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112 For Love Birds Who Flock to the Beach: Basking in the glow of an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation and located on 500 feet of private beachfront in Fort Lauderdale, Pelican Grand Beach Resort by Nobel House is the perfect romantic getaway. Splurge on a couples massage at the new Scandinavian-inspired PURE Spa ; then spend the day floating along the resort’s lazy river. Tempt the taste buds at OCEAN2000 where Executive Chef Michael Bloise hosts a monthly full-moon dining experience overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Details: Overnight rates from $170, pelicanbeach.com, @pelicangrand For the Nautically Inclined Yacht Enthusiasts: Boatyard , a reincarnated version of the former Bimini Boatyard, exudes Fort Lauderdale’s sophisticated yachting culture. Led by The Restaurant People, the same group behind local hot spots like YOLO, S3, Vibe Las Olas and Fork & Balls, the waterfront restaurant features a seafoodcentric menu with daily catch specials from local fisherman and a raw bar that will make your mouth water. The Details: boatyard.restaurant, @boatyard_ftl get outta town get outta town get outta town get outta town get outta town get outta town Sunshine City No longer taking a back seat to the glitz and glamour of South Beach, Fort Lauderdale and nearby Hollywood are home to a whole new collection of trendy hot spots. By Kara Franker For Late-Night Revelers: For a beach-meets-chic vibe, W Fort Lauderdale offers a haute nightlife scene where you can drink and dine without ever having to leave the hotel. Snap a selfie next to the neon jellyfish tank at Stephen Starr’s STEAK 954 . Then sip on colorful libations with a water view at Living Room . The property tapped New York City-based designer Meyer Davis to completely redesign the lobby with expected completion in late 2016. The Details: Overnight rates from $219, wfortlauderdalehotel.com, @wftlauderdale For Prohibition-Era Rum Runners: More than just a speakeasy-style watering hole, Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits is an oceanfront restaurant, bar and market all rolled into one. Located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale , the restaurant is named after the burlock bag that sea captain and smuggler Bill McCoy invented to transport his rum safely overseas during Prohibition. Try chef Gavin Pera’s fish ’n’ chips lightly misted with housemade vinegar, and sip on a handcrafted cocktail like The Moonshine State or Bill’s Spirit. The Details: Overnight rates from $299, ritzcarlton.com, @ritzcarlton

Sunshine City

Kara Franker

No longer taking a back seat to the glitz and glamour of South Beach, Fort Lauderdale and nearby Hollywood are home to a whole new collection of trendy hot spots.

For Love Birds Who Flock to the Beach: Basking in the glow of an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation and located on 500 feet of private beachfront in Fort Lauderdale, Pelican Grand Beach Resort by Nobel House is the perfect romantic getaway. Splurge on a couples massage at the new Scandinavian-inspired PURE Spa; then spend the day floating along the resort’s lazy river. Tempt the taste buds at OCEAN2000 where Executive Chef Michael Bloise hosts a monthly full-moon dining experience overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The Details: Overnight rates from $170, pelicanbeach.com, @pelicangrand

For the Nautically Inclined Yacht Enthusiasts: Boatyard, a reincarnated version of the former Bimini Boatyard, exudes Fort Lauderdale’s sophisticated yachting culture. Led by The Restaurant People, the same group behind local hot spots like YOLO, S3, Vibe Las Olas and Fork & Balls, the waterfront restaurant features a seafoodcentric menu with daily catch specials from local fisherman and a raw bar that will make your mouth water.

The Details: boatyard.restaurant, @boatyard_ftl

For Late-Night Revelers: For a beach-meets-chic vibe, W Fort Lauderdale offers a haute nightlife scene where you can drink and dine without ever having to leave the hotel. Snap a selfie next to the neon jellyfish tank at Stephen Starr’s STEAK 954. Then sip on colorful libations with a water view at Living Room. The property tapped New York City-based designer Meyer Davis to completely redesign the lobby with expected completion in late 2016.

The Details: Overnight rates from $219, wfortlauderdalehotel.com, @wftlauderdale

For Prohibition-Era Rum Runners: More than just a speakeasystyle watering hole, Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits is an oceanfront restaurant, bar and market all rolled into one. Located at The Ritz- Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, the restaurant is named after the burlock bag that sea captain and smuggler Bill McCoy invented to transport his rum safely overseas during Prohibition. Try chef Gavin Pera’s fish ’n’ chips lightly misted with housemade vinegar, and sip on a handcrafted cocktail like The Moonshine State or Bill’s Spirit.

The Details: Overnight rates from $299, ritzcarlton.com, @ritzcarlton

For Parrotheads and Their Chicklets: The funky and fun Hollywood Broadwalk is home to a new 349-room resort inspired by the tropical lifestyle that Jimmy Buffett has been singing about since the ’60s. The brand-new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort features eight restaurants and bars, three pools, a full service St. Somewhere Spa and a double surf wave rider.

The Details: Overnight rates from $215, margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com, @mville_hbr

For Poker Players and Sushi Addicts: Go all in at one of the 40 poker tables at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. After a game of No Limit Texas Hold’em or Seven- Card Stud, dine at the hotel’s new Japanese restaurant, Kuro, led by a protege of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

The Details: Overnight rates from $288, seminolehardrockhollywood.com, @hardrockholly

For Artisan-Obsessed Foodies: Situated in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee Village, a handful of artisan eateries will satisfy your every craving from pizza and tacos to burgers and beer. FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen contender Executive Chef Bret Hauser serves up wood-fired pizza and homemade pasta at the newly-opened Pizzacraft. Head upstairs for craft cocktails at Apothecary 330; shoot tequila and try the handmade tortillas at Tacocraft; and head to ROK:BRGR for a burger you won’t soon forget. All of the above, plus the popular Himmarshee Public House, are located within walking distance of one another.

The Details: owntownhimmarshee.com

For the Trendy Cocktail Crowd: Hospitality and entertainment impresario Sam Nazarian, famous for his sbe-branded outposts in places like South Beach and Beverly Hills, recently opened Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails in Hallandale Beach. Nosh on Executive Chef Danny Elmaleh’s cross-cultural cuisine like wasabi tuna tartare and drink in the panoramic ocean views as you sip on fancy libations.

The Details: sbe.com, @hydehallandale

For Those Who Love Nostalgic Charm: A stunning example of vintage MiMo architecture, Gale Boutique Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach is the perfect spot to prop up for a beach vacation. The historic property opened as the Escape Hotel in 1948 and is scheduled to re-emerge as the Gale later this year. Offering views of idyllic North Beach Village, the rooftop bar is sure to be a popular gathering place for the young and hip crowd.

The Details: Rates are not yet available for this property; however the South Beach location’s overnight rates start at $143, overgalefll.com, @gale_fll

For Wine Aficionados With an Italian Twist: Featuring cuisine centered on Italy’s Naples and Salerno region, Cibo Wine Bar’s Fort Lauderdale outpost is already becoming as popular as the Miami locations. Watch while a “wine angel” soars above the bar and retrieves the perfect vintage from 2,500 bottles to match your authentic Italian eats.

The Details: cibowinebar.com, @cibo_winebar

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