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Las Olas Boulevard
By Nicholas Jurkowski

Ft. Lauderdale is one of the best destinations in Florida, whether your purpose be pleasure, business, or “other.” It bills itself as “The Venice of America,” and though there aren’t that many canals, the moniker is still, in my opinion, well earned. There are countless reasons to come to Fort Lauderdale, whether for the clubs, shopping, restaurants, beaches, diving opportunities, wet tee-shirt/banana eating contests, or just out and out relaxing. With so many possibilities for entertainment and good times, it is quite difficult to narrow it down to one featured attraction. However, if you really want to get the gist of Ft. Lauderdale, I recommend heading to Las Olas Boulevard.

Las Olas Boulevard will give you a good survey of the nature of Ft. Lauderdale. Upscale shops, countless restaurants, and a whole slough of boutiques are everywhere, all being frequented by the sculpted and bronzed beautiful people of Southern Florida. Las Olas Boulevard (from about Andrews Avenue to Himarshee Canal) is really the hub of Fort Lauderdale’s consumer culture (and what a culture it is!). It’s a little bit pricey, but honestly not as bad as you will find in Miami or South Beach. Whatever your pleasure, you will find it on Las Olas Boulevard. Shop at places like Maus and Hoffman for top brand names – and then have it gift-wrapped in genuine sheets of uncut one and two dollar bills (a service they recently started offering, I suppose to combat any gossip implying that they weren’t already at the cutting edge of indulgence). Then there are the restaurants…countless eateries that offer whatever you might be feeling like. Mango’s is my favorite – as much for the nightly live music as for the food (though the food is fantastic as well). There are over 20 restaurants and bars on the boulevard, and it certainly pays to explore.

Las Olas Boulevard is a quintessential South Florida experience, and as such, matches perfectly with the quintessential South Florida vehicle: the stretch limo. Millenium Limo offers an unmatched selection of limousines and luxury vehicle for your perusal and driving pleasure. It is notoriously difficult to find parking on the boulevard, so why bother? Hop in a Millenium limo and start enjoying Ft. Lauderdale today!

Nick Jurkowski is a senior editor for The essays above can be found on his night life blog, The Urban Adventure Blog, which is updated daily.

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