Living Large on Las Olas Boulevard

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Just a quick trip from the ultra-luxurious Sabbia Beach condos in Pompano Beach lies one of the most fun and charming places in Florida, the famous Las Olas Boulevard. This ten-block commercial stretch near the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale is dotted with over 120 restaurants, bars, art galleries, museums, boutiques, nightclubs and even bridal shops, and is often known as Ft. Lauderdale’s Rodeo Drive. The high-end shops and note-worthy restaurants make this the heart and soul of Fort Lauderdale.

Las Olas (Spanish for “the waves”) has been a commercial draw since its construction in 1917, and even more so since its extensive renovation in the early 1980s. It also boasts several celebrities who call Las Olas home, and who might be spotted if you take one of the popular tours along the waterfront.

With beautiful views of the beach, Las Olas Boulevard features upscale boutiques and cozy sidewalk cafes that you can pass on an afternoon or evening stroll through its tree-lined breezeways and courtyards. Catch one of the antique trolley cars that chug up and down the length of the strip, a pedi-cab, or one of the B-Cycle bicycles for rent to enjoy a breezy, unforgettable ride. The lovely Old-World Mediterranean architecture alone is worth the trip.

For shopping, you’ll want to check out the many eclectic stores and boutiques. Offerings include Alex and Ani, the Bellagio International Gallery, Ibiza Footwear, Tommy Bahama, LF, Carroll’s Jewelers, Moda Mario, and so many more. In addition, you can pick up handmade ice cream at famous Kilwin’s, chocolates at Hoffmans, and the most decadent cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory.

Some of the many bars that will welcome you include American Social, Big City Tavern, Vinos on Las Olas, Golden Lyon Vintage Pub, and the O Lounge. Your restaurant choices include Morton’s Steakhouse, YOLO, Gran Forno Las Olas, Grille 401Indigo Restaurant, Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Royal Pig Pub & Kitchen, Sweet Nectar, Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria, La Bonne Crepe, Noodles Panini, and Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, many offering al fresco dining.

In case all this isn’t enough to tempt you, you can take a water tour at Riverfront Gondola Tours, stop in at one of the many fine art galleries, or just see and be seen, as you stroll along the boulevard.

A public parking lot right off the strip makes for easy access. Las Olas Boulevard is also dog-friendly, with many of the merchants providing water bowls for dogs outside their establishments.


Just Steps Away from Sabbia Beach … Proposed Beachside Dining & Retail Projects

Beachside project in Pompano Beach may include a BurgerFi

BurgerFi, anyone? A swimwear store? These are proposed projects at a beachside site near Sabbia Beach.

Sabbia Beach is being created as part of a renaissance in Pompano Beach, which is transforming into a vibrant, sophisticated, multidimensional destination; the perfect place for those who want to shop, play, work and live on the ocean.

Tim Hernandez, principal of New Urban Communities, has proposed a 5,200-square-foot restaurant space with a 1,052-square-foot elevated deck at 275 N. Pompano Beach Boulevard, to the City of Pompano Beach Development Review Committee. It could include a BurgerFi and a Kilwins, as stated by the committee’s agenda.

Another project, a 6,300-square-foot retail space with a 1,052-square-foot elevated outdoor deck, also located at 275 N. Pompano Beach Boulevard, includes an Alvin’s Island. This is a swimwear brand based in Doral.

In addition, Hernandez is proposing two restaurants, the Pompano Beach House and Oceanic Oceanfront Dining, .2 mile away from 275 N. Pompano Beach Boulevard, anticipated to debut in September 2017.

Exciting dining and retail options are the perfect complements to the luxury living in the toes-in-the-sand style of Sabbia Beach.


Sabbia Beach New Construction Update

Sabbia Beach continues to rise up from the sand! The 7th floor was recently completed and we are moving quickly. Below is a photo and time lapse video of the progress.

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Yoga By The Beach In And Around Pompano

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If you’re into yoga, health and wellness, you’ll be perfectly situated in your upscale, ocean-inspired Sabbia Beach condominium on beautiful Pompano Beach. Amenities in the luxuriously appointed building include a world-class, state-of-the-art fitness center with views directly on the ocean, his-and-hers steam rooms and saunas, and a hushed, welcoming spa retreat with treatment rooms.

