We used my husband’s hotel points to get ourselves what we thought would be a swanky oceanfront room in FLL. We did not realize that it would be spring break in Florida and that most the hotels were booked solid. So of course the "free" room was the bottom of the barrel. HA HA what were we thinking free and nice, yea right? We wound up in the hotels old building with a dank run-down room, surrounded by spring breakers and complete with prostitutes on the corner. Honestly the whole thing was rather amusing and it was free so we had a nice chuckle. We did have a nice marina view where we could gawk at all the fancy yachts. We also found a really fun bar on the water so we wound up having a pretty fun time holding up in Florida counting the minutes till we could go back to paradise.
We met Stanton Cooper at the airport to pick up our rig for the next 3 weeks. He really hooked us up this time with a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. There was plenty of room, everything worked and it had good tires and a roof rack. It served us very well on our numerous adventures.
We're staying at Caribbean Blue for the first two weeks which is just a few miles from the airport so we made a quick stop by the house, dropped off our luggage, and checked to see what supplies we needed to get through the next couple of days. We grabbed a cooler and rushed out to get the shopping over with. About 90 minutes later and $400 poorer we had a full tank of gas, Island Farms veggies dressing and sauces, enough groceries for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2-3 days and and plenty of beer, wine and liquor.
Spunky Monkey Recipe: Fill a glass with Ice, add one shot dark rum, one shot Ricardo Coconut Rum, and a generous squeeze of lime. Fill with club soda, stir and enjoy.
Liquor Prices: (as best I can remember).
Trivento Malbec, and Malbec Blends from Bristols in Cupids Cay: We found this to be the best wine value, it was around $12 a bottle and drank like a $8-9 bottle in the states. We prefer Bristols by far for wine selection. They also accept credit cards.
Beer: We paid $40 a case for Sands light and $46 for Kalik and Heineken. We prefer Burrows for beer selection and prices.
Liquor: Rum ranged from $10-$15, Jameson 15 year was around $15, and Absolute was around $12. We like to shop around for liquor but when we are in a hurry we always go to Burrows.