Tiki Bar and Infinity Pool in Hollywood Beach Close to Fort Lauderdale
Despite its glitzy name, Hollywood, Florida, is a relatively laid-back city—especially compared to the tourist-heavy powerhouses of Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach, which are right nearby. Hollywood has its own beach boardwalk, just steps from the Intercoastal Waterway. Crowne Plaza Hotel - Hollywood Beach Resort is a mile from this boardwalk. It's also just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Discovery & Science, which boasts an Atlantic coral-reef exhibit and a five-story IMAX 3D theater. Where Fort Lauderdale is a bit more family-friendly, south Miami Beach is lined with raucous waterfront nightclubs. It’s less than a half-hour drive south of the resort.
Outside the resort, palm trees surround a massive infinity-edge swimming pool. White beach umbrellas shade alfresco tables, where you can sip an exotic cocktail from the thatch-roofed Lava Tiki Bar. Elements Bistro offers a more upscale atmosphere for a drink, with an extensive wine list, fresh seafood, and sweeping views of the Intercoastal Waterway.
After a day spent lounging on the beach or shopping at the high-end fashion boutiques of [Aventura Mall]http://www.aventuramall.com/), you can watch the sun set from the private balcony of your guest room.
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 alongside the Atlantic Ocean for 2.5 miles, attracting joggers, bicyclists, and shoppers. To get to the boardwalk from the hotel, hop aboard the old-timey trolley that makes runs to the beach Wednesday–Sunday. 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 pick up from the hotel and 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.
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