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Exploring Fort Lauderdale

There's plenty to see and do in and around the beautiful Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.

Harbor Beach
BACK TO THE BEACH The Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will be the site of OR Excellence for the third time in 10 years.

We're heading back to the beach to celebrate our 10th anniversary! And when you check out this ORXtraordinary resort, you'll know why we're excited to return to the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa for the third time. From relaxing by the pool to exploring everything southeastern Florida has to offer, the Marriott and Fort Lauderdale truly have something for everyone. Here are 9 cool places to see and things to do during your stay:

1. Location, location, location

There's a reason Bill Marriott chooses this resort for his annual holiday. Tropical tranquility, well-appointed and recently updated guest rooms, gorgeous ocean and beach vistas. and easy access to many unique attractions make this property a jewel of the Marriott portfolio. Plus, Fort Lauderdale's airport (FLL) is only 5 miles away and offers nonstop service to 140 U.S. cities and Canada, so getting here is a snap.

2. Restaurants to totally dine for

You'll make your Instagram and social media fans drool when you post from some of the best dining spots in the area. Savor delicious cuisine and enjoy tropical drinks at one of the many restaurants and bars the resort has to offer. From 3030 Ocean, a favorite Fort Lauderdale Beach seafood restaurant, to Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, your options are many, varied and all delicious.

3. Get your chill on

With a view of the ocean, an outdoor pool and a private beach, this resort is pure relaxation. Dive into the tropical lagoon pool and chill under swaying palm trees while enjoying the beautiful Florida weather. The resort's pool is the perfect compliment to the Marriott's beach, which stretches out for a quarter-mile of private, white-sand bliss.

4. Relax, you've got this

Treat yourself to a pampering massage or salt scrub, or take a dive in the private spa pool at the Marriott's full-service spa. From facials and hair treatments, to manicures and massages, tranquility and rejuvenation are just a few steps away.

5. Feeling butterflies?

Visit the world's largest butterfly park, home to more than 20,000 live butterflies from all over the globe! You'll enjoy the sights and sounds of hundreds of exotic birds in the 6 free-flight aviaries, and even hand-feed the lorikeets. This is a wonderful adventure with not only beautiful flying friends, but also waterfalls, botanical gardens, passion vines and roses living in this natural habitat.

6. Explore nature on top of the water

Just 22 miles from the Marriott, you can take a tour of the Everglades on an airboat and experience alligators, birds and turtles close up. You'll be able to explore nature's River of Grass on an eco-adventure tour or on a small private airboat. Experienced tour guides will teach you all about the wonders of this unique ecosystem and the native and exotic wildlife that inhabit it.

7. Or below the surface

Enjoy diving? The American Dream II (a USCG-certified 46-foot, custom-built dive vessel) is docked near Port Everglades and has the best diving South Florida has to offer. Perfect for drift diving, wreck diving and lobstering, this vessel includes freshwater hot showers, 2 large ladders (with water-level entry) and a camera table. The ship is both roomy and comfortable, boasting more than 400 square feet of deck space, complete with upper-level seating. Don't miss out on diving the warm, clear waters of South Florida aboard this beautiful boat.

8. Or is dry land more your thing?

Looking for something geared more toward indoor adventure? Take in one or more of Fort Lauderdale's world-class museums and historical venues, featuring collections of African-American and Native American heritage and art, antique cars, space exhibits, and even a museum dedicated to Olympic swimming legends. Go back in time and immerse yourself in these historical sites.

9. Flex your plastic

Take a ride out to the Galleria Mall, only 2 miles from the Marriott, or explore Las Olas Boulevard and exercise your shopping muscles! The Galleria is Ft. Lauderdale's most fashionable address with sophisticated stores and amazing restaurants and Las Olas is full of specialty boutiques and delicious dining options.

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