11 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Serenade of the Seas from Fort Lauderdale, Florida Willemstad, Curacao, Colorful Buildings
The 11 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida visits Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Colón, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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11 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Serenade of the Seas
Day 1 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Day 2 - 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Day 5 - Colón, Panama
Day 6 - Cartagena, Colombia
Day 7 - 8 - Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 9 - Willemstad, Curacao
Day 10 - 11 - Cruising
Day 12 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Willemstad, Curacao, Colorful Buildings
Colorful buildings along the coast of Willemstad, Curacao
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11 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise

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Leaving from
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Onboard
Serenade of the Seas
Day Port
1
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Departs at 4:00 PM
2 - 3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5
Colón, Panama
From 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6
Cartagena, Colombia
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7 - 8
Oranjestad, Aruba
From Day 7, 4:30 PM - Day 8, 6:00 PM
9
Willemstad, Curacao
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10 - 11
Cruising
Day at sea
12
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Arrives at 7:00 AM
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Your ship Serenade of the Seas

Your ship
Serenade of the Seas
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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Ship, Side View, European and Caribbean Destinations
Side View of Serenade of the Seas Cruise Visiting Bermuda, Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia
Get to know
Serenade of the Seas
From poolside movie nights and jaw dropping entertainment, to game changing flavors prepared to please your palate, all paths lead to discovery onboard Serenade of the Seas®.

BANISH BOREDOM FOR GOOD

Panoramic vistas aren't all you'll find on this ship. Get active on the Rock Climbing Wall or with a game of mini golf. Head to Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center to break a sweat or indulge in some "me time." And a giant poolside movie screen means plenty of opportunities to unwind outside.

NEXT LEVEL NOSHING

Craving something delicious? You've come to the right place. Serenade of the Seas® is brimming with far out flavors, like tantalizing Tuscan fare at Giovanni's Table, steaks seared to perfection at Chop's Grille℠ and five-courses of incredible at Chef's Table. For the perfect glass of wine, Vintages has your back.

PEAK PERFORMANCES

As the day winds down, the night heats up with dazzling productions by world-class performers. Whether it's all the hits from Broadway and the Big Screen in Stage to Screen, or remixed classics in Vibeology, you're definitely in for a show.

Day 1: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Day 1
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Waterway
Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Things to do in
Fort Lauderdale
Departs at 4:00 PM
Fort Lauderdale delivers the best of both worlds— beach basking and glitzy cosmopolitan appeal. From serene Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to the buzzing Boardwalk of Hollywood (that’s Florida, not California), there’s a stretch of sand for every style of beachgoer. And jumbo yachts roam more than 300 miles of waterways in this “Venice of America.” Hitch a ride on the free Water Taxi or cruise on the Jungle Queen Riverboat before or after your Fort Lauderdale cruise. Head to the historic Stranahan House for a glimpse into Fort Lauderdale’s history and be sure to hit its modern-day backyard: the people-watching mecca of Las Olas Boulevard.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Riverwalk High Rise
High rise building on Riverwalk, Fort Lauderdale

STREET SCENE

Las Olas Boulevard, nestled next door to downtown, is the entertainment core of Fort Lauderdale. It has a mile of upscale shops and al fresco dining that runs past high-rises and into the RiverWalk, where you can catch the free water trolley for a cruise across mega-mansion-lined canals.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, A1A aerial
Bird's eye view of A1A and adjacent beach

VITAMIN SEA

Soak up the sun, sand and seaside fun along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Walk along the palm-lined “Strip” on State Road A1A to get your fill of beach bars, souvenir shops and outdoor restaurants. Fort Lauderdale cruises allow you to go full throttle on a Jet Ski®— or go parasailing high above the ocean.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Everglades Bird Close Up
Close up of bird at the Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

GLADES OF GLORY

Head west and explore the Florida Everglades, an untamed river of grass spanning 2,200 acres of picturesque wetlands. Whether you take a wild ride in an airboat or splash around in a swamp buggy, you’ll encounter wild alligators and native birds thriving among Florida’s finest natural landscapes.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Fresh Seafood Platter
Family style fresh seafood platter in Fort Lauderdale

