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Tiki Central Forums Tiki Travel Florida recommendations - Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando
Florida recommendations - Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando
Jeff Bannow
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Joined: May 14, 2015
Posts: 280
From: Detroit, MI
Posted: 2015-10-26 11:46 am   Permalink

Planning a 9 day trip in February. Here's what I have so far:

Key West - No tiki that I can find, but some good cocktails at:
The Other Side
The Rum Bar
Key West Rum tour

Fort Lauderdale:
Mai Kai - probably a few times, catch the floor show, dinner, Molokai lounge
Wreck Bar

Orlando:
Polynesian Resort / Grog Grotto
Aku Aku

Anything I'm missing? Any other sights I should hit while in the area?


 
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TikiHardBop
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Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 524
From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2015-10-26 2:33 pm   Permalink

We have some great home bars here on the Space Coast. A side trip over this way may get you a cocktail or two in one of them.

 
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Jeff Bannow
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From: Detroit, MI
Posted: 2015-10-27 10:49 am   Permalink

That would be great! We were thinking about heading over that way as well.

 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2015-10-27 11:29 am   Permalink

I suggest looking at North Beach Village in Fort Lauderdale for a place to stay. Great properly renovated mid-century hotels near the Mai-Kai and ocean and walkable to lots of things like the Gateway Theater. We stayed at The Victoria Park last time and loved it.

For the Mai-Kai, weekends can be pretty busy. Try to get in there on a weeknight to enjoy a quiet Molokai Bar. Make a dinner reservation and tip the Maitre D' for a better seat for the show. The show is a MUST.
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TheParkCollector
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Joined: Sep 06, 2014
Posts: 52
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2016-06-14 8:35 pm   Permalink

Any other cheap places close to Mai-Kai?

 
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rum on the rideau
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Joined: Apr 29, 2016
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From: Ottawa, Ont.
Posted: 2016-06-15 7:56 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-06-14 20:35, TheParkCollector wrote:
Any other cheap places close to Mai-Kai?



Was there in Feb. and we stayed at the Casitas Coral Ridge. NE 32nd St. It's an easy well-lit walk, or stumble distance. Had a 3-day minimum in Feb., however don't see that listed on website. Various rooms with different rates. Not an outstanding place, but clean, quiet and had a kitchenette. There's a mall and a liquor store half way in between.



 
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headpaneer
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Joined: Mar 21, 2014
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From: Surf City, CA
Posted: 2017-01-19 12:06 pm   Permalink

Jeff - did you end up taking this trip? I will be taking my two daughters to south Florida for 5 days and a week in Orlando this summer and curious about your experiences.
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Jeff Bannow
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From: Detroit, MI
Posted: 2017-01-24 05:56 am   Permalink

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On 2017-01-19 12:06, headpaneer wrote:
Jeff - did you end up taking this trip? I will be taking my two daughters to south Florida for 5 days and a week in Orlando this summer and curious about your experiences.




Sure did. Ended up in Fort Lauderdale and the Keys. We didn't find much tiki, other than the amazing Mai Kai, which we spent multiple nights at. In Fort Lauderdale Miami area, we really enjoyed taking the water taxi and wandering around. In Miami, little Havana was fun. Key West is amazing as well - lots to eat and drink, and we enjoyed the art galleries, the Hemingway House, and we took the boat trip out to the Dry Tortugas which was really fun.
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