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Fort Lauderdale Photo Album I


Here are some photos which may entice those who have never been to Fort Lauderdale to come for a visit, or perhaps remind those who already visit of good times. Like Montreal, Fort Lauderdale is a large cosmopolitan city. It is not merely a resort town, nor merely a retirement community, nor merely a gay travel destination, but Fort Lauderdale is a major, exciting, productive city which offers all these attractions and more. Like all cities, it has many parts, but those of interest to a tourist are limited and few; you can visit three areas of Fort Lauderdale and be quite happy: the beach from Las Olas to Sunrise, Las Olas Boulevard from River Place to 1600 East, and Wilton Drive (the center of the Gay Village and Wilton Manors), from 16th Street to 26th Street. Downtown is only ten minutes from the airport along an attractive, new highway lined with palm trees and flowers and very new buildings. It is a very pleasant approach to the city.


Fort Lauderdale is a very new city; the oldest house in town, the Stranahan House downtown, was built in 1901. Not many people lived here until the late 1950s when air conditioning made it practical, and then jet planes brought people to enjoy the warmth. So almost everything in Fort Lauderdale is very new and fresh. The climate is warm all year long and you can swim in the ocean every day of the year. During the winter the temperatures are usually in the 70s and in the summers in the upper 80s. You can count on good weather all year long and count on getting a tan if you would like one.


FORT LAUDERDALE PHOTO ALBUM I is centered on the beach and boats. The beach here is light tan fine sand and is 18 miles long, the entire length of the city. It is all public; no one is allowed to own any part of the beach. You can find stretches of the beach which are almost deserted, and you can find areas with lots of people - you choose. Young people generally choose the area around Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, so if you like to watch or participate with young people, that is the place to go. Families spread out to the north, gays congregate at St. Sebastian Beach and the 19th Street Beach. Everything of interest is on the N.E. side of the city. There is also a large legal nude beach, actually Haulover State Park, south of Fort Lauderdale for those interested. Sitting at an outdoor cafe near Las Olas and Ocean Blvd. and watching cute boys walk by with low slung shorts and bare chests is

a popular activity for many guests.


Across from the beach at Las Olas Boulevard and for about six blocks north are cafes, bars, shops, and hotels of various kinds. The largest is Beach Place, which has a high-rise hotel on top of five floors of bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, etc. The viewing across the road to the beach from Hooters or Lulu's is very fine. The bus which runs along the beach is #11 and costs $1. The water taxi which has a stop behind Beach Place and then runs all over town via the intracoastal and the various rivers in town is $5.00 per day for all you care to ride.


Shopping and eating in Fort Lauderdale are among the best in the U.S. Ethnic restaurants of high quality and every kind can be found. And of course for evening entertainment, Fort Lauderdale is the second most popular gay destination in the world, behind only San Francisco. There are many, many gay bars and restaurants and stores and coffee shops and dance venues and stripper bars. There are six male stripper bars: Boardwalk, Johnny's, Dudes, Trixie's (in Hollywood), Cupid's Cabaret (in Palm Beach 20 miles north), and Cupid's Cabaret (in Miami 20 miles south). At the first four, tips are $1 each.


River Place is an area in the center of downtown along the river which has been revitalized and built up as an entertainment and dining complex. You can walk all along a wide red brick path by the river past restaurants, shops, the science museum, and the Broward Center for the Arts with two superb theaters for concerts, plays, and ballets. There is always something going on along the river. You may want to plan a winter vacation here; day and night activities are abundant.



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