LOCAL CUISINE

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic Fort Lauderdale dining experience than eating fresh-off-the-boat seafood in a waterfront eatery. Local “Floribbean” cuisine melds Caribbean and Latin-influenced flavors with locally caught fish, shrimp and crab. Surf-and-turf joints line every inch of A1A along the beach, while white tablecloths drape the majority of Las Olas sidewalk restaurants.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Beachwear hats shop
Tourist shop with hats and beachwear in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

SHOPPING

Pick up beachwear at The Gallery at Beach Place, or find rare books and handmade hats on Hollywood Boulevard. Dania’s Antique Row is home to some 100 dealers, while art galleries and unusual boutiques line Las Olas Boulevard. For serious bargains, head to the Sawgrass Mills outlet sprawl.

Day 2 - 3: Cruising

Day 2 - 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Woman Putting with her Family
Family Playing Mini Golf Onboard

Mini Golf

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Kids Climbing up the Rock Wall
Kids Climbing on the Rock Wall Staring at the Ultimate Abyss

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 4: Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Day 4
Puerto Limon
Costa Rica
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Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Two Islands
Two islands in front of the port of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Things to do in
Puerto Limon
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Come to Puerto Limon ready to meet a raw and beautiful side unlike any other in Costa Rica. Go off-road and through prehistoric forests in places like the famous Veragua Rainforest Park. Jump onboard a Costa Rica cruise and glide on a canoe over the Tortuguero Canal, meet wild creatures at the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, or get in some of the region's best surfing at the Salsa Brava reef break, just an hour's drive south of the port.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Three Toed Sloth
Three-toed sloth animal climbing plant in the jungle of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Swept Away

Fly over trees on an aerial tram, zip-line through the tropical forest or spot three-toed sloths as you hike at the Veragua Rainforest Park, a 3,212-acre nature reserve with views of the remote Talamanca Range. Then head to the biological exhibit for a glimpse of the wildlife researchers as they study the creatures and vegetation that inhabit this land.
Insider tip
Visit the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about the entity's efforts to protect local wild animals.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Manzanillo Beach
Wild Caribbean beach of Manzanillo near Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Get Salty

Costa Rica's beaches are known for their unspoiled beauty, and the ones in the province of Limon are especially popular for their Caribbean vibe. Relax in the white sand and warm waters at Playa Bonita, Playa Blanca or Puerto Viejo. Pick up souvenirs at the stalls set up by the water, sip on a fresh coconut, stroll by the shore as you take in the palm-fringed coast.
Insider tip
Stop by the Ethno Historic Museum for a look into the region's past.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Tortuguero National Park
Plants of the rainforest, as seen from a boat in the canals of Tortuguero National Park in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Into the Wild

Limon is home to several outdoor attractions, including nature thrills like river rafting and zip-lining. If you're a nature fan looking for a more contemplative outing, then head to the Tortuguero Canal, where you can paddle among water lilies, orchids and sea turtles. Have your camera ready to catch the sloths dangling from the trees, the iguanas jumping into the water and the tropical birds overhead.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Tostones
Tostones or patacones, fried green plantain slices, typical in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Local Cuisine

Taste your way through Puerto Limon and enjoy the mealnge of Spanish and Afro-Caribbean flavors. Cruise to Puerto Limon and try the distinctive dish rondon, a hearty, ginger-spiced stew of coconut milk, yams and seafood, typically fresh white fish and crab. Or sip on an agua de sapo (ginger lemonade) and snack on patacones (fried plantains) and chicharrones, slices of deep-fried pork belly brightened up with a pinch of lime.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Clay Vase
Artisan earthware clay vase, pottery for sale in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Shopping

Puerto Limon's shopping experience is as laidback as its beachy mood. Stop by casual Mercado Municipal for leatherware, ceramics, pottery and wood carvings, or go to shoreside shops in beaches like Playa Bonita for ocean-inspired souvenirs during your Costa Rica cruise.

