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48 hours in Greater Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is famed for its retro chic vibe and laid-back beach living, but many miss a trick by only exploring its best-known attractions. Greater Fort Lauderdale, nicknamed the Venice of America is home to 300 miles of inland waterways, plus 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches. Get the inside track with our 48-hour guide…


Day one

Settle in

With four flights a week between London Gatwick and Fort Lauderdale, whatever time you touch down, you’ll find something to do in the city. Drop your bags off at the sumptuous Diplomat Resort and Spa in the cool Hollywood Beach neighbourhood. If you fancy a quick sand fix, pop on your flip flops and head to pretty Dania Beach which is just 15 minutes’ drive from the airport. Afterwards head to Jimbo’s Sand Bar island-style tiki bar overlooking the intracoastal for their signature “redneck cuisine” and fresh seafood.


Day two

09.00 – Market vibes

Vintage cars on display, antiques and curio piled high, ripe for the haggling-on; the Florida Swap Shop sprawls over 88 acres and offers an indoor/outdoor mix of farmers’ and flea markets, bargain booths and traditional fairground attractions. Funky food trucks offer an assortment of cuisine spanning Thai to Puerto Rican, and the doors stay open until 5pm daily.


11.30 – Shore thing

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While Hollywood beach is the Fort Lauderdale you see in the movies (such as Marley & Me) if less of a party beach appeals head for quiet, scenic Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson state park beach, one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s hidden secrets. Take the nature trail and look for adorable manatees in the canals. Snorkellers can explore shallow, vibrant coral reefs just offshore, or go hunting for an underwater geo-cache.


14.00 – Step back in time

See a slice of Old Florida at the 35-acre Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. The estate gives a fascinating glimpse of the Florida of the roaring twenties, when rich Chicagoans and New Yorkers first realised they could escape the brutal winter nor’easter winds and started a gold rush to south Florida. This eclectically-furnished Mediterranean revival house was the home of artist and art collector Frederic Clay Bartlett whose works, and that of his artist wife Evelyn Fortune Bartlett, are on display among pieces by Gauguin and Picasso.


17.00 – Arty Downtown

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Banksy eat your heart out. As part of a revitalization project, Downtown Fort Lauderdale now boasts more than 20 curated murals from a wealth of artists including The London Police, Evoca1 and Logan Hicks, whose piece is a mind-blowing work of photo realism. On the third Saturday of each month, the Mural Project also offers free ArtWalk tours beginning at 18.00.


20.00 – Feast on this

Broward County is home to over 3,000 eateries meaning you’ll never go hungry. For fine waterfront dining, try Sardelli Italian Steakhouse set in a beautiful Italian country house-style building. Don’t miss the butternut squash mezzaluna pasta with sage, brown butter, and amaretti crumble. For a more casual bite grab hamburgers and a slice of Key Lime Pie at Le Tub Saloon – Oprah Winfrey is a fan.


Day three

08.00 – See you later Alligator 

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Florida wildlife abounds in the swampy Everglades, where native alligators mingle with escaped pet pythons. Just a 45-minute drive inland, Everglades Swamp Tours offers tours in airboats that float over the shallow reeds and picturesque marshland. The more adventurous can also explore by kayak.


14.00 – Retail therapy

Sawgrass Mills shopping centre, North America’s largest outlet mall, is packed to the rafters with chic. It’s the place to pick up designer shoes and handbags at a snip, with discount prices at the likes of Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. Head to the outside Oasis area for Cuban-inspired refreshments at mojitobar once you’re shopped out.


18.30 – All aboard

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An all-day pass on Fort Lauderdale’s water taxi system costs $26, but if you purchase a “moonlight madness” pass after 17.00, it’s just $16. Hop on and off along trendy Las Olas Boulevard and browse clothes, contemporary art and one-off pieces of jewellery, with prices geared to the owners of the smart canal-front mansions nearby.

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Words by Ann Ridley and Ianthe Butt

Header Photo by Lance Asper on Unsplash

Surfer Boy (Grayson x Reader)

Summary: Requested by anon: “can you do an imagine based on ethans tweet “@ethandolan: Haha gray just texted and was like yo my face is so red I just saw a cute girl what do I do” 😌”
Word Count: 1,337
Warnings: None.
A/N: This is cute :’) Thank you for requesting, my dear anon. Hope you like it. xx


“People have a weird tendency of not cleaning up after themselves.” Your friend, and also your boss, pointed out as she carried in four glasses behind the bar, placing them by the counter so she could wash them.

You laughed, watching her pull a face before returning to wring out a dishrag. Your friend had always been an impulsive one, so it didn’t even surprise you when she had come home one day, claiming that she bought the small tiki bar on the beach, not far from where you lived.

It had turned out to be a smashing hit, everybody buying their cool drinks and their occasional cocktail to clench their thirst. You being the good, bored friend you were, you had offered yourself to work behind the bar. It wasn’t all too bad, you got plenty of Vitamin D, got drinks for free and got to watch a lot of hot guys who went to catch a wave or sat by the bar, sipping on their drinks under the scorching L.A sun.

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Life’s A Beach

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McCree:

Before becoming an agent of the newly recalled Overwatch, you’d been a passionate lover of summer. It was a time for rest and relaxation, where all your worries melted like a popsicle in the middle of July. Now, however, you would spend the hottest summer days trapped under pounds of gear. You were uncomfortable and convinced you were going to die of heat. If the heat didn’t kill you off, you knew the bullets flying this way or that would.

Your appreciation for the hottest season had surely faded. It didn’t help that some of your teammates, ahem, McCree, seemed to be entirely immune to the immense heat. You could’ve just slapped (kissed) that stupid smirk off his face when you jumped around, attempting to throw your gear as far from you as you could manage.

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Different kind of post today! Let’s talk porch base furniture! I found this baby at an indoor flea market which I didn’t even know was a thing in the States. I regret not taking two pictures, one of the top closed because it’d be more mindblowing. What we have here is an Outdoor Storage Unit Bar (OSUB).

The lower area is a standard cabinet which you can store various outdoor seating supplies such as:

- tiki torch oil
- a lighter
- spare towels for the pool if you are my parents
- bug spray
- suntan lotion
- liquor???

But lets be real here. We don’t care about the lower storage as much. Let’s talk about that BUILT IN COOLER (aka a BiC). A built in cooler is really the next level in outdoor seating and I’d love to see furniture that is both aesthetically pleasant have built in coolers more often. Sure, most people own a cooler of some sort and you can keep it outside, but why do that when you can merge your cooler into a piece of very usable outdoor furniture?

Two outdoor storage units in one piece of furniture people.

Come on.

Representation....for the older ladies

Rachael Harris (Dr. Linda) is pushing 50.  Like me.  And her character is relevant AF.  She has a very full life helping people, enjoying sex, and helping to wreck tiki bars.  She talks about that shit job she took as a phone sex operator to afford medical school.  Yes, Ella, I would TOTALLY call that, too.

I adore that Lucifer has People of Color, Bisexual and Pansexual people, perhaps Ace people, demon people, angel people, dancer people, bar people, cops and robbers, maybe Het people (jury out so far on Dan), a kid who is also allowed to be vulnerable…..and Linda, a critical character, is NOT a 20something ingénue with a squeaky-toy voice.  She has wrinkles, FFS, and she is beautiful.  I mean…did you SEE her pounce on Luci in S1E2?  Thank you very fucking much!  

DAMN I love this show.