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New water taxi service lets you cruise South Florida's coast

Anne Geggis, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Travel News

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--A new water taxi service will allow you to sightsee from the mansions in Lighthouse Point to the condo canyons of Hallandale Beach.

But be prepared for a leisurely tour -- between transfers and wait times, it will take you a full day to do so, the service operators say.

The Pompano Beach Water Taxi will open to the public Dec. 13, offering an hourlong cruise with 11 stops from Lighthouse Point to Bokampers in Fort Lauderdale. Day-trippers and pub crawlers can keep heading south by transferring to the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, which makes six stops in an hour before arriving at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina.

Want to go further? You can go six more stops down Fort Lauderdale's New River, or take the 45-minute "Margaritaville Express" that ends up in Hollywood. From there, take another boat for another 45-minute cruise to Hallandale Beach.

The trip from Pompano Beach to Hallandale Beach will cost you $46.

"It's such a gorgeous way to see properties and it gives people a feel for the lifestyle this area has to offer," said Bobbi Ocean, a Fort Lauderdale real estate agent who frequently takes clients on the water taxi service. "You don't realize how much water there is (from a car) and you can see everything from the boutique condos to the multimillion-dollar homes."

 

Water taxis are more like ferries or shuttles. You can get off and on at any stop you like, without paying again.

The new north service will allow cruisers to see sprawling Spanish-revival style mansions and the Hillsboro Inlet.

Jeff Torode, who owns the Pompano water taxi service, said he is planning special runs that emphasize the historic spots along the way.

Three stops are listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places: Cap's Place Island Restaurant, built in 1928 and Lighthouse Point's oldest structure; the Hillsboro Lighthouse, and the Indian Mound Park in Pompano, preserved as one of the few remaining vestiges of the Tequesta tribe that once lived in the area.

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