A Local’s Travel Guide To South Florida

“If it’s tourist season why can’t we shoot ’em?” – Unknown

When I travel, I try my best to travel like a local. I like to eat at the cool local dives and go to places suggested by the locals rather than the sponsored suggestions on Yelp and Travelocity.  I live in a very touristy place, close to some major tourist attractions.  Being a tourist is not typically my cup of tea, but when I have out of town visitors staying with me, I feel almost obligated to take them to the tourist attractions (along with cool local places, of course!)

This past week, my good friend from Kindergarten (yes…15 years later and we are still BFFs) came to visit me in South Florida for the first time.  She flew in for just a week so we packed a lot into a little bit of time.

I took her to my favorite beaches, parks, and restaurants.  I figure that while I still have a decent list made, it would be good to share some of the best places to visit in South Florida from the beach to the Everglades (plus, we took so many cute pictures that I just have to share!)

FOOD

Graziano’s Market Weston

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We got tequeños and lots of empanadas (beef. spicy beef, spinach, 3 cheese, and chicken)

The Alchemist

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All of the coffee is roasted in-house

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The ice cubes are made of coffee!

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*TEA

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The Four Cheese Pizza was soooo good!

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The Grove Coffee House

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Primanti Brothers

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The Pitts-burger

La Granja

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Frutas Naturales

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New York Grilled Cheese

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Flanigan’s

Riverside Market

Anthony’s Runway 84

Boatyard

Laspadas

Jaxon’s Ice Cream Parlor

Lester’s Diner

Ally’s Comfort Cafe

Beaches/Parks

Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park(formerly John U. Lloyd)

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This beautiful beach is almost ALWAYS empty even though parking is only $4 for the day!!

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I am cocoNUTS…lol

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We made friends with an old guy who asked if we needed a picture taken since his mom used to be a photographer and she taught him how to take pictures and every single one came out blurry

Everglades Holiday Park

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Waiting for our early morning airboat ride

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1 of 2 gators that we saw on our ride

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Markham Park (Nature trail/Levee)

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Natalie and Wax

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I told him to smile and he said that it was too sunny so he couldn’t smile and gave me this lovely face. Ugh boys…

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I brought my fanny pack and doggy bottle because we were “park hopping” and I needed to bring the essentials for little Wax…I am so incredibly awkward, but I’m just keeping it real.

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Deerfield Beach

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What can I say…my boyfriend is a ladies man.

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The result of trying to take a “group picture” on the beach at night

Fort Lauderdale Beach (at Sunrise and A1A)

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My sister and boyfriend being crabs in the ocean

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My sister is always ready for a picture with the love of her life (my man)

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

Vista View

Volunteer Park

Peanut Island

Shopping

Galleria Mall

Broward Mall

Sawgrass Mills Mall

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I hope this helps.  If you are planning on visiting me (hint, hint out-of-town family) or just visiting Fort Lauderdale/South Florida, let me know and I can tell you more information about these places or other places from a “local’s” perspective!

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PS: a few of these locations were not places that we were able to visit this past week but I wanted to include them because they are some of my favorites!

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