During a recent trip to South Florida, I stayed at one of the best bargains around: the Motel 6 in Dania Beach (825 E Dania Beach Blvd, Dania, FL, 33004, 954-921-5505). Located on Dania Beach Blvd between Highway 1 and the A1A, it is ideally situated between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, allowing you to experience the best of what those two cities have to offer, without all the traffic and expense. South Beach is only a 20-30 minute drive; Fort Lauderdale is a bit less.
The hotel was clean, manned with friendly staff, and peacefully set in the midst of a beautiful natural area abundant in mangrove trees and Australian pines, but the best thing was the price. For two people booking over the Internet, their weeknight rate was only $50.39 per night with $5.54 tax, making the total for a two night stay of $111.86 during the low season. That would just cover the cost of a valet in South Beach! (almost). Wi-Fi cards are available at a rate of $2.99 per 24-hour period.
The Hollywood Beach Boardwalk and John U. Lloyd Nature Center were only a short jaunt down the road, as was the Dania Beach Pier, where pelicans and fishermen compete for assorted ocean delicacies.
Meanwhile, back at the hotel, the swimming pool was heating up so much, it was beginning to look like a scene from Big Brother: Prague...
And lastly, be sure to check out the back fence in the evening and early morning hours. In addition to the obligatory raccoons, there are a few African green monkeys hanging out back there! No one's sure if they were laboratory escapees or extras from an old Tarzan movie, but they're a sight not to be missed!
Speaking of animals, you don't have to leave yours at home. Pets are invited (technically one per room) at no additional fee.
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