- Pristine beaches
- Luxury accommodation
- Art and museums
- Water activities
The diverse range of beaches on the Gold Coast is exceptional; the shaded and peaceful beach at Dania is ideal to watch the sun disappear into the ocean. Fort Lauderdale’s blue flag beach welcomes children in its clean environment, and calm warm waters. Palm Beach is an exclusive retreat on the Gold Coast with a celebrity following and trendy cocktail bars. Cocoa Beach offers a livelier atmosphere with its many gift shops, bars and restaurants. All the beaches on the Gold Coast are situated on the Atlantic Ocean, characterised by its sizeable waves that attracts a formidable surfing community and culture.
Things to do
The beaches of the Gold Coast are a huge attraction of the region, but looking beyond the crystal waters you will find a host of fun activities. Shopping is a fundamental part of Floridian culture; grab yourself a bargain at the discount outlets in Sawgrass Mills, or for designer labels, Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue is one of the most iconic places in Florida. Other attractions include the art and antique district in Dania, and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale.
Widely renowned as the wealthiest region in Florida, there is no surprise that the Gold Coast is home to a considerable quantity of breathtaking resorts and luxury hotels that sit beside the lavish holiday homes of the elite travellers. Palm Beach is arguably the most desirable location and oozes wealth from its 5 star Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Or for an exclusive resort at Daytona Beach the Plaza Resort and Spa delivers in exceptional facilities, and the perfect setting facing the ocean.
Restaurants & Nightlife
Restaurant and bars can be found alongside all of the beach resorts and cities, and vary considerably in terms of exclusiveness and types of cuisine. In general the Gold Coast welcomes casual attire, but when visiting Palm Beach there is a more formal dress code for the majority of hotel cocktail bars, and high end restaurants. Fort Lauderdale has an appetising selection of restaurants on the beach, or visit a nightclub in Palm Beach and mingle with celebrities.
The coastal cities of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton offer so much more than just their glorious beaches and beautiful weather. Fort Lauderdale has a heritage of arts and culture, intertwined with authentic gondola rides over its canals. In contrast Boca Raton comprises of spacious green parks, an array of swanky resorts, and upmarket hotels. A holiday to the Gold Coast is not complete without an adventure into the Big Cypress Swamp, especially those travelling with children; an area of protected land boasting natural beauty and a wealth of wildlife.
- Airports include Miami International and Fort Lauderdale International
- Flight time is approximately 11 hours from the UK
- There is a big Hispanic community on the Gold Coast