We’re back! We had a ton of fun on our spring break trip to Florida, and it wouldn’t be a real trip if I didn’t recap it for you guys, right? Okay, I’m glad we’re on the same page.
I was inspired by Lauren to pack everything in a carry on suitcase, so for space purposes I decided to leave my DSLR at home. So all these photos are from my phone, and if you follow me on Instagram there will be some repeats (but some new ones too!)
If you’ll recall from my post about Brian’s first flight in October, Brian and I had never flown together until this trip. I hadn’t flown since I was a teenager, and it was pretty fun to do it together. As you can see below, Brian really likes to fly. And we kicked off our vacay the right way- with margaritas at the poolside bar right after checking in.
We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott at Fort Lauderdale Beach, and while the room itself was really nice, the view was the best part. It was so cool to just be able to look out on the bright blue ocean and the intercoastal waterway and see all the boats. The weather was warm but a little windy and overcast some days, but our room was so nice that we didn’t mind lounging in there and reading. And we were right across the beach, which was awesome when you wanted to get your toes in the sand but not necessarily spend all day there.
We spent most of our trip just relaxing and hanging out around the hotel or the beach in front of our hotel. The hotel had a really nice pool deck and a poolside bar that was elevated above the sidewalk. There was a little coffee shop a block away, and I got in the lovely habit of getting iced coffee in the afternoon and reading on the pooldeck.
And of course, eating was a highlight of our vacation. Jess was nice enough to recommend Coconuts, which happened to be literally across the street from our hotel! It was a really pretty setting and we both enjoyed what we got (I got lobster mac and cheese!) We also liked Casablanca Cafe , Primanti Brothers, which we walked to, and we ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company on our last night which was underneath the hotel.
On Wednesday we decided to do some sightseeing. We paid $20 each to ride the water taxi, and we were so glad we did. It takes you all the way to downtown Fort Lauderdale and Las Olas Boulevard, and you get a little tour on the way! We got to see a bunch of celebrities’ mansions and their yachts, and then walked around downtown for awhile in the afternoon. It was really fun! We stopped for lunch at 15th Street Fisheries, which wound up being our favorite meal of the trip. And Brian of course enjoyed the many lizard and iguana sightings.
We had so much fun exploring, that on Thursday we decided to go for a run and check out more of the canals on foot. It’s a really beautiful area!
If you made it this far, thanks for following along! Have you ever been to Florida? We went to Orlando when I was in 5th grade, so this was my second trip, and I definitely want to explore more of the state after this trip!
And I gotta give a shout out to my grandma who gave us the use of her Marriott points as a wedding gift! It was really nice to be able to spread out a wedding present a year and half after the fact. We had a blast! Thanks Grandma Jane!