Instead of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, go to Deerfield Beach
When you're not in the mood for Miami and even Fort Lauderdale feels a bit too extroverted and energetic, detour to Deerfield Beach for a chill South Florida vacation with an atmosphere that conjures 1960s California. Located about 45 minutes north of Miami, Deerfield Beach has easy inlet access from nearby Boca Raton and Pompano to some great reef and wreck diving. There's excellent fishing in the gulfstream, a short run offshore. And bed down at the Royal Blues Hotel, which just opened in October with 9 rooms and three suites (all with balconies) for maximum comfort and style right across from the town's beautiful beach.