If yoga is your forte, you’ll be able to practice on Sabbia Beach’s natural, unspoiled, private beach, just like all those yoga instructional videos you’ve seen over the years. Taking up residence at Sabbia Beach will be like living in a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week yoga retreat.

But if you’re inclined to change your routine, and venture out into Pompano Beach itself, you will find numerous high-end yoga spas and retreats within easy walking or driving distance of your new home, all offering a variety of yoga styles and experiences.

For example, you might want to try Yoga by the Sea, located at 2692 E. Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach. This boutique yoga studio offers a variety of teachers and styles, including Yoga Flow and Hot Yoga.

Or you might try Yoga 4 Life Studios at 814 N. Federal Highway in the Beachway Plaza, Pompano Beach, which offers 200-hour teacher training, a diverse schedule of yoga classes, workshops, private sessions and retreats.

Namasté Yoga Salon, at 421 South Federal Highway in Pompano provides yoga for all levels, from beginner to advanced, and specializes in Vinyasa, Yin, and Hatha yoga styles.

The Awaken Yoga Studio, 2032 NE 36th Street in Lighthouse Point offers traditional and hot yoga classes, hot Vinyasa, hard body yoga (yoga with light weights) as well as more gentle approaches.

For expectant mothers, The Yoga Nest at 6834 Stirling Road, Hollywood, specializes in prenatal and postnatal yoga instruction, mom and baby yoga, and childbirth education. The instructor is also available to serve as a doula during childbirth.

Many more yoga studios await, whether you’re a neophyte or an advanced practitioner, just minutes away from your peaceful, contemporary home in Sabbia Beach, Pompano Beach, Florida.


Butterfly World Surrounds You in Gentle Nature

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Even the name sounds magical—Butterfly World. Just a short drive from the ultra-luxurious Sabbia Beach condominiums in Pompano Beach, Butterfly World is the largest butterfly park in the world.

The 10-acre park is located in Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, Florida, and is home to over 150 species of butterflies. Soft classical music plays as you wander through the various winding paths and butterflies flitter around you, feeding on exotic tropical flowers.

Butterfly World was the vision of one man, Ronald Boender, the son of Dutch immigrants, who grew up on an Illinois farm. Fascinated by the butterflies and silk moths he saw there, he moved to Florida in 1968 and—after retiring from a career in electrical engineering—decided to indulge his hobby.

After farming butterflies and selling them to zoos and universities, he expanded his vision to encompass Butterfly World, based on a London attraction he’d seen on a visit to England. He opened Butterfly World in 1988, eventually expanding it to include hummingbirds and lorikeets.

The park also includes a research and education center and, in its work with the University of South Florida, has been instrumental in saving the endangered Schaus Swallowtail butterfly.

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Butterfly World keeps a minimum of 3,000 butterflies on display at any given time, and usually up to 10,000, inside the tropical greenhouses. The Tropical Rain Forest aviary features waterfalls, tropical plants, butterflies, and free-flying birds; the Paradise Adventure Aviary includes fountains with ponds, along with the butterflies; the Hanging Garden and Butterfly Emerging Area is a wonder of tropical plants, hanging pupa and emerging butterflies.

But you’ll find lots more than butterflies at Butterfly World. Head to the Jewels of the Sky Aviary for close encounters with darting hummingbirds, as well as many other birds. The Wings of the World Secret Garden has one of the world’s largest collections of Passion Flower vines, a favorite of butterflies. Grace Gardens is an outdoor botanical garden bursting with flowering tropical plants as well as water gardens. And kids will most certainly love the Bug Zoo, where the live-insect display includes every kind of creepy, crawly creature. Finally, there’s the Lorikeet Encounter, where the multicolored parrots will feed from nectar cups right out out your hand.

Everything is geared to total relaxation, so for a leisurely day out, you shouldn’t miss Butterfly World.

The park is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission is $29.95 for adults, $21.95 for children ages 3-11, and is free for children under 2. Annual passes are available. Parking is free, but admission to Tradewinds Park is $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays. The park is wheelchair accessible.