine getting out of your house and casually riding along into the sunset. It leaves me kind of speechless because of how grand everything looks. 

I really enjoyed exploring this neighborhood since it's located in the downtown area of Fort Lauderdale. There was tons to see and even smell. Lots of art galleries, flavorful restaurants, artistic streets and overall lively vibes. It felt inspiring and ohhhh so colorful!!!

Don't think twice! If you're in this area, you've got to visit without a doubt. Spending a day there is so worth it. Half a day or why not even a full day?!     

 Places to Eat In Fort Lauderdale:

~ El Taquito: This is the first restaurant we went to minutes upon arriving in Fort Lauderdale. Very delicious Mexican food with only a tiny street separating it from the beach. I had quesadillas with beer, which went perfectly together. El Taquito marked the beginning of a great that I still think about often!    

~ Steelpan Kitchen & Bar: As I mentioned a bit earlier, this bar is part of the hotel. It was very romantic, the burgers and cocktails were high on my scale according to my tastebuds and I had one of the most memorable nights there. It's a definite "must go" even if you're not staying at the Sonesta hotel.   

~ Kisses from Italy: This is a good breakfast spot which looks like the cool little city diner everyone loves to hang-out at. I had a fresh smoothie and a healthy, filling bagel. I really liked the red kisses decor. It looks like it can be part of a fun music video!     

~ Aqua Mediterranean Grill: I'm all about the Mediterranean food especially the sweet baklava. Super special food, which always reminds me of home. It's located very close to El Taquito. Hard to miss and a place you've got to experience!   

~ Nanou French Bakery & Cafe: This is without a doubt my favorite bakery we stopped at for coffee and a croissant. The French do know how to do breakfast at its finest. I love the cute outside sitting area and the fresh blue and white color decor. I honestly didn't want to leave and enjoyed every second of being there.    

~ Primanti Brothers: Very popular for its famous pizza, Primanti Brothers were mentioned more than once, so we took this into an account and stopped there on our last day. The pizza was amazing! You can add on it whatever you like. Only thing to keep in mind is that they only accept cash when paying.   

~ YoMamas Ice Cream: Don't leave Fort Lauderdale without getting an ice-cream at You Mama's. You won't regret it one bit. I can still taste the sweetness and experience that joy of seeing all the flavors they had on display.    

~ Premiere Cafe & Bar: This place made for the most wonderful atmosphere and Argentinian food. It rained while we sat outside and enjoyed our food and wine. Plus, in the end, we were surprised by three pieces of cake to take with us. It was such a lovely treat! 

I hope you enjoyed this travel post! What were your impressions of Fort Lauderdale if you've already been there? I would LOVE to know! 

Talk soon and see you on the next adventure!😘

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  1. You look very happy (and extremely attractive) in Las Olas rocking the light blue denim cut-off shorts styled with the large blue denim jacket (and red graphic T-shirt) in the photos in front of the 'Greetings from Fort Lauderdale Wish You were here' billboard and in front of the R. Joy to the World' angel wings and rainbow mural!
    Everything about he Sonesta hotel looks and sounds delightful!
    I am loving the floral print green dress you were wearing in the photo of the water washing over your feet at the beach and the pretty print pants you were wearing in front of Birch Tower (another hotel?).
    P.S.: Your Twitter still seems to be missing, and I miss seeing your Tweets there. Hoping to Tweet you there soon xx <3 :-)

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  2. Great pictures my dear!! Love the post

  3. What a nice places... Thanks for your sharing...

  4. Looks like a really awesome adventure! I really miss traveling.

  5. I see that the trip was successful :)

  6. I miss so much international traveling! Beautiful photos! Glad you had fun ;))

  7. I would love to go! I'm sick of the cold.

    Curated by Jennifer

    1. Yeah, Florida is so nice and sunny :)
      Hope you're having a great day!

  8. I love your post. Similar wings are on Burj Khalifa :D


  9. I love your photos, it looks like you had a lovely time!

    Emilia |

  10. Hello dear Radi, so happy to stop by your site again! Finally after a short break and first of all I hope you're having a fantastic 2022 so far!

    I'd say you are starting this year with a big step.... traveling is the best to say hello to a new year and Fort Lauderdale and many areas in Florida are really good options to spend some days by the beach and get relaxed. And it seems that this place has more than the sea, I can see a lot of interesting arty spots, would love to have a photo there!

    Hey Fungi

  11. I'd love to visit Fort Lauderdale - and Florida in general. The murals are amazing and there seems to be lots of great food to try. This blog post makes me want to go! :)

    Julia x
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    1. You should definitely visit soon. Florida is so perfect with its amazing beaches.
      Have a nice day Julia!