Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, located in Florida, USA, is a very lively city and a water paradise (known as the undisputed capital of water sports in the USA, an unmissable fair for water sports enthusiasts is held there in October of each year) that deserves to be known.

The city takes its name from a series of forts built by the American army and from the name of Major William Lauderdale between 1835 and 1840 who built the first fort on the New River.

The city is nicknamed the “Venice of America”, you can take boat taxis that run through the center.

A pleasant, original and relaxing opportunity to explore the city.

The city’s population has increased in recent years thanks to the visits of tourists coming from Canada and Northeastern America to escape the cold season, they are known by Snowbirds .

Being an island city, its first attraction should be its immense beaches, splendid with incredible sand and its pleasant and sunny climate.

During the month of April each year, a renowned Air show takes place above the beaches and attracts the best aerobatic teams from all over the world.

Fort Lauderdale is a city where entertainment is provided throughout the day but also on evenings during the summer months, almost all the time! Shopping streets and canals, fashion boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops often in high demand, art galleries and museums and their original exhibitions are all attractions in this small Florida town.

The winter season offers a choice of ballets, operas, musicals and concerts.

Visit this renowned place and experience the 37 km of Grand Fort Lauderdale beaches lined with promenades and explore a destination that offers luxury hotels, world-class restaurants, nightlife, an impressive art scene, craft breweries, shops and the famous Everglades at its door.

Don’t forget to take a cruise along the “Venice of America” and get lost in the botanical gardens with their lush tropical plants and native fauna.

Fort Myers

Fort Myers is a city located in southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. The region offers a multitude of tourist attractions, parks and botanical gardens as well as a summary of paradisiacal beaches more than 80 km long but also historic houses and cultural sites.

Fort Myers is a true haven of peace and serenity. This region and its archipelago are characterized by lush vegetation and are a perfect dream destination!

If you are staying in Fort Myers, it will be important to visit the surrounding islands and towns. The most famous islands in the region are Captiva and Sanibel, known for:

  •  Their beaches,
  • The abundance of shellfish,
  • Seafood products

And for the Darling National Wildlife Refuge: which occupies a large part of the island. This park is home to about 200 species of birds, wildlife, some of which are critically endangered, and exotic plant species.

Visit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum located in Sanibel Captiva Rd. which is a museum dedicated to all aspects of shellfish, including palaeontological and archaeological aspects of conchology and malacology, which presents shellfish from the region but also collections from around the world. Barbara Sumwalt’s museum on Useppa Island is the best place to learn about the history of the region’s first inhabitants; the Calusa Indians. Indian ceremonies and burials still take place in the region despite the extinction of this tribe.

  • There are other islands in the region that are worth being visited as;
  • The island of Gasparilla in Boca Grande which is the favourite refuge of the “rich and famous”.
  • Pine Island, discovered by Ponce de Leon in the past,
  • Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor,
  • and Estero Island, which is home to Fort Myers Beach,

The Fort Myers region and its archipelago includes about twenty natural parks in which ecotourism and outdoor activities (kayaking, hiking, wildlife observation sessions, etc.) are developed. Every year, giant sea turtles come to the region’s beaches to lay their eggs. And at sea, it is the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins that dive to the delight of cruise passengers.

Visiting Fort Myers and its region is a relaxing experience of exploration and adventure!

Miami

Miami is a coastal city in the United States, a world-class financial and cultural centre located in southeast Florida. It is the headquarters of Miami-Dade County and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Its inhabitants are called the Miamians.

A city of leisure and entertainment, Miamie is also a world-renowned seaside resort that is part of a string of resorts from Key West. Its tourist port is the leading cruise ship port, with a third of the world’s fleet.

Latin American culture is well established in this city ( the air of salsa, the smell of the Cuban popular dish, the smell of frijoles negros). Miami is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Although destinations are often known to offer something for everyone, the Miami region offers multiple incentives for everyone:

  • South Beach’s trendy nightlife, enhanced by the beauty of the Art Deco district.
  • The excitement of Calle Ocho and the highly caffeinated energy of Little Havana.
  • Miami Beach and the historic Coral Gables refuges.
  • Seemingly endless shopping possibilities in modern and sprawling shopping malls, the personal and silent attention of Coconut Grove’s family shops and many other corners of the region.
  • Deep-sea fishing, golf and tennis lures.
  • Miami major league football, basketball, hockey and baseball.
  • Boat shows and motor races.
  • Art festivals and outdoor extravagances.
  • An international airport and the busiest cruise port in the world, and many other surprises are waiting for you.

South of Miami, Coral Gables, an exotic place with romantic stone bridges and waterfalls, is located for lovers of Latin American culture. Graceful Spanish colonial-style houses line of winding streets.

This incredibly festive city, especially design and trendy, is always at the forefront of artistic trends. Every year in December, a contemporary art fair entitled “Art Basel” is held to bring together some 250 prestigious galleries from all over the world and attracts more than 50,000 visitors. Two other major events are held in Miami: Spa Month and the Spice Restaurant Program

Art is omnipresent in Miami (the rest of the year). Art galleries, specialized museums (MoCA), design hotels, major shows (Miami Symphony Orchestra, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Alvin Alley Dance Company), and some neighbourhoods (Design District, Wynwood District known for its graffiti).

  • The Bass Museum of Art (known in particular for its works by very promising contemporary photographers);
  • The South Beach (SoBe) and Ocean Driv area, very pleasant with its lively cafés all day long, its clubs and bars that stay open all night.
  • The must-see Wolfsonian Museum is the city’s Art Deco Museum.

Collins Avenue (along the Golden Mile of Miami Beach) is worth a walk. Sunny Isles and Haulover Park are also places to visit, with luxury hotels and many attractions.

 

If you want to windsurf and sail, head for Key Biscayne Island, which also has very lively marinas and magnificent beaches along the turquoise waters of the Atlantic. Every year in January, the ING Marathon is also held there, attracting 22,000 runners.

Another key activity to do in Miami is shopping, which is done in the old quarter of Coconut Grove (an area to visit with its many bungalows and Mediterranean-style estate dating back to the 20th century) and in Bayside.

 

The region on its southern tip, at Homestead, became agricultural. There are two extraordinary national parks at the gateway: Biscayne National Park, which can only be reached by boat, and Everglades Park, unique for its subtle beauty.

In Miami, there are many activities for children dedicated to them:

  • Miami Children’s Museum,
  • Monkey Jungle,
  • Jungle Island,
  • Miami Seaquarium,
  • Miami Metrozoo and many others.