VENUE AND LOCAL INFORMATION
The 11th International Coral Reef Symposium will take place July 7-11, 2008 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA.
Booking In Advance
Please be advised that the 11th ICRS meeting is only 3 days after the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 4. This long holiday weekend is a very busy travel time for many people in the United States and is typically one of the busiest weeks for airlines and beach hotels. Especially for International travelers, if you want to arrive early into the United States for any field trips or leisure travel, we highly recommend that you book your airline and hotel reservations as soon as possible.
Getting to Ft. Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (code FLL) is approximately 25 miles north of Miami International Airport (code MIA). Both are international airports, with MIA servicing more international flights. Palm Beach International Airport (code PBI) also has an international airport that is relatively smaller but may be of interest. The airport is approximately 45 miles north of FLL.
Google "MIA to FLL transportation" for other opportunities.
Symposium Hotel Area
Much information about the Symposium Hotel area can be found by clicking the Travel and Accomodations navigation button on the left side of the page.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center covers an impressive 17 acres in Port Everglades, the world's second largest cruise-port. By design, the 600,000 square-foot Convention Center is the Sunshine State's most attractive and functional state-of-the-art meeting facility. The center is bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway, Southeast 17th Street Causeway and Eisenhower Boulevard.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is located within the Port Everglades area which has restricted access. Due to Federal security requirements, you must show your government-issued picture identification (ID) -- PASSPORT or DRIVER'S LICENSE -- at all security checkpoints to gain access to the Convention Center area of the Port of Fort Lauderdale.
IMPORTANT: Your International Coral Reef Symposium name badge is not sufficient ID for entry to the Convention Center area of the port.
Modes of Transportation
Activities in Ft. Lauderdale
While in Fort Lauderdale be sure to find some time to enjoy the attractions of the city and beaches. For more information on activities, restaurants, beaches and shopping, visit the official website of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.sunny.org. See the links below for more information.
GENERAL LOCAL INFORMATION
NEARBY RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS
There are many restaurants and services (banks, ATMs, drug store, liquor store, spa, post office, supermarkets, Office Depot) within walking/hiking distance of the Convention Center. This area extends from Portside Center and, across from the Convention Center, the Quay Plaza and west up 17th Street to Southport Center and South Harbor Plaza and further west up to Cordova Road and the Harbor Shops.
Restaurants worth driving (or water taxiing) to:
Shuck N Dive (Cajun, Louisiana cuisine), 650 N Federal Highway, Victoria Park Shops, FtL