By Kara Franker

Dreaming of sun, sand and seafood? A Fort Lauderdale weekend is calling your name.

This town has it all: waterfront restaurants and bars, fabulous resorts, lots to do and a gorgeous stretch of golden-sand beach.

If you're looking for a list of fun things to do to have the best weekend ever, we've got you covered.

Here's how to spend the best Fort Lauderdale weekend ever.

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1. Hang out at The Ritz-Carlton pool and make an underwater video about it.

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2. Go to the beach and soak up the sunshine. Then send photos to all your friends and make them envious.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa Exterior

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3. Detox at the spa at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa. You know you need it.

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4. Pour your own beer at American Social Bar & Restaurant on Las Olas Boulevard.

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5. Stop everything and admire the ocean views.

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6. Go bar-hopping on the Water Taxi. Bonus: they'll tell you where all the celebrities live in the neighborhood.

Around Skipper’s, visitors will find hand-painted murals, concert posters, framed pictures and florescent-lit beer signs. “It looks like flotsam and jetsam,” the owner says.

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7. Drink a gigantic chalice of sangria and listen to live music at Rock Bar. The beach boulevard strip is lined with live music venues.

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8. Dine at Steak 954 overlooking the ocean on A1A. I mean, really, every time you go out to eat, make sure you get a water view.

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9. Watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and plot a way to move here because you just can't get enough Florida sunshine.

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