When designer Keith De La Torre wants the ultimate staycation, he rounds up his kids and husband and takes their pontoon boat on a cruise anywhere from the Fort Lauderdale canals to South Florida’s offshore sandbars. “We bring lots of cold beverages and gourmet snacks,” he says. “And we have a grill, so we can barbecue off the back of the boat. It’s so relaxing; it’s just a beautiful place to explore.”
Venice of America. Boating Capital of the U.S. With its 300 miles of navigable canals, Greater Fort Lauderdale can rightly lay claim to both oft-heard titles. As a result of all those carefully planned man-made waterways—not to mention the plentiful sun, proximity to the Caribbean, and abundant salt- and freshwater fishing—the city is a boat lovers’ paradise.
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