Defrost your swimsuit in Fort Lauderdale!

This week on the Travel Show - the Florida sunshine is calling you to the year round relaxing vibe and cool ocean breezes of Fort Lauderdale! There are nearly forty kilometers of golden, palm-fringed, Blue Wave certified beaches. Play on the beach, dive through colourful coral reefs or cruise nearly five hundred kilometers of yacht-filled, winding inland waterways through the palatial estates of the “Venice of America”.

While the Canadian weather forecast this winter is “cold and frozen” – defrost your swimsuit in Fort Lauderdale where the forecast is “beaches and fun in the sun”. The strong Canadian dollar also means great value in Greater Fort Lauderdale where shopping, hotels and dining are all very affordable.

It’s easier than ever to get to Fort Lauderdale with new services from Quebec City and frequent flights from Montreal and Toronto. In addition, consider the options from US airports just across the border. These airports are serviced by traditional as well as low cost airlines and the taxes and fees are considerably lower. Plattsburgh is a convenient option for Montreal and Buffalo Niagara and Niagara Falls International Airports for Ontario.

Beyond the beach, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury resorts and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a “beach chic” vibe. Dine al fresco and enjoy lush golf courses and rejuvenating spas. The vibrant Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Fort Lauderdale features a thriving arts and culture scene, hip nightlife, gaming, designer outlet, high end shopping and more. Fort Lauderdale is also your jumping off point for the exotic Everglades.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Trip Showcase
  • Go to Fort Lauderdale with Sunwing Vacations who offer packages that include flights, accommodations at a choice of ten hotels, plus midsized car rental. Sunwing Vacations offer weekly flights from Quebec City, four flights a week from Montreal and three flights a week from Toronto, December through April.

  • Stay at the Hampton Inn Hallandale Beach Aventura, Fort Lauderdale. Step out the front door to find the Village at Gulfstream Park, a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located directly across the street. The Aventura Mall is just minutes away, and it is a short distance to the beaches.

  • Quality at an affordable price is what sets Hampton Inn Hallandale Beach Aventura apart from the rest. You’ll find clean, fresh, comfortable accommodations — complete with coffeemaker, in room mini refrigerator and microwaves, iron and ironing board, data port, free high speed internet and free in-room movie channel. There’s no surcharge for calling cards, and all local calls are free. Also enjoy complimentary hot breakfast buffet and stop by the lounge for coffee, tea, and fruit any time, day or night.

  • Check out for some suggested itineraries – there is so much to do in Fort Lauderdale!

  • Take a water taxi! Step ashore at major destinations along the waterways - more than just a boat ride, an all-day unlimited service pass is $20.

  • There are so many ways to take to the water! Board the Jungle Queen for a world famous BBQ & Shrimp Dinner Cruise, or take a day time fully narrated sightseeing cruise.

  • Visit the Everglades. At Billie Swamp Safari, located on the Big Cypress Reservation, visitors are taken on an in-depth educational viewing tour aboard swamp buggies and airboats. Don’t be surprised if you come across Asian water buffalo, bison, wild hogs, alligators, hawks, eagles or other rare birds.

  • A must-see attraction is the largest butterfly aviary in North America. Butterfly World features six free-flight aviaries with live exotic butterflies and birds from around the world. Visit the 30-foot-high tropical rainforest aviary, with observation decks, waterfalls, ponds, and tunnels where thousands of colourful butterflies flutter about.

  • Soak up some culture as well as the sun in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, located along the city's stunning New River. Downtown Fort Lauderdale offers an array of exciting entertainment options year-round with world-class concerts, events and unique galleries. And don’t miss the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art.

  • And sample the history and culture of Fort Lauderdale at The Bonnet House. This 35-acre estate, nestled between the beach and Intracoastal Waterway, was once home to artists Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett. Learn about Fort Lauderdale history, art, nature and a true love story.






The Chris Robinson Travel Show
Saturday February 25, 2012
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
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