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Great start to your trip! The beach is beautiful and your room looks very nice! Those are some large iguanas walking around there!
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Beautiful arrival day. Are you sure you are going to be working?
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Very nice room, and that view is perfect! Love your sand writing photos!
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What a great start to your trip! The hotel looks beautiful and such a great location right on the beach.
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Great start to your trip! The beach is beautiful and your room looks very nice! Those are some large iguanas walking around there!
It was really a great day and so nice to be on the beach. I rarely stay at a beach resort and it's not always important to us...but when I do I love it.

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Very nice room, and that view is perfect! Love your sand writing photos!
Thanks....I used the 2017 one for our Christmas Card!

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What a great start to your trip! The hotel looks beautiful and such a great location right on the beach.
It was a great spot to be. If you are stuck at a resort, being on a beach is the way to go!

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Your resort and room looks beautiful.
Thanks! It was really nice and I had to pinch myself that I was lucky enough to have this opportunity.
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Before it was time to meet, I decided to head out front and take some pictures of the hotel.
This light fixture was in the elevator area and I thought it was really neat.

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My room is up there somewhere.

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The resort is really nice, but it’s not close to anything really besides the beach. Not many restaurants in the immediate walkable area and no stores or attractions. So you really need a car to get to anything if you are staying here for more than a couple of nights. The resort, like many in the Ft. Lauderdale area, does charge a resort/parking fee. Some have both, some cover all amenities and parking.

I headed back in as it started to sprinkle again and went back to my room for a little bit more, then headed down early before dinner again.

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I walked out front and the place is all lit up with little red lights and it was really pretty. I tried for pictures….but they don’t look so great.

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We all met in the lobby and introduced ourselves to all the new comers. We still all were not here (there ended up being 13 of us total for the Hello Sunny Tours), but half had now arrived.

We decided to get 2 Lyft’s to take to the Whale’s Rib.

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It had a fun vibe and kind of reminded me of a Margaritaville….sort of.

We were seated and at first our waiter seemed frustrated when we said we wanted separate bills. He was trying to say no, but we kept saying yes. He was busy and said he would be back in a bit. A manager came over and was talking to us and we asked all sorts of questions about the place, told him why we came and of course asked what Guy Fieri had ordered. After that, when our waiter returned he was much more pleasant and fun. I think we kind of took him off guard, but he softened up to us and was joking with us by the end of the evening. Maybe the manager told him to treat us good as well.

Our waiter took a picture of all of us.
First a nice one.

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And then a silly one.

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We ordered beverages and I went with diet Coke….and it came in a little pitcher.

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We got an order of Whale Fries with Whale sauce.

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Whale Fries is something that Guy had and what this place is famous for. The Fries are kind of an in between of chips and fries and the sauce …if I remember right…was like a honey mustard mayo sauce.
They were good!

“M” got the sandwich that Guy had tried (he also had oysters, but none of us got those). I think the Sandwich was the Key West.

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She said it was good and it was huge!

I went with a Caesar Salad with the special fish of the day…which I cannot remember what it was. It wasn’t fishy at all and very meaty. I thought it was good, but I should have asked for more dressing as I like a lot and there wasn’t a lot on….but I worried about flustering our server.

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We had such a good time talking and getting to know each other and doing a lot of laughing.

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Our waiter did do separate bills and had no issues. He said he was worried we wouldn’t want to wait while he did each one….we didn’t care! We were having fun.

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I think most of us liked the food. I know one didn’t seem to care for hers so much, but I think she may have gotten a steak and the place is known more for fish.

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We saw this party van outside all lit up.

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The Whales Rib is in Deerfield Beach and there were a lot of ritzy homes on the drive to and from. One even had Christmas lights up… I am all about Christmas early but it seemed just a tad too early for houses to have lights on.
The area where the restaurant was looked to have a lot of bars and restaurants and would be a fun area to be. I do hope to get back down again someday and try some more places.

We ordered 2 more Lyft’s and headed back to the hotel. Everyone was tired and we all went to our rooms to chill out and get some rest. I called home and was talking to Skip and I was on the balcony and J hollers up that she can hear me. LOL

We had to meet bright and early tomorrow morning at 8AM so we could be in our shuttle and on our way by 8:15.
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That looks like a lot of fun was had by all on that dinner out. The manager must have told the waiter that you girls were VIPs (being TAs should make it so) and to treat you right.
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Looks like you have a nice room, I like the decor throughout the hotel. Neat that you got to try a restaurant from the show.
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Glad you enjoyed your dinner with the ladies.
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That looks like a lot of fun was had by all on that dinner out. The manager must have told the waiter that you girls were VIPs (being TAs should make it so) and to treat you right.
I have a feeling he may have as well. if we like it, we will recommend it for sure.

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Looks like you have a nice room, I like the decor throughout the hotel. Neat that you got to try a restaurant from the show.
I thought it was a nice hotel too. I really so grateful to be lucky enough to have this experience. I really think this added to my whole conference experience.

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It was nice. We got to know each other a little bit and soon we were being silly, but still having clean fun.
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Nov. 13, 2017, Monday

I slept great and it had been a long day yesterday, so it was nice to get some sleep. I got up and ready early. I took a look out on my balcony to see the beautiful sun coming up.

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I went downstairs to get a drink and took a picture of the bikes that have to ride. I thought it was a cool shot.

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Looking out from my balcony again.

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Once I was ready, I headed down to the lobby and met the rest of the clan. We all met Gonzalo who would be our fearless leader over the next few days. Gonzalo was new to Hello Sunny and I believe we may have been his first tour group he has led on his own. He did a great job and we all just loved him.

Our shuttle arrived. I believe our drivers name was James. He was a quiet guy, but you could tell he was listening and smirking at times.

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And we’re on our way to the B Ocean Resort.

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The B Ocean is shaped like a ship.

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James pulled up and let us all out and then went to park and wait for us somewhere.

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We met our tour guides and split into smaller groups to go and look at some rooms. The resort is being renovated so not all the rooms are updated yet and the lobby had some construction as well.

We went in and out of several rooms and I’ll just post a couple pictures.

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This room obviously is at the front point.

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Part of the hotel is across the street as well and they have a bridge to get there.

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The view on the other side of the room was the beach!

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Another room

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And view

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I really liked the looks of the updated bathrooms.

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After the room tours we headed down to the lobby to look at the bar that has mermaid shows on some evenings. This bar was also used in a movie before.

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It’s really tiny and some of the girls tried to see the show on another night and said it was jammed packed.

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These are the windows that the mermaids perform in. By day it’s a regular pool and by night it is closed for the shows.

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Our leader said people do not realize there are windows and sometimes they lean up against them…hahahaha.

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And some video.

https://youtu.be/-GiqIgzkydw

We then headed out to another building of the hotel to tour some more rooms and look at another pool.

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Nice view from this room.

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We were each then given bags and got a group photo. That is the one group photo I never did get. They sent it to Gonzalo supposedly but I am not sure he ever got it.

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The lobby area.

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And time for breakfast!!! We were starving!!!!!

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They had some neat old pictures on the wall.

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We had this wall of tables for all of us.

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I tried to sit by different people at each meal so I could get to know each person. Everyone was so nice.

This meal was served family style.

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We had some time after we were done so we used the restrooms and walked around a bit and some called home, etc. I got a selfie with our tour girls.

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They were very nice and I really enjoyed the tour and breakfast!

After we were all done it was time to go and we were walking to our next destination.

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We were taking the water taxi and they were giving us our own boat and a special tour.

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Our Captain was hilarious!!!!!!

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As we boarded he was cracking jokes.

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