just so you know: most of pompano sucks. theres a beautiful houstons on atlantic blvd and the intracoastal but just about everything east of that to I-95 is a disaster.
Skip pompano. Skip most of deerfield too. mostly retirement communities and shitty shopping centers. deerfield beach is really tacky but there is a nice pier there if you like to fish.
skip coral springs - nothing for you to see there.
skip margate, miramar, tamarac, weston, pembroke pines, cooper city, plantation - see above.
sunrise is pretty worthless - with 2 notable exceptions: sawgrass mills (one of the world's largest outlet malls and a lot of fun) and National car rental center (which actually was recently renamed). ncr center is nhl florida panthers and good concerts. cool arena too.
downtown hollywood is kind of funky but small.
downtown fort lauderdale is excellent - terrific improvements over the years - its really a good time - bars, cool stores, great restaursnts, a museum at one end a beach at the other. spend almost all your time there between the Broward Center for the Perfmorning Arts and BeachPlace. Everything in between is good stuff and its not small - several miles long. Consider biking it if you want a good ride. or just walk.
area around fll executive airport is not that much fun. about 2 miles from my high school - pine crest school on NE62nd street/cypress creek road. there are some shopping centers and business parks. thats about it. regal on cypress and andrews is a nice movie theatre should it rain or something.
go check out my hometown - boca raton. id say for the number of people who live in her borders its possibly the most beautiful city in the country. women there don't hurt either.
what else - skip just about all of dade county other than:
- miami beach below 30th street
- central coconut grove. youll see when you get there. its excellent.
- coral gables. a little too pristine - but worth a look. this is the center of miami cuban wealth and its a beautiful city. check out the biltmore, miracle mile, etc...
-some people like little havana/calle ocho. i don't suggest it. kind of rundown and cliquey. theres a few good cuban restaurnats though.
-brickel avenue is also a little boring - nice office towers.
-downtown miami is not yet a destination. they're working on that - come back in 5 years.
-key biscayne is good for beaches and tennis and golf- not a whole lot more unless you can afford a beautiful condo.
-south miami is worth a look if you got time - see sunset place and downtown south miami
skip kendal, cutler ridge, airport west, etc...
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