Lauderdale by the Sea
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Staying at the Holiday Inn for two nights. (See my review)
The south part of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is situated between Fort Lauderdale and Sea Ranch Lakes, while the north half borders Pompano Beach. The town is on land that is essentially a long narrow island separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal waterway (spanned by drawbridges), stretching approximately one-half dozen city blocks to the Atlantic Ocean. The town is centered on the junction of State Road A1A and Commercial Boulevard. The main industry is tourism; the town has many hotels, motels, and residences used especially during the winter by visitors. At the ocean end of Commercial Boulevard is a long wooden fishing pier.
SR A1A is heavily associated with Florida beach culture and is known for its lush subtropical scenery and ocean vistas.
Two miles of A1A were used as part of the legendary Daytona Beach Road Course. A1A also has been a backbone of Florida Spring Break, serving as "the strip" in both Fort Lauderdale, a popular spring break destination in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, as well as Daytona Beach, which became a popular destination for college spring breakers in the 80s through the present.
SR A1A begins as a 2 lane, then 4 lane route along the Straits of Florida. Running along the south shore of Key West, SR A1A is the southernmost numbered highway in the lower 48 states. The portion in Monroe County is secretly known as US A1A. Next, it passes East Martello Tower and Key West International Airport. SR A1A curves to the north to end at U.S. Route 1 (SR 5), after intersecting with SR 5A. SR A1A ends, but begins again at I-395 and US 1 in Miami.