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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Pitch a Tent in South Florida


5. An Oddball Day

Dania Jai-Alai  

Pack up your camping gear and detour to Dania, just south of Fort Lauderdale, to place some bets at Dania Jai-Alai, the second-oldest jai-alai court in the U.S. (only Miami’s is older). Drop in for a weekend afternoon match, grab a beer from the downstairs bar, and put a $2 wager on your new favorite player. After walking off your buzz along the hardwood forest trail at nearby John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, catch the sunset about twenty miles north at Cap’s Place, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy located on an island in Lighthouse Point, north of Pompano Beach. Take the free boat (runs continuously from 5:30 p.m.) across the lake and head straight for the thirties bar, constructed of Everglades bamboo and wood scavenged from the decks of ships.

Published on Jan 12, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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