Florida's Gold Coast spans the southeastern portion of the state from the vibrant city of Miami, to the diverse Fort Lauderdale. It is aptly named, considering it is particularly popular with wealthy Floridians and visitors alike, but has plenty to offer every kind of tourist.
The Gold Coast is famous for its fine dining and boutique shopping. It is well known as a place where celebrities come to shop, relax and even purchase homes. Restaurants offer unique menus with an emphasis on quality seafood and ethnic specialties. Stores feature one of a kind, handcrafted items, upscale clothing and accessories. Each city has something unique for visitors to enjoy, but both maintain a trendy and positive atmosphere.
The city of Miami is a beautiful destination inspired by numerous cultural influences. Its beaches are some of the most popular in the world, but the city itself has a lot to tempt visitors from the sand. The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts is a classic theater showcasing drama, music and comedy, and plays host to the annual Miami Film Festival. The design district highlights local designers, artists and furniture makers, and is a wonderful place to take a stroll.
While Fort Lauderdale also has incredible beaches, its true draw is its diverse population and city life. While it has been known as a party city for college students in the past, its image has changed significantly. With numerous chic options for dining and entertainment, families and business travelers alike will enjoy this upbeat city. The Intercoastal Waterway is a must see, with intricate canals and dramatic views.
Great family vacations can be had in either city. The Miami Zoo is famous for its wide selection of animals and natural habitats. Warm weather makes for excellent conditions to view many exotic species. The Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale invites children to explore different continents, go back in time or fly a simulated airplane.
The beaches of the Gold Coast are clean, the water is typically warm, and many different water activities are available. For the adventurous, jet skiing, windsurfing or boating might be appealing. For those who enjoy a more leisurely pace, strolling down the beach and watching the people go by can be just as pleasurable. Hotels along the Gold Coast are plentiful, whether a downtown or beachfront location is desired.