Day 5: Colón, Panama

Day 5
Colón
Panama
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Colon, Panama Sloth Hanging On Tree
Wild two-toed sloth hanging on tree in Colon Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Things to do in
Colón
From 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Home to the Panama Canal's Atlantic Ocean entryway, Colón is the second-largest city in Panama. Start your adventure at the Gatun locks, where you can watch ships being raised by water lifts to the higher elevation of the canal. Then, visit the Portobelo Natural Park and take in the beauty of its 16th century forts. Or head to the beach at Playa Maria Chiquita for clear Caribbean Sea waters and white sands. Cruise to Colón, Panama and check out Portobelo National Park, where you can see 17th-century Fort San Lorenzo or go bird-watching along the Achiote Trail in San Lorenzo Protected Forest. Or take the one-hour trek to Panama City, the Caribbean's urban heartbeat.
Colon, Panama Canal
The second lock of the Panama canal from the Pacific ocean

Lock in the Wonder

Experience the Panama Canal in all its engineered glory as you witness ships being lifted in the Gatun locks to enter Gatun Lake. Ships then traverse through the lake and exit the canal on the Pacific Ocean side, going down again in the Miraflores locks.
Insider tip
Take a road trip on the Caribbean coast and find hidden beach villages, like Costa Arriba, along the way.
Colon, Panama, San Lorenzo Fort
The San Lorenzo fortifications in Portobelo National Park in Colon, Panama

Naturally Fortified

Head to the Portobelo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and find yourself surrounded by historic fortifications like the ruins of San Lorenzo Castle and Fort. Don't miss San Lorenzo Protected Forest, which houses many hiking trails and marine flora and fauna, like mangroves and sea turtles.
Insider tip
If you have the time, head to the Embera communities by canoe for a look into the lives of the indigenous peoples still living there.
Colon, Panama Cathedral
The Panama Cathedral in Colon

The Beat of the City

Drive for just an hour and find arguably the most visually appealing city in Central America: metropolitan Panama City. Cruise to Colón and walk by impressive skyscrapers like the Vitri Tower, feed your artistic side with a visit to BioMuseo museum, and shop for souvenirs in the historic streets of Panama Viejo.
Colon, Panama Empanadas
Young woman holding in hands wicker basket with freshly baked empanadas

Local Cuisine

Seafood in its many forms is the staple cuisine of Colón. Sample shrimp and coconut rice or white fish ceviche marinated in lime and habanero. Not feeling like fish? Seek out golden-brown empanadas stuffed with meat and cheese or sancocho, a hearty chicken stew with corn, squash and herbs. Finish your meal with raspados, the local dessert of grated ice sweetened with condensed milk.
Colon, Panama Hats
Panama Hats sold in Colon, Panama

Shopping

The Colón Free Zone is one of the biggest duty-free markets in the world. Head here to find wholesale stores selling everything from clothes to shoes and jewelry during your Colón cruise. If you're heading to Panama City, don't miss out on the shopping there. Shops like Karavan, Beermarkt and Papiro y Yo selling indigenous art, local beer and the ever-popular Panama hats.

Day 6: Cartagena, Colombia

Day 6
Cartagena
Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia, Playa Blanca
Beautiful turquoise water at Playa Blanca near Cartagena, Colombia
Things to do in
Cartagena
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cartagena de Indias boasts romantic colonial architecture and a Caribbean coast glittering in shades of bright white and aquamarine. Saunter through the leafy Plaza de Bolivar, photographing multicolored streets like Calle Segunda de Badillo. Cruise to Cartagena to dance to the beat of merengue, salsa and Colombia's very own cumbia at places like Bazurto Social Club. Discover Proclamation Square, where the town people gathered in 1811 in support of the declaration of independence from Spain, and walk the 16th-century fortifications of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Enjoy Cartagena's natural grandeur on its many beaches, like Bocagrande, Playa Blanca and placid Rosario Islands National Park, just 45 minutes away from the city.
Cartagena, Colombia, Street view
Buildings with balconies lining a street in Cartagena, Colombia

