Hotel at a Glance: Universal Palms Hotel
It’s hard not to automatically go into “vacation mode” upon walking onto the grounds of Universal Palms Hotel. The family-friendly hotel emanates a distinctly tropical vibe, brimming with an abundance of palm trees, tiki huts, and waterfall accents that boost the desire for a margarita by at least 50%. There’s even an outdoor aviary filled with live parrots. And the inside is just as worthy of attention as the exterior, featuring crystal chandeliers in an immaculate lobby.Take a dip in the pool before nabbing one of the comfy recliners shaded by the surrounding palm foliage. Play a round of putt putt with the kiddos or by yourself at the on-site mini-golf course, which brims with meticulously landscaped Florida plant life. Where you’ll stay: When you’re not enjoying your guest room’s premium cable channels or high-speed WiFi, you can soak up prime views of the pool, the courtyard, or the city itself. Spread out in style by opting for one of the uniquely decorated courtyard suites, which up the hospitality factor even further with two separate rooms, a kitchenette, and full-fledged dining room table. Stay fit and healthy by taking advantage of the hotel’s on-site fitness center. Fit in some fishing: The hotel is only 3 miles from Anglin’s Fishing Pier, the longest pier in South Florida. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Sunny Beaches, Canals, and Nightlife
Fort Lauderdale has been called the “Venice of America,” thanks to the intricate canal system that crisscrosses town. These waterways buoy the city’s yachting scene—100 area marinas and boatyards house some 42,000 pleasure crafts. You can hop onto a water taxi to cruise to cultural, historical, and retail destinations, or spend the day sprawled out on a stretch of the city’s 23 miles of beaches. At night, venture to the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, where you’ll find theaters, museums, and restaurants along the New River.
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