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Fort Lauderdale at sunset. Credit: Visit Florida

Where to stay:

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, located in Hollywood, is an outstanding luxury hotel with a relaxed ambiance; suites have panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Double rooms from $189 a night (diplomatresort.com).

Where to eat:

Hollywood Prime is an outrageously good steakhouse (hollywoodprime.com) while S3 Restaurant does a fabulous brunch (s3restaurant.com). You can get just about anything in the Grand Lux Cafe at Sawgrass Mills and the Key Lime pie has to be tasted to be believed. Ask for several spoons (grandluxcafe.com).

Where to shop:

Sawgrass Mills is home to an extraordinary variety of outlet stores, where you can pick up some brilliant designer bargains, and there’s plenty of classic American stores too. You may need to bring an extra suitcase.

Getting there:

For more information on holidays to Greater Fort Lauderdale, visit sunny.org. Find out more about Hollywood at visithollywoodfl.org. Airboat rides at Sawgrass Recreation Park can be booked at evergladestours.com. Virgin Holidays Cruises offer Fort Lauderdale stay and Caribbean cruise holidays. See virginholidayscruises.co.uk for more information.