Walk This Way

Get to know Cartagena by foot with any of the many walking tours available and learn about the city's history and charm while discovering every colonial nook. Visit the Palace of the Inquisition, the San Felipe de Barajas Castle and the chocolate or emerald museums. Only a walk will allow you the time and space to see them.
Insider tip
Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote extensively about Cartagena. Bring with you some of his quotes and try to find the spots he wrote so passionately about.
Cartagena, Colombia, Isla de Rosario
Small boats anchored close to shore at Islas de Roasario, Colombia

Soothing Shores

Get to Bocagrande and see a Colombian version of a Miami strip, clad with trendy shops and stylish sky-rises. Or head to Playa Blanca or Rosario Islands for clear waters and blinding bright sand and be lulled by the gentle waves.
Insider tip
Take a short cooking class and learn some Colombian recipes you can take home with you.
Cartagena, Colombia, Market
An outdoor market under a covered walkway in Cartagena, Colombia

Market Finds

To get a real local experience head to the bustling Mercado de Bazurto, where you can find fresh local fruits like Mamey, Cherimoya and Lulo or have a plate full of seafood — try the popular crab rice — for less than $5.
Cartagena, Colombia, Arepas rellenas
Two arepas rellenas filled with shredded beef

Local Cuisine

Cartagena proudly serves some of the best seafood in the country. Caribbean and Latin American flavors blend in dishes like ceviche, arepas rellenas (corn pancakes filled with meat) and pandebono (cheese bread). Don't miss Mila Pasteleria and Gelateria Paradiso for local sweets like coconut cake layered with dulce de leche and gelato made with mamey, a local fruit with a creamy texture and sweet pumpkin-like flavor.
Cartagena, Colombia, Traditional hats for sale
Traditional hats for sale in Cartagena, Colombia

Shopping

Walk to Casa Chiqui, This is Cartagena or Abaco Libreria and Cafe for local books, crafts and coffee. Cruise to Cartagena and stroll the Mercado for trinkets like traditional Colombian hats. If you're looking for jewelry, Cartagena is one of the world's largest producers of emeralds. Go to Lucy Jewelry to find your very own precious stone.

Day 7 - 8: Oranjestad, Aruba

Day 7 - 8
Oranjestad
Aruba
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Oranjestad, Aruba, Divi divi tree caesalpinia coriaria sunset
Divi-divi tree at sunset on Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Things to do in
Oranjestad
From Day 7, 4:30 PM - Day 8, 6:00 PM
Welcome to Aruba— or as the locals say, Bon bini. Here Dutch traditions mix with island charm. The capital and port town of Oranjestad, is best known for its colorful Dutch Colonial ‘gingerbread’ houses painted in bright Caribbean hues. While Aruba is only 20 miles from tip to tip, it is packed with incredible contrasts. Cruise to Aruba and go from relaxing in a tropical paradise to trekking rugged desert in no time. The southern coast is one giant photo op— a bustling port town surrounded by powdery white beaches and crystal-clear aquamarine waters. To the north, waves crash onto a rocky coast, scattered with cliffs, cacti and divi-divi trees. Best of all, you don’t have to choose which spots to hit— just which to hit first.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Arikok National Park conchi natural pool rock wall
Rocky and volcanic stone circles of the Natural Pool, "Conchi,", Oranjestad, Aruba

ROADS LESS TRAVELED

Buckle up for an off-road 4X4 ride through the rough and rugged Aruba Arikok National Park. Along the way, you’ll spot the local plants and wildlife of the craggy but beautiful coastline on your way to Conchi, a natural pool created by the ocean’s relentless crashing waves.
Insider tip
Free trolleys run in a loop from the port to the downtown area.
Oranjestad, Aruba, California lighthouse
Sunny day at the California Lighthouse in Hudishibana, Oranjestad, Aruba

