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Tortuga how-to's

How to Tortuga

This is the inaugural Tortuga Music Festival, so we're all learning the logistics together this weekend for what we hope is many years of concerts on Fort Lauderdale beach. Here are some things to know before you go:

Where it's at

The Tortuga Music Festival has three stages, along with the tented Conservation Village, set up on the sand at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (formerly South Beach Park), north of the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. Gates are open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

What it costs

Single-day tickets for Saturday or Sunday cost $99; two-day passes cost $149, with VIP packages also available. They can be purchased at or at BC Surf and Sport (1701 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale) and Uncle Sam's Music (1141 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Kids 10 and younger get in free.

Where to park

Driving onto Fort Lauderdale beach is highly discouraged, with bus and water-taxi shuttles running from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. each day your best bet. Tortuga-designated, shuttle-serviced parking can be found in downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Galleria on Sunrise Boulevard. Downtown's City Park Garage (150 SE Second St.) charges $5. The bus and water taxi from Riverwalk (at Northwest First Avenue) costs $10 roundtrip. Galleria parking (water taxi only) costs $6 before 5 p.m. and $8 after. Water taxi costs $10 roundtrip. Two-day roundtrip shuttle passes cost $15. There will be secure bicycle parking at D.C. Alexander Park, up the beach just south of Southeast Fifth Street.

Where to anchor

Offshore anchoring is not allowed at the festival site, where sensitive reefs are located. Organizers say the area will be routinely patrolled during the weekend.

What to bring

No seats will be available, so a low-rise beach chair is fine. Small, hand-held umbrellas are, too. You can bring cash, but many concessions will accept credit cards, and they'll have ATMs onsite. You also can bring a sealed water bottle (one liter per person) and one empty container up to two liters, which can be filled onsite. Strollers or a small wagon for the kids is fine. Coolers are not cool. No outside food or drink (aside from the water). Leave your pet at home, too.


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