This month, the Phonexa Team will be heading to the beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale for three days of fascinating panels, eye-opening presentations, and engaging networking events at LendConnect 2019. Being held at the fashionable beachside Conrad Hotel, LendConnect is the perfect opportunity for those in lending and FinTech to gain tremendous insights into the industry. The conference is set to educate attendees with valuable talks and group discussion—including one presentation on monetizing leads by Phonexa’s Sr. Account Manager John Cody. In addition to the many ways to expand one’s knowledge base, there will also be a variety of social events to grow your LinkedIn contacts. On Monday, there is an opening night Welcome Party on the hotel’s Ocean View Terrace and Tuesday evening features a sunset dinner cruise through the famous waterways of Fort Lauderdale. And, of course, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to chat with other attendees in the lobby and lounges of the Conrad in between conference sessions. Certainly a trip to Lend Connect means a packed schedule, but for those looking to sneak in some extra sightseeing or R&R time while you’re in the Sunshine State, we’ve got you covered with quick hit list of local attractions. The Five Best Ways to Enjoy Fort Lauderdale 1. Have a Cocktail at Cap’s Place For most of its history, Fort Lauderdale was always a sleepy beach getaway. It wasn’t until after World War II that the city grew into the buzzy destination it is today. Relive the Florida days of yore with a visit to Cap’s Place—a classic seafood spot that has hosted presidents, movie stars, and more than one Prohibition-Era gangster. This humble historical landmark is perfectly situated along the water so you can hear the humming motors of the boats pulling into the Lighthouse Point Marina. 2. Stroll the Magnificent Las Olas Boulevard For shopping, dining, or just enjoying a stroll in 70 degree weather, nothing beats Las Olas Boulevard. Cutting straight through downtown Fort Lauderdale and all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, Las Olas Boulevard attracts visitors and locals alike with its charming boutiques, art galleries, and enticing nightlife options. 3. Take in the Ocean View with a Fine Tequila Any visit to Fort Lauderdale should include time to view the beauty of Florida’s “Gold Coast” and a savoring of the food and culture of South Florida. At Lona Cocina y Tequilería, you can certainly do both. One of Eater’s Hottest Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, this lively spot offers up delicious Mexican cuisine and a jaw-dropping over 350 tequilas and mezcals for your sipping pleasure. 4. Disconnect in a Tropical Shangri-La With all the sights and sounds of a conference and the attractions of the Fort Lauderdale area, it can become quickly overwhelming. Lose yourself at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a wondrous haven of natural life located in the heart of a busy metropolitan area. Dubbed “Fort Lauderdale’s Central Park,” this idyllic oasis will let you enjoy all the flora and fauna of the Everglades in just a short walk from the Conrad Hotel. 5. Eat Local What better way to make the most of your visit to South Florida than with a sampling of local fare from one of the area’s premier restaurateurs? Located at the Conrad Hotel, Terra Mare prides itself on giving diners some of the freshest meals possible with its locally-sourced menu of snapper, swordfish, duck, and lobster. Plate sharing with an Italian flair with ocean views— consider your vacation made. Don’t forget to connect with Phonexa on Facebook and LinkedIn for new content and company updates.