Hotel with a free shuttle to Fort Lauderdale’s airport and cruise terminal, plus free deluxe breakfast and an outdoor pool
Hotel at a Glance: Quality Inn & Suites Airport/Cruise Port South
Whether travelers are vacationing in South Florida or headed to the Caribbean, the Quality Inn & Suites Airport/Cruise Port South is a convenient choice. Its free shuttle takes guests from Fort Lauderdale’s airport to the hotel or to the Port Everglades cruise terminal and, for an additional fee, to the Port of Miami cruise terminal. Cruise-goers can contact the hotel for packages with extended parking.
- Free hot breakfast comes with options such as waffles, eggs, and fresh fruit.
- Best way to relax: Swimming in the outdoor pool, which is surrounded by a deck with lounge chairs and palm trees.
- Cheers!: Sip a refreshing drink from the poolside bar.
- What’s nearby: The hotel is within walking distance of several stores and restaurants.
Hollywood, Florida: Quiet Coastal Town with Beachfront Boardwalk
Hollywood is situated just a few miles south of Fort Lauderdale and about a half-hour drive north of Miami, but it’s quite a bit more relaxed than both. The town’s beach boardwalk—named one of the country’s best by Travel + Leisure—stretches along the Atlantic Ocean for 2.5 miles, attracting joggers, bicyclists, and shoppers. To get to the boardwalk from downtown, hop aboard the old-timey trolley that makes runs to the beach. Other Hollywood attractions include the Anne Kolb Nature Center, a 1,500-acre wetland where you can kayak through tidal channels or take walking trails through red-mangrove forests.
The tempo picks up in neighboring Fort Lauderdale, a city famous for its beaches and boats. During the day, water taxis cruise the Intracoastal Waterway, offering up-close views of waterfront mansions and anchored yachts. At night, hit up the upscale bars and restaurants on Las Olas Boulevard.