Nearby Attractions

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is a seaside village located on a barrier island just east of Fort Lauderdale. If you’re looking for a quiet and relaxing vacation, this is the place for you.

One of this beach village´s most enticing attractions is the three tier natural coral reef system. The reef is one of Florida´s only coral reef systems close enough to shore for visitors to swim out for snorkeling or diving. The beautiful underwater sights consist of gorgeous multicolored corals and a wide variety of aquatic wildlife that will thrill your senses! See fish of all sizes, watch eels slither through coral caves, and experience it all in the wild (not through the glass of an aquarium tank).

After spending a relaxing day on the beach, take a stroll to the pier and enjoy a quality meal at one of the many nearby restaurants.

When planning your getaway, be sure to plan a trip that encompasses at least one Friday. Why? Because every Friday, Lauderdale by the Sea blocks off the main street of the town, builds a stage, and brings live music performers in to enthrall your senses. Show off your tan and join the crowd who comes out to enjoy weekly live music before heading back to your Gold Crown resort and resting up for another day of fun.


Fort Lauderdale is known for its expansive and intricate canal system and is known as the “Venice of America”. This American version of an Italian city got its name from Major William Lauderdale, the commanding officer in charge of building a series of forts in Florida during the Second Seminole War.

Located in the South Florida metropolitan area (23 miles north of Miami), Fort Lauderdale is a popular tourist destination as well as a great place to live. Home to over 42,000 resident yachts and 100 marinas and boatyards, Fort Lauderdale is one of the largest major yachting centers of the south. Boat owners and non-boat owners alike can enjoy the many opportunities a yacht center has to offer. Couples frequently rent yachts for romantic private getaways and eligible bachelors host classy yacht parties nightly. Also, the waters of Fort Lauderdale provide valuable fishing opportunities offshore and out in the deep sea.

Even if you don´t partake in the boating scene, the city and its surrounding area contain over 4,100 restaurants and more than 120 nightclubs. Between the shopping and beach opportunities during the day and the dining and nightlife options during the evening, Fort Lauderdale never witnesses a dull moment.