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Best place to hang out in South Florida 2017: Park and Ocean


Park and Ocean, 1399 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-357-2606;

A friend said it best, and with the best intentions: “It’s like you’re not even in Fort Lauderdale.” Nestled among a shady arc of sea grape trees, Park and Ocean is a thoughtfully curated bar and restaurant with an eco-friendly adventurousness (you can rent paddleboards and kayaks here) and a youthful entrepreneurial spirit that, indeed, feels like a favorite college-town hangout. Of course, there’s the added bonus of having tunnel access to a beckoning white-sand beach.

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