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

Perched on the northwestern tip of the island, you can climb to the top of the recently renovated California Lighthouse for panoramic views of the crashing waves of the windward coast. From 100 feet up, you can even see the tranquil waters of the leeward shore.
Insider tip
Locals love lunch, so this is when you’ll find great specials.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Arikok National Park Beach
Rocky shore at Boca Prins Beach, Arikok National Park, Oranjestad, Aruba

SEA FLOOR EXPLORING

The water off Aruba is teeming with marine life and you can see it all up close by riding in a high-tech submarine 150 feet below the sea. As you explore in comfort during your Aruba cruise, you'll pass schools of tropical fish, huge sponge gardens, colorful coral reefs, wreck sites and even scuba divers.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Pumpkin Soup
A bowl of pumpkin soup

LOCAL CUISINE

Taste your way through the multicultural heritage of the island. Sample Argentine meat dishes, Venezuelan empanadas and arepas, and nutty Dutch cheeses. Or for something a little more Caribbean, try a hearty pumpkin soup or gumbo with some pan bati— a pancake made from wheat and corn flour.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Colorful Shops
Closeup of colorful Dutch architecture, Oranjestad, Aruba

SHOPPING

The three-story Royal Plaza Mall and Renaissance Mall offer incredible duty-free deals, all within easy walking distance of the port. Here you can snag luxury designer jewelry and watches, but also pick up traditional Dutch items like Delft (blue and white) pottery and locally made aloe products.

Day 9: Willemstad, Curacao

Day 9
Willemstad
Curacao
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Willemstad, Curacao Nature Ocean Mountain Island
Where the land divides along the sea forming a nice beach below the town of Willemstad, Curacao
Things to do in
Willemstad
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Curaçao is a treasure trove of cultural attractions, rich history, and natural scenery — from desert landscapes and rugged cliffs to 38 spectacular, and mostly secluded, beaches. Sint Anna Bay separates the two sides of the capital of Willemstad. Punda, the original settlement, is a tidy grid filled with shops and unique markets, restaurants and open-air cafes. Not to mention the famous tropicalized Dutch architecture in vibrant hues. Otrobanda (literally, “the other side”) is a maze of narrow streets and even narrower alleyways. And at only 40 miles long, a wide variety of island adventures are within easy reach during your Curaçao cruise.
Willemstad, Curacao Waves Crashing Shete Boka Park
Waves crashing on the coast of the Shete Boka Park in Willemstad, Curacao

STOP FOR A PHOTO OP

Take a scenic ride through Shete Boka Park for three incredible sites— the Boka Tabla, where waves break so high against a rocky inlet they look like a geyser; the Boka Pistol, where giant waves make a thunderous sound as they crash into an underground cavern; and the natural bridge which the ocean has carved out of the rock.
Insider tip
Be sure to catch the swinging Queen Emma Bridge in action from the deck during sailaway.
Willemstad, Curacao Christoffel National Park Hiking
Hiking through the Christoffel National Park with a view of a nature landscape with the ocean in the distance

TAKE A HIKE

Head to the 4,450-acre wildlife preserve, Christoffel Park National Curaçao, to spend the day immersed in unspoiled nature. Hike or bike any of eight trails and get to know the indigenous flora and fauna— like white-tailed deer, barn owls, blue iguanas, and rare wild orchids.
Insider tip
The tap water is safe to drink and refreshingly good thanks to the seawater distillery.
Willemstad, Curacao Hato Caves Underground Nature
An underground cave known as Hato Caves in Willemstad, Curacao

HISTORY AND MYSTERY

Discover stalagmites, stalactites, unique species and local lore inside the Hato Caves. These ancient limestone caverns are filled with pools, waterfalls, and 1,500-year-old cave paintings. Cruise to Curaçao and cross the mystical underground lake before entering two large caverns lined with ancient Arawak petroglyphs.
Willemstad, Curacao, Peanut Soup
Two bowls of peanut soup

