Pazzo’s Cucina Italiano is right next door to Extended Stay America...
Carlos and Pepe's (Mexican) & Dirty Harry's (bar with food) are in the same shopping center as Pazzo’s. There's also a small diner in that strip mall that I've been told has an excellent breakfast.
Einstein’s Bagels, Coldstone Creamery, Starbucks, Tokyo Sushi and Giorgio’s Pizza are across the street from Holiday Inn Express/Extended Stay America
Bimini Boatyard and Bravo (great Italian restaurant) and an BonJour French Bakery across the street from Holiday Inn Express/Extended Stay America, and about a block east, opposite the Renaissance Hotel
Budget Car Rental is in the same plaza (Quay Plaza) as Bravo and Bimini Boatyard Restaurants.
Jack Jackson's restaurant FISH is diagonally across the street from the Renaissance hotel, attached to the Convention Center complex at the entrance to Port Everglades... http://www.fish-fl.com/
Chuck's Steakhouse... http://www.chucksflorida.com/ and Waxy O’Connor’s http://www.waxys.com/ are both across the street from Embassy Suites, a long block west of Holiday Inn Express/Extended Stay AmericaOutback Steakhouse is just west of Embassy Suites next to Hyatt Place, and Quarterdeck is across the street and a block north of Embassy Suites on Cordova Road, just beyond Winn-Dixie... http://www.quarterdeckrestaurant.com/Kelly's Landing is a great New England style seafood place in a strip mall on Cordova Road, across the street from Winn-Dixie, next to Crown Liquors.
There are 3 large strip malls around Holiday Inn Express/Extended Stay America - More or less across the street, next door, and behind, as well as several smaller ones. There are at least a dozen other small restaurants scattered throughout those strip malls, plus a number of fast food and carry-out places in the area as well... You'll never go hungry along that section of SE 17th Street, there's something for every taste and budget.
Publix grocery store is in the Harbor Shops strip mall a block south on Cordova Road, behind Embassy Suites. Publix sell beer & wine as well as being very large, very nice grocery stores.
For liquor, beer and wine…Total Wine and More http://www.totalwine.com/ is located next to Publix. This store is to booze what Home Depot is to lumber, it’s huge!!!
For snorkel gear, fins, masks, clothing or any outdoor gear is available at Boaters World, next to Total Wine…http://www.boatersworld.com/
Dining establishments within the Harbor Shops ….
Carvel Ice Cream
Barnie's Coffee & Tea... http://www.barniescoffee.com/
RJ Gator’s… http://www.rjgators.com/ ,
The Original Steakhouse & Sports Theater… http://www.originalsteakhouse.net/,
Fire House Subs… http://www.firehousesubs.com/,
Camille’s Sidewalk Café… http://www.camillescafe.com/
Moe’s Southwest Grill…, http://www.moes.com/
CoCo Asian Bistro & Bar…, http://www.cocoasianbistro.com/
Crown Wine and Spirits is across the street from Embassy Suites, behind the Texaco station, and 67 Wine & Spirits is across the street from Crown.Winn-Dixie grocery store is across from Crown, and there's a CVS drug store in the same strip mall as 67 Wine & Spirits.
Walgreens drug store is a block east of Holiday Inn Express/Extended Stay America, across the street from the Renaissance hotel.The restaurants above are just those that you can easily walk to. If you take the Water Taxi you can easily get to dozens more.
The nearest Water Taxi stop is 2 long blocks east, under the SE 17th Street Bridge, in front of the Ft Lauderdale Grande Hotel... http://www.watertaxi.com/FortLauderdale/FLLHome.Asp
Some popular places easily accessible by Water Taxi are...
15th Street Fisheries... http://www.15streetfisheries.com/
Jackson's Steakhouse... http://www.jacksonssteakhouse.com/
Shirttail Charlie's... http://www.shirttailcharlies.com/
Fort Lauderdale River House... http://www.ftlauderdaleriverhouse.com/
Downtowner Saloon... http://www.downtownersaloon.com/
Shooter's Waterfront Cafe, and at the same stop
Taverna Opa... http://tavernaoparestaurant.com/
Charlie's Crab... http://www.muer.com/locations/chcrab...ab-ftlaud.html
The many, many restaurants and shops along beautiful Las Olas Blvd... http://www.lasolasboulevard.com/
And Las Olas Riverfront... http://www.riverfrontfl.com/
The Sun Trolley runs Thursday through Sunday, catch a trolley every 15 minutes, only 50 cents, get on and off wherever you want. http://www.suntrolley.com/maps/convention.html