Courtyard by Marriott at Dania Beach — Photo courtesy of Stanley T. Bird, Jr.
There is a little secret for outdoor sports enthusiasts, and its's the Courtyard by Marriott Airport Cruise Port in Dania Beach, Florida, just outside Fort Lauderdale.
This comfortable and welcoming hotel is just blocks from I-95, easily accessible from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades and a few miles from downtown and the beaches. But best of all, it's right next door to the sportsman's paradise, Outdoor World's Bass Pro Shop and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).
While South Florida is best known for its beaches, nightlife and glitz and glamour, it is also a haven for those who love the outdoors and outdoor sports. From deep-sea fishing to scouting out the endless Everglades, South Florida is one of America's most famous destinations for outdoor enthusiasts.
So why not combine a comfortable stay at one of the nation's best-known hotel chains with the amazing, easy access to the family-friendly sportsmen shopping paradise?
This newly renovated hotel offers guest rooms with free high-speed internet and large work desks with ergonomic chairs for those who find they must mix work and pleasure. Speaking of work, this is the ideal location for a business meeting or event. Available is 2,478 square feet of space with a maximum occupancy of 100 people. The Courtyard by Marriott Airport Cruise Port also offers complimentary shuttle service to the airport and cruise terminal.
Bass Pro Shops, Outdoor World — Photo courtesy of Stanley T. Bird, Jr.
The nearby outdoor-enthusiast extravaganza known as Outdoor World's Bass Pro Shop is known for being more than just a fishing and hunting store. Here, their many departments offer camping gear, apparel and footwear, boating supplies, Tracker Boats and all things for water sports.
Peruse the store's many gift options from the practical to the humorous, all ideal as a souvenir or a holiday gift. For the avid fisherman, come see the 30,000-gallon aquarium, which is stocked with all kinds of native fish from Large Mouth Bass to Fresh Water Eels. And don't forget to stop in at the arcade and shooting gallery.
Fisherman of every age and experience will marvel at the extensive multimedia displays, which include an amazing virtual fishing exhibit that allows guests to "reel in" tarpon, sailfish and marlin. This is also an educational center and includes the IGFA School of Sport Fishing, field trips and even a fishing day camp and an interesting collection of fishing equipment dating from the 19th century. You'll also discover a well-stocked gift shop and library, and there's also a great café.
What's more, just steps north of the hotel is the convenient Tri-Rail station. You can arrive here via Amtrack from anywhere in the country, or take advantage of the Tri-Rail system, which goes south to Miami or north to West Palm Beach. This is ideal for the visitor, as it can save on figuring out the highway system and add a pleasant experience for the entire family.
The Courtyard by Marriott Airport Cruise Port in Dania Beach, Florida, is simply the finest hotel for those arriving to enjoy the many outdoor options.