Local Cuisine

For a taste of the real Curacao, explore the capital and stop at local eateries like Plaza Bieu, Trio Penotti or La Boheme. At spots like these, you'll find a storm of local flavors reflective of the cultural mix. Try kabritu, curried goat stew, or ayaka, meat-filled tamales wrapped in banana leaves. Or savor African peanut soup with bananas.
Willemstad, Curacao, Dresses at market
An assortment of dresses for sale at a market

Shopping

Walk by multicolored storefronts filled with local arts and crafts in the Punda and Otrobanda districts. Or venture into the New Market, a place to find handicrafts from Curacao, like the quintessential Dutch clogs, and souvenirs like hammocks from neighboring islands.

Day 10 - 11: Cruising

Day 10 - 11
Cruising
At Sea
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Focaccia della Casa - Giovanni's Table
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.
FOR FOODIES
Salad - Chops Grille
Salad served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. Best cruise vacation restaurant dining served table side.

Chops Grille

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.
Antipasti Appetizer Giovannis Table
Italian salami, prosciutto, roasted peppers, olives & Gambonzola cheese. Best cruise dining at Giovanni's Table restaurant.

Giovanni's Table

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

Day 12: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Day 12
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
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Things to do in
Fort Lauderdale
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Fort Lauderdale delivers the best of both worlds— beach basking and glitzy cosmopolitan appeal. From serene Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to the buzzing Boardwalk of Hollywood (that’s Florida, not California), there’s a stretch of sand for every style of beachgoer. And jumbo yachts roam more than 300 miles of waterways in this “Venice of America.” Hitch a ride on the free Water Taxi or cruise on the Jungle Queen Riverboat before or after your Fort Lauderdale cruise. Head to the historic Stranahan House for a glimpse into Fort Lauderdale’s history and be sure to hit its modern-day backyard: the people-watching mecca of Las Olas Boulevard.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Riverwalk High Rise
High rise building on Riverwalk, Fort Lauderdale

STREET SCENE

Las Olas Boulevard, nestled next door to downtown, is the entertainment core of Fort Lauderdale. It has a mile of upscale shops and al fresco dining that runs past high-rises and into the RiverWalk, where you can catch the free water trolley for a cruise across mega-mansion-lined canals.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, A1A aerial
Bird's eye view of A1A and adjacent beach

VITAMIN SEA

Soak up the sun, sand and seaside fun along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Walk along the palm-lined “Strip” on State Road A1A to get your fill of beach bars, souvenir shops and outdoor restaurants. Fort Lauderdale cruises allow you to go full throttle on a Jet Ski®— or go parasailing high above the ocean.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Everglades Bird Close Up
Close up of bird at the Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

GLADES OF GLORY

Head west and explore the Florida Everglades, an untamed river of grass spanning 2,200 acres of picturesque wetlands. Whether you take a wild ride in an airboat or splash around in a swamp buggy, you’ll encounter wild alligators and native birds thriving among Florida’s finest natural landscapes.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Fresh Seafood Platter
Family style fresh seafood platter in Fort Lauderdale

LOCAL CUISINE

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic Fort Lauderdale dining experience than eating fresh-off-the-boat seafood in a waterfront eatery. Local “Floribbean” cuisine melds Caribbean and Latin-influenced flavors with locally caught fish, shrimp and crab. Surf-and-turf joints line every inch of A1A along the beach, while white tablecloths drape the majority of Las Olas sidewalk restaurants.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Beachwear hats shop
Tourist shop with hats and beachwear in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

SHOPPING

Pick up beachwear at The Gallery at Beach Place, or find rare books and handmade hats on Hollywood Boulevard. Dania’s Antique Row is home to some 100 dealers, while art galleries and unusual boutiques line Las Olas Boulevard. For serious bargains, head to the Sawgrass Mills outlet sprawl.

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