Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pelican Landing at Pier 66: Mega yachts, mega view of Fort Lauderdale


Pelican Landing
At Pier 66, a Hyatt Hotel
2301 SE 17 Street Causeway
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Open seven days: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

At the end of the dock at Pier 66 Marina, Pelican Landing offers a spectacular view of the Intracoastal and of cruise ships docked at Port Everglades.

During winter months, some of the world’s largest privately owned mega yachts dominate the waterscape. The sight is nearly jaw dropping, especially for visitors to the area who haven’t seen yachts this size. It’s testimony to the place Fort Lauderdale holds in the boating world.

The Hyatt Hotel calls this spot “Fort Lauderdale’s Best Kept Secret.” Right they are. It’s rarely crowded during off season and locals are few. However, Pelican Landing can get very busy with hotel guests during winter months. I like to bring visitors to South Florida here anytime; they’re never disappointed.

About the food – sometimes it’s great, other times it’s not; the menu changes frequently.  Lunch for two can run $35-50 without drinks. I recommend a daylight visit for a sandwich or tropical drink. It’s well worth it. (Note: there are other restaurants, upscale, on the property.)

Pelican Landing sits one steep flight up with no elevator.  There's an outdoor deck with umbrellas and a small covered dining area with a bar and television. Save your meal receipt for free parking. Service: depends on the season, it can be fair to good.  Copyright©2010. Jane Feehan. All rights reserved.

For brief a  history of Pier  66, view: Use search box at right to find other restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.

Another hotel nearby:
Marriott Harbor Beach, Fort Lauderdale's Shining Star. See review here
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel. See review  (and more restaurants) here.

Tags: Fort Lauderdale waterfront dining, Intracoastal dining, Fort Lauderdale restaurants, Pier 66, Pelican Landing, Pier 66 history


Mike Miller said...

Hi Jane: this is one of my favorite places, but I don't visit as often as I used to. My weekends in Fort Lauderdale always included a jaunt up to the top of Pier 66 for a few drinks and revolutions, and a trip to the Pelican the following day. Now the top of the pier is no longer open to the public, so I don't visit quite as often.

Jane Feehan said...

Mike: The top of Pier 66 is now open - at times for different occasions. You might call to see when.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe they closed that lounge...the best spot in town, and where I learned to bartend..what a shame